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The Superman of the Door Industry – Doors of Steel Save the Earth

28 Jun
June 28, 2013

Although Superman has been viewed as a bit of a geek compared to his cousins such as Batman and Cat Woman, recently he’s earned back his tough guy image with the new movie Man of Steel.

People everywhere are raving that finally our caped crusader has got it right combining the perfect recipe of strength, sexiness and power with practicality and a desire to save the earth.

That’s when we realised that our steel doors have a lot more in common with Lois Lane’s latest crush as we give all of the above every time we install a steel door.

We’ve waxed lyrical about how our steel doors save you from burglars, as nobody but superman himself could penetrate the depth of steel even if armed with a chainsaw. We’ve let you in on the smooth operation that allows six bolts to be locked without a hitch and we’ve taken you through the architecture showing that you can choose any design.

We’ve also shown you our features such as letter boxes and cat flaps, while boasting about the power that makes our steel doors ideal in the event of a fire. We’ve shown how to soundproof a room or to make a safe in your home and we’ve even taken you to Jodie Foster’s world by letting you inside the workings of a panic room.

Saving the World One Door at a Time

What we haven’t told you about is our ability to save you money, to cut down your household bills and to ensure your home stays as hot or as cold as you want it to! That’s right, we’re saving the earth!

Our doors are fully insulated, ensuring that you receive no loss of heat. Steel doors are often used for fridges or freezers in restaurants or factories as they are incredible at maintaining the temperature while not letting hot or cold air escape.

Considering the price of electricity is about to rise by 9%, the steel door can offer you incredible savings and that’s not all.

If you’ve ever heard of zoning, you’ll know it’s a heating system that allows you to control the temperature of every room of your home individually. So guest rooms don’t use heat and the home office remains warm despite being in the garage. Now zoning is rising in popularity but people still lose heat through the internal doors.

With a steel door, you not only protect the building from fire, theft and damage you can also close the door when the room reaches a temperature you’re happy with and it will remain the same. Cold won’t leak out of that unused guest room and the warmth from your bedroom won’t benefit the hall!

Come and Have a Go if You Think You’re Hard Enough!

So Superman, we’re giving you a run for your money. We’re strong, we’re sexy, we’re practical and we save the planet, best of all we don’t wear our underpants on the outside of our letterbox!

We also believe that even your laser stare would have trouble getting through our steel doors, whereas you may need your glasses to power up you X Ray vision if you want to see what’s on the other side!

Britain’s Oldest Door

07 Feb
February 7, 2013

We’ve been serving London for more than 30 years and we always looked towards the future. It’s only natural to keep up with these fast paced times, especially when you’re taking responsibility for the safety of others. And let’s face it, crime rates have been going up and burglar tools have evolved a lot. So we did our best to stay one step ahead and that was possible only by thinking things in perspective.

But today we decided to look back and we’ll be sharing a piece of history, because it’s somewhat a part of our history.

As the title suggests, we’re talking about Britain’s oldest door and we’d be curious to find out what your first estimate could be. How old do you think this door is? 300 years? 500? 600?

Well, it’s almost 1000 years old, since it was assembled in 1050. This lovely piece of archaeology, the
 of the Chapter House, was found in Westminster Abbey and it seems that it was put in place in the time of Edward the Confessor, the actual founder of the Abbey.

The door was made of oak, one oak to be precise and it is composed of 5 panels. However, it is thought that it used to be arched, and that would mean that now it’s significantly shorter. Tests showed that the tree used in the making grew in eastern England (probably Essex), somewhere between 924 and 1030 AD.

The truly remarkable thing about this door is that it has been in constant use. Furthermore, it seems that this particular aspect is the secret to its longevity (this and the fact that it was indoors).

Another thing that is worth mentioning is the possibility to have been covered in human skin at some point. Yes, that sounds creepy, but it was supposed to be a strong message, since the skin was of a man who committed a sacrilege on the Abbey grounds. It’s hard to say whether this legend is true or not, but thinking about the specifics of the Middle Age it’s not even that far fetched.

All in all, this is one wooden door that deserves our admiration. It sure passed the test of time and it’s still in great shape, even though only one of its original iron straps is in place today. Nostalgics might comment that that’s how they did things in “the old days” (to be honest, the really old days), but we’re proud of every piece of work we do today!

Famous Doors of the World – The Florence Baptistery

21 Jan
January 21, 2013

You probably realized by now that we’re very passionate about our doors, but we’re also interested in other people’s work, especially if it’s something really great. And when it comes to greatness, there’s no craftsmanship in the world that beats the doors of the Florence Baptistery. They are a true work of art, built over 27 years by Medieval Europe’s greatest sculptors and bronze smiths.

