Its winter, it snows, it’s a fact of life sometime most years most of us experience a harsh winter blast with a bit of, or in the case of “the beast from the east” a lot of snow. Whether it be an East wind, or North South or West wind, when it brings the snow it is going to be unpleasant. For decades successive governments have been tempting us with “freebie” offers of cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, new boilers even in some cases new double-glazed windows etc all of which are fine but what about the draughts that come in as the heat goes out through a badly draught proofed door with poor thermal insulation qualities, recent surveys suggest that up to 15% of household heat could be lost this way.

A recent Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) study advised that, insulated doors are the third most cost-effective Energy-saving home improvement and as doors can now be tested for their Energy efficiency and be given a simple A-G rating similar to electrical products you can tell exactly how a efficient a new front door may be. Measured in W/m2K the U-value of a door is a measurement of its energy efficiency, the lower the value the more energy efficient it will be.

Every Global Door comes with its own individual energy rating certificate between A and C. Current legislation requires that all new doors sold and fitted in England & Wales must have a “U” value not exceeding 1.8W/m2K and the lower level of (1.6W/m2K applying in Scotland).

The rating your door will be influenced by its glazing content a high performance insulated door will have a minimum energy rating of ‘C’ and above, it is advisable to avoid doors with a rating of ‘D’ or below

The Global door range of Composite Doors are manufactured with a high density 100% CFC free solid foam core, which is not only strong but also, has excellent thermal properties and, as all of our doors are installed as “door sets” i.e. pre-engineered where door and frame are factory assembled as one, not only does this mean the door will fit the frame it means we can apply draught sealing as a factory task guaranteeing a superior fit. Excellent thermal insulation and draughtproofing is only part of the story as you can also upgrade your glazing with double glazed units, which are injected with argon gas to improve insulation they also have a warm edge spacer bar, which does not conduct the cold air to further improve the insulation quality.

If you have not renewed your front or back door in recent years maybe now is the time to consider a change as next year we may be facing the “Test from the West”, the “Slammer from the South” or the “Nanook from the North” rather than the “beast from the east” the one thing we can guarantee is that if we give a storm a name it is guaranteed to be unpleasant.

It is never to soon to be prepared and Global Door offer an outstanding range of doors that are more than equal of the worst the weather can throw at them.