Our Solid Core Composite Doors lead the way when it comes to both style and security
Constructed from a laminated veneered timber called Kerto®, sixteen layers are used to provide strength and durability. In many doors, grain direction can be a weak spot with timber warping or even splitting. Our composite door construction ensures the woodgrain is running in different directions, thereby removing any potential weaknesses.
The Benefits of a Solid Core Composite Door
Composite doors are typically made from a material called Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP). A door will be comprised of two outer layers of GRP which are attached to either side of the doors sub-frame. The gap between the GRP layers is then filled with high-density foam. Only a small proportion of the finished composite door is manufactured from a solid material. The GRP layers are robust but can be susceptible to scratching and denting, neither of which are easy to repair. You may also find that some GRP door skins fade over time, especially those in direct sunlight.
Solid Core Composite Doors
As we’ve detailed above, our Solid Core doors are created using 16 layers of Kerto®, a laminated, veneered timber that is incredibly strong and dimensionally stable. Kerto® is used in a wide range of construction projects from new builds to renovation and repair projects.
The 16 layers of Kerto® are orientated, so the wood grain is running in multiple directions. This increases the strength and rigidity of the finished composite door and also offers significantly improved security. Our solid core composite doors and frames are both manufactured in Britain under strict BS EN ISO9001:2015 quality management systems.
Bonded to the Kerto® layers are two PVCu skins. PVCu is far more durable than GRP and is less prone to fading or scratching. The PVCu can be created with a highly realistic woodgrain effect or in a smooth finish. Both options are available in 24 colour variations.
For details of how to correctly measure for your new composite door please view our measuring guide.
Solid Core Composite Doors – Key Features
Choice of Frames
Our solid core composite doors come complete with a sculptured frame with Chamfered available on request. The door frames are manufactured in a choice of 22 coloured foils as well as plain white or cream. For a more complete finish, the colour of the door frame can be matched to the door.
The standard threshold is a 77mm PVCu with the option of a 57mm low threshold if required. We can also create a 24mm aluminium threshold which can be used in conjunction with a wheelchair ramp.
A Style for Every Home
From traditional to contemporary, you are sure to find a door style in our range that suits your property. We have panelled designs with curved glazing options in the Caunton and Maple ranges. For modern entrances, there is the Urban range that includes a choice of different glazing placement options. Whatever your style, we are sure to have a door that fits.
We are passionate about the environment, and we appreciate the impact that manufacturing can have. We are very proud of the fact that all the timber we use is sourced from sustainably managed forests. What’s more, at the end of the composite doors life the wood can be recycled rather than being sent to landfill.
Picking a Colour
Perhaps the hardest part of choosing one of our solid core composite doors is picking the colour. Our range has 22 colour options, plus white and cream. If you wish, you can choose a different colour for the external and internal faces of the door to complement both exterior and interior colour schemes.
Fit and Forget
None of our composite front doors requires painting or any other maintenance. We recommend cleaning to keep them looking their best, which can be done in conjunction with having your windows cleaned.
The glass in our solid core composite doors is supplied as double glazed with a standard B rating for energy efficiency. If you require triple glazing, you can select from the Zinc range, which includes a choice of design options. Each of our front door styles includes a selection of glazing designs. Depending on your requirement for extra light or privacy, you can decide on how translucent you want the glass to be. To add a personal touch to your front door, you can include coloured glazing or a house number.
When creating a new front door, it’s an excellent opportunity to personalise and brighten up the entrance to your property. From new side panels to a perfectly placed letterbox, these final details can make all the difference. We offer an extended range of traditional, heritage and architectural door furniture in a wide selection of colours. With options for auto slam locks and stainless-steel bar handles your door will be truly bespoke to you.
When installing a new composite door, it is a good opportunity to consider replacing or adding side panels. Side panels can improve the appearance of the property, and with the addition of glass, extra light can brighten up the inside doorway. Depending on your location, you can select clear glass to make the most of a good view or an obscured glass for privacy. The side panel can match the colour and finish of the front door, or you could choose to install something different as a contrast.
The type of door handle you select will depend on personal preference and style. Our range of door handles has been developed to coordinate with all our door designs. The Balmoral range has a classic style that works well with a wide variety of our solid core composite doors. You can select from a slimline handle with its elegant looks or a pad handle that is easier to hold.
The ‘Sweet Design’ handle has been specially developed to provide an extra level of security. The mechanism is highly resistant to snapping and comes with a 20-year anti-corrosion guarantee. All our door handles are available in a choice of colours that can be coordinated with the rest of your solid core door furniture.
The door hinges we use have been developed to ensure the perfect fit and functionality. When ordering your solid core door, you have two hinges options.
