Edwardian, Georgian or Victorian – what’s your favourite home style?

New build, modern homes are great but there are three distinctive styles of classical architecture here in the UK that epitomise grand periods of history, conjuring up images of time gone by. So, if you’re a fan of older properties, what’s your favourite classical home style – is it Edwardian, Georgian or Victorian?

Each of the three periods has its own distinctive, yet subtle, characteristics and homes pertaining to each style can be found in many of our big cities and towns with some displaying some prime examples. Let’s look at some of the key features of each and share some our own favourite door designs that are available from Secure House and reflect all the iconic designs for each era.

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Georgian style

The Georgian period occurred from around 1710 to 1830. It gets its name from the fact that no less than four British kings named George reigned during this time. London and the Cotswolds both have a wide variety of beautiful examples of Georgian homes. Walk around Regent’s Park in the capital and visit Lansdown Crescent in Bath and take a step back in time to imagine what life was like in these luxurious homes.

Everything about Georgian houses is big and generous. Huge floor to ceiling, symmetrical windows and a fan window over the door will give this style away. Think grand, think scale, think spacious, think light & airy, these homes are some of the most popular amongst buyers according to estate agents, us Brits love their grandeur, columns and clean lines.

Here are some examples of some Georgian-style doors:

Victorian style

Dating from 1830 to 1900 in line with the time Queen Victoria was on the throne, Victorian style encompasses several of the features associated with Georgian style, namely large columns and symmetry. It is, however, the addition of renaissance and Gothic touches that underline Victorian architecture.

From pointed or arched windows, porches and doors with wooden trim on roof edges, to the use of iron and glass and intricate interior design and decoration, the Victorian style is a little more complex and detailed than its Georgian predecessor.

Here are some examples of some Victorian-style doors:

Edwardian style
Influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement of the 1900s, Edwardian architecture was at its height from 1901 to 1918 during the reign of King Edward VII.

During the early 1900s, Britain began to experience further industrialisation and the general population began to increase which demanded a new housing stock extending out of the towns and cities. Thus, the Edwardian style house was born and heralded a new era which was greener than ever before.

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to spot an Edwardian house is from its beautiful bay and sash windows, a look that is desired and recreated by many homeowners today. Smaller than Georgian and Victorian homes, columns continue to be a specific feature, but timber-cladding is part of the style now rather than full brick and doors and windows often also include smaller panes of glass for the first time.

Here are some examples of some Edwardian-style doors:

1920s and 1930s style doors

Back in 1910 when Edwardian style was at its height, the Art Deco period began. Bold, straight lines, symmetrical boxes, mirrors and striking design touches such as arched glazed panels with stained glass inlets, Art Deco was and still an extremely popular interior and exterior home decorating choice.

Art Deco front doors are timeless classics and are often selected for homes in conservation areas as well as more modern properties, they are hugely versatile and will complement any property.

Here are some examples of some 1920s and 1930s-style doors:

Side hinged garage doors

Side hinged garage doors have been utilised for decades and are one of the most simple, easy to operate types of garage door still in widespread use today.

Side hinged garage doors feature solid doors that are connected to the door frame with hinges. They don’t have any tracks, roller, cables or other such fixing mechanisms and they offer a whole range of different benefits and a unique combination of tried and tested traditional performance and stylish, modern design options.

Our side hinged garage doors are all made-to-order and constructed using double skins steel sections that are filled with PU foam. This provides superb heat and noise insulation and a tubular rubber seal from the leaf to the steel frame delivers a draft-free, watertight perimeter to protect everything you store inside your garage from any outdoor elements.

Every frame on our side hinged doors is manufactured using 2mm think steel for extra strength, safety and security as well as being both zinc- and powder coated to offer additional weather and operational protection. Using only the highest quality components, the door leaves are fitted to the frame with aluminium alloy hinges which feature a roller bearing to provide effortless opening and closing. Each hinge is also adjustable, a feature which ensures the door maintains its shape and form irrespective of how often it is used.

We are able to make bespoke side hinged doors to fit any garage door opening with a maximum size of 10 feet wide and 10 feet high, but we also have the ability to make much larger doors if required, just ask! Our standard doors have a 50/50 or custom split and can be made with a left- or right-hand leaf opening first to suit individual requirements. Bi-folding leaves are also available to accommodate garages located on a short or sloping driveway.

When it comes to designs, finishes and colours, as with the majority of our product ranges, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We can also manufacture replica doors to replace any existing, traditional doors, a service that is imperative if you live in a conservation area and are required to maintain original design. With 14 different section designs that can be painted in any RAL or BS colour you select, you can create a side hinged garage door to suit your own style. Surfaces can also be painted to create a metallic or gloss finish and stainless steel windows added to one door to further enhance the exterior appearance of your garage.

