Rock Solid Doors
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Front doors are a key feature of our homes, not only in terms of their visual appeal but also their crucial function. They provide protection against everything from the harshest weather to unwanted visitors, but it is all too easy to overlook their importance. Before we take an in-depth look at the common signs of ageing to look out for and how to recognise wear and tear on your doors, it is important to clarify the types of doors we are referring to. 

Although composite doors experience wear and tear eventually, it takes so long and is so uncommon that an article aimed at helping people detect it would be largely superfluous. However, when we turn to wooden doors, the picture is a much different one, and those are the doors we will be referring to here. If you want to learn more about composite doors to replace your jaded wooden ones, why not explore our range of Rockdoors today? We think you will be impressed. 

Symptoms of ageing in wooden doors

When deducing whether your door is reaching the latter years of its working life, there are some key signs to look out for. We will examine the signs of wear and tear you might expect to see in ageing doors and recommend some state-of-the-art replacements. 

It sticks and is difficult to open and close

If this is the sole issue you face with your door, there are some adjustments and alterations you can make to solve the problem. However, if it occurs in conjunction with some of the other points made here, you are probably dealing with a door that needs replacing. What causes doors to stick and become hard to use? The main culprits in causing doors to begin sticking and no longer sit flush in their frames are:

Draughts pass through easily

If you can feel cold air passing your door, the chances are it is experiencing the effects of wear and tear over time. This can cause issues with maintaining an even temperature in your home and drive energy bills higher as time progresses. Although a draught excluder offers an excellent temporary solution to the problem, the long-term prognosis for doors that let air pass is not healthy and further action is often required. 

Obvious warping, weathering, and cracking

Another result of years of exposure to the elements is the warping of wood, and once this happens, the unit is no longer fit for purpose. While weathering and cracking are the factors that allow water to penetrate the door, warping is its death knell.

A jaded, dilapidated appearance

Not all symptoms of wear and tear on doors will be subtle, and it may just be that your door looks past its best. Faded, peeling paint and varnish tend to indicate some degree of disrepair, and the longer the situation persists, the more likely it becomes the damage will penetrate deeper and grow more substantial. 

Composite doors

Once you have established that there are issues with your existing door, it is time to consider its replacement, and we cannot recommend composite doors highly enough when the time comes. The benefits of composite doors are many and include: 

The differences between older doors and modern composite ones are significant, and they truly represent a revolution in home protection, style, and function. With an enormous range of styles and potential customisations, they can be easily made to complement any existing stylistic choices and will remain physically unchanged for decades. They require almost no maintenance and will repel even the most ardent, determined weather. 

Contact us

Here at Rock Solid Doors Ltd, we proudly supply, fit, and guarantee premium-level composite doors across all of London and the Home Counties. If you would like to discuss any of our products and services in detail, please do not hesitate to get in touch. A friendly, professional reception awaits, and we think you will find our amazing range of products, transparent pricing, and honest guidance refreshing. 

Rock Solid Doors Ltd
Creighton Ave, St Albans, AL1 2LG
0800 540 4366
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Graham Kidd
Graham Kidd
2 November 2023
100% recommend Paul and Harry a great father and son team! I'm so pleased that we used them to supply and fit our new front door. Straightforward to deal with from start to finish and communication throughout was excellent. They are extremely knowledgeable and were able to offer advice and suggestions when we were choosing the door we wanted. Nothing was rushed during the installation with great attention to detail. They took away our old door and frame and left everything clean and tidy at the end of the job. Thank you, Harry, for taking the time to go through everything with us at the end of the job, much appreciated. I would not hesitate in using Paul and Harry again. Thank you both so much, we are so pleased!
Andrew Brant
Andrew Brant
30 October 2023
Had a door fitted today. Extremely happy with the quality of the finish, attention to detail. Left site clean and tidy. Very impressed. Would highly recommend
Daniel Ashworth
Daniel Ashworth
6 October 2023
Had a door fitted by these very friendly chaps about 18 months ago. We're very happy with it. When an issue arose with the mechanism, they came out and fixed it in about 5 minutes and it's as it if is brand new again. Very pleased, would highly recommend.
L Edwards
L Edwards
2 October 2023
Communication with Paul was faultless throughout. He was polite, knowledgeable and efficient. Harry and Paul installed our new door, problem solving along the way. The finish was neat and tidy and they offered us excellent after sales service aswell. Would highly recommend.
Susie
Susie
22 September 2023
Highly recommend. We had our front door fitted by this lovely team. They were friendly, helpful, willing to listen to me debate options and provided helpful advice for choosing the right door for us. When he had a slight issue (no fault of their own) they came out to us the very next day and sorted it. Such a good supplier to work with!
Ed Barkham
Ed Barkham
21 September 2023
Brilliant service. No hidden costs or fees and no heavy sales tactics. Very open and clear from the start, and they worked really hard to fit a great new door in our thinner than average doorway! Great value and great result. Will be recommending to all.
fiona richards
fiona richards
10 September 2023
Highly recommend Rock Solid doors. We have used this friendly family company several times and have recommended them to others who have been equally impressed with the high standard of work and the product. We have received quick service and found them to be very reliable knowledgeable with no hard sell. The installations have been carried out professionally and they go the extra mile to ensure you are happy with everything. The external doors are robust and we are impressed with the quality of the product.
James Cooper
James Cooper
24 July 2023
Faultless customer service from a fantastic company to do business with. From start to finish it’s been a pleasure buying composite doors from Rock Solid Doors – in fact, we were so impressed with the front door and installation service they provided (we opted for a Solidor Ludlow 2 with 2 x fully glazed side lights) that we got them back to supply our utility door (Windsor Solidor – fully glazed) shortly afterwards. Paul dealt with our initial queries promptly, came to measure on site and provided a competitive quote very efficiently. These guys are first-rate craftsmen and know their stuff: evidenced by working around a couple of quirky construction issues without any problem – leaving us really impressed with the end product. It’s great to come across a local business that takes pride in what they do, going the extra mile for customer satisfaction – we cannot recommend Rock Solid Doors highly enough! Thank you Paul and Harry!
Simon Gould
Simon Gould
25 June 2023
Brilliant service from Paul at Rock Solid; our letter box seal had gone causing a slight leak - he responded immediately, attended this week and fixed with a new gasket. Would highly recommend the product and the service.
Lidia Duncan
Lidia Duncan
16 June 2023
I ordered my Vogue Rock door with the Ocean glass from Rock Solid Doors at the end of 2021. I had a number of criteria when searching for my new entrance door. It’s ability to insulate had to be A rated. I also wanted it to have a good quality locking mechanism that is smooth in action. My new door needed to be modern with a pane that lets plenty of light in and thus goes lower than the half line on the door, while leaving sufficient height for the letter box, so it is sufficiently high to be comfortably reached by our postman. The Vogue Rock door provided all that and more. I love sailing and the Ocean glass design evokes the lines of a sail in a beautifully minimalistic fashion. It also makes the door look unique, which is always a bonus. During my search for the perfect door I had lots of technical questions too. Only Paul and his colleague from Rock Solid Doors were able to answer all my questions and provide a door that offered what I was looking for. They supplied and fitted my new door in early 2022. My heating bill has gone down noticeably, as a result. With the golden oak wood grain on the outside, my door looks beautiful and elegant. Everyone who comes to the house for the first-time comment on it. The multi-locking mechanism has a smooth action and it is easy to use. The white wood grain on the inside finishes off the hallway like a designer window and door in one. Paul and his colleague went out of their way to make sure that I have the door and the finish just, as I wanted and that it worked seamlessly there on. We could not be happier. Thank You!
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