standard UK door sizes

A handy guide to standard UK door sizes

It’s true to say that doors come in all different sizes, so we’ve used our expert knowledge to put together this handy guide to standard UK door sizes to help you understand what doors fit best and why.

Is there a ‘standard’ UK door size?

Yes, there are standard UK door sizes but you must be explicit in whether it’s a front door (external door) or internal door that you need to size. They’re definitely not the same! And, obviously, doors come in a variety of widths for various reasons. Interestingly, however, the standard (or most common) height of doors is 78 inches, 6’6” or 1981mm depending on which unit of measurement you prefer to use!

When it comes to the width of a door, the standard UK door sizes are 711.2mm (28 inches), 762mm (30 inches), 812.8mm (32 inches) or 914.4mm (36 inches).

Now, we’ll take a look at specific types of doors and see how their sizing compares.

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Standard Internal Door Sizes in the UK

Door Type Width (mm) Height (mm) Common Use
Single Leaf (Regular) 762 (2’6″) 1981 (6’6″) Bedrooms, Bathrooms
Single Leaf (Wider) 838 (2’9″) 1981 (6’6″) Living Areas, Hallways
Single Leaf (Extra Wide) 914 (3’0″) 1981 (6’6″) Grand Entrances, Open Spaces
Double Leaf (French Doors) 1524 (5’0″) 1981 (6’6″) Connecting Rooms, Patio Access
Sliding Door (Pocket Door) Customizable 1981 (6’6″) Space-Saving Solutions
Bi-Fold Door Customizable 1981 (6’6″) Compact Spaces, Wardrobes
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Door sizes conversion chart

Metric (mm) Imperial (feet & inches) Imperial (inches)
1981 x 305 6ft 6″ x 1ft 78″ x 12″
1981 x 457 6ft 6″ x 1ft 6″ 78″ x 18″
1981 x 533 6ft 6″ x 1ft 9″ 78″ x 21″
1981 x 610 6ft 6″ x 2ft 78″ x 24″
1981 x 686 6ft 6″ x 2ft 3″ 78″ x 27″
1981 x 711 6ft 6″ x 2ft 4″ 78″ x 28″
1981 x 762 6ft 6″ x 2ft 6″ 78″ x 30″
2032 x 813 6ft 8″ x 2ft 8″ 80″ x 32″
1981 x 838 6ft 6″ x 2ft 9″ 78″ x 33″
1981 x 864 6ft 6″ x 2ft 10″ 78″ x 34″
2040 x 526 6ft 8.3″ x 1ft 8.7″ 80.3″ x 20.7″
2040 x 626 6ft 8.3″ x 2ft 0.6″ 80.3″ x 24.6″
2040 x 726 6ft 8.3″ x 2ft 4.6″ 80.3″ x 28.6″
2040 x 826 6ft 8.3″ x 2ft 8.5″ 80.3″ x 32.5″
2040 x 926 6ft 8.3″ x 3ft 0.5″ 80.3″ x 36.5″

External door sizes: is there a standard size here too?

When we talk about external doors here at Secure House, we’re usually referring to a front door. Let’s start with a conventional front door for a residential property. Typically, the front door of your home will be either 762mm (30 inches) or 838 (33 inches) wide and 1981mm (78 inches) high.

Over the last few years, there has been a clear trend towards ‘oversize’ doors and double doors, both of which are specifically designed to create a very grand entrance.

Internal door sizes explained

Continuing with the same external standard door height of 1981mm (78 inches), the standard UK door size for an internal door is 1981mm (78 inches) x 762mm (30 inches). In the joinery industry, you may hear a joiner refer to this as a 2’6” door.

However, as with front doors, there is also the option of creating smaller or wider openings into certain rooms and double doors linking, for example, a dining room to a living room are very popular since they can transform a room for a relatively small investment.

When purchasing internal doors, it is important to take into account the type of property they to be installed in. Whilst the standard internal door size in the UK is 1981mm (78 inches) x 762mm (30 inches), period properties often have wider openings so it’s vital that you measure the aperture correctly before you buy. This is one of the reasons we offer a professional measuring service.

Equally, new build properties offer the chance to create a truly bespoke internal door size to suit the type of home being built. You may wish to go for slightly wider internal doors, add double doors or space-saving sliding doors for certain rooms.

