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Old 11th April 2016, 08:38   #1 (permalink)
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Steel front doors

Can anyone give me any advice on residential front doors?

Our present door is quite a good quality PVC door, but looks, well, plastic, - probably because it is plastic.

We would ideally like a traditional wooden door, but a south facing door in the Turkish climate guarantees shrinking and draughts in the summer, and swelling and jamming in the winter.

We have seen steel doors, which look like traditional wood, and seem to work well, but prices range from about 500 TL to over 4,000 TL.

Does anyone have any experience of steel doors, pros and cons, recommended suppliers, prices, etc.?

Many thanks.

David
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Re: Steel front doors

Hi we have had a white steel front door for 12 years the door is fine but 2 years ago noticed a bit of rust on the edge of the door frame so we sanded it down painted with hammerite and it looked fine. But my sister in law had a wood effect steel door and the sun faded it after about 4 years so she got some brown Hammerite and painted this needed to been done every few years but the door was in direct sunlight with no canopy.
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Re: Steel front doors

My own experience would make me encourage you to not skimp and get a good quality door and frame. Get it installed by people that know what they are doing and make sure the frame is filled with cement to bond it to the brickwork.
It should come with high security locks and usually the keys are sealed to stop builders holding them. A builders pass key is provided to allow them to install the door, but when they have finished you cancel that key and it will no longer work, leaving you with the "real" keys.
If you think they have had any access to the real keys, get a locksmith in right away and change the lock barrel.

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Re: Steel front doors

Hi davem,
Koc Tas B & Q Bodrum have them a steel frame door with a timber inset Panel,
They have just installed one on our Sitesi they are similar to the one on my Villa.
I believe the price installed is 900 tl.
and from what I have seen they look good.
I do not know your region but if you have a Koc Tas near they are worth a visit.
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Re: Steel front doors

We have a painted one in the UK and it's great. They're known as 'drug dealers doors' as they're very hard to get through with a battering ram. We have ours as my brother in law had been working for the company selling them and when they went bust he was give a number of them before the bailiffs came in as he was owed some pay. We've had it about 7 years, it's still immaculate and they cost well over £1000 then.
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Contact Port Talbot, they need the business :-(
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Re: Steel front doors

Far be it from me to recommend a steel door-set; possibly a picture is worth a thousand words;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkP1rA5Jhpw
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Was that someone knocking at the door dear?
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Re: Steel front doors

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We have a painted one in the UK and it's great. They're known as 'drug dealers doors' as they're very hard to get through with a battering ram.
Thanks for the tip - gives me an idea for a way to help defray the cost of the door!
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Far be it from me to recommend a steel door-set; possibly a picture is worth a thousand words;
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Thanks Robin, that's one impressive video.
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