Attlas Front Doors Review

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Nick Dardalis

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Attlas front doors present a level of construction quality typically found in much more expensive front doors. Attlas front Doors use the tried and tested Smart System, combined with premium-quality decorative panels. Every model offers a robust lineup of aluminium doors with pleasing designs, high-quality materials, and architectural quality hardware. Of course, reliable security, low U-Values and weather protection come as standard. Having examined and tested Attlas doors firsthand, it’s clear that any of the 22 designs provide an excellent front door solution with style, durability, and value for money.

Attlas Front Doors
chigwell showroom

Attlas front doors use the tried and tested Smart System for its aluminium profiles and panels, which is one of the most established and tried and tested systems in the UK today. Even better, its price point makes it around £1000 more than a typical quality composite door, with none of the composite door reliability or quality issues. It's one of the best ways to get a quality front door at a fantastic price.

Editor's Rating:


  • Uses the best-known Smart System.
  • A great proposition for the trade front door buyer.
  • Better than an Origin front door.
  • It's price point and fast delivery.


  • Only 22 door styles to choose from.
  • Not available nationwide.
  • Doesn't go as tall as the luxury brands.

What are Attlas Front Doors?

Attlas Doors is a smaller collection of aluminium front doors that takes advantage of some of the most popular front door styles in the UK today, both modern and traditional.

Made by the Chigwell Group and distributed direct to homeowners, the fenestration trade and a network of quality home improvement showrooms, Attlas front doors are predominantly available in the South of England, Home Counties and beyond.

Although the colour range on these doors may be limited, it allows for the most popular colours to be available to homeowners or trade buyers with very short lead times.

picture of attlas front doors at chigwell window centre showroom

Attlas Doors is a smaller collection of aluminium front doors that takes advantage of some of the most popular front door styles in the UK today, both modern and traditional. Made by the Chigwell Group and distributed direct to homeowners, the fenestration trade and a network of quality home improvement showrooms, Attlas front doors are predominantly available in the South of England, Home Counties and beyond.

The collection has three variants, providing a choice of solid aluminium front doors and partially glazed doors. The Signature Collection was also created to provide the most popular styles of traditional front doors. All Attlas front door models use high-quality insulated aluminium, a professionally applied colour finish, high-performance safety glass, and architectural-quality door hardware.

The entire range of Attlas doors is promises well-made and stylish door designs, with the option of standard or low thresholds, side and top panels, and options for handle styles and colours.

Our experience with Attlas doors, from several visits to the showrooms or Chigwell Window Centre in Brentwood, Romford, Loughton and Epsom, as well as seeing the doors made in the factory, gives us a thorough insight into the quality and appeal of these doors.

Attlas Front Doors – Design and Aesthetics

Like their high-quality counterparts, Attlas front doors boast a superior aesthetic compared to typical aluminium doors. They use the Smart System of doors, that integrates well with two tried and tested front door types, the Alitherm 400 and EcoFutural lines.

Using the well-styled aesthetic of Smart Systems residential doors, the Attlas product delivers a front door that looks and feels premium, with the reassurance of using profiles from one of the largest and best known aluminium system companies in the UK.

Chigwell Group makes these doors using profiles, panels and accessories from one of the best-known systems, with the result being a door that is expertly-crafted with seamless frame joints and checked throughout every stage of the manufacturing process.

Doors come in 28mm, 32mm or 40mm panel thicknesses, giving good, excellent or top-end U-Values and the choice of standard single colours, dual colours or a choice from the more comprehensive RAL Colour ranges. Additionally, there’s a choice of lever, round bar, or rectangular bar handles made of brushed stainless steel.

With a choice of classic or contemporary styles, the overall design and aesthetics are attractive, whether inside or outside the door set.

The Attlas Front Doors Range

Attlas Doors presents a diverse selection of twenty-two door designs encompassing contemporary and traditional styles. All doors have the same overall quality, highly insulated glass units, premium door hardware, and top-brand locking systems.

Attlas Signature Front Doors

The Signature Collection is the go-to for those wanting traditional door designs, with five popular options available, mimicking the appearance of traditional wood doors.

