Although there are primarily only three composite door slab suppliers in the UK market, Mark Richmond, Sales & Marketing Director of Selecta Systems, recollects a recent experience where he firmly believes that “not all manufactured composite doors and suppliers are the same!”

Mark explains, “I recently purchased a new build property in the south west of England which had been built by a large multi-national housing development company. A nice modern, detached property with the usual expected refinements of which I was generally pleased with, until just a few months ago when I had issues with the front entrance door.”

Mark recalls, “I’d started to have trouble locking the door at times but I was more concerned with other areas of the doors inadequacies than the sticking lock! The door was starting to look tired and aged, after only 12 months with the screw cover caps on the glazing cassette were unsightly, raised and exposed. There was not edging strip on the lock side or a hinge strip on the other edge and the slab looked ‘untidy’ round the edges. The hinges were non-adjustable, so any expansion and contraction could result in locking difficulties. The drip bar was cheap looking and the screw heads exposed, whilst also being crudely cut and fitted. The letter plate and handle were cheap and cheerful and had already started to show ‘age’ with the letter plate showing signs of failure of its mechanism. But most of all, the compression when the door lock was fully engaged is shocking to see!”

Door2“I was able to fit my iPhone 4, which is 9 to 10mm thick, between the slab and the frame all around the door, all four corners and even just 8 inches above the handle. As a composite door manufacturer and supplier ourselves, we wouldn’t dare provide such a de-engineered door although there is obviously a market there! This door was no ‘cheap’ door either and I’m not running the competition down but this caused a huge debate within the office but the final outcome was that Selecta do indeed manufacture and supply a quality, affordable composite door!”

Mark continues, “I think first and foremost the quality of the composite doors we supply are excellent! We use a quality Nan Ya slab encased in a beautiful 70mm Selecta purposely extruded frame. The composite doors are safeguarded with a choice of the ERA Vectis cylinder free lock or the ERA Trimlock, which are Secured by Design. Our hinges are fully adjustable and the Fab and Fix hardware oozes quality and gives the composite doors that final finishing touch. So you can see that these doors have not been de-engineered to suit a particular market. We make sure that every composite door that leaves our factory looks the part, even down to the packaging, where I very much doubt you’ll find another composite door so well packaged!”

“Although now you can buy a composite door from a number of suppliers and the slabs may be the same or very similar, I can you assure you from first-hand experience that not all manufactured composite doors are the same!”

Continued Investment in Selecta Specialist Doors

The last six months has seen Selecta invest in all aspects of the Specialist Doors Department. A recent recruitment drive has seen Selecta employ a new Business Manager for the South West, a new Production Manager within the factory unit and more recently the employment of Simon Packwood as Commercial Composite Door Manager. Mark Richmond explains further.

“We have recruited a number of key staff in core areas of the business and Simon is the latest addition to the team. Local Authority and Housing Association approval for Selecta Composite Doors is the next part of our plan. This will assist customers wanting to break in to this area and also improve the brands credibility. This is an area we are fully committed to improving relations and supply and one we are fully prepared for.”

Since the turn of the year Selecta Specialist Doors have undergone a series of expansions and investments from moving to a purpose built factory, installing additional machinery and purchasing extra vehicles. Selecta are confident that customers will not be dissatisfied with these innovative and forthcoming developments of Selecta Specialist Doors. So why not visit www.selectaspecialistdoors.co.uk and register for Door Manager and try Selecta out for yourself. Don’t forget to take advantage of the £25 off your first online composite door order! As Mark reminds us “Not all manufactured composite doors are the same…”