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Security Steel Hinged Door Sets
The Sensible Addition to Domestic and Commercial Security
Mention a steel door set and most people will think of factories and warehouses. And why not – these are places that need the ultimate in security doors. But they don’t need to look like factory doors – in fact there are some attractive styles and a wide range of colours available.
Consider the existing doors that you have fitted to your house. Most people will have spent the most money on their front entrance door – both for aesthetics and security. But what about the other doors that are probably far less visible – back doors, garage entrance doors, doors to outbuildings. And these days outbuildings can be the home to very valuable commodities – gyms laden with expensive (and often quite portable) equipment, home offices upon which your livelihood depends on, kennels with valuable show dogs or racing greyhounds. The list is endless. The correctly specified steel door set, with it’s fire proof and security properties could save a fortune in both financial and emotional terms.
It is likely that in most domestic/semi domestic situations a single leaf door set would be the most appropriate. Let’s look at the security features that you will find on a quality double skinned (insulated) security steel door set:
Examine the Door Construction
A medium security insulated steel door leaf would be between 42 – 48 mm thick with a steel sheet skin of between 1mm to 1.5mm. The core material varies from a mineral wool to a resin impregnated honey comb. The skins will either be galvanised and primed finish with a powder coat option (strongly recommended for external use) or corrosion resistance zintec, primed as standard, again with a powder coat option. The powder coating can be produced to match any RAL colour, thus making blending with the colour schemes of the building exteriors easy.
Take Notice of the Hinges, Handles and Locks
You should be seeing high security hinges - a modified stainless steel dog bolt hinge should be fitted as opposed to a standard butt hinge. You would probably want sash locking – a latch and lever set whereby the key locks the handle set. Keys supplied will always be unique but can be cut from a master. You may feel happier if you specify a higher security cylinders whereby the key cannot be cut from a master but has to be ordered from the cylinder suppliers.
Cheaper imported steel dorsets will commonly have very low grade door locking furniture or mechanisms in order to be able to be cheap in the first place. They may look impressive with 6, 9 or higher points of locking but these will probably not be very effective and if they do develop any fault at all be prepared to replace the whole door as finding compatible replacement parts willl be alomost impossible.
All Doors Are Only as Secure as their Frames and Fixings Ultimately!!
Reassuringly, steel door sets are always supplied with a steel or aluminium fixing sub frame specific to the door. Make sure that the frame has fitting plates that are welded onto the main frame work thus providing additional strength around the fixing points. This reduces the possibility of the frame being jemmied away from the fixings.
Think About the Threshold
Thresholds are normally supplied with the door sets. However in some domestic situations there could be a danger that they would be likely to become a trip factor. You may like to ask for them to be omitted. In these cases you would probably require a draught strip attaching to the bottom of the door to prevent rain and wind ingress unless the door is totally internal.
The average standard maximum width of a single leaf could be anything up to 1290 wide and 2200 high – it would be surprising if a standard size would not suffice but special sizes can be produced on demand. Many steel door sets we supply are made to order as a matter of course.
Looking for Security But Want Some Ventilation?
If you are using a steel door set on a home office where you are likely to spend a fair bit of time or perhaps on kennels then you may wish to consider a louvred door. Designed to provide ventilation the louvre door might not provide security to quite the same level as a solid double skinned door. The leaf is constructed from aluminium extrusions with minimum thickness of 1.6mm. You would be advised to fit a bird screen mesh fitted externally to prevent birds flying between the louvres. There are a few other options that are generally not required in domestic situations including panic escape furniture and vision panels.
New Profile Design From Samson Doors
A new range of profile steel doorsets are now available from Samson Doors taking the security steel door away from the standard flat panel design construction. There are some standard designs and bespoke designs can be created for specific project applications.
All the security features can be incorporated into these steel doors to provide an excellent security door for garage side doors, outdoor barns and other buildings. The doors are a double skinned steel construction with rebated steel frame.
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