Signature comes with a choice of glass panel sizes, optional letter plates, a standard or low threshold, and lever handles. The doors are available in white, grey, and black as standard, as well as dual colours or other RAL colours.

attlas signature front door design

Partially Glazed Front Doors

The range of doors uses a combination of glass and panels, but in a modern style, it uses solid aluminium panels with a durable colour finish and safety glass throughout. These, therefore, provide a good balance of light transmission within a solid front door.

Designs feature large or slimline glass panels, square, rectangular or diamond glass, with a choice of marine-grade stainless steel pull handles or lever handles. Again there’s a choice of standard colours on fast lead times or other RAL colours on slightly longer delivery times.

attlas cambridge front door design in grey

Attlas Solid Aluminium Doors

In addition, seven alternative door designs offer a completely solid front door option. This would suit those that don’t need light coming through the door, or prefer the reassurance of no glass to potentially see though or attack.

Doors offer a choice of flat, ribbed or angled panel designs, combined with full-height bar handles, and separate locking systems.

attlas hammersmith front door design

Attlas Doors Technical Information

The Attlas front door lineup offers modern levels of security, performance, and quality. Smart Systems is renowned for its extrusion and profile capability, giving potential buyers of Attlas front doors, aluminium that is checked, monitored and managed at every stage of the raw material process.

Doors are tested to the latest PAS 24 standards, whilst the hardware is of premium quality, sourced from the upper level lock, handle and hinges suppliers. By design, the doors have the right ratings for water tightness, resistance to moisture, chemicals, UV damage, and extreme winds.

Inside and out, the durable powder coating is applied by Smart Systems who are a Qualitcoat Approved coater. A Marine Grade options is available for front doors in more exposed environments.

The door panels are constructed from 1.5 mm powder-coated aluminium sheets bonded to a Bre A+ Rated CFC Free Expanded Panel Polycore, therefore providing low U-Values, working in combination with the thermally insulated outer frame.

Attlas Front Doors and Comparable Products

The range of sizes available with Attlas doors, will meet most end-user requirements, but don’t expect these doors to go up to the oversized doors you get with Schüco, Pirnar, or Urban Front. There are many front doors on the market to consider, which are governed mainly by specifications, design and price. Attlas front doors sit in the mid-range category, with the benefit of being designed and extruded by one of the best-known names in aluminium.

Comparable doors to these are:

  • Spitfire Front Doors with the S200 Variant
  • Origin front doors, although these remain bifold door panels in a hinged design.
  • Hallmark Front Doors
  • Glasswin Silver or Gold Series
  • Dutemann Haus Front Doors

How much does an Attlas Front Door Cost?

By far, one of the most appealing features of this door is its price.

A typical single door is around £2800 including VAT, supplied and fitted. This compares well to an Origin front door, typically around £1500-£2500 more (depending on where you buy it), that is inferior to this door in our view, being mainly a bifold door made as a hinged leaf.

The more premium Designer Range by Smart Systems is around £4000 including VAT with a Spitfire S200 (made in Greece) approaching £5000, including VAT for a typical model. With all these doors being quite similar in their construction and specifications, the Attlas Door is an excellent value proposition.

And it costs around £1000 more than a premium composite front door, making the benefits of aluminium a no-brainer, given the finishing, warping and sticking issues that plague cheap composite doors, despite what the marketing material tells you.

picture of attlas front doors at chigwell window centre showroom

Final Thoughts on Attlas Front Doors

The great news for customers looking for a new front door is that there is no bad door on the market. The choices available are governed by design, price and brand. And most front doors today come with high quality hardware and the vast majority are tested for security, air, wind and water protection. The decision therefore does rest on many factors, but price is important with some aluminium front doors exceeding £10000 supplied and fitted.

Choosing a front door involves navigating through a maze of marketing claims, but a close look at the value, quality, and aesthetics of Attlas doors should leave you impressed. The best way to appreciate the build quality to price ratio of these doors is to go see them.

Contact us for more information on Attlas front doors and to find a local showroom or supplier.

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