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    • isofa
    • By isofa 9th Jul 17, 12:51 PM
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    Which is most secure, composite or metal door?
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    • 9th Jul 17, 12:51 PM
    Which is most secure, composite or metal door? 9th Jul 17 at 12:51 PM
    Looking for a new back door which is hidden from view and therefore security paramount.

    Which is more secure, a composite or metal door? Any recommendations for door and frame sets? Definitely don't want uPVC.


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    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 9th Jul 17, 9:57 PM
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    I have steel, composite, hardwood and upvc doors on my home. In terms of resistance to a brute force attack, my feeling is the steel door would hold out much longer than the others. Mine is ~70mm thick and was made by Hormann. Cost more than a month's wages though!
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    • isofa
    • By isofa 11th Jul 17, 11:17 AM
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    We have an aluminium front door, which like yours cost a fortune 'secured by design' and all the latest security features; but wanted something a little less flash but still secure for the back!

    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 11th Jul 17, 11:42 AM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 11:42 AM
    Out of curiosity, of what are your window panes made?

    People often get hung up on making doors incredibly tough, when an intruder could just put a window through with a brick.
    • isofa
    • By isofa 11th Jul 17, 5:48 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 5:48 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 5:48 PM
    Out of curiosity, of what are your window panes made?
    People often get hung up on making doors incredibly tough, when an intruder could just put a window through with a brick.
    Originally posted by Grenage
    Most of our windows are tripled glazed in aluminium frames, so not quite so easy to break!

    It's very rare that burglaries are committed by smashing panes of glass, far too conspicuous, snapping locks (basic euro cylinders the quickest target) or forcing cheaper uPVC doors seem to be the biggest concern of the police around our neck of the woods!

    https://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/burglary/
    Last edited by isofa; 11-07-2017 at 5:52 PM.

    • MX5huggy
    • By MX5huggy 11th Jul 17, 6:40 PM
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    When the police put in doors at work, with the big red key, it's never the door that fails it's either the frame or the fixings of frame when it's a composite door. So whatever door you have it's the frame and fixings that count.
    • Ectophile
    • By Ectophile 11th Jul 17, 7:48 PM
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    When the police put in doors at work, with the big red key, it's never the door that fails it's either the frame or the fixings of frame when it's a composite door. So whatever door you have it's the frame and fixings that count.
    Originally posted by MX5huggy
    I've never understood why the police don't just learn to pick locks. There's plenty of videos on YouTube. It would make a lot less noise, so the criminals wouldn't even know the police were breaking in.
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
    • Kiran
    • By Kiran 11th Jul 17, 7:58 PM
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    Cheaper for them to rectify when they put the wrong door through too!
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