The standard solid core composite door hinge has a 2-way adjustment and is manufactured from heavy-duty stainless steel. This hinge is fixed to the door face and automatically sets the correct compression. The slimline cover is quick to remove and are available in nine colour options, including white, black and metallic finishes.
The Trojan has full adjustability to ensure the perfect fit for a high-quality finish. With simultaneous vertical adjustment across all hinges, even load distribution is easily achieved. The Trojan hinge is available in 6 different colours options.
With so much choice for front door alert systems, you may decide you don’t need a door knocker. However, the front door knocker is something of a British tradition. First used by grand homes as a sign of wealth and status, a door knocker has become a popular feature. Our range of door knockers offers both traditional and modern styles for that perfect finishing touch.
The popular Urn style knocker is available with or without a viewing hole and has a wide selection of colour options. The slimline Architectural and ‘Sweet Design’ knockers fit seamlessly onto our modern solid core composite door style.
Bar Handles & Escutcheons
Bar handles are a modern door style feature that provide a stylish, sleek look when paired with our Urban and Contemporary door ranges. When used in conjunction with a slam locking system, they create a highly functional and secure front door. Choose from bow or inline shaped handles, manufactured from austenitic grade 304 stainless steel which is highly resistant to corrosion.
Escutcheons are keyhole covers or shields. They are used to surround a keyhole if it is not part of a door handle. You can choose from a standard escutcheon that surrounds the keyhole with a flush finish or a cylinder pull which includes a lip to help with pulling the door closed.
An important feature of the front door is a letterbox. In all the excitement of selecting your doors style and colour, you may forget this crucial detail. Depending on the type of door you have selected, the letterbox can be positioned in the centre, or base of your solid core composite door. A letterplate is required to cover the letterbox to protect your home from draughts and for security. We have four different styles to choose from in a range of finishes. The Nu Mail option can be fitted with a shield for an extra level of security.
As part of our composite door ordering process, you may choose to select the ‘Secured by Design’ feature. This is a police initiative that ensures the front door meets all the required standards for optimum security. When you choose this option, your front door design will automatically select laminated glass. The laminated glass has been developed to withstand the force of a brick being thrown at it. During the ordering process, the highest security rated locks, a door chain and a spyhole feature will also be recommended to you.
The multi-lock systems we build into our solid core composite doors have been selected as they provide the highest level of security available on the market today. You have the choice of four different lock types.
- Incorporates two hook locks with a centre latch and deadbolt.
- The gearbox has a unique ‘slider’ technology for a long-lasting, smooth movement.
- The Yale Lockmaster is accredited by the ‘Secured by Design’ initiative and tested to British standard PAS23/24.
- Slam shut lock.
- It has the appearance of a traditional rim latch but incorporates the latest high-security multipoint lock which activates automatically once the door is shut.
- Contains two anti-push back hooks with centre latch and deadbolt.
GU Security Automatic Lock
- Slam shut system with a spindle position that gives you an extra choice of handle location.
- Registered with the ‘Secured by Design’ initiative.
- Has three deadbolts and a centre latch.
- A smart lock which can be used with most 92mm centred multi point door locks.
- This is a keyless system which you configure, control and unlock from your smartphone via the secure Bluetooth app.
- You can alternatively use a key card or key tag to open your solid core door.
The cylinder part of your locking system is one of the most critical security features. The Ultion cylinder locks that we install to our solid core doors are approved by the Police and master locksmiths. Ultion cylinders have the highest kitemark star rating and have been described as ‘the most secure lock ever made’.
Ultion cylinders have passed rigorous tests, and the Brisant-Secure who makes the product is so confident in their security, they offer £2000 if an intruder burgles after gaining entry by snapping an Ultion. If an attempt to damage an Ultion system is started, a lockdown mode is activated. This mode involves the initiation of 20 anti-drill rods made with a material called molybdenum which is 25% denser than iron.
Since the Security Guarantee was introduced we’ve seen loads of break-in attempts where Ultion protected homeowners by beating intruders. So we felt it was time to reflect this proven confidence. Even on locks with the existing £1000 guarantee card all homeowner guarantee registrations have been uplifted to £2000. The new Ultion 3 star Plus marking represents the enhanced security and durability performance of the With Extra Molybdenum (WXM) build.
For extra safety and security, we also supply a range of fire doors that have been tested and pass the latest fire door standards BS476-22. All features of our fire doors, from the glazing to the locks, have been tested for safety and security. We can also supply our fire doors with automatic door closing mechanisms if required.
Solid Core Composite Doors – Design Your Own
So now you know all about our solid core composite doors features and design options it’s time to get building your own door.
For more information, you can also download our 2020 brochure by clicking here.
If you have any questions, the team at Just Doors and Conservatories will be happy to help.