Clearview Midlands July 2013 - Issue 140 - Page 42

HARDWARE&SECURITY Secured by the highest standards Exterior folding doors are seeing a surge in popularity. Creating a transition from home to the garden provides a much-desired indoor/outdoor experience. Whilst exterior folding doors offer the solution, due to the vast opening in the side of a building, and considering the multiple points to secure, there is a need to ensure that the system provided has the high performance of a secure solution, together with the look and feel desired by the client. With so many systems available on the market today claiming to offer enhanced security protection, it is often very confusing for customers who are looking to source the most secure option for their project needs. Here, Fergus Pickard, Product Development Director from P C Henderson, takes a closer look at the accreditation and security standards available for exterior folding doors… Secured by Design Secured by Design (SBD) is the official UK Police flagship initiative supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’. Owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), SBD focuses on crime prevention of homes and commercial premises and promotes the use of security standards for a wide range of applications and products. The principles have been proven to achieve a reduction of crime risk by up to 75%. Their objective is to reduce burglary and crime in the UK through physical security and processes. Products carrying the Secured by Design certification have been rigorously tested to withstand forced entry. Clarification of performance and test standards There are different performance and test standards for burglar resistance for folding door systems, the European wide EN1627, and the UK specific PAS 24. Both documents look to confirm that systems that have passed the prescribed tests offer an enhanced security performance from attack. Both look to demand similar testing for the system to withstand, it can be considered that PAS 24 focuses more on being able to resist high mechanical loads and dynamic impacts, while EN1627 expresses elements to test all the system against human attack. It is extremely important that exterior folding door components are subject to rigorous testing such as PAS 24 and EN1627. It ensures that a product is a secure system, which offers security of the highest standard. The accreditation and standards available acknowledge quality security products and means that certified systems meet the requirements to be classified as burglar resistant. However, this must also be coupled with corrosion resistant qualities so that durability over time is maintained. The extremes of the British weather have to be taken into account, as this is a big factor in wear and tear on mechanisms, potentially leaving them vulnerable to attack. Exterior door hardware needs to be weather and corrosion-resistant which not only provides a durable product but is essential for long-term security. Designed for Ultra Security P C Henderson’s Securefold Ultra system has enhanced security components certified to PAS24 and BS EN 1627 RC2 and accredited as Secured by Design hardware. This system has been cleverly designed to provide an additional layer of security using enhanced security components making it one of the most secure systems on the market. Key features that Securefold Ultra offers for burglar resistance peace of mind include: • Three points of locking on every external door seam. Robust hardware is provided at 3 points on the door to prevent entry. • A unique interlocking anti tamper hinge, which makes it difficult for it to be forced out of position or dismantled. Additional security components complement this feature including a specialist hinge security bolt and a locking screw mechanism that stops the hardware being disengaged from the door. • Multi point lock, featuring anti-snap and anti-bump cylinder providing additional security on the swing door to withstanding attack from the most determined intruder. This stainless steel system provides excellent corrosion and weather resistance. Tested in accordance with EN1527 it has achieved in excess of 100,000 cycles, if the set of doors are opened and closed twice a day the system would last over 137 years. This highlights that the long lasting high performance of a product can be aligned with security. Improving security provides a worthwhile investment. According to Secured by Design, the right security will last a long time, add value to a property, can benefit insurance cover and most of all give peace of mind. Tel: +44 (0) 191 377 0701, Website: www.pchenderson.co.uk, Email: sales@ pchenderson.com 42 JUL 2013 To read more, visit www.clearview-uk.com