FAQs

AFTER INSTALLATION

  • Do not attempt to completely open the door unless you have read the operating manual and followed the instructions therein.
  • Expansion gaps must be lift in floor screeds and timber floor finishes so the door threshold is not affected.
  • Protect finished surfaces from cement and any other forms of chemical which can discolour the finished surface.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

  • Doors should always be opened and closed in accordance with operating instructions. If you have misplaced the operating instructions, please contact us and we’ll be happy to replace.
  • The best method of cleaning is by regular washing of the door using a solution of warm water and mild detergent.  All surfaces should be cleaned using a soft cloth or sponge, using nothing harsher than natural bristle brushes.  Cleaning of window sections etc. can be conveniently carried out at the same time as glazing cleaning).
  • Stubborn marks on the powder coating may be removed with methylated spirits. Refer to the table for recommended cleaning intervals.
FINISH/LOCATION CLEANING INTERVAL
Normal environment with standard RAL coating or Anodise finish Clean and check every 6 months
Marine coating (or located above 1000m) Clean and check every month
Industrial environment Clean and check every month
Swimming and leisure pools Clean and check every month

HOW TO SURVEY A DOOR APERTURE

At Spitfire Doors we want to make it easy for you to choose and buy your aluminium entrance door. Here, we’ve put together some guidance and points to consider before ordering your door.

HOW TO SURVEY A DOOR APERTURE

Measure the width and height taking 3 measurements for each (see picture).
Take diagonal measurements to show if door aperture is square
Use the smallest width and height for the manufacturing size
Always deduct this fitting tolerance before placing your door order

CILLS AND THRESHOLDS

  • Will you need a sub-cill?
  • To avoid trip hazards, it is good practice to use a low threshold for an entrance door
  • When calculating the size, depth and projection of the sub-cill ensure there is adequate overhang of at least 50mm from the face of the building
  • Decide how the sub-cill will be fitted, taking into account any features such as horns
  • Following installation, plan how any making good will be carried out.

REVEALS AND HINGES

  • Note any difference between internal and external reveal sizes and check the door leaf will not be impeded by plaster, tiles or carpet when opening or closing.
  • We recommend taking a measurement between the skirting boards since this is usually the narrowest point of any door opening.
  • When you have calculated any difference between the internal and the external sizes, check if any part of the frame will be behind the plaster.
  • Also ensure the hinges will not be too close to the plaster line or that the glazing will not disappear behind the plaster line.
  • If there are foot mats behind the door on the inside, ensure the door leaf will not bind on the flooring when it opens.
  • Will the floor covering change in future? This may have an impact on the opening of the door.

ASK US FOR ADVICE – WE’RE HAPPY TO HELP

Call the Spitfire Doors team for advice about appropriate add-ons, cills, thresholds and furniture options.

HOW TO DETERMINE THE MANUFACTURING SIZE

With aluminium framing you should deduct 12mm from the smallest of your aperture measurements. When calculating height deductions make allowance for the thickness of any sealant or mortar bed at the sub-cill. Ensure the thickness of the internal plaster does not hide or obscure the frame or hinges. If so, order the appropriate add-on.

  • Is there any evidence of asbestos that may need to be removed or disturbed?
  • Is the aperture square and even to within 5mm height and width and 10mm diagonals?
  • Will any loads be carried by the building and not the doorset?
  • Is there a proper damp proof membrane in place?
  • Has the size of the sub-cill and method of fixing been determined?
  • Has the hinge side been determined when viewed from outside?
  • Will door function properly without binding on the floor?
  • Will the door hinges function without being fouled by plaster?
  • Is the size and configuration within the Spitfire Doors manufacturing limits?
  • Is the door design specification suitable for the location?
  • Will the new door installation comply with Building Regulations?
  • Has any additional hardware been specified?
  • Is the access for installation safe?
  • Has the fixing method been determined?
  • Has the extent of making good been agreed with the customer?
  • Is the door set being installed in a coastal or chemical environment?
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Door Specification Comparison Table

FEATURES Contemporary
S-200 Series
Signature
S-500
 Series
Pivot
S-600 Series
Pivot
S-700 Series
General Description Premium aluminium door range of popular designs, with many customisable options. Strong, secure & built to last. The ‘Best Residential Entrance Doors in Europe’.
Completely bespoke aluminium with high level of luxury and superb options.
Oversize doors, designed to make a grand opening statement. Ideal to replace a door and single side light. Massive doors, the ultimate entrance! An architects dream for a state of the art build.
To demonstrate the differences between our Door ranges,

we have compared our luxury entrance doors to cars.

An S-200 Contemporary Series would be a high quality German saloon. A Signature S-500 Series door would be a hand-built, premium luxury Black Badge. An S-600 Pivot door would be a high performance, high specification 4×4 An S-700 Pivot door would be an exotic supercar. Singularly focused on style & performance, pushing manufacturing capability to the maximum.
Document Q compliant Yes Yes Yes Yes
U Value W/m²k 0.9 0.6 0.9 0.9
Number of designs 60 standard models 400 customisable designs + fully bespoke options 29 customisable designs 30 customisable designs + fully bespoke options
Flush Sash and Frame (externally) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Finishes RAL colours, Grooved, Textured, Corten and Wood Effects RAL colours, Textured, Wood Effects, Wave, Grooved, Carbon-Fibre, Sparkle Paint, Corten, Glass, Concrete and many other luxury effects RAL colours, Grooved, Textured, Corten and Wood Effects, Glass RAL colours, Textured, Corten, Grooved, Wood Effects, Ceramic, Tile, Glass, Mirror, Wood
Warranty in years 10 10 10 10
Minimum height 1920mm 1920mm 2000mm 2000mm
Minimum width 850mm 850mm 1000mm 1400mm
Maximum height 2400mm 2700mm 2500mm 3000mm*
Can be manufactured up to 4000mm tall on special request
Maximum width 1150mm 1250mm 1500mm 2000mm
Full Marine Guarantee 1 Year 2 Years Nil Nil
European tests results RC2 + PAS24 RC3 + PAS24 RC2 RC3
Standard low threshold height
Standard low threshold clearance
Wheelchair threshold option
Weathering performance of standard low threshold
Door weather seals 3 3 2 2
Glazing Triple Glazed Laminated Triple Glazed Laminated Triple Glazed Laminated Triple Glazed Laminated
Aluminium Section Thickness 1.5mm 3.0mm 1.5mm 2.0 – 3.0mm
Anti-Dilation layer (Patented system) No Yes No No
Fingerprint keyless entry No Yes Yes Yes
Smartphone NFC opening No Yes Yes No
Electric Latch compatible with most intercoms Yes Yes Yes Yes
Door thickness 78.5mm 95mm 80mm 113mm
LED lighting in handle No Yes Yes Yes
Swarovski Crystals No Yes No Yes

 

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