Why should I choose steel-look windows for my home?
18 January 2024 | General
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Thermal Efficiency — One of the benefits of steel style doors that cannot be overstated is their incredible thermal efficiency. These doors maintain reducing condensation and solar glare. And we can improve the glazing from double to triple. If you’re choosing a solid door with window panels we can offer U-values as low as 0.9 W/m2K, far exceeding government standards of 1.6 W/m2K.
Modern Look — A front door is the face of the home. As such, it deserves consideration. When you choose us for your aluminium door supply, we can ensure that you’re getting stunning chic designs. These doors work well with Scandinavian or Japanese minimalist designs, which is why they’re so popular.
Environmentally Friendly — Unlike many other materials, aluminium is recyclable, losing very little of the material’s properties. That’s one of the reasons that it’s so popular as a construction material. Rising government standards mean that building materials are coming under more scrutiny for sustainability. You’ll want to make the right choice and choose aluminium.
Enhanced Security — Our aluminium doors are tested to PAS24 standards, ensuring that these aluminium doors provide the ultimate security to the homeowner. Additionally, they come with 10 point locking systems. Since we offer Ultion locks as standard along with Yale hardware, including door handles, these are yet another way we ensure great security.
Weatherproof — All of our products are tested to BRFC standards to ensure that your next installation meets environmental standards. Depending on design, we can offer double rebated EPDM centre gaskets for enhanced draught and water protection. Plus, the glass we use is tested to air tightness of Class 4; water tightness to Class 9A; and wind resistance to Class AE2400.
Powder Coating — Whatever colour you choose for your aluminium door, the anodised powder coatings ensure that the door stays colourfast and rust resistant. We occasionally offer a marine grade coating to make sure that these aluminium doors are weatherproof and rust resistant, keeping these doors
Design Choice— At Direct Trade, we offer choices for your next aluminium door. Which is why we have over 20 great designs. If you’re looking for modern designs with slim window panels, we can offer 66mm triple glazed and laminated glass units. For glazed doors we can offer glass thickness up to 32mm, with max dimensions of 1000mmx 2500mm (WxH).
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When looking for your next minimalist door style, look no further than Direct Trade. We fabricate and supply premium steel look doors for exquisite homes. Most of our customers are looking to create minimalist and classic designs that work for modern houses or integrate with period homes. We have been an established business for over 20 years.
With these stylish doors, we create designs to bring homes to the 21st century. One of the best parts about steel look doors is that they’re incredibly low maintenance. With a simple wipe of soap and water, your steel look door is clean again.
The added benefit of using steel alternatives, like aluminium, is that you get all the modern and chic designs without any heavy product. This makes it easier to install and more cost effective.
You can order our steel look doors in any number of styles and glazing to match our aluminium casement windows. Look through our brochures to see if you can find the design that’s right for your next installation.
At Direct Trade, we, of course, test all of our doors to BFRC standards. You’ll know them by their rainbow seal of approval. Aluminium can exceed government standards for thermal efficiency with polyamide thermal breaks, providing some of the lowest U-values on the market.
We know that homeowners are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of their U-values and overall thermal efficiency. It’s one of the reasons that we fabricate and supply double and triple glazing for our doors and windows. Depending on the steel look door design you choose, we can have glass thickness between 32mm and 66mm.
With such great thermal efficiency and weatherproofing, these new doors prevent draughts and mould from taking root in the home. Make the right choice on the next installation you make by choosing steel look doors with thermally broken lowered thresholds and greater draught protection.
Security is Our Priority
While we can provide 10 point locking systems with our aluminium doors and double doors with dual locking mechanisms, we always use Ultion locks as standard.
The Benefits of Ultion are Numerous
Let’s start with the fact that they have a £2000 anti snap guarantee. If your door is broken into with snapping, they will refund you £2000 and replace your lock.
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Furthermore, Ultion locks have 11 pins, meaning they are just shy of 300k key combinations, making them virtually impossible to jimmy.
With upgrades, you can control your Ultion lock from your phone and unlock your door from the comfort of your car.
If you’ve been thinking about steel alternatives, give us a call to begin pricing your next steel look door. You’ll be able to find and choose more, like colours, single or double doors, and our glazing options. If you have any questions about our installation process, our Slough team would be happy to hear from you.
Pure White RAL-9010
Gloss Off White
Anthracite Grey RAL-7016
Jet Black RAL-9005
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Welcome to our FAQ section where we provide detailed answers to your queries about steel look doors in the Slough and Watford areas. If you're considering enhancing the aesthetic and functionality of your home with these stylish doors, you're in the right place. Read on to find precise information about the benefits, customization options, security features, and more. Our goal is to provide you with all the insights you need to make informed decisions about your steel look door installation. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us for personalized assistance.Contact Us
Steel style doors offer exceptional thermal efficiency, reducing condensation and solar glare. They can achieve U-values as low as 0.9 W/m2K, surpassing the government's 1.6 W/m2K standard.
Steel look doors from Direct Trade are designed to complement both modern and period homes. We cater to customers seeking minimalist and classic designs for their homes.
All products from Direct Trade Windows meet BRFC standards for environmental protection. Enhanced draught and water protection is provided through double rebated EPDM centre gaskets. The glass is tested for air tightness, water tightness, and wind resistance.
Direct Trade offers over 20 design choices for aluminium doors. They provide options for modern designs with slim window panels, triple glazed glass units, and glazed doors with up to 32mm glass thickness.
Steel look doors are fabricated, supplied, and installed by Direct Trade Windows. We are based in Slough and Watford.
At Direct Trade Windows, our commitment to excellence is reflected in our exceptional customer satisfaction.
We take great pride in our impressive 4.9 rating on Google, a testament to the unparalleled quality and service we offer.
We had been severely let down by a previous supplier, but when we turned to Direct Trade Windows for help, we hit the jackpot. Helping us to transform a residential development in Hersham, they supplied us with high-quality, ultra-slim Cortizo sliding doors, complete with the bespoke sliding options that we needed. Our requirements were very specific and not readily available on the market, but Direct Trade Windows really went the extra mile to help us out, coming through with quality products and excellent service. We will definitely be using their services again.
Park Lane Developments
Nothing but praise for this outfit. It was a pleasure to work with them. It was a nerve-wracking undertaking for us, the biggest single expense to fit three large window/french door combos in our extension, yet the team made it a relatively relaxing experience with their professionalism and good humour. Thank you all so much for everything you and the whole team have done to get from the initial sale (well done Hash!) to the fun visit we made to the workshop, to the design and its multiple iterations (thank you Taz!) and finally to the installation. Thoroughly recommended.
Eloise Price - 2022
Direct Trade recently replaced a large, faulty sky light. They said they’d take 3 hours, they took two. They did a fantastic job, there was absolutely NO dust or mess, at all. I was amazed… thought I’d be clearing up dust for days! I also didn’t need to get the recess re-plastered or painted – bonus!
I highly recommend Direct Trade. They are a professional and friendly service delivering a high quality product.
Vicky Steele - 2022
I met with Taz at the warehouse to see some examples of the glazing and from the beginning he was extremely professional, personable and helpful. We ordered crittal style windows and doors, a Juliet door, 3 other windows and roof lights and every one of them was excellent quality, secure and well made. I highly recommend Taz and his team at Direct Trade Windows!
Nick Robinson - 2021
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