Exhaustive testing involves opening and closing a door 50,000 times to ensure that the quality of the hinges is up to scratch. This is the equivalent of opening and closing your door 4 times a day for 35 years. Other tests include checking that the door will open with the weight of an average child hanging from the handle and placing obstacles in the way of the door to ensure it opens under pressure.
The BSI also carries out full weather testing and security testing to ensure every feature of the door is to the highest possible standard.
Hurricane tested: Extreme weather conditions are not unknown in the UK and we have made sure that our doors will stand up to the worst weather. All our doors are tested in a pressurised chamber to simulate gusting winds. The tests start at 500 Pascal (63mph) and then up to hurricane conditions at 800 Pascal, the equivalent to 80mph.
Water tightness: It is known that the UK suffers from a lot of rain, with the average rainfall being between 700 mm a year in East Anglia to 3,000 mm a year in the Highlands of Scotland. Our composite door collection can withstand the worst weather the UK has to offer. During the testing procedures, our doors were sprayed by 6 litres of water a minute in the test chamber. All parts of the door were subject to the test. Tested in accordance with BSEN 1027:2000 and once again passed with flying colours.
Other tests that our composite doors were subjected to were:
Air permeability: Tested in accordance with BSEN 1026:2000
Wind resistance: Tested in accordance with BSEN 12211:2000
Our composite door collection passed all the tests and has achieved one of BSI’s highest accolades and was awarded BS6375 and PAS024