Composite Doors and UPVC Doors

Rockdoors, Solidors, Rocal Endurance, and uPVC doors

Rockdoors

Rockdoor Composite Door

Having fit about eight different types of composite doors over the last 10 years from various manufacturers, the one composite door that always impressed was the Rockdoor. Every Rockdoor we receive is packaged properly so there is little chance of it being received damaged which is very important for you as a customer. These Rockdoors are incredible. Rockdoors are known best for their toughness and strength, with the article back in 2004, ‘The Door that beat the Bobbies’ which of course, was a Rockdoor. Local police were unable to break through the Rockdoor.

Every aspect of these Rockdoors ooze quality. All the components that go into making a Rockdoor are of the best quality available and the finish for handles and letterboxes look like they belong in a jewellers glass case rather than on a Rockdoor. Rockdoors are the Rolls-Royce of composite doors. In fact, all doors. The finish of the Rockdoor face is superb. Rockdoor use a very hard wearing compressed uPVC finish that is very resistant to scratches meaning that your new Rockdoor will look good for the years to come. I must say of the 800+ Rockdoors we have fitted, I’ve not known of any to be scratched by cats or dogs which is reassuring to those with pets and a great credit to Rockdoor.

Rockdoors use traditional butt hinges instead of surface mounted hinges, which can have a tendency to drop and move, especially with a heavy door like a Rockdoor. Not only are the Rockdoor hinges designed to take the weight of the door, but they are 3D adjustable, this enables great adjustability for the smallest of adjustments. The locking mechanism on the Rockdoor is about as robust as you can get. You can have 2 or 4 hooks (sometimes 3 hooks depending on door height) which lock into a one piece lock-keep on the frame, combined with a made-to-measure inner frame on the Rockdoor, ensures the door cannot be forced open. A lot of composite doors are light weight in construction, generally low density foam with no inner frame or reinforcing. Having had the door slab reduced to get the height and width required the majority of the door is then just condensed foam with a door skin either side. Compared like for like (solid door with no glass in), I would estimate that a Rockdoor is at least 30% heavier than many of the very low end cheaper composite doors I have handled over the years. As a customer you wouldn’t be aware of the weight as the Rockdoor is usually on hinges and fitted before you get a feel of the door so you never get to feel the full weight of the door.

When choosing Rockdoors over other door suppliers I went back to the Rockdoors we had installed and was pleasantly surprised at just how well they looked having been fitted up to 4 years previous. To be honest they looked just as good as they did the day they were installed and having spoke to various customers it was evident that they were still highly delighted with their Rockdoor years later. As an installer, once you have fitted a Rockdoor for someone you seldom see that person again unless you are called to either adjust a door or do extra work. The last thing you want as an installer or a customer is a product that creates problems down the line.

The Rockdoor is the only door that can achieve an A++ energy rating, this is because Rockdoor use a technology called ’S-Glaze’, this technology means that the glass is built into the door, encapsulating the glass and completely eliminating air to pass from one side of the Rockdoor to the other.

Reading the above makes it seem like the Rockdoor is the only door that you should have fitted to your home. It isn’t. The above description is about why we chose to supply and fit Rockdoors. They use the latest technology to make the door the best it can be, but it comes at a price and these Rockdoor are a premium composite door that command a premium price point. Check out some of the other types of composite doors we offer.

Solidors

Solidor Composite Door

Solidor doors are incredibly advanced. We can supply and fit anything Solidor offer and they are a joy to install for us. Having fitted low end generic composite doors in the past that are all round cheap and flimsy, Solidors are heavy, robust and come with an excellent security rating in comparison. We added Solidor to our website in late 2018, there are several reasons why.

A lot of people compare Rockdoor and Solidor, being as they are the two most popular and premium composite door brands available in the UK today, you can understand why. The question we get asked is ‘Which one is best?’ or ‘which do you recommend?'. The answer is both. They are both fantastic doors which is why we supply and fit both, Rockdoor has some has some things Solidor doesn’t, and Solidor have some features, designs or colours that Rockdoor doesn't. This year (2018), we got asked numerous times if we supply and fit Solidors, from new and previous customers, not because they are better, more secure, cheaper or more thermal efficient, but because they offer something different that Rockdoor don’t offer, such as a door design, glass design, a certain colour or door accessory. We visited Solidor and inspected their doors for quality before deciding to add them to our website and we left Solidor very impressed. The range of customisation is leagues above a Rockdoor, colours, designs and accessories, you name it, they offer more. Offering both Rockdoor and Solidor enables us to ensure we can supply you with your perfect new premium composite door, wether that is a Rockdoor or Solidor.

