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Joe Martoccia, Managing Director Solidor

Dear Editor

Approved Document Q and Secured by Design, and more specifically the new PAS24 test, require mass market foam composite doors to up spec their GRP skins and glass because, as currently specified, at least 7 in 10 doors don’t pass.

This won’t just be for rare occasions. Increasingly PAS24 and Secured by Design will be expected by most of the market. We believe that Social housing providers shouldn't be fobbed off with under-specced, insecure doors. Many are already insisting on the new standard. It will be promoted on national TV campaigns by local and national retailers. Solidor is already promoting it. Our video is educating homeowners so they understand the problems with mass market composite doors, and what good doors do. It’s a powerful video, so we expect it to go viral very quickly.

Mass market foam composite door makers will be forced to put up their prices as they will have to raise their specs to pass the test. So, the price gap between mass market doors and premium doors will narrow. But the best premium doors are already built for high security. They are fit for purpose and fit to sell. Mass market GRP foam composite doors will need to follow.

Few predicted that Approved Document Q would reveal that most mass market doors are under-specced, not fit for purpose and not fit to sell.


Joe Martoccia
Managing Director, Solidor

Issued on behalf of Solidor, Solidor House, Smithpool Road, Fenton, Stoke on Trent, ST4 4PW.

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