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Looking for a new front door and wondering about the security of composite front doors or composite back doors? Leeds Windows is happy to help. In this blog post, we’ll cover the key aspects of front door security, explore how well composite doors perform, and reveal how our composite door prices compare with products made from other materials.
Research shows that when purchasing new windows and doors, security is the number one priority for 70% of people.
This isn’t surprising because burglary rates are on the rise. In an effort to beat the burglars, more and more people are choosing composite doors. Leeds, where we are based, has seen a 3.5% increase in burglaries in the past year. In fact, according to data published by UKCrimeStats.com, West Yorkshire Police has the highest rate of burglaries per capita of any large police force in the UK.
All front doors go through rigorous testing to ensure they meet the required security standards. As a relative newcomer on the market, most composite doors have designs that take these more robust security measures in mind. Additional security features therefore mean composite front doors and composite back doors outperform other door types in security tests.
Although composite door prices may be a little higher than those made from other materials, it’s impossible to place a value on your personal safety and that of your family.
Prices at Leeds Windows, however, are more competitive than most.
Manufacturers usually quote a range of different security measures in order to sell their products but there are only three accreditations that should really matter. When buying composite doors, check that they have the following:
Product Assessment Specification 24 (PAS 24) – It is now a requirement of current building regulations (Approved Document Q “Part Q” Security – Dwellings) that all composite doors meet this enhanced security accreditation as a minimum. PAS 24 is a British Standard Institute (BSI) publication and recognised by both UK police and insurance companies.
Secured by Design (SBD) – This is the official UK Police flagship initiative, which aims to “combine the principles of ‘designing out crime’ with physical security.” This accreditation, which covers both residential and commercial properties, promotes a range of security standards including PAS 24.
The CE Mark – This standard is part of an EU-wide safety initiative. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that their products comply with all relevant European health, safety and environmental legislation. A CE Mark is the manufacturer’s declaration that a particular product meets the required criteria. CE Marking, put in place to ensure all parts of a door, when constructed, provide adequate fire and smoke resistance, is a one of the industry’s most trusted accreditations.
Please contact us if you would like to know more about the accreditations listed above.
Over the last 25 years, uPVC doors have been a traditionally popular choice for Leeds homeowners. Most are composed of a uPVC frontage with foam filling inside. Unfortunately, this type of construction offers minimal security protection. Tests identify these front doors as easy to break through, allowing burglars to quickly gain access to a property.
Fibreglass or glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) is another common material used to make front doors. Avoid the flimsy foam-filled versions as they offer no real strength.
The best construction style for front door security is a solid composite door, with a thick slab of plywood in the centre encased in composite plastic (often composed of two or more types of plastic). The solid core makes a big difference to this door’s ability to withstand attack, and the layers of different materials with high strength properties make it close to impenetrable.
Our advice is to buy solid composite doors from Leeds Windows for the best levels of security. If you must choose a foam-filled front door, make sure that the foam centre has reinforcement as a minimum feature.
Our showroom has the fairest composite door prices in our region.
Composite front doors and composite back doors, created using a range of raw materials specifically chosen and arranged together in a way that creates one of the strongest doors available by design, make homes in Leeds and Yorkshire more secure.
A standard composition for these types of doors is a solid wooden core, fused and compressed together under high pressure with a plastic outer casing such as glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) or uPVC.
All composite doors come fitted with high security, multi-point locks as standard.
If you would like to find out more or wish to discuss our composite door prices, Leeds Windows will be happy to talk through your needs and find your ideal new front door.