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Are frameless glass doors secure?

One common question that is asked about our frameless glass doors is whether they’re secure.

Aluminium is a fantastic material for windows and doors.  One of the best features of aluminium doors is their high strength with slim sightlines.  Therefore aluminium profiles themselves are what helps to make other doors secure.  If frameless glass doors don’t have aluminium framing how can they be secure?

The same question would apply to frameless folding doors, slide and turn doors and our frameless range of entrance doors.

Frameless bifolding doors are indeed secure.

Frameless bifolding doors offer several advantages over sliding patio doors.

Our doors have passed PAS 24 2012.  This is the current standard for enhanced security on doors.  But what does this test mean and what is it all about?

PAS 24:2012 is the Enhanced Security Test for doors. PAS stands for Publicly Available Specification.  This is a minimum standard that tests windows and doors to established BSI and other recognised specifications.  There is no upper or lower level of security with this test.  For example, some other types of tests are low, medium or high security.  With PAS24:2012 a door can either pass or fail.

The PAS 24 test puts our doors under specific door hardware and door cylinder attack tests.  It’s also an enhanced security test meaning that doors which pass PAS24 can be regarded as secure doors.

Frameless Glass Curtains have passed PAS24 with flying colours.

The great thing about passing this type of security test is that it is a ‘minimum standard’. This sets out the basic requirements under which a door will pass or fail.  The reality is that our doors just like quality composite doors and even windows are designed to be highly secure way above the minimum standard.

You may think that minimum implies less.  It does not.  It simply means that door engineers have a minimum requirement to work to. Should they wish to make their doors even better than this standard requirement, that is up to them.  What it has proven however is that these minimum levels set by the British Standards Institute are actually great as a minimum requirement.

So how are Frameless Glass Curtains tested for security?

The process of getting doors certified under the standard is by submitting the product to one of the recognised United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).  These are accredited test houses that perform all kinds of testing for building products, consumer products and much more besides.

Once our doors achieve a Pass, we are then examined even further in our factory to ensure our processes are up to scratch.  When this independent certification body is completely satisfied with how we make our doors and how we manage our processes we are awarded with our Certificate and associated paperwork.

All these processes enable us to provide you with doors that are certificated to PAS 24 and the fit for purpose standards.

What happens after doors are PAS24 Certified?

It is easy to assume that a door once tested and certified remains so.  This is actually not the case.  At Frameless Glass Curtains, we are regularly inspected by these Testing Institutes.

This is to ensure that our quality of manufacture is maintained at all times and that every door continues to meet the standards by which certification and fit for purpose status was issued.

For example if we change a component or a design feature of our doors, we are required to advise the Certification Body.  This may require a retest of the door. So the quality process is ongoing.

As a final note, it’s widely reported by representatives of these Certification Bodies that PAS 24 doors have proved so effective and their security is so good that Police Officers have often had to reconsider how they force entry into a property. Previous an insecure door was an easier method before these tests came about.

So whilst our doors benefit from lots of glass and little aluminium framing, you have our assurance that our doors are indeed tested and will keep your home secure.

We also offer a full range of aluminium windows, bifolding and sliding doors,
and front doors as FGC Bespoke Aluminium.

Visit the FGC Showroom

You can now visit our showroom in Strood, Kent.

The full range of Frameless products are on display in wide variety of configurations.

We request you contact us to make an appointment before visiting to avoid overcrowding.

Find out more about the FGC Kent showroom.

