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Door Symbolism

17 Dec
December 17, 2012

Ever since their invention, doors have been more than doors. Do you think we’re kidding? For now let’s just say that the ancient Romans actual had a God, Janus, that was the protector of doors.

Sure, if you’ll ask Wikipedia, you’ll get a standard, lifeless answer – “a door is a movable structure used to open and close an entrance, typically consisting of a panel that swings on hinges or that slides or spins inside a space”. And even though this pretty much sums it up on a physical level, there’s more to doors than meets the eye.

Looking back in time and looking at different cultures, the door has always been first of all an entrance. On a very metaphorical level, it was an entrance into another world or dimension. And this makes sense even if we stay more grounded. Your door is the entrance to your own world. Going through your front door should be equivalent to focusing on yourself and letting out all the troubles at work and so on.

Then, the door has often been associated with new beginnings and again you’ll probably relate to this with great ease, since you know that your day can basically start all over again once you get home and surround yourself with your personal items and hobbies.

But there’s more to it than just the beginning. It’s also about the transition. That gentle buffer between the outside world and your own personal haven. The border between peace and harm, silence and noise, harmony and chaos.

Of course, just as the door can be a symbol of beginning, it’s also a symbol of the end. You’re probably experiencing this the most on Monday mornings when you know for a fact that locking that door and going to work means the week-end’s over. Or if you’ve ever experienced moving out of a place or leaving a job, you can surely remember that special feeling you had when you last closed that specific door. It was also the act of closing a chapter in your life, wasn’t it?

Last, but surely not least, your front door is a symbol of your home and it’s also saying something about you, too. The colour you chose, the design, the door knocker, the peep-hole and every element in its structure can say something about you. And if you decided to get a door from us, know that you’ll be more than able to express yourself, since our models can be very flexible.

For us, the symbolism of doors is first and foremost connected to the idea of your home’s security. With that thought comes great responsibility and that’s why we’re so committed to offering our clients the strongest alternatives available. Be sure you make a wise choice about your front door, or else some random burglar might show up some day and break down your entrance, shatter the border between your haven and the rest of the world and damage your personal space.

 

The Evolution of Keys

12 Nov
November 12, 2012

Keys are a part of our everyday life and we, as modern people, have quite a bundle on us almost at any given time: car keys, house keys, locker keys, office keys and so on. They’re definitely a necessity and it’s very likely that in reality not even the Americans in their white picket fences suburbs can’t leave their houses anymore without locking their doors.

But it seems that keys have been around since the ancient times, written proof of their existence going back as far as 4000 years ago, in the Babylonian Empire. After that, it seems that the ancient Greeks actually invented the keyhole and the Romans refined it. In those times the need for protecting assets was more of a privilege to those with a higher social status. Actually, the only things that needed locking were temples and jewellery boxes.

The keys as we know them today, in the shape of flat metal keys began to spread only in the 20th century, when mechanical key duplicators were invented, making them easier to be duplicated.

The first modern key was the skeleton key and it was nothing more than a cylindrical shaft and a single rectangular tooth. Its usefulness was relative, since a lot of keys could have fit the same lock and quite frankly any similar object might have done the job just as good. So what’s the point of locking something if it’s easy for anyone to unlock it?

Then came the tubular key, a hollow cylindrical shaft designed to open a tubular pin tumbler lock. To be honest, in their early days they were just as much use as the skeleton keys, but later developments made them more complex.

The Zeiss key or the Cruciform key is a mix of a house key and a tubular key. Although easy to replicate its three sets of teeth at 90 degrees to each other and the fourth flattened tooth, their complementary locks are harder to pick.

Luckily, times have changed and the solution we’re providing is a key that can’t be duplicated without your knowledge. We require a form containing your original signature in order to send another copy of the original key, so you have full control over how many keys you have and who gets them. And we’re not stopping here – we also took special care of the locks by making high security cylinders that are very highly pick and drill resistant.

And if you’re looking for a system for your business, know that we can use these registered keys as the basis of a “Master Key System”, which gives you control over your employees’ access, and you can even set different access authorizations to open all relevant doors with only one key.

