Gates and Fences

Choosing a New Garden Gate

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 6:51 am

A garden gate is an important part of your garden, as it is used for its design features as well as for safety. When somebody enters your property and comes through a gate, it gives a real homely first impression and will make the person feel welcome. It will also help to deter people you don’t want in your home from breaking in.

The main decision factor here is the material of the gate. The most popular materials are wrought iron, or wrought iron style, and wood. Both will be strong and sturdy, though metal may not weather as much over time. Wood will look premium and will be very durable, but it will also start to weather.

Make sure you choose the right size, especially if ordering online. There are many different ways you could measure the opening for your gate, so follow any guides you are given very closely.

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What are Secured by Design Garage Doors?

Posted on December 31, 2017 at 5:28 pm

Security is one of the main reasons why people choose to replace garage doors. When they start to get older and more fragile, they may look more vulnerable to people who could try to break in. They will not withstand a break in particularly well, and this could become a source of worry for you. An alarm system alone is not going to do the job well enough – you need to make sure you have a garage door in place that is going to look after itself.

One main option for people concerned about safety is secured by design doors. The Secured by Design initiative is run by police in the UK and is their way of encouraging people to ‘design out crime’ – that is, produce designs that are going to be safe, secure and help to actively reduce crime. Products can be classed as having a Police Preferred Specification once they have been tested In accordance with the Secured by Design protocols.

Did you know?:

  • Secured by Design status is incredibly prestigious and many brands want to achieve it. However, it is tough to meet the high standard set out by the police, and around 95% of the products tested will fail first time.
  • Secured by Design products can help reduce burglary by up to 50%, according to testing
  • They can also reduce criminal damage by up to 25%

There are three very prestigious garage door brands that have met the Secured by Design regulations and have achieved Police Preferred Specification. Check with your supplier if you want to make sure the door you are buying has definitely got the Secured by Design credentials you are looking for. There are many brands that have the Secured by Design status, but only on certain brands and product ranges, so make sure you are looking at the right ones to meet your needs.

These are some of the ways in which a Secured by Design door is more secure than other types of door:

  • Lock body protection. This is a plate that is fitted behind the door to protect the lock body, meaning that an attacker can’t gain access to the locking rod anchor point.
  • Anti snap cylinder. This helps to prevent entry and is fitted in place of a normal cylinder.
  • High security bracing. There are more spot welds, and there are 8 braces behind the door instead of 3 to help prevent the door being forced open.
  • Extra lock reinforcement. Steel plates protect the locking point in each corner. This is alongside 4 point locking, which protects the door at the corner points to resist break ins using crowbars and other weapons of force.

You should also make sure you have your Secured by Design door fitted by a professional. Choose a supplier who both supplies and installs doors, so you know your door will be in safe hands throughout the installation process. A specialist security door is not something you can install yourself because the installation is all part of the process of making it extra secure.




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The Benefits of Installing Metal Gates 

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm


There can be various types of requirements that lead to the installation of metal gates. You might want to add another layer of security to your property or may be just interested in adding an artistic gate towards the garden. You can also search for a regal looking metal gate and get it installed along with a beautiful iron fence to enhance the looks of the house. If you are planning to sell a property, try changing the gates and fence, the value of the property will surely rise above your expectation. However, other than appreciating the value of the property, metal gates are also beneficial in several other ways. Top 5 ways in which cheap metal gates prove to be beneficial are as follows. (more…)

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