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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

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

1st Church of Christ Science, Claygate

We are delighted with the glass doors and so grateful that completion was before Christmas! We would be happy for anyone to come and see the installation and would recommend your company as polite, efficient and totally professional. 20150218

Chartered Building Surveyor I was impressed with the installers

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

Fantastic service

Great all-round service. From measuring, communication to installation.
Not a speck of dirt left in our shop (we are a retail space). Installed in no time at all, staff were very polite and friendly.
Very pleased. Finished door looks amazing.

A Springer
Pearspring

Unfailingly Helpful

It is a good time to say to you that while we still very much the windows, the ease of opening, the views closed or open, now that the weather has turned colder we have been struck quick dramatically by the improvement in insulation.  The large windows here that you/we have replaced were double glazed

Paragons of politeness and efficiency

The two chaps who came were great paragons of politeness and efficiency. Regards,    

Mr and Mrs F
Mr and Mrs F

Mr & Mrs M – Kingswood, Surrey

I am quite happy to recommend your company to any prospective clients. You have my contact details and you can pass them on if you wish. We are also happy to be on your list of completed installations.   The installation team were very good clean, tidy and polite.   It all started with our

Absolutely thrilled with the doors

We are absolutely thrilled with the doors and thank you all very much.
The service has been exemplary from the office to the surveyor to Mick & John fitting.
We would not hesitate to recommend you. Mr & Mrs N, Chelmsford

Mr and Mrs N

Luff – Caernarfon

As to how we were from initial contact (were we polite)? Staff were polite and prompt in answering telephone questions. There were technical problems with our installation and staff were open and discussed options and were polite. The fitters were surprised at the distance they had to travel to reach us each time, although we

Mr H B @ Kingston

I am absolutely thrilled with the finished result. You were straightforward to deal with and visiting your site was appreciated. You gave clear statements regarding specification and developed the product to meet our needs. Installation was at the agreed time and there was reassuring and prompt follow-up as the new design needed refining. The product

Wonderful

We have been amazing our friends and family with our FGC since we had it installed a few weeks ago. Every ‘trade’ that is working on site has been fascinated and suitably impressed with the product and engineering. We are over the moon as it has really been the star of our home extension. Thanks

Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson

Great product with amazing after sales service

All of our dealings with FGC have been great. They are professional, friendly and accommodating. Our glass curtain is wonderful and we love it even more than we thought we would. The few little settling in issues we’ve had have been dealt with so quickly and their technical team are incredibly easy to deal with.

rhona mead
Maisie

Published on May 23, 2016

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