The Florence Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in Florence (Italy) and it was built somewhere between 1059 and 1128. It is famous for a number of remarkable architectural aspects such as the mosaic ceiling, but first of all for its doors.

The South Doors (initially designed for the Eastern section) were the first and they were created by Andrea Pisaro during a period of 6 years (between 1300 and 1306). These beautiful bronze giants are made up of 28 panels, each containing aspects of John the Baptist’s life and the eight virtues (Hope, Faith, Charity, Humility, Fortitude, Temperance, Justice and Prudence).

The North Doors were the work of Lorenzo Ghiberti and it actually took 23 years to complete them (1401-1424), probably because somewhere in the process the artist was asked to change the theme from the Old Testament to the New Testament.

The East Doors, also known as the “Gates of Paradise”, were also Ghiberti’s work and needed 27 years to be completed (1425-1452). If you were to visit Florence tomorrow you would only see a replica, but the original doors are kept inside the Museo Dell’Opera Del Duomo and have been so since 1990 while undergoing a process of restoration. The 10 panels that compose the “Gates of Paradise” are all inspired by the Old Testament: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, The drunkenness of Noah, Abraham and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, Joseph, Moses and the 10 commandments, The fall of Jericho, David and Goliath, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. What is truly remarkable about these, even more so than the other two sets of doors, is the detail of the sculptures and the highlights that make you feel as if the scenes come to life.

Of course, standards really have changed over time and no beauty in design could make a customer patient enough to wait for a door for 27 years, or even 6 years. But on the other hand people these days don’t need actual works of art to guard their valuables. Modern times call for security and lucky you, we’re also thinking about beauty, so we’re wrapping strength into lovely designs. We’re not promising bronze sculptures, but you won’t be disappointed either!

 

A Special Door Is Part of Any Good Luxury Design

24 Dec
December 24, 2012

 

When people think about home luxury designs, they’re usually thinking about architecture, open spaces, lights, expensive fabrics and unique finishing touches, from lamps to ornaments. But no house can be complete without a front door. And we dare add – a good front door.
Now, be honest, isn’t this the case for you? We bet you’re not thinking about the door as much as you should be when it comes to design and proof of this stand the results of a random inquiry on a search engine. What did we find?
Well, it seems that wallpaper is fashionable again, provided you don’t put it in every room and you opt for texture and patterns.
Blues and greens are the sure wins for the times ahead.
Applied moldings are more and more popular and enthusiasts believe that these things can totally transform a room by highlighting certain areas and definitely classing up the room.
Then there’s a fine balance you should reach between going Eco-friendly and turning your home into an automated machine.
And dear Lord, people are even thinking about kitchen counters when it comes to luxury design, and if you’re curious, know that granite is still a decent trend, but bolder patterns are preferable.
Since we’re talking about materials, keep in mind that mixing them up in your bathroom seems to be a must. And whatever you buy and however you combine, the SPA ambiance is a desired effect and the soaking bath tub can’t hurt.
As for the other rooms, dens and formal living rooms are loosing ground. They don’t seem to fit their purpose in our current modern lifestyle, so they’re turning into what specialists call “flex rooms”, basically spaces designed to satisfy different activities, whether they sometimes turn into an office, a hang out room and so on. Or you can take it to the next level and turn that dining room into a “multi-generational living space” – mini-flats built in a home, with a bathroom and tiny kitchen included.
As you can see, nobody’s thinking about the front door, and it’s quite a shame because your front door can make or break the overall look of your house. Lucky you, we’re thinking about front doors and we made sure we’ve got lots of models to choose from. Further more, we’re always open to make custom models and, since we found out that blues and greens are on the rise, we’re proud to say that we’ve got lots of shades that fit these 2 chromatic areas. And about that exotic novelty called “multi-generational living space”, if you’re considering the idea, why not make it a panic room and fit in a proper door?

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.

 

Locksmiths Who Changed History

11 Dec
December 11, 2012

We are perfectly aware that no matter how strong a door’s structure is one of the most important security aspects is the locking mechanism. And it is this awareness that made us develop a sophisticated system with a special security cylinder, a special lock, a unique key registered system, the possibility to turn the key in the lock 3 times (thus managing to take our bolts inside the frame deeper than any other model) and the 18 hard-steel bolts around the edges of the steel doors which simultaneously engage into the solid steel door frame.

But these things didn’t happen overnight. The locking systems have been evolving for a couple of hundred years and we decided it’s important to look back and remember the great men who worked hard for our security today.

