Protect your home from thieves when it’s unoccupied

According to the Office for National Statistics, 59% of intruders gained entry to a targeted property via the front door with 70% of all domestic burglaries taking place during the week. Add to these figures the fact that the risk of burglary doubles in the run up to and over Christmas and you realise there’s never been a better time to protect your home, especially when it’s unoccupied.

These figures, unfortunately, come as no surprise to us. We have lost count of how many calls we’ve received from distraught homeowners who have been burgled whilst at work on a Monday afternoon or the properties we’ve visited after Christmas where the front door has not withstood an attack and the home has been ransacked by thieves. That’s the worst part of our job.

The good news is, here at Secure House, we know exactly how to get get one step ahead of the burglars and remain there. This means increasing the security in and around your home in as many different ways as possible.

As homeowners ourselves, our main objective is to ensure that our family and our possessions are as safe and secure as possible and the first place to start is by replacing windows and doors with security windows and doors.

We have a huge range of the very highest quality security doors and windows to choose from. Not only do each and every one of our products offer enhanced home protection and security, they also look stunning and are specifically designed to secure your home and complement its individual style and character at the same time. People often think that a secure window or door will be ugly and purely functional. That’s definitely not the case with our products!

With a modest investment, it is possible to manufacture and install a bespoke or off-the-shelf security front door and we would also recommend replacing any back or side doors with a matching security door for all round protection. Adding security windows and even security shutters should also be considered if budgets allow.

Adding security front, side and back doors and windows to any home will make all the difference when it comes to improving residential safety and security. They will also completely transform the aesthetics of a property and add value. But, most importantly, they will ensure that burglars remain on the outside of your property where they belong!

The ultimate in home security: a panic room

A panic room isn’t just reserved for the rich and famous; they can be retrofitted in any property using security walls to offer the ultimate when it comes to home security.

Creating a panic room using security walls
Creating a panic room using security walls

Here at Secure House, we have worked with a wide variety of different clients over the last few years, each of whom has chosen to include a panic room using our security wall solution to protect themselves, their family and their valuables in the event of a home invasion.

In the first instance, we will carry out a free site survey that enable us to identify the most suitable room in the house to transform. It doesn’t matter the shape or size of the room or space, even the smallest rooms can be converted in a highly cost effective home security project.

Once we have identified the location, we will manufacture ‘made to measure’ steel, bulletproof security wall panels. Our expert team will then retrofit each of these panels to the walls of the room to create a bespoke safe room.

To find out more about installing a panic room in your home using our security walls, contact the Secure House team on Tel: 0207 859 4207 or email: info@secure-house.co.uk

New SR4 rated security shutters now available!

Continuing our commitment to offering all of our commercial and industrial clients the very best security products, we’re now able to supply and install a new range of Secured By Design and LPS1175 SR4 certified security shutters from Xonar.

Products certified to SR4 will provide resistance to experienced and determined attempts to force entry using a range of hand- and battery-powered tools. They are ideal for properties that are deemed to be of ‘medium commercial risk’.

A truly innovative set of security shutters, the Xonar 900 series features an all-aluminium construction with self-locking profiles for a unified security solution in a range of commercial and industrial properties.

They can be fitted both externally and internally and are aesthetically pleasing, lightweight and very easy to operate. Since they require no ancillary locking, once installed the unique profiles enable the user to lock the shutter in place in any stop position, so there’s zero need to lift or lever the shutter into its desired position.

Each Xonar 900 series shutter can also be manufactured in a powdered coated finish and is available in any RAL colour of choice.

To find out more about these highly versatile and highly secure SR4 security shutters, please contact any of the Secure House team on 0207 8594 207 or info@secure-house.co.uk

Louvred security doors

Louvred security doors: great ventilation, top security and super stylish

We’re delighted to announce the inclusion of a range of louvred security doors to our ever-increasing product portfolio.

Louvred doors can be used in a variety of locations and applications. They are particularly useful when a high level of ventilation or specific temperature is required such as in industrial premises, store or plant rooms and substations.

As well as providing excellent ventilation, the full width stainless steel louvres deliver top security and offer a super stylish solution for an aesthetically pleasing, French door-style finish.

Each louvre is placed uniformly to provide an interlocking system. This creates a lightweight door yet one that has superior strength and rigidity. This design, with varying levels of security up to Security Rating 2, prevents attack and break-in from intruders and provides high protection for plant, kit and products inside the building.

Multipoint locking systems can be fitted to the louvred doors for an extra layer of security and each door features protected hinges for even further protection.

Available in a number of different finishes and colours, our doors are galvanised and power coated for a smooth finish.

For more information on these louvred security doors or any of our other products, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Secure House team on 0207 8594 207 or info@secure-house.co.uk

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.

“And the law of England has so particular and tender a regard to the immunity of a man’s house, that it stiles it his castle, and will never suffer it to be violated with immunity.”*

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!