First ever Solidor to feature new lock – installed by Silika

First ever Solidor to feature new lock – installed by Silika


We are passionate about offering only the very best in terms of product, installation practices, and customer service. As a result, we are constantly evaluating the latest products and innovations in order to provide you with the best possible service and value for money.

A recent example of this commitment involved an existing customer’s specific requirements for a new front door for their weatherboarded cottage which was built in 1808. Having already replaced the cottage’s existing PVCu windows and French doors with Residence 9 timber-alternative products, they were looking for a replacement front door which complimented them in terms of both quality and traditional appearance. After discussing the options available, the customer chose a Solidor hardwood-cored composite door.

The door style chosen was a ‘Flint’ from the Heritage Collection, which features a low maintenance realistic woodgrain finish and tongue and groove effect detailing. To complete the look, a Winkhaus Heritage slam shut lock option was chosen with finger pulls. This lock has the aesthetics of a traditional rim latch, but incorporates a high security multipoint lock, which activates automatically once the door is shut – without the need to lock it with a key.

One concern the customer had with the current version of the Winkhaus lock was the inability to leave the door on the latch – which would allow re-entry without the need for a key. We knew that Winkhaus were in the process of developing an updated version of the lock, which among other improvements, would allow for this functionality. By collaborating with Solidor’s CEO, we arranged for the door to be fitted with this improved lock – making it the first Solidor have produced.

The customer now has the best of both worlds – a highly secure front door constructed from modern, low maintenance, thermally efficient materials; whilst having all the period charm and features of a traditional timber door.

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