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!

Save energy with aluminium security shutters from Secure House

Save energy and money with aluminium security shutters

More and more of us are exploring ways to save energy in our homes and, in turn, save money on expensive heating bills. One of the ways this can be achieved is by installing aluminium security shutters on your property.

Security shutters are no longer a luxury, decorative element reserved for the rich and famous. They’re a key essential for new build homes and can also be easily added to existing buildings to provide a high level of security and energy saving capability. They’re also available in bespoke sizes and an array of colours and finishes that will complement any property, irrespective of location or budget.

Closing security shutters during the winter can significantly contribute to the reduction of heat loss inside the home, ensuring it remains warm, cosy and safe throughout the day and night.

In the summer, security shutters are perfect at protecting the interior of a property from overheating and therefore reducing the consumption of any additional cooling equipment such as air-conditioning.

How does a security shutter save energy?

An external aluminium security shutter is highly efficient down to its design. Once the shutter is deployed, it will trap air between the shutter and the surface of the window. This trapped air is an excellent thermal insulator in all types of weather, from extreme cold in the winter months and high temperatures over the summer.

Keep shutters closed during a hot summer’s day and you’ll return to a pleasantly cool home after a long day at work. Keep shutters closed on a cold, rainy or snowy winter’s day and your home will be warm and welcoming throughout the day and night.

Save energy with aluminium security shutters from Secure House
Save energy with aluminium security shutters from Secure House

If you’d like to discuss the installation of aluminium security shutters in your home, or commercial property, please contact us on 0207 8594207 or info@secure-house.co.uk

Aluminium security shutters from Secure House

Safe. Secure. Protected. It’s time to add aluminium security shutters to your property

As well as fitting steel security doors and windows, adding aluminium security shutters to your home is the ideal way to protect it even further from intruders and burglars.

Here at Secure House, it’s always been our focus to help our clients to feel as safe and secure as possible in their own homes. As such, we’re seeing a significant rise in the number of people approaching us to design and install aluminium security shutters to provide that extra layer of security for their family and assets.

We offer a wide range of aluminium security shutters and each can be made to a bespoke size to ensure a perfect fit every time. All of our security shutters are both highly durable and aesthetically pleasing; they’re designed to complement and enhance your home without making it look like a fortress. They’re also certified Class III burglar resistant so will effectively stop any intruder who attempts to gain access to your property.

Aluminium security shutters from Secure House
Safe. Secure. Protected. Aluminium security shutters from Secure House

Each of our external security shutter systems is very easy to operate too. The majority of our systems incorporate a combination of two-way and key switches, timer switches and remote control so the shutters can be deployed quickly and easily, even if you’re not actually at home. And they’re also available in various colours and finishes.

If you’d like any further advice or to arrange a free site visit from one of our aluminium security shutter experts, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0207 8594207 or info@secure-house.co.uk

On-trend door colours

Choosing a new front door should be fun. And a big part of that fun has to be choosing an on-trend door colour. That might simply be your favourite colour, a colour that suits your personality or even a colour that complements your home’s location.

Either way, here at Secure House we have a whole host of different coloured doors available, all of which are available in matt, gloss and high gloss finishes to really make your final choice stand out. You can even choose your own bespoke colour if you wish, we’re that flexible!

Here are a few of our favourite colours. Which one is your favourite?

  • Anthracite Grey

A firm favourite with all the Secure House team, you might think Anthracite Grey is a little drab and dull. Not so when it’s used to colour a door, or a car for that matter as grey is actually the UK’s favourite car colour of 2019! Grey doors ooze style and they look at home in wide variety of locations from urban to rural settings.

Anthracite Grey door
Anthracite Grey door: a firm favourite!
  • Navy

Navy is the new black! Over the last few years we’ve noticed a distinct rise in the number of clients looking to source a navy door. A colour typically associated with high class tailoring, it translates seamlessly onto any front, side or back door and adds a touch of class to any property.

Navy is the new black!
Navy is the new black!
  • Ruby Red

If you want your home to be the centre of attention, nothing less than a Ruby Red front door will do. Think film star glamour and Hollywood glitz, you can walk down your drive and through your own red front door and have a red carpet moment every day!

Ruby Red: glamour and glitz
Ruby Red: glamour and glitz
  • Chocolate Brown

Rich and luxurious, chocolate brown is another big seller across the UK. It adds the perfect, understated design accent to any home, large or small, and provides a warm and welcoming entrance for you and anyone visiting your home.

Chocolate brown door: a touch of luxury
  • Black

What can we say? A truly timeless classic, black doors will ALWAYS be on trend whatever the season or next big architectural ‘thing’. We sell hundreds of black security doors every year and each one we install looks stunning. Fact.