Allowing for disabled access

When taking into account disabled access either into a private residence or commercial building, the width of the door needs to be closely considered. We would recommend using doors of at least 900mm (35.4 inches) in width to allow comfortable access for wheelchair users.

Bespoke doors. Yes, they really are a thing

And, finally, just a brief note to say that doors can be created to any size or specification in our world-class manufacturing facility. So, if standard really isn’t your thing, just ask!

If you’d like to find out more about standard UK door sizes, or to arrange a site consultation and bespoke measurement, please contact any of the Secure House team on 0207 859 4207 [email protected]

Door Materials and Finishes

When it comes to internal doors in the UK, the choice of materials and finishes can significantly impact both aesthetics and durability. Solid wood doors, known for their timeless appeal and sturdiness, are a popular choice. Engineered wood doors offer a more cost-effective option while maintaining a wood-like appearance. Meanwhile, MDF doors, often used for their versatility, can be easily painted to match any interior decor. The finish of the door, whether it’s painted, stained, or laminated, also plays a pivotal role in achieving the desired look and feel within your living spaces. Consider the overall style of your home and personal preferences when selecting the material and finish that best suits your needs.

Fire Door Regulations

In the United Kingdom, fire safety is of paramount importance. Therefore, it’s crucial to understand fire door regulations, especially when choosing doors for areas like kitchens and escape routes. Fire doors are designed to contain the spread of fire and smoke for a specified period, giving occupants valuable time to evacuate safely. These doors are rigorously tested and must meet specific size and performance criteria. It’s essential to consult building regulations or a professional to ensure you’re using the correct fire-rated doors in the appropriate locations to comply with safety standards.

Soundproofing Doors

For peace and tranquility within your home, consider the acoustic properties of internal doors. Thicker doors with solid cores tend to provide better sound insulation, making them ideal for bedrooms, home offices, or any space where privacy and reduced noise intrusion are essential. Additionally, you can explore the option of acoustic seals and weatherstripping to further enhance soundproofing. When selecting doors, pay attention to the Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating, as it indicates the door’s ability to reduce sound transmission.

Door Hardware

Door hardware, including handles, locks, and hinges, not only influences the functionality of your doors but also adds a touch of style. The choice of hardware should complement the door’s design and your interior decor. Lever handles, for instance, offer ease of use and can suit modern aesthetics, while traditional knob handles may be more fitting for a classic interior. High-quality locks and hinges are essential for security and smooth operation, so invest in reliable hardware that matches your door’s purpose.

Door Installation Tips

Proper installation is key to ensuring that your doors function correctly and look their best. Whether you’re replacing an existing door or installing a new one, precise measurements are critical. Ensure that the doorframe is level and plumb, and consider consulting a professional installer if you’re uncertain about your DIY skills. Proper alignment, hinge installation, and sealing gaps are essential steps to prevent drafts and ensure the door swings smoothly.

Maintenance and Care

To extend the lifespan and appearance of your internal doors, regular maintenance is necessary. Depending on the door’s material and finish, maintenance tasks may include periodic cleaning, refinishing, or resealing. Keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear, such as scratches or dents, and address them promptly to prevent further damage. Lubricate hinges and locks as needed to ensure smooth operation. A well-maintained door not only functions optimally but also adds to the overall appeal of your home.

Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient doors can contribute to a more comfortable and cost-effective living environment. For external doors, consider those with effective weatherstripping to prevent drafts. Insulated doors can help regulate indoor temperatures and reduce energy bills. If privacy is a concern, you can choose doors with energy-efficient glazing options that allow natural light to enter while maintaining thermal efficiency. Investing in energy-efficient doors is not only environmentally responsible but also financially beneficial in the long run.

Cost Considerations

The cost of internal doors can vary significantly based on factors like materials, size, style, and brand. Solid wood doors tend to be pricier than MDF or engineered wood options, and customized or bespoke doors will typically come with a higher price tag. It’s essential to establish a budget before shopping for doors and weigh the benefits of different materials and features against your financial constraints. Keep in mind that while high-quality doors may have a higher upfront cost, they often offer greater durability and long-term value.

Interior Design and Styling

Internal doors play a pivotal role in interior design and styling. The choice of door style, color, and finish can impact the overall aesthetic of your home. For a cohesive look, consider doors that complement your existing decor and architectural style. Modern homes may benefit from sleek and minimalist door designs, while traditional interiors may call for more ornate and classic options. Don’t overlook the potential of doors as design elements; they can add character and elegance to your living spaces.

