Solidor are a UK based manufacturer who have been producing composite doors since 2004. They are so proud of their high quality timber core that they invite customers to take the ‘knock test’. The idea is that the solid 48mm core offers a strength and solidity that other composites don’t – and it ‘sounds like a Solidor’. Take a look at this video, which shows how the doors are manufactured from their factory in Staffordshire.
What makes a Solidor different is the core of the door itself. A standard composite door will typically be foam-filled with a timber sub frame. The Solidor features a 48mm solid hardwood core, which gives the door a little more of a ‘solid’ feel that many customers look for.
And if you’re worried about the usual pitfalls of a timber door don’t be – a Solidor is impervious to warping and swelling, as the timber core is never exposed to the elements.
Every Solidor boasts an impressive 10 year product guarantee, which covers both the door itself and the locking mechanism.
All glass is guaranteed for 10 years, and the hardware carries a 5 year guarantee. We find that a good clean once a month with some warm water and washing up liquid will keep the furniture looking brand new for many years.
If you go for an installation option as recommended by Composite Door Prices this will also come with a separate 5 year installation guarantee.
There is no denying that Solidor manufacture to the highest quality standards. They have achieved BSI ISO 9001, and the doors are BSI kite-marked for additional security.
Solidor’s have also been tested to PAS23-24 standards, meaning they are tested against extreme weather conditions and also brute force attacks. We always recommend when considering a new door that it should carry these accreditations.
You can also upgrade a door to meet Secured by Design, which is an accreditation meaning the door is police approved.
Rather than using steel reinforcing, the Solidor uses Werbar, which is a 100% eco-friendly alternative. It’s good to know this is good for the planet, but it also outperforms steel and aluminium when it comes to screw retention.
Solidor take great pride in their green credentials, and have always taken steps to pioneer planet friendly products and manufacturing methods. They run an extensive recycling program, and use 100% lead free materials. All of the timbers used in the doors are harvested from managed forests, and they are also involved in the Ripple Africa tree plantation scheme.
100% recycled reinforcement
Thermally efficient PVCu door frame
100% lead free materials
Extensive recycling programme
Fully manufactured in the UK
Recyclable door frame and door leaf
Energy efficient glass units are standard
Ripple Africa Tree plantation scheme
Every Solidor is manufactured be the thermally efficient, and they are proven to actually contribute to reduced heating costs. Every door has U value between 1.1-1.8, depending on the door style. This far exceeds the standards for building regulations, so if you’re replacing a tired old wooden door with a Solidor you are certainly going to notice a warmer hallway!
The majority of composite doors don’t get recycled, but Solidor’s do which has a big impact on our carbon footprint. The factory process involves daily recycling of off-cuts and waste, and some timber off-cuts even end up as candle holders and fruit-bowls! In addition Solidor strongly support the Ripple Africa tree plantation program, and encourage customers and suppliers to get involved as well.