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 Zoe Watson, Group Marketing Manager at Bowater by Birtley, looks at why it pays for installers andhomeowners to consider the benefits of a double rebated composite door
Specifying external doors is an extremely important aspect in any new-build or renovation project," writes Zoe Watson, Group Marketing Manager at Bowater by Birtley.
As one of the first things that peo- ple see, the front door in particular is a major focal point of any home, so it will need to be aesthetically pleasing and in keeping with the style of the rest of the building.
It should also be robust enough to act as an impenetrable barrier and deterrent to even the most persistent of intruders, be energy efficient and enable the homeowner to gain easy access.
With so many factors to take into consideration and what can seem like no end of options available in terms of core materials, styles and colours, choosing the right door can be a difficult decision.
Cheaper doesn’t always mean better value
Many people may consider going for the cheapest option, however this doesn’t always turn out to be the most cost effective in the long- term. Cheaper doors are often made of a less robust material that can weaken and lose their aesthet- ics sooner due to weathering and wear and tear. This will result in the
need for regular maintenance, call backs to site and may even require a replacement sooner than ex- pected.
A longer-term solution would be to opt for a composite door, which is made from tough materials throughout that ensure greater strength, durability and looks com- pared to uPVC and traditional tim- ber materials. There are two options of composite doors avail- able, single rebated and double re- bated. While installation of both is simple, double rebated doors and frames are easier to install and ad- just because they allow for greater tolerances in movement between the door leaf and frame. A double rebate also means the doors are optimally sealed, ensuring they have better protection against water penetration as well as im- proved weather and acoustic per- formance.
Double security
External doors on a residential property must adhere to Part Q of the Building Regulations, which of- fers practical guidance on how to meet security requirements. Part of the regulation states that any exter- nal door must also comply with PAS24, the preferred specification for enhanced security performance
requirements for doors and win- dows in the UK. It sets out the mini- mum requirements and acceptable test criteria for products to resist at- tack from opportunistic crime. A PAS24 approved, double rebated composite door is manufactured up to 22mm thicker than a single one, which means even better security.
As more intruders are becoming experts at ‘lock bumping’ modern cylinder locks, it would also be wise to suggest that your customers opt for a door with a proven locking system. Our range of composite doors for example feature safer and secure locks that are linked and backed up by an array of mul- tipoint hooklocks. This and the fact that they are designed to exceed even the highest quality expecta- tions, is one of the reasons why both our single and double rebated composite doorsets have been awarded a Secured by Design ac- creditation, which is given to all po- lice approved doors that meet the national standard for safer homes.
Opting for a Secured by Design door not only offers a higher level of protection, but the accreditation
is also recognised by many insur- ance companies. So as well as homeowners enjoying an added sense of security, they may also get
a discount on their home insurance.  
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