Online Resources and Tools

In today’s digital age, numerous online resources and tools are available to aid in your door selection process. You can find door size calculators to determine the right fit for your openings, browse design inspiration galleries to visualize various door styles in different settings, and even use virtual room planners to experiment with door placement and design. These online resources can be valuable aids in making informed decisions and ensuring that your chosen doors align with your vision for your home.

Allowing for Disabled Access

When considering door sizes, it’s crucial to factor in accessibility, especially for private residences or commercial buildings. Wider doors, typically at least 900mm (35.4 inches) in width, are recommended to accommodate wheelchair users comfortably. Ensuring that your doors are wheelchair-friendly is not only a matter of convenience but also a legal requirement in many cases. Consider the needs of all potential occupants or visitors to your property to create an inclusive and accessible environment.

Bespoke Doors

For those who desire a truly unique and tailored solution, bespoke doors offer endless possibilities. These doors can be created to any size, style, or specification in specialized manufacturing facilities. If the standard door sizes or designs do not align with your vision, bespoke doors allow you to express your creativity and design preferences fully. Keep in mind that while bespoke doors offer flexibility, they may come with a longer lead time and higher costs due to their customized nature.

By including these expanded sections in your article, you’ll provide readers with a comprehensive guide to internal doors in the UK, covering essential topics and considerations for selecting, installing, and maintaining doors in their homes or properties.

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profile systems for doors

Here’s what you need to know about profile systems for doors

Profile systems for doors refer to the structural framework or profiles used in the construction of doors, especially in the context of doors made from materials like wood, aluminium, or PVC. These profiles contribute to the overall strength, durability, and aesthetic appeal of the door. Here are some key aspects to understand when you’re looking at profile systems for doors.

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Material

    • Wood: Traditional doors are often made of wood. The profiles for wooden doors can be solid or engineered wood and, as such they’re great at providing a classic and warm appearance.
    • Aluminium: Aluminium profiles are more lightweight, durable, and resistant to corrosion. They are often used in modern door designs, especially in commercial settings but they are also very popular amongst our residential clients.
    • PVC: PVC profiles are renowned for their affordability, low maintenance, and resistance to moisture. They are commonly used in doors for bathrooms and other areas prone to humidity.

Design and style

    • Profiles play a significant role in determining the overall look of the door. They can be sleek and modern or more ornate and traditional, depending on the design preferences and architectural style.

Strength and durability

    • The profile system contributes to the actual structural integrity of the door. The choice of material and the design of the profiles impact the door’s strength and durability, ensuring it can withstand everyday use and environmental factors such as wind, rain and changes in temperature.

Insulation

    • Some profile systems are designed to enhance insulation, helping to regulate temperature and sound transmission. This is particularly important for exterior doors or doors separating different areas of a building.

Finishes and coatings

    • Profiles may have different finishes or coatings to enhance their appearance and protect them from the elements. For example, aluminium profiles may have powder coatings for added durability and aesthetics.

Security features

    • The profile system can also incorporate features to enhance the security of the door, such as reinforced sections or multi-point locking systems.

Ease of maintenance

    • The maintenance requirements vary depending on the material used. PVC is known for being low maintenance, while wood may require more care to prevent issues like warping or rot.
    • Some profile systems allow for customization, enabling doors to be tailored to specific sizes, shapes, and design preferences.

Installation considerations

    • Some profile systems allow for customization, enabling doors to be tailored to specific sizes, shapes, and design preferences.
    • Ensure that the chosen profile system you select complies with relevant building codes and standards to meet safety and performance requirements.

When choosing a profile system for doors, it’s important to consider factors such as the door’s intended use, the overall design aesthetic, and the environmental conditions it will face. Consulting with professionals, such as the team here at Secure House, and manufacturers can help in making informed decisions based on specific needs and preferences.

If you have any questions about profile systems for doors, please feel free to get in touch with any of the Secure House team on 0207 859 4207 [email protected]

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Artistic door designs

Artistic door designs can add a unique and creative touch to any space, whether it’s a home, office, or public building. You can insert your own personality and flair with an artistic door design that’s unique to you and we’ve gathered together are some imaginative and inspiring door design ideas to inspire and motivate!

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Carved wood doors

Elaborate wood carvings can turn a simple door into a work of art. Intricate patterns, nature motifs, or even scenes from mythology can be carved into the door panels.