We just had to think about the locks too, because no matter how strong the door, if the wrong person gets the key, there’s nothing stopping them from getting in, and unlike ancient times, now we all have valuable to protect.

 

 

 

Front Door Designs

07 Nov
November 7, 2012

Just like your choice for the colour, the design of your front door should say something about you, while enhancing the overall architecture. However, there are no strict rules about what goes with what, but when you’ll see the options you’ll know what feels right or not.

The most common door design is the single door, whether it’s opening to the left or to the right or it’s swinging in or out of your home.

The double door is basically a unit formed by the combination of two doors, and it’s usually available in a French door design, or a patio door design. The French door is the most frequent choice of the two and it’s made so that the doors open from the center  However, it’s not necessary for both doors to open, one side being stationary in a lot of cases. This design is usually enriched with glass. The patio door is a lot like the French door, but it has a mull strip (a stationary part) where the two doors meet. The “ center mull” is useful for security reasons, but a pain when moving furniture.

Center hinge doors also look a lot like French doors, but must have a stationary side, and this makes the door open from the left/right rather than the center.

Triple or Quad doors are a combination of 3 or 4 mobile and stationary doors, and according to your desired pattern they can become a lot like French doors and open from the center, or not.

Sliding doors are not an option for a front door, but always a good idea for a back door to the garden, since it allows the most glass space.

Clear glass can be available with any grid configuration you can think of. The grids can be placed between two layers of glass for easy cleaning, outside or you can forget about them altogether. However, clear glass may not be the best security choice, since outsiders can see in.

Obscure glass is available nowadays in a great variety of types and it’s basically a textured glass that provides you with privacy, while still letting the sunlight in.

Leaded patterned glass consists of different combinations of obscure glass, beveled clear glass and caming (a metal available in different colors like black, bronze, silver or copper). It can be a compromising solution between privacy and lighting, since you can opt for a small portion of clear glass for your visibility, and multiple textured glass sections for more lighting and a creative design.

Except for sliding doors which, to be honest, can’t provide you with an appropriate level of security, we can make any kind of design. You can choose from the most popular ones here, you can opt for keeping your current design, or you can come with a completely innovative idea. We’ll make it look good, and we’ll maximize your home’s security while doing this.

This Is Why Our Doors Can’t Be Put Down

30 Oct
October 30, 2012

We know that our doors are very strong and that they’re one of the best anti-burglary systems on the market, but are you convinced? Let’s talk about the most frequent “breaking an entry” methods and show you for each of them why our doors can’t be put down.

First of all, there’s the classic bobby pin (or a hanger, or anything slim enough to fit, but somewhat strong and flexible). How does this work? Actually it’s easier if you also use a tension wrench in addition to the bobby pin, but be sure that a professional burglar will have it on him or at least he’ll be able to replace it with something just as good. Basically, the tension wrench goes into the lock, in that special place where the toothless side of the key would enter. The bobby pin, with a piece at the end bent at 90 degrees is used to move the pins that the wavy part of the key would unlock. The whole procedure takes a bit of practice and a bit of patience. Nothing more! Luckily, this is definitely a technique that can’t be used against our doors, since our keys have a registered system, for extra security. They’re much more than the keys you’re used to – you know, the ones with a straight edge and a jagged one.

Then there’s the card trick. Some doors actually require very little effort, and all you have to do is push a card into the door frame at the same height as the handle, but most doors require a series of bending and tilting movements. It’s also a very simple procedure and the main point is managing to push the lock into the door with the help of a flexible credit card. This can’t be done to one of our Titan Steel doors for 2 reasons: first, there’s more than one cylinder that keeps the door locked (there are 4 near the handle, and a total of 18 locking points, on the side, top and bottom), and if you respect our recommendation to lock the door three times, the steel deadbolt bars go into the frame deeper than for any other door. There’s absolutely no way of inserting a card between the lock and the frame! Obviously, not even the crowbar method (the credit card’s more aggressive cousin) could do the trick.