The pioneer of modern locking systems is considered by most to be one of our own Englishmen – Robert Barron. In 1778 he invented the double tumbler lock. His impressive skills that originated both in his mind and hands helped him achieve this major breakthrough – the first big step after the classic pin lock.

Only 6 years later, in 1784, Joseph Bramah, also an Englishman, invented the Bramah lock, which remained un-pickable for 67 years. In 1851, Alfred Charles Hobbs spent about 50 hours to break the Bramah lock and he succeeded. But as for every aspect of evolution, vulnerability meant an opportunity for progress.

So in 1848, Linus Yale Senior invented a pin-tumbler lock, and his son, Linus Yale Junior, kept improving the system, creating the basis of what we know today as pin-tumbler locks by using a small, flat key with serrated edges. This happened in 1861 and by 1862 he also invented the modern combination lock.

In 1857 James Sargent invented the first customizable lock, specifically the first key-changeable combination lock (well, at least the first successful one). And he kept perfecting his system and even managed to create a time lock mechanism in 1873.

In 1916 Samuel Segal invented the first locks that were crowbar-resistant, so he too played an important role in this story.

As time went by, systems became more and more complex, according to the new threats. And basically that’s how history goes – innovation, problem, solution. That’s the circle of evolution and in modern times this circle is closing and opening again faster and faster. The future is probably in bio metric security solutions, but we’re not quite there yet. And while great minds still work on perfecting that, right now we’re proud to be offering one of the most effective home security systems on the market today.

What Signals Are You Sending?

24 Nov
November 24, 2012

 

We’re proud to have helped so many people avoid getting robbed and we’re proud to tell anyone that it’s practically impossible to break down one of our doors thanks to: the 2 mm Galvanized frame, the 3 mm steel tube that composes the wing frame, the 1,5 mm of steel that compose the wing skeleton, the central lock cylinder that provides a 14 steel bolt locking system which acts in 3 directions, the drill proof barrel, the registered key system, the security mechanism on the frame that prevents any widening attempts and the steel hinges.

Unfortunately, the front door is not the only important aspect that you should consider when thinking about your home’s security. But we want you to be safe, and that’s why we’re sharing with you a couple of useful tips, based on the confessions of professional burglars.

First of all, it’s good to know your neighborhood and keep an eye out for any new suspicious faces. A burglar once said that he does his best to never look like a crook, so he can be walking around dressed like any other person or disguised as a handy man. It’s also likely that under his disguise he’ll knock at your door and if you’ll answer he’ll ask for directions or offer his services as a handy man for cover. And by the way, you should also choose wisely the handy men that actually enter your home, since a person who’s already seen the inside of your house has a better idea on your assets and exit/entry points.

Then, it’s very important to think about what you’re leaving around your yard. Regarding this, mail should be on the top of your list, even if you’re going away for a while. Cancel subscriptions or ask a neighbor to pick them up. Burglars might even leave a flyer in your mail just to see how long it takes for it to disappear. Next on this list should be toys left behind by your children – if there’s an abundance lying around, a burglar might get the impression that they have plenty of choices inside, including expensive electronic games, and furthermore it’s probably a sign that you’re not actually on a tight budget, so there are plenty of valuables inside.

As for other things that can be seen and shouldn’t  your alarm code – if your front door has an ornamental glass section, make sure your code is not visible through that section from the outside; your assets – make sure there’s not a lot that can be seen from the outside looking in and it’s always a good idea to draw your curtains as soon as it’s time to turn the lights on; any sign of recklessness – for example, if you’re leaving in a hurry and forget to lock your door, there’s a possibility that a burglar’s on the job and notices this.

So think about the signals you’re sending. We guarantee that our doors are burglar-proof, but if you make it worth their while, burglars will be very motivated to get in and they’ll find other ways – breaking a window is not hard at all, using the chimney is not uncommon and they keep getting more and more creative.

 

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!

Choose a Door Colour that Fits Your Personality

24 Oct
October 24, 2012

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The front door is an important part of your house. Its design can improve your home’s overall appearance, or not. Of course, functionality is probably the key aspect of a front door, but our steel doors are covering that aspect without any flaws. All you have to do is choose a design, and a colour. And whether you’re willing to stand out or not, we’ve got plenty of options for you, so what fits your personality best?

Red is passion, enthusiasm and action. It’s the fire within you and it’s the perfect symbol for your active way of life. It’s stimulating, challenging and it’s a sure win if you want to stand out of the crowd. If this is who you are, we’ve got plenty of reds for you: Flame, RAL Signal, Carmine, Purple, Wine, Black, Oxide, Brown, Beige, Tomato, Coral, Rose, Strawberry, Traffic, Dark Salmon, Raspberry or Orient.