Stained glass doors

Stained glass has been used for centuries in windows but it can also be easily incorporated into door designs to add real colour and a touch of elegance to the surroundings. Consider using vibrant colours and unique patterns to create a visually stunning effect that will wow visitors to your home.

Metallic accents

Integrating metal elements is a great was of elevating the door design for a modern and industrial look that is so popular right now. Metal can be used for intricate patterns, handles, or even as a textured surface to create an additional talking point.

Barn doors

Repurposed barn doors (if you can source any!) will add rustic charm to any space. If you are lucky enough to find some, consider using reclaimed wood and antique hardware for an authentic and artistic touch to the finished doors.

Glass panel doors with artwork

Transparent or frosted glass panels can be enhanced with artistic designs or etchings. This allows for privacy while still incorporating a personalized touch.

Hidden or sliding doors

Concealed doors or sliding doors can be customized with artistic elements. When closed, they can function as a piece of art, and when open, they reveal a functional entryway.

Mosaic tile doors

Use mosaic tiles to create vibrant and intricate patterns on door surfaces. This is especially effective in Mediterranean or Bohemian-inspired designs.

Painted murals

Turn doors into canvases for painted murals. This could be a single large painting or a series of smaller paintings that create a cohesive story when the doors are closed.

Geometric patterns

Incorporate bold geometric patterns into door designs. This can be achieved through various materials such as wood, metal, or even with the use of contrasting paint colours.

Digital or LED doors

Explore the use of technology by incorporating LED lights or digital displays into doors. This allows for dynamic and customizable artistic elements.

Nature-inspired doors

Bring the outdoors inside by incorporating nature-inspired elements such as leaves, vines, or animal motifs into the door design.

When designing artistic doors, it’s essential to consider the overall aesthetic of the space and how the door complements the surrounding environment. Additionally, working with skilled artisans or craftsmen can help bring these designs to life with precision and craftsmanship.

If you’d like to know more about how to incorporate artistic door designs in your home, office or commercial building, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Secure House team on 0207 859 4207 [email protected]

How to conduct a security audit for your business

How to conduct a security audit for your business

Conducting a security audit for your shop front is absolutely crucial to ensure the safety of your premises, assets, and customers. The team here at Secure House is well-versed in supporting retail businesses to carry out security audits, it’s something we do on a regular basis for our commercial clients. This is one of the reasons why we wanted to put together a few handy tips and hints and create a comprehensive guide to help you perform a thorough security audit.

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Define scope, objectives and assemble a team

Clearly define the scope of your security audit. Identify the systems, networks, applications, and data that will be included. The next step is to set specific objectives for the audit, such as identifying vulnerabilities, assessing compliance with security policies, and evaluating the effectiveness of security controls.

Form a dedicated team of your personnel and third parties with expertise in information security, including network security, application security, physical security, and compliance.

Create an inventory

Make sure you develop an inventory of all assets, including hardware, software, data, and personnel.

Identify risks, threats and review security policies

Conduct a complete risk assessment to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities. Consider both internal and external factors that could impact your business.

Examine existing security policies and procedures to ensure they are comprehensive and up-to-date. Evaluate whether employees are aware of and adhere to these policies.

Physical security

Assess the physical security of your premises, including access controls, surveillance, and environmental controls. Ask yourself how secure your shopfront is. Do you have security glazing in place? Could the door to your premises be upgraded to a high security door? If you run a luxury retail store, is it worth investing in an air-lock? Is the locking system on your doors adequate? Take a look at these physical aspects and, if they’re not up to scratch, get in touch with us to arrange a free site consultation to discuss how you can further improve security in this area.

Incident response plan

Review and test your incident response plan to ensure that your organization is prepared to handle security incidents effectively. Consider ‘acting out’ a potential security incident and see how everyone deals with it. You can then assess and make any changes or additions as necessary to ensure you are more than prepared for any ‘real life’ incident.

Compliance check, user education and awareness

Ensure compliance with relevant regulations and standards, such as GDPR, HIPAA, or industry-specific regulations.

Evaluate the effectiveness of security awareness training programs for employees.

Documentation and reporting

Document findings, including vulnerabilities, risks, and recommendations for improvement. Provide clear, actionable reports to stakeholders.

Develop a plan to address identified vulnerabilities and implement necessary changes. Regularly review and update security measures.