Black door: timeless classic
Black door: a truly timeless classic
  • British Racing Green

Who could resist a British Racing Green door? Not us! The internationally identifiable British Motor Racing green colour reminds us of a lush forest filled with moss covered trees and epitomises the illustrious history of this much-loved sport. What’s not to like?

British Racing Green door: smart and elegant
  • Sunshine Yellow

Rise and shine and make a positive impact on your street with a Sunshine Yellow front door. Undeniably cheerful, a door in this particular colour will brighten up your home and put a smile on everyone who walks past!

Rise and shine with a sunshine yellow door!
  • White

Right up there with black. White doors not only look stunning, they also work so well in every single property we fit them in. Clean, bright and sparkling, especially if they include glazed panels, a white door is a winner is everyone’s style book.

  • Ultra Violet

A relative newcomer to the door trend list, ultra violet is one of those ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ colours. Lots of customers specifically ask us about purple doors and the option of adding an ultra violet one to their home can be often a big decision. We think it’s the right one though as we’re firmly on the ‘love it’ side!

  • Cobalt Blue

A bolt from the blue! Cobalt Blue doors have risen in popularity thanks to their inclusion in home design and build shows such as Grand Designs. This colour can really ‘lift’ a property to the next level by adding a touch of fun and flair and providing much-needed kerb appeal.

Designer handles are here

We love the finer things in life here at Secure House, and that applies to the finer details of our product range, right down to handles for aluminium security doors and windows. As such, we’re delighted to announce that we are now offering four new, aesthetically-pleasing designer handle ranges from the experts at Reynaers.

The new handles perfectly complement the style and design of Reynaers beautiful slim-line aluminium doors and windows which have proved to be very popular with many of our clients.

Manufactured using next generation material combined with individual designer input from Italian designer, Leo De Carlo, formerly of Philippe Starck, each of the ranges offers a huge variety of styles and colours. De Carlo has captured both Venetian architectural style and unique design to create the PuRity designer range.

Designer architectural handles

Employing a new material called Pura™, for which Reynaers have exclusive international rights to use in handles, it is manufactured in accordance with the Biov™ (Bioecologic Ion Overlay) process to create non-toxic variant of stainless steel. As part of the process, chromium particles are removed and the material delivers an extremely tactile feel.

The material ensures that each of the handles is non-corrosive, hypoallergenic, easy to clean and 100% recyclable. We can also offer an anti-bacterial option for added hygiene and comfort.

We think you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to colours as well as design. Sapphire black, moonlight and lithium are the standard range but there are six other options on request that we know will tempt including gold, obsidian, renaissance gold, polaris, eclipse and Belgian chocolate.

Spoilt for choice with new designer handles range for aluminium security doors and windows!

What’s more, the handles are quick and easy to install on the aluminium doors and windows and they don’t require any screw or bolts.

So, if you’re looking for top quality, style and substance when it comes to the finer details for your aluminium security doors and windows, this new range of designer handles will exceed your expectations.

You can download the full catalogue using this link https://www.reynaers.com/en/architects/extranet/files/product/brochures/handles%20purity%20en%20lr.pdf

 

Security grilles from Secure House

Security grilles designed to protect and serve

Security grilles are specifically designed to provide protection, safety and security for a wide variety of buildings including educational facilities, police stations, Council offices and even residential homes.

There is a whole host of security grilles available on the market today but our product of choice here at Secure House are those offered by Extendor. We recommend and install their products on a regular basis for many of our commercial and private clients.

Security grilles from Secure House
Security grilles from Secure House

The Extendor Eclipse, for example, is a Secured by Design ‘Police Preferred Specification’ grille with LPCB accreditation to LPS 1175 Security Rating 3. As such, it offers unrivalled anti-theft and anti-terror protection for windows, doors and entrances of all sizes.

When it comes to fitting security grilles in residential properties, CX2 from Extendor is ideal. With its curved, lattice effect, LPCB certification to LPS 1175 SR3 Security Rating 1, it not only looks great, it offers excellent security protection for doorways and windows. When not in operation, it can be collapsed and stacked away. When the property requires protection, the security grille can be quickly, easily and securely locked in place in a matter of minutes.

For more information on security grilles and their use within commercial and residential buildings, please contact the Secure House team on 0207 8594207 or info@secure-house.co.uk

Integrated fingerprint handles

In a bid to continue to create the very best, bespoke smart security doors for all of our clients, we’re delighted to add integrated fingerprint recognition door handles to our portfolio.

