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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.

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What our customers say

Great product, beautiful & add value to the house

FGC built my frameless porch as per the attached photo. The work was carried on time by their professional fitters. The quality of their work is outstanding. Nothing was overlooked and the final product was

Bashir Saoudi
Bashirr

Summerfield

As to how we were from initial contact (were we polite)?
Initial emails were very prompt, informative and positive and yes polite. Keen to accommodate our visit to the workshop and everyone very friendly.
Arranging installation (were we on time and on schedule)
Installation ahead of schedule and were on time on

Small maintenance issue

We had a small issue with the opening door, we contacted FGC and they arranged for a team to come. They sorted the issue very quickly then cleaned the runners and door seals, fully tested the operation of the doors and carried an additional mod on the door handle. All done and dusted with an

Keith Delderfield
Keith and Di

Professional, diligent and friendly with it

Dealing with FGC has been a straightforward and hassle free experience from start to finish. I had several queries long before placing an order and FGC were always prompt and helpful with the responses. Then at site survey time they attended on time, with courtesy calls leading up to the appointment to keep me advised,

Matt Chenery
Matt C

Great Service

These guys are great initial installation was very rimely and efficient – the product ia fabulous and today we had a slight issue two years after inatallation and FGC came ‘next day at 7am’ and fixed the problem immediately real professional outfit – heartily recommend

Kevin O'Regan
Kevin

Porch glass cutains

Everybody from survey to install knew what they had to do and advised on what needed to be done prior to install. The glass cutains are just what was needed for the porch and have created a talking point within the village. They do look splendid and we are very pleased with them.

David Reeves
David r

The best doors ever!!

We have had our corner installation for about 2 years now and they are the biggest wow factor of the house (the view’s not too bad either😊). The summer is great with truly indoor/outdoor living. The biggest surprise has been the amazing aftercare we’ve received from FGC. They are so patient as it’s often a

Charlotte Doyle
Charlotte

Balcony Glass Curtain

From the moment I contacted FGC their help and attention to detail was exemplary. I had particular requirements which meant that each of the glass doors where different sizes. FGC decided to install in two visits rather than one at no extra cost to ensure that they achieved what I wanted We are extremely pleased

Graham Humphrey
Graham from Bury St Edmunds

Achieving exactly what we wanted

We are delighted with the end-resulting porch and it is achieving exactly what we wanted from it. We have also had several very positive comments from visitors, etc – which is very gratifying. We have also been impressed with the attitude and approach of all the company employees we have met.

Mr & Mrs White
Mr & Mrs White - Staffs

Brilliant!

We are absolutely delighted with our frameless glass doors. They have transformed our living area in terms of light and space, giving a contemporary feel. The whole process has been very efficient and the fitters who came to install the doors were excellent. I would definitely recommend!

Angie Barker
Angie

Cheerful with a ‘can do’ attitude

FGC fitters Mick and Baz arrived at 0754hr ready to begin work. They were polite, helpful and fitted in seamlessly with the existing project team responsible for the restoration of this significant village property. The boys worked without fuss, cheerful with a ‘can do’ attitude taking the time to explain the system as they fitted

Shindi Poonia
Shindi

No complaints at all

Feedback-wise all very good. No complaints at all. Not only would recommend but plan to buy another one in a year or two! Happy for you to put me down as a demo person and when the house(s) is finished you’d be welcome to have a video of the doors opening / closing as you

Published on May 23, 2016

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