Continuous monitoring

Establish continuous monitoring mechanisms to detect and respond to new security threats and vulnerabilities. Please remember that a security audit is not a one-time event; it should be conducted regularly to adapt to evolving threats and changes in your business environment. Regular updates to policies and procedures are crucial to maintaining a strong security posture.

By following these steps, you’ll be able to conduct a comprehensive security audit for your shop front, helping to safeguard your business and its assets. If you’d like some support and technical advice when it comes to physical support, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Secure House team on 0207 859 4207 [email protected]

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Modern Doors in Commercial Spaces: Trends and Design Inspirations

It’s safe to say that general trends and design inspirations for modern doors in commercial spaces are changing all the time. Design trends are just that. They’re trends and they evolve over time. However, here at Secure House we always have our eyes out for those latest trends, plus we’re installing modern doors in a wide variety of commercial spaces on a weekly basis. So, let’s share some of our ideas and considerations for how best to use modern doors in commercial spaces.

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Glass and metal combinations

Materials: Incorporating glass and metal in all types of door designs continues to be popular. This combination enhances a modern and sleek aesthetic.

Frameless designs: Frameless glass doors are great for creating a seamless look, allowing natural light to flow and creating an open feel.

Smart door technology

Integration: Commercial spaces are increasingly incorporating smart door technologies for security and convenience, such as keyless entry systems, facial recognition, and touchless access controls.

Customisation: Doors with integrated sensors, automatic opening/closing mechanisms, and connectivity to building management systems are becoming more common.

Sliding and folding doors: In situations where space is limited, sliding and folding doors are popular choices. These designs maximize usable space and add a dynamic element to the environment.

Bold colours and patterns

Statement doors: Vibrant colours, bold patterns, and unique textures are being used to make doors stand out as statement pieces within a space.

Make it your own: Companies are increasingly opting for customized doors that align with their brand colours and overall aesthetic.

Natural elements: Bringing elements of nature into commercial spaces is a growing trend. Doors with wood finishes, organic patterns, or greenery integrated into the design contribute to a sense of well-being.

Innovative materials

Carbon fibre: High-tech materials like carbon fibre are being used for doors due to their strength, durability, and lightweight properties.

Recycled materials: Sustainable and recycled materials are gaining popularity, aligning with the growing focus on environmental responsibility.

Accoustic performance

Soundproofing: Especially in office environments, doors designed for improved acoustic performance are essential. This helps create quieter and more productive spaces.

Mixing traditional and modern elements

Transitional design: Combining traditional and modern elements can create a unique and timeless look, catering to a broad range of tastes.

Sustainable design

Energy efficiency: Doors with energy-efficient features, such as insulated glass and eco-friendly materials, are gaining popularity in line with sustainability goals.

Clean lines: Minimalist door designs with clean lines and simple aesthetics contribute to a modern and uncluttered appearance.

Hidden hardware: Concealed hinges and handles add to the minimalist look.

All in all

When planning the design of modern doors in commercial spaces, it’s crucial to consider the specific needs and branding of the business, as well as compliance with safety and accessibility standards. Additionally, consulting with a professional designer or architect can help ensure that the chosen design aligns with the overall vision for the commercial space.

If you’d like to find out more about installing modern doors in commercial spaces, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Secure House team on 0207 859 4207 or email: [email protected]

Top Security Measures for Retailers

Burglar-Proofing Your Shop: Top Security Measures for Retailers

Securing your retail shop is crucial to protect your merchandise, assets, and ensure the safety of your employees and customers. Over the last few years, we’ve helped hundreds of retailers across Europe to ensure their premises are protected from burglars so, we’d like to share a few of our top security measures to burglar-proof your shop:.

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Alarm systems

Install a reliable alarm system that includes motion detectors, door/window sensors, and glass break sensors.

Ensure the alarm system is monitored by a professional security company that can dispatch authorities in case of an emergency.

CCTV Surveillance

Install high-quality CCTV cameras at key entry points, exits, and vulnerable areas within your store.

Ensure cameras cover the sales floor, stockrooms, and cash registers.

Display signs indicating that the premises are under video surveillance, as this can act as a deterrent.

Access Control Systems

Limit access to specific areas with electronic access control systems and automatic locking as required. At Secure House we install such systems, as well as full air-lock entrances for retail clients.

Lighting

Adequate lighting around your shop can deter criminals. Ensure both the exterior and interior are well-lit.

Consider motion-activated lights for the exterior, as sudden illumination can startle intruders.

