Advice for choosing a door when installing in a Marine or Hostile Environmental situation

It is universally recognised that entrance doors installed in close proximity to the sea, an estuary, a swimming pool or certain industrial sites, will be constantly attacked by salt or other corrosive substances. It is important to follow our advice when choosing your front door, so that you enjoy years of trouble-free use and learn how to keep your door in pristine condition.

Which Door would be suitable in a marine environment?

We would recommend you specify our S-500 Series if you live in a hostile environment, because this door series is supplied with a full 5-year marine warranty. Within reason, you are free to choose from any of over 400 designs from this series. View the range of S-500 doors 

 

Door Finishes and Colours

Our textured IGP finishes are the most resistant to attack. This luxurious textured finish is best suited to the following colours:

 

Which door handle is best in a marine environment?

There are options to consider here:

  1. Choose a recessed handle outside, so that there is no external furniture, except the brushed steel rosette that reinforces the area around the profile cylinder
  2. If you choose to order a rain deflector at the base of the door (recommended), always choose a polished finish
  3. Avoid furniture on the outside of the door, but if you want an external handle, it must be polished chrome
  4. Avoid fingerprint scanners and LED’s
  5. All S-500 series furniture is manufactured from AISI 316L. Steel Alloy 316L is austenitic stainless steel, with a high nickel and molybdenum content, which is more resistant with regard to pitting and crevice corrosion in chloride environments

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Best door lock for use in Marine environments

We recommend fitting a Spitfire electrically operated lock because it is more consistent in pulling the door slab tight-in against the frame, as the door closes.

 

Door frame

In hostile environments, we recommend a stronger and more stable outerframe than usual, choose from our AT100 or AT100P profiles.

 

Cill

We recommend a specifying a 150mm cill in marine environments to take water away from the door more quickly.

 

Maintenance


CLEANING STAINLESS STEEL – every week is recommended

Stainless steel is a metal alloy that contains at least 10.5 percent chromium. Although stainless steel is resistant to corrosion, it is not stain-proof. If salty water dries on a stainless steel surface, it usually leaves behind a white film. Remove salt spots from stainless steel by using cleaners that are effective yet safe for this surface. If you use harsh, abrasive products to clean stainless steel, you run the risk of making it susceptible to corrosion.

 

DO

  • Use the mildest possible cleaning agents
  • Use plastic or wood tools
  • Follow any polishing lines if you use slightly abrasive cleaners
  • Rinse thoroughly
  • Wipe dry

DON’T

  • Use steel or metal scrapers as they will cause rust spots
  • Allow chemicals, bleaches or chlorides to remain on the steel for more than a minute
  • Another method is as follows:

Things You'll Need - White vinegar - Baking soda – Soft cloths

Step 1 - Moisten a soft cloth with white vinegar

Step 2 - Dip the cloth into baking soda

Step 3 - Wipe off the salt spots with the cloth

Step 4 - Rinse the cloth under clean, running water, and use it to wipe off the area. This will remove any lingering residue from the baking soda

Step 5 - Dry the stainless steel surface with a lint-free cloth.

 

Other advice:

Cleaning the aluminium powder coated external surface of the door -  every week is recommended

Powder coating is one of the most durable colour coatings and with very little effort on your part, it will provide you with many years of excellent service. To extend the life of your powder coated door and to comply with our warranty, a simple, regular maintenance program should be implemented.

The effects of ultra-violet light, atmospheric pollution, dirt, grime and airborne salt deposits can all accumulate over time and should be removed at regular intervals.

In beachfront homes, industrial or geothermal areas a cleaning program should be carried out weekly.

Simple steps to cleaning your powder coated Spitfire Door

  • Carefully remove any loose surface deposits with a wet sponge
  • Use a soft brush (non-abrasive) and a diluted solution of a mild detergent, eg, pH-neutral liquid hand dishwashing detergent in warm water to remove dust, salt and other deposits
  • Ensure you thoroughly rinse the surfaces with clean fresh water after cleaning to remove all residues
  • Stubborn marks on the powder coating may be removed with methylated spirits
  • You can order special aluminium cleaner containing citrus in a 500ml can from Spitfire Doors, to spray on your door, which can be gently buffed to remove water marks and general dirt, like fingerprints.

