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Duoguard against floods, from Bowater doors


As the threat of flooding in the UK increases, industry-leading Bowater Doors has unveiled an improved design for its flood defence door. The DuoGuard range is being relaunched following enhancements to its design. Bowater Doors, a company of The Veka UK Group, is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of energy-efficient composite doors.

As National Sales Manager John Park-Davies explains: “the DuoGuard extends all the energy efficiency, security and durability benefits of the Duo range to create a genuine double rebate flood defence door. Twin compression seals and a 12-point multi-locking system combine to provide unrivalled protection against flooding, in fact, up to 200 times more flood protection when compared to a standard single rebate composite door.”

Since The Veka UK Group acquired Bowater Doors in 2011, the Group has invested heavily in both marketing and product development to support the merger of the VEKA and Bowater Door brands, and the DuoGuard – the latest in a long line of pioneering door innovations – is a specialist flood defence door, which has been improved with steel reinforced corners to provide even greater flood resistance.

John Park-Davies continues: “the DuoGuard is manufactured using CFC-free polyurethane foam for the inner core and the door’s construction is timber-free throughout; meaning it won’t bow, warp or rot and, thanks to its double rebate and 68mm thickness, it improves both heat and sound insulation. The entire DuoGuard range can achieve extremely low U values – far below the industry standard – and depending on the choice of glazing, they can even be as low as 0.8.

“With a comprehensive range of styles, high quality hardware and glazing options, the DuoGuard flood defence door can be as unique as your customers, and is available in a choice of five colours and two woodgrains so that each door can be unique.”

The superior appearance of the DuoGuard range is matched by the security it provides, as it meets or exceeds all current British standards, including PAS23, PAS24 and Secured by Design – the official police security accreditation that is only awarded to products offering exceptional security features. As well as the 12 locking points securing it to the frame, it also has high security hinges and a six pin anti-drill/ anti-bump euro cylinder, and its steel reinforced PVC-U sub-frame is braced with steel corner supports.

Homeowners can design their own door to reflect the style of their home by using the Bowater Doors online tool at www.frontdoors.uk.com. Visitors simply follow the easy step-by-step instructions to create their own door and can also upload a picture of their home to see what it will look like once fitted.