Secure Windows and Doors

Our speciality! There is a myriad of options when it comes to secure windows and doors and creating secure shop fronts. We’re experts in this area. Some ideas to consider include: the use of security and/or reinforced glass on any windows and glass doors to make forced entry difficult.

Locking systems are also key in this respect with automatic opening and closing controlled by retail staff inside the store as well as an ‘air-lock’ between the street and the store itself that can safely contain an intruder if needed.

Security shutters

Again, another area in which we excel. Security shutters (and security grilles) can be both aesthetically pleasing AND highly secure. The installation of high security shutters or grilles that can be closed after hours to protect storefront windows and doors is an ideal and cost-effective deterrent to potential burglars.

Safe and Cash Management

Use a secure safe for storing cash and valuable items.

Limit the amount of cash kept on-site and use a drop safe during business hours.

Employee Training

Train your staff on security protocols, including proper opening and closing procedures.

Encourage every employee to report any suspicious activity or individuals that they may see during the course of their working day.

Neighbourhood Watch

Establish good relations with neighbouring businesses and join or form a neighbourhood watch program.

Share information about security measures and incidents with other local retailers.

Regular Maintenance

Ensure that all security equipment is regularly maintained and tested.

Repair any broken locks, doors, or windows promptly.

All in all

By combining these measures, you can create a comprehensive security plan to protect your retail shop from burglary and enhance the overall safety of your business. Regularly reassess your security measures to adapt to changing circumstances and emerging technologies.

If you’d like to find out more about the various measures you can take to protect to burglar-proof your shop, including installing security doors and windows, security grilles or a complete secure shop front, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Secure House team to arrange a free consultation and site visit on 0207 859 4207 or email: [email protected]

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Main questions you should ask before you choose your home security provider

Whenever you’re at home, day or night, it’s imperative that you feel safe and secure with secure-house.co.uk security windows, garage doors and doors for home. That’s something we’ve been helping people with for many years now. As such, one of the questions we’re often asked is “how do I choose a home security provider?”

Choosing the right home security provider is a crucial decision to protect your home and loved ones. So, before making a choice, we would suggest that you consider asking the following questions.

The main questions

1) What are my specific security needs?

a. Assess your home’s vulnerabilities, such as entry points, valuables, and potential risks to help you to determine what type of security system you need.

2) Is the provider licensed and certified?

a. Always ensure the provider is licensed and certified to offer security services in your area, which often implies a level of professionalism and quality. If they’re not, move on!

3) What is the provider’s reputation?

a. Look online at the provider’s reviews, ratings, and testimonials from current or past customers to gauge their reputation and reliability.

4) Does the provider offer professional monitoring?

a. Determine whether or not the provider offers 24/7 professional monitoring services to respond to emergencies when you’re not available. As we said right at the start of this post, you need to feel safe and secure at all times.

5) What is the response time for alerts and alarms?

a. Enquire about the average response time for the specific security provider to contact you and/or dispatch authorities in the event of an alarm. Their response should be rapid and appropriate to your requirements.

6) Are the security systems customizable?

a. Ensure the provider offers systems and services that can be tailored to your suit your specific needs and preferences.

7) Is the equipment reliable and up-to-date?

a. Ask about the quality and technology of the security equipment they provide. Ensure it is up-to-date and well-maintained. Ideally you want to have the very latest tech within the budget you have available.

8) What is the pricing structure?

a. Before you progress, make sure you fully understand the cost of installation, monthly monitoring fees, and any additional charges. Be clear about the contract terms and cancellation policies.

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9) Can the system be integrated with other smart home devices?

a. If you have other smart home devices, such as lights or cameras, check if the security system can be integrated for more comprehensive home automation.

10) Is mobile access and remote control provided?

a. Find out if you can monitor and control your security system via a mobile app, and whether you’ll receive alerts and notifications on your smartphone.

11) What is the warranty and maintenance policy?

a. Ask about the warranty on equipment and whether they offer ongoing maintenance or support for the solution you select.

12) What happens in case of a power outage or system failure?

a. Understand exactly what backup systems are in place to ensure that your security remains intact during power outages or system malfunctions.

13) What is the provider’s emergency response plan?

a. Learn about their protocols for handling emergencies and their communication with you during such situations.

14) Can you easily relocate the system if you move?

a. Check if the provider allows for the transfer or relocation of the security system in case you move to a new home.