Easy to maintain and available with a whole host of options and accessories, side hinged doors with glazed panels are perfect, not only for garages, but as opening solutions for workshops and offices too as they let daylight in and keep the weather out! Practical, stylish, aesthetically pleasing and proven, side hinged garage doors are here to stay.

 

 

 

Panic rooms and vault doors

Panic rooms, vault rooms, strong rooms and vault doors can be retrofitted in almost any property – residential and commercial – to provide unrivalled levels of safety and security for both people and valuable possessions.

Our vault doors are ideal for creating a vault room or strongroom within your home or office. We are able to install a vault door in a wall made from reinforced concrete or add to a strongroom that has been constructed off-site ready to be fitted in a specific space or room.

Vault doors, in particular, are ideal for creating panic or safe rooms that will enable residents to take refuge and contact the police or security services in the event of a home invasion or burglary. Similarly, they can be used to store assets, prized possessions and valuables such as jewellery safely and securely.

Our range of vault doors has been tested with a view to delivering a variety of different grades of protection. Each vault door also offers a variety of options when it comes to locking, alarm sensors and exterior design to provide a seamless finish in any home. The break-in classification of our standard safe room doors is I or II according to EN 1143-1 by ECB-S. The fire classification for our standard doors is 60 minutes.

Offering the very highest levels of security, burglary and fire resistant, our vault and safe room doors include locking bolts on four sides of the door and a composite security barrier to extra reinforcement against attack Our safe room doors feature high security locking mechanisms and burglary certified high security locks. We also have a number of bulletproof doors for use in panic rooms and safe rooms to provide the ultimate protection.

Many of the panic rooms and safe rooms we design and install feature hidden or secret doors so only you will know where they are! This is a real benefit should intruders gain entry to your home and you need to take shelter quickly and without being seen or heard.

Offering discreet security and complete peace of mind, here at Secure House we’re all about setting the highest standards when it comes to effectively protecting those closest to you.

 

Overlap garage doors from Secure House will save you valuable space in your garage

Save space with overlap garage doors!

Overlap garage doors are just as their name suggests, the door ‘overlaps’ on itself when it opens. There are no tracks used anywhere at all on an overlap garage door as you might find with more traditional up and over garage doors or sectional garage doors. The big benefit to this is that, since overlap doors essentially fold up, they are ideal space savers!

Highly insulated and available in security rated class 2 and class 3 standard, overlap garage doors are ideal for saving a large amount of space inside your garage enabling you to store even more than before.

Overlap garage doors from Secure House will save you valuable space in your garage

If you have a garage that is smaller than average or a garage that isn’t particularly wide or long, overlap garage doors offer the perfect solution and can even help you to transform your garage space into an additional room for your property.

With the operating part of the door housed in the upper beam of the door frame, the doors are effectively split into two sections. The first section functions as the track and rail for the second section that then follows beneath it, thus creating the ‘overlap’. This highly innovative and effective concept reduces the amount of space the door takes up inside the garage when it is both open and closed.

 

One of the best doors on the market, our overlap garage doors are made from the very highest quality materials and we also offer a bulletproof version for added safety and security when storing valuable items or prized vehicles.

Overlap garage doors offer an endless list of design possibilities and there is also the opportunity to create your own bespoke design or even include bronze effect panels on your finished door for a touch of luxury.

So, not only do overlap garage doors offer a high level of functionality, space saving practicality and security, they also enhance the overall look and feel of your home adding huge kerb appeal and desirability.

what doors are the best for security?

What doors provide the best security?

With literally thousands of different security doors available on the market today, choosing the door that will provide the best security for your home can be quite a difficult task.

In the first instance, we would always advise you to plan and scope out exactly what you require before you even begin to search for a security door. We recommend that you contact a company that offers free site surveys, such as Secure House! A site survey is the best way to gain information and insight with one of our qualified industry consultants visiting your home to assess and discuss exactly what’s required because no two buildings are ever the same.

During the survey, our consultant will provide you with specific technical, professional recommendations, advise on functionality and safety considerations, help you to understand security levels and take precise measurements to ensure you get the best quote and solution for your property.

As previously, there are so many different products out there and lots of them are really not fit for purpose. When it comes to selecting the best security doors, there are two key elements to consider: you must look at both the security class and thermal value of the product. These two specific elements will ensure you get the best security door for your money and your property.

Security class ratings start with Security Class RC1 – basic protection against burglary – and go right through to Security Class RC6 – typically used in military bunkers. Our best-selling security door is our Skydas Standard 3, a product that has been rigorously and independently tested in a scientific laboratory. Achieving Security Class RC3, this burglar resistant door will protect from a skilled burglar using heavy-duty burglary tools and was specifically created applying the knowledge of all the possible ways and methods of burglary. And, by the way, Skydas doors are the most popular security doors in the UK!