To speak to a member of Spitfire Doors' customer service team, call 01625 412570, or email sales@spitfiredoors.co.uk


SPITFIRE OPENS THE DOOR TO MACCLESFIELD SHOWROOM

Spitfire Doors was established 3 years ago and we now have 30 Design Partners across the UK and Ireland many with S-500 doors on display. Find out where our Design Partners are located.

We recently opened a new showroom in our Macclesfield head office, where eleven S-500 doors are on display, incorporating Automatic Locking, Fingerprint Recognition, Keypad Entry, LED Lighting, Swarovski Crystal and a wide range of colours and finishes to whet your appetite.

 

 

Quite a few visitors to our showroom bring their Architects' drawings with them and are looking for a door with great design and technical features with high levels of security, which would provide them with a grand entrance. Very few consumers are put off by a £5-8k price tag and many expect our doors to retail at £10k+.

Design your unique door

 

 

 

Spitfire Doors is recognised as a true luxury brand, with each door combining premium quality Schüco aluminium profiles with engineering excellence. There are over 400 designs to choose from in every RAL colour or combination of colours, durable wood-effect detailing and tactile textured finishes. Contact Spitfire Doors.

 The S-500 Series of doors offer a very high level of certifiable security, having passed level RC3, at IFT Rosenheim in Germany and PAS24 at BSI in the UK. This guaranteed level of security coupled with exceptional thermal performance, where doors can be manufactured to achieve U-Values as low as an industry leading 0.7 W/m2K and the opportunity to design your own door, really does offer homeowners the perfect entrance door.

 

You can design your own door here and we will put you in touch with one of our Design Partner who will be able to discuss your design in more detail.  Alternatively, call our Customer Services team on 01625 412570 or email sales@spitfiredoors.co.uk and we will be happy to answer your questions.

 


Aluminium doors Cheshire

Why you should invest in an Aluminium door

The Spitfire S-500 Series is our premium range for good reason.

For one, it's widely regarded at the best front door in Europe.

A big claim indeed, but one that is more than justified as you'll read...

 

Our Aluminium doors are built to last a lifetime

Over two hundred S-500 Series aluminium doors are installed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland each week, specified by architects because they combine premium quality Schüco aluminium profiles with engineering excellence.

Spitfire Doors are designed to be virtually burglar-proof.

The way we combine the aluminium profiles with high security locks and handles ensures security at home.

Spitfire S-500 Series aluminium doors have a baked-on powder coated paint finish which guarantees colour durability, weather resistance and low maintenance.

Spitfire doors have been tested and passed level RC3, at the most highly regarded test house in Europe, the Rosenheim Institute in Germany.

 

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Biometric options

Spitfire S-500 Series doors are all equipped with a high quality multipoint lock with a 5 point German Winkhaus hook lock with 4 hooks. Our double-doors are equipped with an end-to-end adjustable shootbolt made of solid stainless steel.

You can upgrade the anti-burglary security with a choice of automatic lock with finger scanner, keypads or Bluetooth for communication with your mobile phone.

Contact us for more information on our biometric options.

 

600+ designs

Design your door from a blank canvas or customise our existing styles from over 600 different entrance door models.

 

RAL colours

We offer every RAL colour or combination of colours, durable wood-effect detailing and fully textured surface finishes to compliment your home.

 

Swarovski Crystal

Give your front door that extra touch of individuality.

We can subtly incorporate stunning Swarovski ® gems inside your door’s glass panel or you can even choose our special vertical handle featuring a magnificent single crystal.

Find out more.

 

Ultra low U values

S-500 Series provide extraordinary thermal insulation. With leaf-enclosing infills on both sides (85 mm thick), three circumferential seals and three panes of window protection glass (U-value 0.5 W/m2K), you can be assured of thermal efficiency and comfort in your home.

 

 

Try before you buy

Come and experience S-500 Series at our new showroom in Macclesfield, Cheshire, North West.