15) Can you see a demonstration or take up a trial period?

a. Request a demonstration or inquire about a trial period to test the system and services before committing to a long-term contract.

16) What is the provider’s customer support availability?

a. Ensure that customer support is readily available, including after-hours support, in case you encounter any issues or have questions.

To sum up

By asking these questions and carefully evaluating the answers, you will be in the best position to make an informed decision when choosing a home security provider that meets your requirements and budget.

If you’d like further help in choosing a security provider, please contact the Secure House team on 0207 859 4207 [email protected]

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What are the main items you should have in your panic room?

A panic room is a secure space specifically designed to provide protection and security in case of emergencies, such as home invasions or natural disasters. We have lots of experience of designing, planning and installing panic rooms in residential properties and have developed a clear understanding of exactly what should be included in the panic room once it’s complete.

So, we’ve put together a list of the specific items you should have in your panic room. Of course, what you include will vary depending on your own needs and the purpose of the room, but here are some common items to consider.

A Reinforced Door

This is a must-have item for every panic room! The door to the panic room should be of a ballistic level (you can select different levels to withstand various forms of attack) and then reinforced with heavy-duty locks, self-closing/locking device and deadbolts to withstand forced entry attempts.

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Communication Devices

You should have a way to communicate with the outside world, such as a landline phone, a cell phone with good reception, or a two-way radio. In the event of an attack, you will need comms to contact the police and emergency services.

Surveillance System

Install a security camera system that allows you to monitor the exterior of your home from inside the panic room. This will enable you to watch what is happening and be notified of the arrival of the police or security company.

Emergency Lighting

Battery-powered or backup lighting sources are vital to ensure visibility during power outages.

Food and Water

Non-perishable food and water supplies to sustain you and your family for at least a few days.

First Aid Kit

A well-equipped first aid kit with essential medical supplies and medications that you or your family might need if you have to stay in the panic room for an extended period.

Ventilation System

A ventilation system with adequate filtration components to ensure a supply of fresh air while keeping out any potential contaminants.

Emergency Exit

Consider including a secondary exit within your panic room, such as a hidden passage or escape hatch, in case the main entrance becomes compromised.

Secure Storage

Safes or lockable cabinets to store important documents such as passports and wills, and valuables.

Clothing and Bedding

Warm clothing, blankets, and sleeping bags to stay comfortable during a prolonged stay.

Backup Power

A backup generator or alternative power source to ensure essential systems remain operational in the event of an attack occurring.

Supplies for Children and Pets

If you have any children or pets, ensure you have supplies for their needs, including food, water, diapers, and pet care items.

To sum up

It’s important to regularly maintain and check the items in your panic room to ensure they are functional and up-to-date. Additionally, it’s a good idea to have a communication plan and emergency contacts readily available in the room. The specific items you choose to include in your panic room should be based on your unique circumstances and security concerns.

If you’re considering adding a panic room in your home and you’d like to find out more about how to do this, please feel free to contact us to arrange a site consultation to discuss your specific requirements. You can reach the Secure House team on 0207 859 4207 [email protected]

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What’s the best way to hide a panic room in your house?

“What’s the best way to hide a panic room in your house?” is a question we’re often asked here at Secure House. As you will understand, hiding a panic room in your home effectively is crucial if you wish to maintain its security and keep it a secret from potential intruders.

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With our extensive knowledge of designing and building panic rooms we’ve have several top tips to share. So, here are a few ways to conceal a panic room:

Conceal the entrance to the panic room

Use a hidden door: Install a bookshelf, a painting, or a piece of furniture that serves as a hidden door to access the panic room. There are specialized companies (including Secure House!) that can create custom hidden doors to match your home’s décor.

Fake wall panels: Create false wall panels that blend in with the surrounding walls, disguising the entrance. These panels can be designed to look like any part of the room, such as a wall with artwork or a built-in cabinet.

Use items of furniture to disguise

  • Use heavy furniture: Place heavy furniture in front of or near the entrance, making it difficult for intruders to discover the entrance easily. Large wardrobes, sideboards, cabinets, or bookshelves are ideal for this purpose.
  • Mirrors: Install floor-to-ceiling mirrors that slide or swing to reveal the hidden entrance behind them. Mirrors not only disguise the door but also make the room appear larger.

Create false rooms

Create a decoy room: Design a room that appears to be the primary target for intruders, such as a home office or a guest bedroom. This can divert the attention of a potential burglar away from the actual panic room itself.

