Composite stable doors are composite doors that are split in the centre, allowing for the top half to be open whilst the bottom half is closed – just like doors in horse stables. These doors look great on older cottage properties (or even modern cottage-style properties), although the vast range of styles available means they can be well-suited to any kind of property.
Today, I am going to focus on the many benefits of composite stable doors.
Preventing young children or pets from going inside/outside, but allowing air flow on hot days/communication between areas.
Keeping the bottom half of the composite stable door closed means you can get a good flow of air into the house without worrying about your child or pet wandering out. This is especially useful if the door opens onto a road or if the garden contains risks such as ponds or sharp tools.
As well as keeping children and pets inside, you can also keep them out – preventing muddy paws and hands from running into the house or overactive kids from touching that cake you’ve just finished baking.
Another great example is security without blocking the outside world completely out. If you live on a nice road or in a small village, you might like the social aspect of keeping the door half-open on warm days. Keeping the bottom half of the door locked makes the house more secure than leaving the front door wide open. An open front door is easy to slip into with little detection or suspicion, whereas someone climbing over a composite stable door is bound to make noise and look extremely suspicious to anyone passing by.
Similar to using a security chain on doors, opening just the top half to visitors allows for easy communication and easy receiving of parcels without giving complete access to anyone that might force past you.
Composite stable doors are available from Composite Timber Doors in many styles and colours, as well as custom sizes.
Choosing a composite door with a side panel can be an aesthetically pleasing as well as secure move when considering how to design your new door to best fit your home.
Are side panels secure? They are indeed: the strength and rigidity of the door are assured by a 20mm aluminium coupler which comes with the side panels.
Composite side panel or door with window panel?
There are two different sorts of side panels you can choose which we custom make to your exact specification, attractive bright windows (known as top lights or side lights) or side panels made from study composite door materials. See through windows or composite door panels can frame your door in any combination of top, full length sides or half sides.
You may be surprised to find out that there are a choice of 25 different side panel arrangements to choose from ranging from a full height composite framed panels to a simple glass top light over the door.
As these 25 options can all be made in the same materials and colours as your custom made front door, there is a huge range of options for your door and side panels.
To see our range of side panels visit the Front Door Side Panels page and explore your options today.
If you are looking for a quality new front door, then look no further than The Composite Door Shop. Providing high quality, low maintenance doors made from composite materials, bridging the gap between traditional wooden doors and modern uPVC doors, all our front doors come with a ten year guarantee offering you peace of mind as well as a great product.
Not only that, our doors have 6 times the heat insulation qualities of timber doors, reducing your carbon footprint and saving you money on heating costs. Our new composite doors have a maintained lifespan of up to 35 years, so invest in a new front door and take a look at our unique front door designer.
Composite Door Guarantees
Buying a new front door is a big purchase so it’s comforting to know that the Composite Door Shop offers a ten year guarantee for every one of our composite doors fitted in the UK.
Our ten year guarantee on all composite front doors ensures that you can purchase from The Composite Door Shop safe in the knowledge that you are buying a quality front door. If your front door does not meet the conditions of the guarantee, you will receive a new front door, absolutely free of charge.
We guarantee that:
- our composite front doors will not crack, peel, chip, dent or flake with normal use
- the hardware supplied with the composite doors will retain standard functionality with normal use
- double glazing supplied with the composite front door will remain with seals intact and good visibility
- the uPVC outer frames will retain colour, strength and shape
As stated on our Composite Door 10 Year Customer Guarantee page: ‘This guarantee is subject to the door being treated in full accordance with any guidelines issued by the Composite Door Shop on the handling, storage, maintenance and usage of the door.’
This may seem like an odd question. Many people don’t get to choose whether their front door has a letterbox when they first move into their home – often the front door was chosen by the previous owners or by the construction company that built the property. When the time comes to replace your front door, you are suddenly faced with many options you had not previously given thought to. So why dedicate an entire post to this particular piece of front door hardware? The answer is simply because it does require at least a little thought to choose between a front door with a letterbox and one without. It is unwise to choose “yes” just because you’ve always had a letterbox on your front door in the past.
Pros of having a front door with a letterbox
- Letters and other small items can be delivered directly into your home – more convenient than having to collect mail from another location.
- Letters and other small items can be delivered directly into your home – anything delivered is more likely to be protected from the elements and potential damage or theft.
Cons of having a front door with a letterbox
- Letterboxes reduce the thermal efficiency of the front door – draught-proofing devices can be used to help prevent cold spots, but it would still not be as efficient as having no letterbox.
- Letterboxes create a vulnerable point in the front door that could be taken advantage of by criminals.
It is best to consider whether you are in a high-crime area or whether it would matter in your home, if your new front door did not have the best thermal efficiency available. If you opt for a front door without a letterbox, make sure there are alternatives for mail delivery if required, such as another door in the property with a letterbox or an external wall-mounted letterbox.
Design a front door with or without a letterbox online now to get a free quote
Recent news reports in the UK have revealed a rise in the number of burglaries committed using a technique known as lock-snapping. This technique is used by burglars to gain entry to a home or property. The method comprises of the face plate of the handle being torn upwards, so the protruding lock is easier to grip. The lock is then forced side to side until it snaps. This usually takes just seconds. After that, the front door can be simply unlocked with the use of a screwdriver. The technique has become increasingly popular among criminals due to the ease and swiftness of the method. Very few locks are protected against it – special anti-snap locks are available but rarely supplied as standard. Even these are not entirely protected, they just require more time and effort to snap. Euro cylinder front door locks, often supplied with composite doors and uPVC doors, are particularly targeted, although whether it is due to the ease of snapping or due to the commoness of the lock, it is hard to say.
Composite Door Shop Lock
The front door and lock industry are working with police to create a new standard of locks to help prevent the widespread problem. Luckily some front door suppliers are already coming up with solutions, such as the Composite Door Shop, who supply doors with thick, solid handle face plates, making it incredibly difficult for any attacker to bend it back to reach the lock. The face plate also partially covers the lock, so the criminal has no way of getting a grip on the lock without first removing the face plate. This is just one advantage of many of choosing a composite front door to protect your home.
Across our website, and probably on other composite door websites, a composite door designer is mentioned. This designer is an online system that hosts all the options available for our composite doors. Because we make each door to order, we have found this the easiest way to operate.
The door designer allows you to go through each option available, and as you choose, not only do you see a digital image of how your front door would look, but you get to see the cost of the door as you add and remove options. Each option has an ‘i’ button next to it. When clicked, this button pops up a box containing our glossary, which has a greater level of detail about the selected option, helping to clarify if you are unsure. When all steps are complete, you have the option to order your composite door straight away, or to save your quote for a later date.
This revolutionary ordering system means that you can browse at your leisure and get a quote without having to hand your details over. Although most quoting systems that take your details to process your quote state that they are ‘no obligation’ quotes, there is still an aspect of hard selling when your quote is given to you. With our system, you can shop day or night, without the pressure of a sales person being involved and without having to wait for a quote to be processed for you.
When you have ordered your new front door, you get a confirmation email straight away, and when we have processed your order, you receive another email with the date of delivery of your door. If you are opting to have the door installed by us, we come and do a survey on your existing door prior to ordering, to ensure the right size and type of door is ordered. On the installation day, we install your front door and take away all rubbish, including the old front door, leaving you with nothing to worry about and a new, fully-guaranteed composite door.