Also an effective classic is drilling the lock itself, but for that we have an anti-drilling rosette.

And then there’s the almighty brute force. But you don’t have to worry about this either, because it would take about 1000 kgf to take down one of our doors, and there’s no way a human could do that, even if he’d try to use an additional tool such as a sledgehammer. Be assured that kicking it is more likely to break the burglar’s leg, but certainly not the door.

So thanks to the power of pure Steel, the unique structure of our doors and their extra-safe locking mechanism, there’s no way a burglar could bring them down!

How Protected Are You?

09 Oct
October 9, 2012

Maybe you haven’t thought of this, but times are hard, and that also means that crime rates go up. Burglaries are definitely not an exception, and actually this kind of crime is on the rise more than others. It’s not good news, but it makes sense. People are losing their jobs, and some get desperate and resort to this in order to put food on their families’ tables. It’s not a violent crime so it’s easier on the conscience, the penalty isn’t all that big so it’s a smaller risk, and in some cases it’s a very easy job.

Actually, burglars tend to look for the easiest jobs, and some doors just send out the right signals. Now think about your door. Is it wooden? Is it old? How many locks does it have? How’s the locking mechanism itself? How strong is the frame? How good is the connection between your door and the frame? If your answers are: yes, pretty much, one, not very sophisticated, good enough, and decent, maybe it’s time for an upgrade.

Our steel doors are obviously stronger than any wooden door, but we cover them with wood, so they’re resilient on the inside, but nice to look at on the outside. We put the beauty and the beast all in one: 190 kilos of pure strength, a 2mm galvanized frame, a 1,5 mm wing skeleton, a 14 steel bolt locking system which locks the door in 3 directions, special production steel hinges in 3 points, and more, all encased in wood.

Considering aesthetics, there are plenty of models to choose from, whatever your specific needs are, regardless of shape or size.  But we don’t want to put a limit to your creativity – you can think of any kind of design alteration for a model that we already have in our gallery, or if you’re very attached to it, we can replicate your current door’s design.

And as for the colour  you can go for a wooden finish – your choice from any of these: Walnut on Wavy Mahogany, Dark Walnut on Mahogany, Walnut on Mahogany, Mahogany, Red Walnut on Beech, Tobacco, Dark Oak, and Light Oak. Or maybe you’d like a painted finish such as: Westminster Black, Pillar Box Red, Royal Blue, Racing Green, Nut Brown, Cool Grey, Leaf Green or High White. They all look good, but it should feel right to you.

So what do you think about our concept for protection? We’ll bring you a door that can’t be put down, and you’ll love looking at it. It will always keep the bad guys out, but for you it will be a pretty sight when you come home from work. Really, what more could you want?

 

Visit our website: http://steelsecuritydoors.co.uk or call us on: 0800 298 8008 for more information.

@LondonSteelDoor

 

 

Why Titan Steel Doors?

09 May
May 9, 2012

A house is the shelter of your heart and home. Your family is the most precious possession you can have.  Your house is also probably your biggest investment. One of the first impressions people will have regarding your house will come from the main entrance door to your property.

  • Though people are usually very proud of their main entrance door, if it is made of wood, the upkeep is expensive and time consuming and gives no protection whatsoever against attack from burglars.
  • This is why our special quality metal doors are popular. People want more economic and ecological solutions for everything.
  • The exterior doors should always match the entire environmental situation.
  • When you decide what kind of door to buy please bear in mind the following:
  • safety systems
  • durability
  • aesthetics
  • The security of your home, apartment, or office will depend upon the strength of the door and the locking mechanism that is attached to it.
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Titan Steel Door

Titan Steel Doors are specially designed to keep burglars out of your London home, apartment or office.

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Titan Steel Door

They are made to measure and very durable. These doors are different to other doors as they have the appearance of a luxury wooden door but the strength of a safe vault. Our steel doors have a long life and require very little maintenance. These elegant, stylish and beautiful doors are the best choice for your home, apartment, or office.