Solidor manufacture quality doors that are heavy and provide your home with the very best thermal insulation and security, as well as making your house stand out from the rest. Solidors are made in Stoke-On-Trent and feature a solid timber core slab that measures 48mm thick. They come with a wide array of locking mechanisms and options, including the Ultion 11-pin lock, these are the most advanced lock of its type. It has two anti-snap sections on the external side of the lock, if both sections are somehow snapped, the Ultion lock engages Lockdown mode, this fires a pin into the cam to lock it into place, however, the lock is still fully functional from inside, even when a key is left inside the lock. This combined with anti bump, anti pick and anti drill make it the most secure lock you can get.

Another great feature of a Solidor is what they call Lock-Lock, adding an extra level of security, this locks the spindle between the internal and external handle to ensure that if someone manages to get past your lock, the spindle is locked in place and the latch/hooks cannot be disengaged.

Like Rockdoor, Solidors are designed to last a very long time and having seen some Solidors that have been in several years, they look and operate exactly the same as they did on day on. Check out some of the other types of composite doors we offer.

Rocal Endurance Doors
Rocal Endurance Composite Doors

Rocal Endurance are not as big in terms of popularity as Solidor or Rockdoor, but they have grown strength to strength over the years. Rocal Endurance are a mid-tier premium composite door brand, being a few hundred pounds cheaper than Rockdoor and Solidor in certain aspects. However, Rocal have a vast amounts of designs, colours, options and accessories to choose from and thats before we get to some of the stand out features. Every part and component of these doors are top quality, whilst these doors are cheaper than Rockdoor and Solidor, they offer top quality furniture, locks, designs and security. These doors are built properly unlike cheaper composite doors out there which are built to a low budget and it shows.

The Rocal Endurance door slab is a solid timber core. It is 48mm thick and is made from 17 cross layers of Kerto laminated veneer lumber, this makes the door extremely robust and heavy and the 17 cross layers of laminated veneer lumber is what gives the Rocal Endurance door its immense strength and rigidity. This is sandwiched between the door skin, which can reflect 95% of the heat from the sun, so fading or cracking is something you don't have to worry about. Whilst these doors are cheaper than Solidor and Rockdoor, there is not that much between them in terms of performance. Rocal use the Brisant Federal UCF cylinder on the Endurance doors which has a 3-star rating alongside a Winkhaus Multipoint TruLock, ensuring that when your door is locked, no one is getting through. Rocal Endurance doors are also Secured By Design Approved.

Rocal Endurance don’t skimp on furniture either, they use Fab & Fix furniture as standard (Same as Rockdoor), with other options including stainless steel bar handles, yale conexis L1, pad handles, architectural and heritage handles and letterplates too. The furniture colour available is also huge including White, Antique Black and Bronze to name a few.

One area Rocal Endurance really shine above all the other composite door brands is the amount of door designs and glass designs available, there are a total of 76 different door designs to choose from across 3 ranges; Classic, Country and Urban. There are 20 different colours to choose from and all colours can be mixed and matched, externally and internally while most colour can also have a matching frame too. Check out some of the other types of composite doors we offer.

Solid Timber Core Doors
Solid Timber Composite Doors

We have another composite door to offer you. It is a solid core composite door that ticks all the boxes without having to pay a premium. The core is fairly unique in the fact that its construction uses a 16 layer cross ply laminated veneer lumber which gives the door an advantage as the cross ply structure is very resistant to warping which has unfortunately plagued many door companies in the past and still does. This laminated veneered lumber core for this composite door comes from Finland and they know a thing or too about wood used for construction purposes. Because the layers are cross ply the grain runs in both directions, increasing the strength of the core massively and virtually eliminating deflection in the door slab. It is almost exactly the same setup as Rocal Endurance but 16 layers instead of 17. They use a uPVC skin so the grain on the door is realistic.

We visited the factory where these doors are made in early 2019 and it shares a lot in common with Rocal Endurance doors but at a more competitive price point. It’s quite possibly the best value door we have without sacrificing quality of security, durability and reliability. You can buy cheap and cheerful composite doors but that’s not the market we are in. These solid core doors come with an Ultion locking cylinder as standard, which is what Solidor use and is widely regarded as the best cylinder on the market, with a £1,000 guarantee for break in’s through it and a solid core slab which makes for a very heavy and secure door without the premium for example of a Solidor or Rockdoor. Whilst their range may not be as great as the two manufacturers just mentioned, it can definitely compete quality and security wise so whilst the choices may not be as great as other ranges it wont let you down if you want something that is secure, strong, very high on quality and good value then this is worth considering. You can have different colours on the internal & external faces of the slab & the colours are in the skin itself. No spraying here to flake off the door.

General specifications for one of these doors is an Ultion lock, solid 16-layer laminated veneer lumber core, Fab & Fix furniture, Fuller crime-beater lock, multiple colour combinations and very strong quality hinges (has to be, very heavy door) 

Rockdoor French Doors
Rockdoor French Door
Rockdoor Stable Doors
Rockdoor Stable Door

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