We can now incorporate the very latest fingerprint reader technology into ultra slim door handles. This sleek, narrow design enables the handle to fit anywhere and facilitate instant, one-touch entry when the authorised fingerprint is placed on the scanner fitted into the handle. Quick, simple and no need to ever worry about losing your keys again!

There are many different configurations and designs to choose from – black-on-black integrated fingerprint recognition door handles (as pictured below) are a current favourite with many of our customers.

Take a look at the examples below and see just how innovative and stylish, yet highly functional this new addition is! And if you have any questions or would like to see a demonstration of this technology in action, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Secure House team on 0207 8594207 or info@secure-house.co.uk

Black edition

Here at Secure House we are big fans of luxurious, bespoke ironmongery to add the perfect finishing touch to the hundreds of different security doors we design and install.

Design is, of course, totally subjective which is why we’ve always offered our clients a wide range of ironmongery and door furniture to enable them to add their own personal stamp to their front door. Having said that, black remains the most popular colour for front doors and it’s now an option when it comes to ironmongery.

Teaming up with Germany’s Karcher Design, leaders in contemporary door and window hardware, we’re now able to offer their full ‘black edition’ range of ironmongery and accessories. Each product is manufactured to the very highest German quality standard, just like our doors that are also tested in Germany to the highest industry standards. So, that’s all your favourite designs and styles but now available in black as well!

The finish of all of these products is exceptional. The finish is applied electrostatically as a power coating, the procedure doesn’t use any solvents thus creating an eco-friendly product. All of the door handles are scratch-proof and highly resistant to corrosion, and their surface feels luxuriously warm and smooth to touch. Some have a textured finish too for a unique touch sensation!

We are also very proud to be able to offer ‘black edition’ handles that feature fingerprint recognition systems for smart security doors that use products from ekey biometric systems GmbH.

Here are a few examples to give you an idea of just what’s available with the ‘black edition’ range – how good do they all look?!

Security doors with facial recognition systems from Secure House

Unlock your front door…with your face!

Smart home security is undoubtedly a multi-million pound business. From surveillance cameras and video doorbells, to steel security doors and automated secure window shutters, there is a wide variety of products on the market all designed to deter intruders and prevent them from gaining access to our property.

There are many different ways we can protect our homes and choosing a security door is still one of the most effective. Fitting the door with a high quality, multi-point locking system is also imperative. But how about combining all of that and installing a fully motorised security door with facial recognition?

Facial recognition is one of the fastest growing smart home security products with more and more homeowners considering its application.

“As pioneers of facial recognition, we recently displayed a working example of a fully motorised security door with facial recognition at IFSEC 2019,” comments Edmundas Zaunieravicius, managing director of Secure House. “It generated a huge amount of interest amongst everyone who visited our stand.”

How does a facial recognition system work?

Often referred to as biometric technology, facial recognition systems work by taking an image of a face and ‘predicting’ whether the face matches another face stored within the system itself. The technology compares the data and accurately provide potential matches irrespective of facial expression.

Facial recognition systems rely on a smart camera, usually installed within the security door itself, that will associate an individual face with an individual identity. In order to implement successful facial recognition, you must first programme the system by informing it which face belongs to which name. Anyone you want to authorise to enter your home – family, friends or colleagues – must have a profile in the system before they can use the system.

Many systems also include an alarm that will notify you if someone walks up to your home and tries to gain entry, day or night.

Benefits of implementing a facial recognition system

Implementing a security door with a facial recognition system brings with it numerous benefits.

  • No keys are required. Just ask yourself how many times you’ve lost, misplaced or forgotten your door key and the advantage of not needing them is immediately clear!
  • High degree of accuracy. The system will accurately determine whether the person trying to enter the property matches the database of people pre-authorised to enter. If not, an alarm will sound alerting people to the potential intruder.
  • Time saving automation. The inclusion of multiple faces is an option with most systems. This facilitates easy access for all family members as required. And there’s no need to answer the doorbell!

Facial recognition systems are highly affordable and can be combined with a huge range of different styles, sizes and models of security door. If you’re looking for a really smart technology that will help you to protect loved ones and offer unrivalled peace of mind, investing in a motorised security door with a facial recognition system is an absolute must.

Secure House at Grand Designs Live 2019 at the NEC

Back again at Grand Designs Live!

Now autumn is here, it can only mean one thing – it’s almost time for the Grand Designs Live exhibition at NEC in Birmingham from 9-13 October.

We’ve had a presence at this exceptional show for several years now and it really is one of our favourites. We’ve lost count of how many friends we’ve made and how many people we’ve advised on their very own Grand Design or Build; always so many interesting projects happening!

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