Hidden within closets: Some panic rooms are concealed within large walk-in closets or wardrobes and are located behind the racks and shelves where clothes and shoes are hung and stored.

Turn to technology

Biometric or keypad access: Incorporate a biometric (fingerprint or retinal scan) or keypad access system to open the hidden door. This adds an extra layer of security and minimizes the risk of unauthorized access.

Remote control: In some cases, you can use a remote control or smartphone app to activate the hidden door’s opening mechanism.

Landscaping and exterior concealment

  • If possible, consider disguising the entrance to the panic room from the outside, perhaps through clever landscaping or architectural features.
  • Avoid any obvious signs like large ventilation pipes or unusual structural elements that could give away the room’s location from the exterior.

Remember that the effectiveness of concealing your panic room will always depend on the quality of its original concept and construction, the materials used, and the level of discretion in its design. It’s also essential to educate your family members or trusted individuals on how to access the panic room in case of an emergency while maintaining its secrecy. Consult with security professionals or contractors, such as ourselves, who are experienced in creating concealed safe spaces for the best results.

If you’d like to find out more about panic rooms, or to arrange a site consultation to discuss your specific requirements for a panic room, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Secure House team on 0207 859 4207 [email protected]

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Ventilated Doors: Enhancing Comfort and Energy Efficiency in Your Living Spaces

When it comes to enhancing comfort and energy efficiency in living spaces, ventilated doors can make a valuable addition as they offer a wide range of benefits that will deliver both of these desired objectives.

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What is a ventilated door?

A ventilated door is essentially a door that is specifically designed to better facilitate – and control as required – the flow of air between rooms or between indoor and outdoor areas whilst maintaining privacy and security. They can be particularly beneficial in homes, offices, or commercial spaces in which it is a priority to provide a sustainably comfortable environment whilst minimizing energy consumption. A ventilated door is an ideal and highly proven solution in these scenarios.

How does a ventilated door actually work?

In relation to delivering further comfort and supporting energy efficiency in living spaces, ventilated doors work in the following ways:

Improving air circulation

Ventilated doors facilitate better air circulation, which is essential for maintaining a fresh and comfortable indoor environment. Proper air circulation helps distribute cool or warm air more evenly, preventing stagnant air pockets and reducing the chances of hot or cold spots within a room.

Providing natural ventilation

Ventilated doors enable natural ventilation by allowing fresh outdoor air to enter and stale indoor air to exit. This can be especially useful during mild weather conditions when you want to reduce reliance on mechanical cooling or heating systems.

Reducing energy consumption

By harnessing natural air currents, ventilated doors can help reduce the need for artificial cooling and heating. This, in turn, can lead to lower energy consumption and decreased utility bills.

Achieving the optimum thermal comfort

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Properly designed ventilated doors can contribute to improved thermal comfort. They can help regulate indoor temperatures by allowing warm air to escape during summer months and preventing cold drafts in the winter.

Moisture control

Ventilated doors aid in controlling moisture levels within a space. Good airflow can help prevent the buildup of excess humidity, reducing the risk of mold and mildew growth, and contributing to a healthier indoor environment.

They look great!

Ventilated doors come in a variety of styles and designs, allowing you to choose an option that complements your interior or exterior aesthetics. They can add a touch of uniqueness to your living spaces while serving a practical purpose.

Boost privacy and security

Despite their perforated or louvered designs, ventilated doors can still provide an adequate level of privacy and security. Many ventilated door designs incorporate features like frosted glass or intricate patterns that obscure the view while allowing airflow.

Versatility

Ventilated doors can be used in various areas of your home, such as between living rooms and patios, kitchens and dining areas, or bedrooms and balconies. This versatility allows you to tailor the airflow and comfort level according to the specific needs of each space.

Reduction in the requirement for mechanical ventilation

In some cases, ventilated doors may help reduce the need for mechanical ventilation systems, further decreasing energy consumption and associated costs.

Numerous environmental benefits

By using natural ventilation to maintain comfort, you can contribute to reducing your carbon footprint and minimizing your impact on the environment

Incorporating ventilated doors into your living spaces can be a smart investment that pays off in terms of both comfort and energy savings. When selecting ventilated doors, consider factors such as design, materials, insulation, and the intended location to ensure they align with your specific needs and preferences.

If you’d like to find out more about adding ventilated doors to your home, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Secure House team on 0207 859 4207 [email protected]