The thermal value of a security door can contribute significantly to energy savings within your home. Our Skydas Standard 3 uses 50mm rock wool thermal insultation and the L-shaped bent frame ensures tightness to effectively seal the door. Its thermal transmittance is 1.3 W/(m2–K) – the lower the transmittance, the more heat is held in – making it the ideal energy (and cost!) saving security door.

So, there you have it. The Skydas Standard 3 is certainly a door that can provide the best security.

 

What's the best material for a front door?

What is the best material for front doors?

Front doors come in all sorts of different materials and many are manufactured using a combination of materials. But what is the best material for a front door?

It’s one the most frequently asked questions we are asked here at Secure House and, in our opinion, it has to be a door made from steel. Our steel security doors are the most advanced front door solution on the market today, and they’re our undoubtedly our best selling and most popular doors with customers.

Steel doors v. timber doors

Highly affordable and energy efficient (so they will save you money on all fronts!), our steel doors feature all the design benefits of a timber door plus they offer all the advantages of a steel door. These advantages include the fact that they are burglar and fire resistant, plus they also deliver excellent noise reduction, thermal, water and wind insulation.

Timber doors are always visually stunning which make them popular with many people. On the downside, even though they are often made from hardwood, they don’t provide the same level of security as a steel door; they also need to be protected from the elements so will need to be repainted or refinished regularly.

Steel security door with timber-effect finish

The best of both worlds

Our strong and durable steel security doors do, in fact, offer the best of both worlds since we have a wide variety that have wood-effect finish so they actually look like they’re made from timber!

All the materials that go into our products are the very best available. Our doors are the perfect marriage of artistic design with technical know-how and they are specifically designed to protect your home from intruders whilst delivering the ultimate kerb-appeal and turning heads for all the right reasons.

Stylish and secure, our steel security doors are beautiful and functional which proves that steel is the best material for front doors!

Fingerprint recognition for smart security doors from Secure House

Fingerprint recognition for smart security doors

Fingerprint recognition is one of the growing home security technologies and we’re delighted to say that our high security doors are compatible with Crestron products, the world’s leading provider of customer home automation and control technology.

Crestron’s fingerprint recognition systems for smart security doors are offered through its integrated partnership with ekey biometric systems GmbH and enable us to provide our clients with these world-class biometric technologies to suit their own specific requirements.

What is fingerprint recognition?

Fingerprint recognition is an automated process that enables the identification and verification of individuals based on their unique fingerprint. Fingerprint access solutions and systems consist of a scanner with a light sensitive microchip. When a person places their finger on the scanner it will produce a digital image. Using high-tech, pattern matching software, the image is analysed and turned into a code that is either recognised or not. If the code is recognised, entry is permitted, if not, entry is denied.

Creating smart security doors for a smart house

All of our smart security doors with fingerprint recognition access solutions are smart house compatible and will enable you to further enhance any other smart technology used within your home.

Crestron’s fingerprint recognition access solutions include a discreet wall-mounted finger scanner which links with our various multi-point locking and other control systems. One-touch entry is facilitated and security enhanced since traditional pin-codes, keys or access cards are not required.

Fingerprint recognition is not only reliable and highly secure, it’s also extremely convenient and easy to use. You won’t need to worry about losing or misplacing your keys or ever being locked out of your house. Your finger is your key to your home! And even if you cut or injure your finger, the intelligent software utilised will detect this and adapt accordingly.

The Secure House of the future

Easy to install and integrate with any of our high security doors, these fingerprint recognition access systems allow anyone to create their secure house of the future. Track who is coming into your home and link to other control systems such as CCTV or facial recognition to add another layer of security and peace of mind for you and your family.

For more information of a free home security consultation, contact any of the Secure House team on 0207 8594207 or email: info@secure-house.co.uk

Security doors for remote areas from Secure House

Security doors in remote areas

We often receive calls enquiring about installing security doors in homes, offices and other premises located in remote areas.

Achieving a higher than usual level of security is paramount in such locations since there may be no-one in the vicinity for days on end, thus giving would-be intruders the opportunity to gain unfettered access without ever being noticed.

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New designs to be revealed at Grand Designs Live

We’re counting down the days until we head to the ExCeL in London for one of our favourite exhibitions: Grand Designs Live from 4th to 12th May.

As the UK’s leading high security door and window specialists, this year on our 20mstand we’ll be showcasing several of our new and most popular custom-made door designs and a number of brand new finishes that we now have available. We’re really excited to reveal these latest additions to our range; we’re certain you’ll love them!

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