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FGCExcellentFGC4.5 Based on 42 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onWayne T.Wayne T. ★★★★★ Very happy with the service I have received, everything went smoothly no issues, I was kept up to date throughout the process and the fitting team were very professional, polite and friendly I would recommend fgc to anyone thank youKayleigh C.Kayleigh C. ★★★★★ Amazing service, great aftercare, incredible product. It was hard to find something that would fit in our house and would have been pleasing to the eye aswell as stylish and modern and unique.From sales to install was smooth and stress free amazing bunch of people to work with I had a great experienceInci P.Inci P. ★★★★★ Great product with diligent, professional staff from start to finish. Highly recommended.Paul B.Paul B. ★★★★★ Firstly I have to say a huge thank you to Paul the owner of FGC for being willing to take on the job of sorting out the extremely shoddy and poor installation of the Origin doors and windows fitted on my new build home, when it was built. And replacing the damaged gaskets. I had your guys with me for two days this week. What a breath of fresh air comparted to the people of originally installed my doors and windows. Extremely professional and lovely chaps. They worked tirelessly to sort out the many issues we had. Would absolutely recommend 100% THANK YOU !Response from the ownerGood Morning Paul, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with us. We are absolutely delighted to receive it and are pleased we were able to resolve the issues for you. It’s been a pleasure working with you. If you have any further need in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us. Lisa S.Lisa S. ★★★★★ Very helpful and good communication, great product. Thank you.Dave S.Dave S. ★★★★★ Very happy with doors. Look great. The installation was quick and straightforward.Will recommendRH K.RH K. ★★★★★ FGC were brilliant. Great advice on the best windows to get. Extremely good installation. Always ready to solve any installation or manufacturing issues. We are extremely happy with the end result!Joy W.Joy W. ★★★★★ Frameless windows were brilliant, Liam Alfie and James were great, polite, courteous, and left the site clean and tidy. The windows look amazing, Great service from start to finish. Many ThanksRayRay ★★★★★ We love these doors and look forward to having them open a bit more once the patio has ben completed. They really have a "wow" factor and this becomes a double "wow" when people are shown how the corner can be completely opened up. It was about a year from my first enquiry to the doors being installed as there was a considerable amount of building work required to prepare the room. throughout this period I remained in touch with FGC and the service was exceptional. The installation team was on site for a day, starting early and working through to completion before driving back to Kent!! We have been really pleased with the standard of workmanship and even had compliments from other tradesmen working on the room (most of whom had never seen doors like this). These are expensive doors but the price difference from a normal set of bi-folds was well worth it for the uninterrupted view you get. The doors were installed in February but I have held off doing the review until the room was more finished so I could post a more representative picture. Once the patio is done the look will be even better than we originally envisaged. I have attached a few pictures of the room (the white table is only a temporary measure while we wait for the new coffee table).Sharon B.Sharon B. ★★★★★ From first contact to installation, my interactions with FGC have been easy, fast and professional. The end product is superb, we are so happy with our new doors - wish we had done this years ago. Well done FGC!!Jayne N.Jayne N. ★★★★★ This is the second time we have installed FGC and we are very happy with our second installation- very sleek and stylish and all staff very helpful, thanksD JD J ★★★★★ Frameless Glass Curtains have few competitors so they could take a lax approach to their work. However, that is not the case. We have had a porch installed in a space that was not square or aligned. The service from survey to finish has been above standard. Barry’s attention to detail and determination that the work would not be complete until his high standards were met was much appreciated. The communication from the admin side was clear and helpful. So all in all we will be using Frameless Glass again and have no hesitation in recommending them.Brian S.Brian S. ★★★★★ Brilliant product, what a difference, no frames to block our view of the Brecon Beacons. The service has been the best I think I have ever received and the fitting team were faultless - they travelled 5 hours to get to us in Wales, arriving 30 minutes early, working flat out without a break for 9 hours before driving 5 hours back, all without one complaint!!Catherine U.Catherine U. ★★★★★ Ordered Crittal-style French doors in aluminium. The doors look fantastic and are so much better than the ancient sliding doors I had before. The company were very friendly and easy to deal with. They were understanding of my delays due to a flood. The installers were professional and polite and poor things had to work on the hottest day of the year. Would definitely recommend FGC.Laura G.Laura G. ★★★★★ Really great service from this family run company. We love the doors and the install was top notch. Thanks!Info Oad S.Info Oad S. ★★★★★ Great service and amazing finish! Would highly recommend!paul R.paul R. ★★★★★ Highly competent office and site