Yellow is about warmth and intimacy, but also about focus and communication. It’s specific to the active type, who’s inquisitive and has high aspirations. Is this you? Then maybe you’d like one of these shades of yellow: Sand, Signal, Dark Golden, Honey, Maize, Chrome, Lemon, Sulphur, Saffron, Zinc, Olive, Cadmium, Traffic, Ochre, Curry, Melon, Broom, Dahlia or Pastel.

Green is said to be calming, relaxing, the colour of meditation, balance and safety. If you tend to be more introspective and less active, green is the best choice for you, and we’ve got more than a dozen shades: Patina, Mid. Emerald, Leaf, Middle Olive, Blue, Light Moss, Grey Olive, Bottle, Brown, Fir, Middle Grass, Reseda, Black, Reed, Yellow Olive, Black Olive, Turquoise, May, Yellow, Pastel, Chrome, Pale, Brown Olive, Traffic, Bracken, Opal, Turkish, Pine Tree, Mint or Signal.

Blue is tranquillity, dreaming, inner focus and deepness. If you’re calm, deep and sensitive, let others know and go for one of these beautiful shades: Turquoise, Pale, Violet, Green, Ultramarine, Dark Sapphire, Black, Signal, Brilliant, Grey, Light Azure, Gentian, Steel, Light, Dark Cobalt, Pigeon, Middle Sky, Traffic, Turkish, Capri, Ocean, Water, Night, Fern or Pastel.

Grey is definitely about power and we’ve got plenty of options for you to show your strength: Dark Squirrel, Silver, Olive, Moss, Signal, Mouse, Beige, Khaki, Green, Tarpaulin, Iron, Basalt, Brown, Slate, Anthracite, Black, Umber, Concrete, Graphite, Granite, Stone, Blue, Cement, Yellow, Pale, Platinum, Dusty, Agate, Quartz, Window, Traffic, Silky or Telegrey.

Brown is also about power, but in the same time it stands for reliability and comfort. So if you’re sincere, mature and open, you could advertise your traits through one of these browns: Green, Gold, Signal, Clay, Copper, Fawn, Olive, Nut, Red, Sepia, Mahogany, Chocolate, Grey, Black, Orange, Beige, Pale or Earth.

You can visualize any of the shades above here, and you’ll also find a bold variety of violets and pinks. Of course, you can always choose whites or blacks, but don’t miss out on the chance to really express yourself!

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How Does a Steel Door Protect You?

22 Oct
October 22, 2012

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Burglary is for most people a common noun. It’s something that they can define as being a crime, an act of breaking an entry. It’s easy to assume that it’s not an enjoyable experience since it results in a financial loss and it’s basically an unwanted complication to anybody’s life.

Unfortunately, a burglary is much more than that. It’s an invasion of your private space. It’s a violation of your intimacy. And its consequences spread beyond the financial aspects. It’s not an easy thing to understand, and since true understanding comes with actual experience, it would actually be best if few to no people would find out what it’s all about.

But prevention is always better than the cure, so we’ll try to guide you through a mental exercise. Think about an object you cherish. It may be something you have inherited, or something that reminds you of someone/something or it may even be an object that you worked very hard to get. Let’s assume that you have insurance and regardless of how cheap or expensive that object might have been, your financial loss will be covered. But when that object gets broken or simply disappears, your emotional bond with whatever it stood for will also be hurt. And it surely won’t help that the one who broke it or took it away was far from being well intended. Then, think about your private possessions. How would you feel about a total stranger going through them? An unknown person violently ransacking through your pictures, clothes or diary…

The truth is that you can replace a TV set, and the same goes for the rest of your appliances, but your assets also include objects that cost more than money. And those objects deserve to be better protected. You deserve to be better protected! It’s no exaggeration that there are support lines out there for burglary victims, and it’s no exaggeration that some people go through therapy to get over the trauma. Maybe you didn’t consider these aspects until now, but you should start to.

So a titan steel door does much more than to protect you from a financial loss. It’s a strong barrier between your personal space and perpetrators. We can help you with a product that offers the highest level of security against forced entry. More than 1000 kg of force would be necessary to put down one of our doors, and that’s way more than any man can produce. And our doors’ resilience comes from more than one feature: it’s about structure, frame, its connection to the frame and the unique locking mechanism, which bolt shuts the door in 18 points.

Being protected is in your power and the solution is only one phone call away. We’ll be at your place in about 15 minutes and we’ll talk about the best options for your needs.