Soundcraft step up for charity!

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Members of the Soundcraft team will be putting their best foot forward on Sunday May 27th, as they take part in a challenging charity walk in the capital to raise vital funds to help enrich the lives of children with disabilities and serious illness.

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The added value of Soundcraft’s ‘one stop shop’ solution

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With the need to provide specifiers with a quality choice of doors, windows and curtain wall systems that perform as well as they look, the added value that the supply chain can offer can’t be underestimated.  In our latest blog, Soundcraft’s director of production Lee Gordon looks at the external benefits of working with a company with in-house expertise.

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What glazing options are available for timber Portcullis doors and screens?

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Glazed panels play an important role in security doors. On its own, a panel designed for security purposes does not make a door secure – but it contributes to the performance of the product as a whole. Glazing may be seen as a ‘weak spot’, but it provides much-needed visibility for occupants and building users that can aid their security.

The timber doors and screens in Soundcraft’s Portcullis range are available with laminated glass or wired glass, and polycarbonate can also be specified. The glazing options are the same as those used in other products, including Secured by Design-rated doors. Read more »

What are the key features of timber Portcullis doors and screens?

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When it comes to doors designed for security, particularly communal security doors, a Secured by Design (SBD) accreditation is instantly recognisable – and the marketplace generally wants SBD-standard doors made from steel or aluminium.

There are plenty of projects, however, where a door with SBD accreditation, or a metal door, is not required. In this post, we’ll look at the features of the timber products in our Portcullis range and how they help achieve high standards of security. Read more »

When should Portcullis timber doors be specified?

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Communal security doors welcome people to a building but are also the first line of defence against anti-social behaviour. Achieving the right specification so residents enjoy being secure in their homes without feeling prisoner is a delicate balance.

The Portcullis timber door range by Soundcraft can help provide that balance and has proved popular with social housing providers for three decades as a result. Read more »

Can I specify FD20 rated fire doors?

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What do fire door ratings mean?

Fire door performance is rated in terms of resistance, and therefore the contribution a door makes to compartmentation and slowing the spread of fire.

It is declared as a number of minutes – 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes – and ratings can be determined by both British Standard or European Standard test methods. Under the British Standard, a fire door rated for 30 minutes resistance is designated FD30; one rated for 60 minutes resistance is designated FD60, and so on.

The rating for a fire door includes the complete assembly. That means the frame, intumescent seals, smoke seals (if required), lock, hinges, glazing and any other optional door furniture required for the application, all working in conjunction with the door leaf itself to achieve the necessary performance. Read more »

British and European fire door standards

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Which standards apply to fire doors?

National building regulations describe how our built environment should perform in the event of a fire, but standards describe how products and components should be tested to check that performance is achieved.

When researching fire doors, the wide array of door-related standards generally can be confusing. In terms of fire performance, BS 476, EN 1634 and BS 8214 are the most important documents. Read more »

The role of primary test evidence in fire door specification

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What is primary test evidence for fire doors?

Results of fire door testing apply to the specific configuration of components subjected to an individual test, and manufacturers ensure the products they produce replicate tested performance.

That consistency is a pillar of third-party accreditation scheme membership. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to call upon the test reports themselves, or primary test evidence. Read more »

Mick Brooker

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Everyone at Soundcraft is deeply shocked and saddened at the sudden recent death of our friend Mick Brooker.

Our sympathies and condolences are with his family at this time.

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