staff, great product and at a fair price. Couldn't be happier with the entire experience and end result.vanessa C.vanessa C. ★★★★★ From the beginning to the end, everyone at FGC have been amazing. I knew straight away that the glazing FGC would provide and install would be spectacular and how right that was! The FGC glazing allows our Edwardian stained glass door to still be a main feature and in fact it shows it off perfectly. We are so happy with the end result and can’t praise FGC highly enough, somehow 5 stars doesn’t seem to be high enough.ZorèZorè ★★★★★ Their windows are second to none. No other company in Germany, UK or anywhere else can produce such a fabulous product.Any issues that has come up, they always come & fix it. The staff are so nice and polite. For a small company they do really a great job over all. The main things are the frameless bifolds that you hardly have any frame in the line of vision and there is a 5 years guarantee. Mr & Mrs JahediFiona G.Fiona G. ★★★★★ Delighted with our new frameless glass doors. Had lots of lovely comments, even all the trades who have been working on our house have said they've not seen anything like them. Great having something a little unusual. The quality of the doors is of a very high standard. The service from FGC has been very good too, from ordering through to installation. All went very smoothly with no problems. Paid a bit more than regular bifolds, but worth every penny. Best decision, no regrets at all.Andrew H.Andrew H. ★★★★★ Great service and very welcoming for my father and I. Adrian in particular was very efficient, gave great pertinent advice and guidance on my future purchase!Des P.Des P. ★★★★★ Excellent in all aspects from initial viewing in showroom to actual installation.TonyTony ★★★★★ Excellent service and product from FGC.I have a glass-box conservatory, built with structural glass about 20 years ago. The 2 sliding doors needed replacing, along with 2 side panels, and I contacted dozens of companies selling conservatory doors and none of them were prepared to install their doors because of the perceived risks of working with structural glass.Then I found FGC who, with no fuss at all, carried out a survey, provided a very reasonable quote for the doors/panels and then installed the doors/panels on the agreed date.Communication with the FGC office was always quick and easy. The surveyor and installation team were efficient and courteous. The product works beautifully.We can now use our conservatory again. Thanks FGC.Arun S.Arun S. ★★★★★ Great company with excellent, friendly and responsive service, the guys were helpful and efficient with the installation and the slide and turn doors are a fantastic product.Matt G.Matt G. ★★★★★ Fantastic service from start to finish, from the surveying, contact with office to the workmen. I have experience through work of a number of companies providing similar products and these guys have been by far the best to deal withDavid W H.David W H. ★★★★★ FGC installed a two-panel frameless glass door at our property yesterday. Wow!! the installation is exactly as discussed, and was carried out by two of FGC's team members who were so professional and courteous. They were excellent, and we have no hesitation in recommending FGC and their team to anyone considering such an installation.We are delighted with the installation, and very pleased we chose FGC.Well done FGC!!Border S.Border S. ★★★★★ The quality of the windows / doors are second to none.The customer service was first class from placing the order to installation we were kept informed at every step.The installation team led by Richard left our house and patio cleaner than when they arrivedI would recommend FGC 100%Tony- BurnleyStephen H.Stephen H. ★★★★★ From start to finish everything was excellent.Fab u lasThank youStephen O.Stephen O. ★★★★★ BRILLIANT SERVICE FROM START TO FINISHHighly recommended.Nathan P.Nathan P. ★★★★★ We purchased a beautiful Origin sliding door and side window from FGC. FGC installed the sliding door and window on time, however the sliding door did not fit correctly. Issues can happen. FGC made the process of re-surveying and re-installation very simple. FGC is a very pleasant and professional company to deal with. We are very happy with their service and would strongly recommend them.Darius C.Darius C. ★★★★★ I love my doors! It’s transformed my place. The people are great, no nonsense, organised and efficient. I’d recommend them to anyoneAdrian W.Adrian W. ★★★★★ Excellent planning and product advice. All the staff were polite courteous and friendly.On the day of the installation, the team arrived bang on time -we live in Wales so a long drive from Kent! They had the job done by lunchtime (fitting a sliding patio door) and I have to say that on first impression of the unit, it looks and feels like solid quality.Ian J.Ian J. ★★★★★ We had a 5m stretch of these wonderful doors installed several years ago and have been very happy with the uninterrupted view of the garden that they allow from the living room. They are admired by every tradesman who sees them. A minor problem we experienced with water ingress last year was promptly and effectively resolved, and the doors were serviced for free at the same time.Response from the ownerHello Ian, thank you very much for leaving us a review and glad you're happy with your doors and our service. Elly BElly B ★★★★★ Great staff and great products! Have visited the showroom to view doors, really loved all of them! Have referred to a friend - Can't recommend enoughAdam F.Adam F. ★★★★★ Really great doors. Really are something different. Expensive, but you really pay for what you get here.js_loader

