As our homes become safer through better doors and windows and more sophisticated alarm systems, so burglars become wiser and more inventive when it comes to finding ways to get through them. Over the winter season burglars can be more active under the cover of more hours of darkness, but the reality is that they operate all year round – all they need is an opportunity to try and doors and locks easy enough to break through.
Using the right door and the most suitable lock for it will go a long way towards keeping your home, loved ones and possessions safe. We take a look at the options on the market to help you do just that.
One of the most common doors in use in the UK, a uPVC door is practical and affordable. uPVC is a type of plastic which means that it offers a wide variety of designs and colours that you can choose from.
Composite doors are a much more sophisticated version of uPVC. As the name suggests, it is made of composite materials which combine under high pressure conditions to create a tough material that is harder to break. This makes them a safer option and with a longer lifespan than uPVC. Like uPVC they are also available in a wide range of colours and designs. They are, however, more expensive. That extra cost, though, could be the difference between a broken-down door or one that stays in place if burglars are trying to get into your property. The solid material and good seal on composite doors also make them a good choice for saving on energy bills as they are more energy efficient.
Aluminium doors are sturdy, strong, and very durable – they are built to last. Available in double and triple-glazed options they are also available in a vast colour array and are easy to maintain and clean. They are also easy to customise, giving you plenty of options to build one that suits your style and home.
The right lock
A solid door is all well and good, but without a decent lock you are taking your chances with burglars. You want a dead-bolt at the very least and preferably a multi-cylinder lock. Ideally though, you want something that is even stronger.
The latest lock on the market, the Ultion, is one that will withstand even the recent blowtorch methods that burglars are using to gain entry. Made of molybdenum, which is 25% denser than iron, it has a melting point of 2,600 degrees Celsius. It also has a hidden lock which is engaged in the event of attack, preventing the door from being opened even if the external lock mechanism is removed.
At 1st Scenic we believe that everyone should feel safe at home. This is why the doors from all our manufacturers, no matter what material you choose, include Ultion locks as standard. Why not talk to us today about upgrading your door to one that includes the strongest lock currently on the market – and the only one that has stopped burglars so far? Call or email us on 01689 829 600 or at for a chat or to make an appointment.