Published On: Thu, May 17th, 2018

Sliders UK launches new ‘intelligent-timber’ composite door

Sliders UK has launched its new PAS24 and Part Q approved ‘intelligent timber’ Ultimate Composite Door  Among the UK’s most secure doors, its manufactured using the new Capstone leaf which features 15mm thick LVL timber inserts.  Intelligently encased inside a foam core and durable GRP skin, these provide additional core strength without impacting on thermal efficiency. This combination means that it not only achieves U-values of as low as 1.0Wm2.K, but has also been independently tested to PAS24:2016 – including cut-through testing. Security is further enhanced through Capstone’s patented three stage glazing cassette system, which supports easy replacement of glass but maximizes security.

Steve Mines, Sales Director, Sliders UK said: “Security is always a major driver in entrance door retail and this is among most secure doors on the market. “The major positive for the trade is that the way timber is used in the door not only makes it more resistant to attack – so that it’s Part Q approved – but encased in foam and GRP, there’s no chance of water ingress or warping.  It also delivers great thermal performance.”  This technically advanced combination of  timber inserts and thermally insulating foam also significantly reduces bowing, which means that the Ultimate Composite Door is supplied by Sliders UK with just a 3mm bowing tolerance.  “Bowing can cause a stack of problems and call-outs impacting on weather sealing and locking. With a 3mm tolerance, compared to the 5mm and 7mm tolerances of competitor systems, we’re underwriting through-life performance.”, continued Steve. 

Door furniture and hardware is Trojan, while standard hinges and locks are manufactured by Ingenious, with heritage and auto-locking options from Winkhaus.  Door cylinders are six-pin anti-drill and pick as standard with the UKAS accredited 3-star BSI TS007 tested Ingenious cylinder, also available as an upgrade option.  Glass options include a choice of double or triple-glazed options, achieving U-Values as low as 1.0Wm2.K including laminated and toughened options.  Available in lead times of 5-days or less, standard colours are black, red, blue, green, Gold Oak and Rosewood, while a range of premium finishes are also available.  This is combined with a choice of standard or colour matched, fully reinforced Duraflex and Eurocell 70mm PVC-U outer frames and slim, low line aluminium thresholds with twin seals. Both Duraflex and Eurocell framed doors have been tested to PAS24:2016.

Mines continues: “The technical advantages delivered by the new Capstone leaf – most significantly PAS24 approval – are major benefits.  It’s highly competitive but the performance that it delivers, choice of colour and finishing options, means it can be sold against any door in the upper end. It’s really flexible and delivers a lot of very strong USPs.”

Palmer suggests that composite doors now account for 50% of the entrance door market, the share rising to 54% by installed value with the inclusion of PVC/ABS faced doors.  The Market for Domestic Entrance Doors 2017 edition also forecasts a 22% increase in composite door sales through to 2020.