Transform your home with folding doors!

Folding doors: doors in action

The capacity and flexibility of doors to move in various ways has improved dramatically in the last few years – ‘doors in action’ in the shape of folding doors are the name of the game when it comes to bringing your home to life.

Folding doors offer huge versatility 

Folding doors are extremely popular thanks to their increasing inclusion in home refurbishment, renovation and new build projects that are televised in programmes such as Grand Designs and George Clarke’s ‘Old House, New Home‘. Sliding doors are also highly sought after with both types of doors offering huge versatility and the opportunity to ‘bring the outdoors indoors’ when installed in a home with a garden or outdoor space.

On-site installing folding doors in a stunning extension!                                                                                                 
On-site installing folding doors in a stunning extension!                                                                                                 

Thanks to the fact that folding doors and sliding doors are available with super slim sightlines (slimline aluminium or brushed steel frames as a prime example), they are very easy to operate. In fact, many folding doors and sliding doors can be opened and closed with just your little finger, that’s how effortless the process is!

Sliding doors and folding doors are so versatile
Sliding doors and folding doors are so versatile

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Transforming a home and bringing the outdoors indoors with oversize glazed sliding doors

Slim frames

In spite of the slim frames that epitomise the sleek look and aesthetic of folding doors, it is still feasible to include high security, double and even triple glazed glass to provide the ultimate thermal insulation and security levels. The option of being able to choose this standard of glazing also facilitates ‘oversize’ and emphasis on glass and less frame thus creating an unrivalled view of the outdoor space.

Corner bi-folds and floating corners!

From corner bi-folds (doors that fold around a corner) and floating corners (no frame on a corner!), there are so many different ways to add intrigue and design style to any home, irrespective of budget. Plus, there is a wide variety of colours and finishes to choose from, not just the traditional white or brown. Grey is one of the most on-trend colours at present with a powder-coated, brushed steel effect still proving highly desirable.

Work in progress
Work in progress
Let the light in with sliding doors or folding doors
Let the light in with sliding doors or folding doors

Folding doors and sliding doors are the best way to make the most of your garden and outdoor space with simple, no-fuss access straight onto a lawn, decking or patio – your garden immediately becomes part of your home.

Sliding doors that are so light they can be opened and closed with just your little finger!
Sliding doors that are so light they can be opened and closed with just your little finger!

If you’d like to add some folding doors or sliding doors to your home, please give us a call  on 0207 859 4207 [email protected] and we can advise with a free site visit and consultation to discuss your individual ideas and requirements.

 

Crittall-style door ‘steels’ the show

After we added a range of Crittall-style steel doors, windows and room dividers to our steel portfolio last summer, we had a huge response from both new and existing clients wanting to include these stunning products in their homes. We hadn’t however, anticipated the demand from property owners installing communal entrance doors – they were just as eager!

The main distinguishing and sought-after feature of Crittall-style doors and windows is the slim lines and grid-like finish that can be achieved. Having such a narrow and sleek steel frame, the doors and windows allow an abundance of light into any home or property. As a result, they can really open up any area in a home or residential building to give extra space and a real feeling or openness.

Our Crittall-style doors are all created bespoke to a particular design so when we were approached by this client who wanted to retain the industrial heritage of the city centre property he was turning into luxury flats, a Crittall-style communal entrance door was at the top of his list. So, we put together a bespoke design which ticked all the boxes.

Bespoke Crittall-style door for a communal entrance
Bespoke Crittall-style door for a communal entrance

Not only does the new door look effortlessly stylish, but it is also incredibly secure with security glazing and state-of-the-art entry system. Apparently, several of the tenants have commented on the door too which was great to hear!

If you’d like to find out more about our Crittall-style range and the extensive range of ironmongery that we have to complement both doors and windows, please contact any of the Secure House team on 0207 859 4207 [email protected] and we can arrange a consultation.

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Prestigious farmhouse project

We’ve worked on a few prestigious projects over the years and this most recent – at a farmhouse in the south of England – is definitely in our top ten when it comes to high security and stylish luxury for a full house renovation.