For more information about amazing steel doors covered in luxury wood please email me amanda@steelsecuritydoors.co.uk.

 

 

Burglary,Alexandra Drive,London SE19 01/03/2012

06 Mar
March 6, 2012

Good morning London,

Another burglary this time in SE19. Unfortunatelly, wooden doors are just not strong enough. Please see below real pictures:

ASL supplies and install the perfect door to keep you safe.For more information visit our website: http://www.steelsecuritydoors.co.uk/  or like our FB page and see what our customers say about our products  http://www.facebook.com/londonsteeldoors

Real Pictures of Titan Steel Doors that we’ve installed in London.

Stay safe London!

Amanda

amanda@steelsecuritydoors.co.uk

Direct Line: 0207 483 22 94

Recent Burglaries, Get a Titan door installed call us on 0800 298 8008

02 Nov
November 2, 2011
Expensive security locks shame about the door

Expensive security locks shame about the doorIf a steel door was fitted the outcome would have been totally different

Hello Readers I hope that you find my blog informative and interesting. If you would like to leave any comments please do so particularly if you’ve had a burglary yourself and you can write about your experience.

All the addresses below have been broken into recently all had their main entrance door forced open, with out a doubt if a Titan steel door was fitted the outcome would have been totally different: call as now  to get one installed on freephone: 0800 298 8008

  • Carew House, Leigham court road,  Streatham, London, SW16
  • Kennington Road, London, SE11
  • Portland Road, Holland Park, London, W11
  • Cavendish Road, Balham, London, SW12
  • COLDHARBOUR LANE, LONDON,SE5
  • Buckingham Road, Islington ,London, N1
  • Weston Road, Chiswick, London ,W4
  • Atherfold Road ,Clapham, ,London SW9
  • Walsingham road ,Clapton London  E5
  • High Street , Edgware, HA8
  • Victoria Hall, Wesley Avenue , Britannia Village, London,E16

Remember to lock up properly.

Amanda

Burglary, New Road, Brentwood,Essex,CM14

17 Dec
December 17, 2010

More misery to come  home to for one home owner, don’t let this happen to you. Replace your wooden door and door frame now with our superior Titan steel door call us on 08448 04 04 04.

Your local burglar does not need A key to open your wooden door

Your local burglar does not need A key to open your wooden door

This was a quality wooden door with quality locks.  The burglar definitely found it more difficult than normally I suspect
You can see he drilled holes to get the hinges, in fact there’s holds every where.  The temptation with wooden doors is that sooner or later no matter what quality locks are fitted the door will open.
Just imagine if this was a Titan steel door the outside would look exactly the same, we would match the wooden facial to look the same as the other doors in the building, but that is as far as it goes if a burglar strikes.
There’s no way he could be drilling holes in a steel door the best he could achieve would be damaging the wood facing at the front of the door,  and no doubt at that point he would have just given up,  and more than likely Just broken into a different door in the building.

This burglary is a classic example of why you should get a Titan steel door.
Please visit our website for more information regarding this remarkable door:  www.steelsecuritydoors.co.uk.
If you have been broken into and want to share your experience in this blog, you are more than welcome to do so.

Take care,

Amanda

www.SteelSecuritydoors.co.uk

 

Burglary,Durnsford Road,SW19

16 Dec
December 16, 2010

Hello again everybody,
Ok this door was completely destroyed, although it had good quality locks fitted the wooden door and frame was just no match for  the burglar.
Our customer is now having a Titan steel door fitted in the next few days.  Once again I would advise anybody reading this. Not to put yourself in this position.  Where the occupier has been broken into,  and this has persuaded them to get a Titan steel door.

The whole point of this  blog is that upon reading you decide to get a Titan steel door to totally protect your family and belongings.

Call ASL now and within 10 days you will have your old door and frame taken away, and our superior Titan steel door and frame installed.

Not only will the door look better, it will give you a total sense of security with its 22 Point locking system.

Our phone number is 08448 04 04 04
Amanda

www.Steelsecuritydoors.co.uk