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GGP December 2015

30 D O O R S & COMMERCIAL ENTRANCES A True difference After putting up with the pitfulls of a cheap and cheerful PVC front door, GGP’s Luke Wood talks to one homeowner who decided enough was enough and that it was time to upgrade to As someone who is on the receiving end of a great deal of PR on the advantages of composites, I’m only too aware of the difference a decent door can make to a home, especially when upgrading from an old PVC item that can often be insecure, unattractive and thermally inefficient. Reading press releases is one thing however, seeing the benefits in real life is another. I’ve heard it said recently that the industry is now in the ‘age of the composite door’, and after visiting one homeowner who decided to throw away their tired and uninviting old white PVC door for a modern alternative, I can understand why. According to the homeowner, not only was the old door unattractive and un-secure when compared to a modern composite, it also felt flimsy and would expand when hot – which meant, on sunny days, it would make a horrible scraping “the difference a decent looking door can make to the overall appearance of a house is quite remarkable” noise when anyone tried to open it. An alternative that could perform properly whatever the weather, offer decent security and improve the kerb appeal of the house was said to be long overdue. When it came to sourcing a suitable replacement, the main criteria was to find a decent match for the style of the 1930s house, which was perhaps not old enough Installed by Kent based A&E Glazing (www.aeglazing.co.uk), a Monet style Truedor composite was selected from the company’s Traditional range and matched with the Reflections glazing option and chrome hardware. It not only looks and feels far superior but offers vastly improved security as well, having reportedly passed the recent PAS24 cut test and Document Q requirements. to suit a door designed for a more period property, or new enough for a more contemporary look. After researching a number of options, the homeowner, aided by Truedor’s online door designer, eventually settled on a door from the Cwmbran manufacturer’s Traditional range, matched with chrome hardware and a slate grey finish to compliment the colour of the house. After ordering, the installation was expertly carried out by Kent based A&E Glazing, and now it’s in place I have to say the difference a decent looking door can make to the overall appearance of a house is quite remarkable! And not only has it made the front of the house a lot more appealing, I’m told it’s made the otherwise mundane process of entering and leaving the place more enjoyable as well. This might sound a little trivial, but as is so often the case when you’ve put up with ‘cheap and cheerful’, it’s much easier to appreciate a quality product, especially so when it’s used several times a day. Compared to the old PVC door, the homeowner confirms their composite not only looks and feels vastly superior, but with two sets of triple dogbolts supplied as standard and a high security multi-point lock, says it’s considerably more immune to any unwelcome visitors as well. a Truedor composite... www.ggpmag.com December 2015


GGP December 2015
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