As a trade glazing installer, you probably get lots of customer requests for product recommendations. One of the most common questions you receive may well be, ‘what is the best material for an entrance door?’ The answer to this question is not as straight forward as it seems. There are many factors to consider when choosing the best door. These include personal preference, requirements (enhanced energy efficiency, improved security), style of property and budget.
To help you give your customers the best possible advice, we’ve compiled this handy table of information about the different door materials which we supply.
|Thermal Performance||Minimum ‘C’ WER (Window Energy Rating)||Can achieve ‘A+++’ WER||Minimum ‘C’ WER (Window Energy Rating)|
|Security||Multi-point locking – PAS 24 & Secured by Design accredited||Ultra-secure locking with 3 lock cylinders||Multi-point locking as standard|
|Aesthetic||Classic real wood appearance||Contemporary and traditional designs available||Clean and fresh appearance|
|Cost||Premium high-end product||Premium high-end product||Most cost-effective option|
|Maintenance levels||Repainting every 5 – 10 years||Extremely low maintenance – occasional wipe down||Low maintenance exterior-occasional wipe down|
|Strength||Composite design with bonded sandwich construction||Solid timber or carbon fibre reinforced core||Reinforced door panels|
|Customisation||Extensive colour, glazing and hardware options||Several hardwearing colours and hardware options, and a selection of decorative glazing styles||Choice of several colours, hardware options and glazing|
The benefits of timber doors
At Alex Trade Frames, we’ve recently added timber doors to our product list. We now supply high end timber entrance doors from the Scotdoor Collection. Combining the traditional British timber appearance with the outstanding performance of Scandinavian entrance door technology, Scotdoors are an excellent addition to any installer’s product portfolio.
If you regularly work in areas where timber doors are a popular customer choice, the Scotdoor is a great choice for you. Scotdoors are manufactured using FSC certified timber. They feature multi-point locking systems as standard, are available in a wide range of stains and colours and can incorporate a selection of decorative glass sections.
If you’d like to find out more about working with Alex Trade Frames as your dedicated trade glazing supplier, contact us today. Call us on 0161 482 2323 or send us a message online.