Overview
Following an initial site visit and consultation with the client, we ascertained that there were very high requirements for this project, particularly in relation to creating a property with unrivalled u-values: one that would remain cool in summer but warm in winter.

The owner also wanted to retain as much character as possible in comparison the original building that occupied the site. As such, we went away and designed a comprehensive solution with a choice of different finishes and styles to then present.

Project
All of the doors and windows we recommended would have to perform exceptionally well and compensate for the overall brick structure. Style and design had to reflect the location of the property but also give a nod to modern materials. This led us to select some of the most beautiful, minimalist and sleekest windows available from one of the leading global aluminium window specialists, Reynaers.

On site at the farmhouse installing the Reynaers SL68 ultra-slim, weather resistant aluminium windows
On site installing the stunning Reynaers SL68 ultra-slim, weather resistant aluminium windows of varying sizes
The rear of the farmhouse with floor to ceiling aluminium windows
The rear of the farmhouse with floor to ceiling aluminium windows

We presented (and the client loved!) the Reynaers SL68 ultra-slim, weather resistant aluminium window. A universal and highly versatile window with great stability, thermal insulation and security performance, this window is available in four different styles to facilitate a perfect match with any property.

The windows are secured by Design and PAS24 security, provide a Window Energy Rating (WER) of A++ and Uw values down to 1.0W/m2K. We also included triple glazing for an additional level of protection and to further enhance the u-value of the entire project.

The front of the farmhouse starting to take shape!
The front of the farmhouse starting to take shape!

And when it came to selecting the front doors, we were over the moon when the client chose our all-time favourite double security door with classic circle design and bespoke ironmongery. This door never fails to please and succeed and it was the ideal complement to the double height triple glazed, full height window above – total luxury with zero compromise on either security or thermal insulation value.

Results
Well, take a look for yourself – how good does the property look? A farmhouse fit for the 21st century!

If you’re looking to complete a full refurbishment or renovation of your existing home or a property you have your eye, please feel free to contact us on 0207 859 4207 [email protected] and we’ll see how we can help with a free site visit and consultation.

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The finished result – a farmhouse fit for the 21st century!

 

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Secure shop fronts: 3D design service

Over the last decade we have designed and installed a huge number of secure shop fronts in the UK and Europe, so we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new secure shop front 3D design service!

It’s a sad fact that high street retailers and their stores are vulnerable to attack by would-be thieves who will stop at nothing to gain entry, even in broad daylight. From using mopeds to ‘ram raid’ the premises or using heavy duty sledgehammers and other tools to smash their way in, the way to prevent such crime to always be one step ahead of the criminals. And one of the best ways to do this is by implementing a secure shop front scheme if your business is considered to be at high risk of theft, burglary, ram raids and criminal damage.

secure shop fronts 3D design service
Our 3D design service for secure shop fronts

Working with high-end retailers who sell jewellery & watches, clothes, shoes & accessories, antiques and other luxury items has given us a direct insight into exactly what’s required to stop thieves in their tracks without sacrificing on the overall design, brand and aesthetics of such lavish, upmarket stores. As such, our 3D design service enables us to include slim steel profile doors which provide the very highest anti-burglary protection in the shape of RC3 as per EN1627, and RC4 as per EN1627 standards.

Alongside this protection, we use top of the range motorised security locks Level 7 as per EN12209 standard. These locks feature no fewer than 11 pin security cylinders with armoured escutcheons to offer the very highest levels of protection for the store.

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See just what your store will look like with our secure shop fronts 3D design service

When it comes to glazing, there is zero compromise to facilitate the very finest and sleekest of window displays with the ultimate in anti-theft protection. We can offer and variety of options for security glazing which will deliver unrivalled security as per EN356 P6b, P7b and P8b levels. We also have both multi-laminate and polycarbonate glass options if required.

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It’s all in the 3D design! No compromise on design or style for your secure shop front

So, if you’re looking to protect your store from criminals, day and night, simply call us to discuss your requirements and we’ll put together a 3D design that will provide peace of mind and maximise your store’s shopping appeal.

To arrange your free, no obligation secure shop front project consultation and 3D design, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0207 859 4207 [email protected]