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August 2019

When is a door more than a door?

When is a door more than a door?

So, Global warming is fake, climate change is fake and we have all heard the fake news and fake reviews surrounding it. Weirdly enough this ‘fakeness’ does actually seem to coincide with the recent report from the MET office ‘The UK Climate Projections 2018
That shows (by actual scientific measurement) that the summers of this decade have been on average 17% wetter than the summers of the previous one with sea levels rising about 16cm since the start of the 20th century. Certainly one of the key areas of change seems to be in the ‘frequency and intensity of extremes’. For example as I write this I am reading an article on a flash flood that hit Aberdeen affecting over 30 locations in the city after sustained heavy rainfall on the 20th July. The 20th July.  Apparently over 80,000 properties in UK towns and cities, and 2 million in floodplains are at risk of flooding. Something that has never actually crossed my mind (protecting my house against flooding) is now beginning to feel like something to put on a ‘To-Do’ list. This led me to think about doors and, not surprisingly given the above data, the Flood Door market has seen an up-turn in sales with householders trying to mitigate water damage by installing these specialised doors that can prevent water from entering a property up to 600mm high and which come with watertight frames. Interesting.
Often as the largest ground floor openings into a home, doors are obviously important for many other reasons such as security - recent figures show a decrease of 3% in burglary offences which may be due to us being increasingly security conscious and paying that bit extra for burglar proof locks and reinforced hinges.
Fire doors have also come under scrutiny in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster which showed just how crucial it is in multi-tenanted and public buildings to limit the spread of fire as much as possible.
And then there are the aesthetics. From curb appeal to opening up your patio doors on a lovely sunny day, well made, fit for purpose doors, whatever their use, will add value to your life.   
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