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Do We Really Need Panic Rooms in the UK?

24 Apr
April 24, 2013

In the UK we’re quite fortunate as we don’t endure the threat of kidnap that those in the Middle East, Africa and South America do, so why are panic rooms becoming more and more popular?

We can’t reveal who we install steel doors for, as privacy and security is part of our service, yet we can reveal that more and more customers are using our services to make panic rooms out of any room in the house.

It’s always been seen as an extravagant, over the top security measure used only by the very rich, the very famous or the drug barons with a price on their head, yet now people have realised it’s the ultimate secure solution for keeping loved ones safe.

Think back to 2002, to Jodie Foster in the Panic Room. Apart from making you feel old as this was over a decade ago, what else do you remember?

In the US after the film’s release, panic rooms rose in popularity yet here in the UK we couldn’t stretch our imagination to think the same fate would happen to us.

What’s Changed?

Instead of using panic rooms to protect a family against kidnappers, we, in Britain are using them for a whole different reason. Many new  now have panic rooms as standard as it’s not just possessions at stake.

Obviously popular amongst the wealthy now people like us are favouring the panic room too as violence unfortunately becomes the biggest crime committed in the UK, closely followed by vandalism.

Prevention is Better than the Cure

For instance, CCTV cameras are great for capturing a person’s image to use AFTER the deed is done however they do little to prevent the crime in the first place. Many retired couples are now realising that burglars actually wait for them to be home before they attack as they can give access to safes, show them where the money is and be encouraged to do as asked if a partner or family member is used as a threat.

That’s why panic rooms in the Master suites are popular. In seconds families can be secure and the police can be alerted. By the time a burglar even finds the steel security door, the police are already apprehending the suspect red handed.

The Expense

Our customers have found great ways to cut down on the cost of a panic room while ensuring the chosen space is comfortable and fire retardant too. Their new panic rooms not only protect from intruders but from fire. A reassuring though for anyone who lives with loved ones.

They have done this by choosing us to install steel doors internally, to block off one room of the house; you can see how an office has utilised this here.

Not Just for People

This not only gives them a safe place to go to should intruders enter the home, it also keeps valuables safe when the home is left empty, so burglars leave empty handed.

If you think you’d benefit from some extra protection or would sleep easier at night knowing you can keep your family safe in seconds, see the range of steel doors we have on offer.

 

You Don’t Have to Compromise Style for Security

17 Apr
April 17, 2013

It’s no secret that steel doors are the number one way to stop intruders gaining access to your home as wood just isn’t strong enough.  As locks increase in quality and strength now many burglars simple saw through a wooden door to gain access.

Bizarrely the majority of home owners wouldn’t consider wooden doors for their garages as they know this wouldn’t be the safest way to store their precious motor, yet when it comes to the home it seems the security of the family is lower on the priority list. This may be because of the preconceptions about steel doors that keep you secure.

When you mention security steel doors to homeowners, generally their eyes may cloud over as they imagine huge metal constructions that make their home look like an impenetrable prison.  We’ve worked hard to bring you the best doors to complement all tastes and styles. Many don’t even look like they’re made from metal at all, which gives you peace of mind, keeps burglars out and enhances the look of your home.

What’s your Style?

No matter what your style, there’s a security steel door for you. Protecting your family shouldn’t have to mean sacrificing your style or the warm welcome of your home. Here are some ideas for security steel doors to match all home types.

Traditional

Our real wood doors are ideal for those who live in period properties as they mirror the most popular eras allowing you to match the steel door to your home, maintaining the history and preserving the personality of the history too. For example:

Art Deco

A movement that happened in the 1920’s our arts and crafts doors are ideal as they show the trademark linear designs and encapsulate the semi circles that are synonymous with this era. See K04, TK4 or SK42.

Victorian

The Victorian era is now considered antique as it is over 100 years ago. This was when design began to become simplified while still portraying delicate craftsmanship and quality materials. Our range of real wood panelled doors reflect this era beautifully. For example SK18, TW 2 GQK6

Edwardian

The Edwardian era favoured the darker woods with a little more detail much like our doors SK 21 and TK 5. See the scrolls in the former? This represents the hand carving the Edwardian joiners were famous for.

Tudor

Our security steel doors lend themselves brilliantly to Tudor times as this era favoured large heavy doors that were impenetrable. We’ve added a modern twist with ours that encapsulates what we know of Tudor times to add a little more detail. See TA 08 and T 19.

Today

There are of course many to complement new builds or contemporary homes. Each design has been specially developed to not only protect your home but to make it look amazing too.

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.

Famous Door Knockers in London

10 Dec
December 10, 2012

Modern people don’t care as much about door knockers as they used to. We have intercoms and electric buzzers so the classic door knockers aren’t really useful anymore. But in their golden years they were not only about utility. They could have been a pure form of art and actually London had quite a few famous door knockers.

Probably the most beautiful door knocker in London is Duke’s of Devonshire at No. 80, Piccadilly  It is said that it was made at his command and based on his own designs and many of his guests liked it so much that they wanted a duplicate. Although there’s no certainty towards the existence of these duplicates, the beautiful detailed face and the lovely border locked in a circle complete each other into one truly special piece of door knocker.

Although simpler in design, the door knocker at No. 17, Doughty Street is also a very well known one. It was the property of Charles Dickens and it was a symbol of his happy early years of marriage, because this was the place where he and his young bride moved from Furnival’s Inn. Naturally, it was also a witness of Charles Dickens the younger’s birth and it was also there during the times when the author made his first contacts with the great men of his time.

And since we’re talking about Charles Dickens, know that another famous door knocker is at No. 8, Craven Street. However, unlike most of the other well known objects in his category, this one is not famous because it was owned by a celebrity. No, not at all. Instead, this one is said to have inspired the famous character Scrooge in Christmas Carol.

But wait, there’s another one that’s somewhat related to Dickens. It’s actually one that was touched quite often by the author in his early years, when he was not yet famous and visited Thomas Carlyle a lot. The author of “Sartor Resartus” resided in Cheyne Row, Chelsea and lived there for five decades. Throughout all this time, the faithful lion head held the knocker and, at least for the first decade, it announced the visits of Forster, Serjeant Talfourd, Maclise, Macready, Landor, Leigh Hunt, and Thackeray.

Our door knockers are not as complex and the truth is that there is no special demand on the market for them today. Just as almost every other element in design, it tends towards minimalism. However, they’re a beautiful reminiscent of the past and deserve to be remembered as such. Of course, if you want to, we can put a door knocker on your custom design, but these days it’s easier to stand out through a great variety of door models and colors  combined with your own personal touches. And by the way, you can see our gallery here.

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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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