What our customers say

Glass Curtains have caused a talking point up and down the village but nobody has knocked on the door yet. We are very pleased with them and thank your teams for their timing and workmanship

Mr R
Mr R, Fareham
As it happens, we are still sadly not in the house. We should be however at the end of February which will be great! I can however pretty much respond to the below as I have been able to test the doors. 1. Your performance was excellent from what has been reported by the builders. They mentioned that you were happy to leave you to complete the work and had no problems. They did unfortunately

There is no comparison between the usual bifold door products and the products provided by FGC. We visited FGC to see the manufacturing process and view their unique system. We were hooked, after a simple ordering process and site visit our 2 sets of replacement doors were fitted quickly and in a very professional manner. Now we have uninterrupted views of the Channel from our fabulous glass curtains. The best home improvement product available

Philip Hills
Phil - Kent

Following the installation of our “double glazed curtains” we would like to say we are delighted with the result. The amount of light now coming into the living room is so different, we are also pleased with the amount of noise they keep out, We are glad we had them double glazed. Paul was a good ambassador for the firm and did an excellent job.

I would like to reiterate that we are very pleased with our new FGC doors. As a Chartered Building Surveyor I was impressed with the installers who were careful, methodical and very professional my wife who is most particular was also very impressed with their cleanliness. I am sure we will get many years of use from this wonderful addition to our home. Mr Martin – Portsmouth Update: I have already provided a review of

We had been dealing with a large commercial glass door supplier who were extremely slow and unable to meet our requirements for a large opening on our barn. I found your product on the website and came to see you at your farm. You came out the following week and the installation was completed with-in a month. The installation was not without challenges, but your installers were helpful and found a solution to all the

We have patio doors and a large matching picture window, these are well designed, manufactured and installed and are noticed and acknowledged by all visitors to our house. The customer service is also excellent so highly recommend these products and

Phillip Coutts
Phil
I had been looking for some time to replace my patio doors in our lounge as they had very wide plastic frames and wanted something that wouldn’t restrict the view up the garden I asked to see if it was possible to view some already installed close by. Luckily there was, we went and viewed and was very impressed. I’ve seen lots of companies do bi-fold and there is actually one that is on the

Paula Sanders
Paula
Dear Frameless Glass Curtains, I would thoroughly recommend anyone to use your company. Your product is excellent and the installers were delightful: on time, tidy, quick, cheerful. An initial problem was dealt with immediately. The doors have changed how I feel about living in my small house; they have made the sitting room feel double the size as the walled garden now looks like a second room. Everyone admires them. There you are, my official

We recently bought our house with Frameless glass curtains installed and they certainly give a wow factor to our London Victorian cottage – admired by all our visitors – the aftercare service and warranty has been excellent . Many

Jayne Banks
JAYNE

I cannot rate this company highly enough & would highly recommend them to

Leslie David Morgan
Les Morgan

frameless glass doors invited me to their workshop to view the glass curtains for myself, and to show me how they were made. Installation was clean and tidy. When they say they are going to turn up, they do, and are always on time.The product looks great. It really does make the refurb seem complete, and finishes off the room nicely, and I have already recommeded FGD to my friends.

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Published on May 23, 2016

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