What you need to know about aluminium steel look doors

There are several aluminium window brands, designed to replicate the look of old steel windows and to replace them. But what about steel look doors in aluminium? In this article, we take a look at how you can use steel look doors inside or outside the home. We also provide some information about some of the brands available.

steel look doors in aluminium

What are steel look doors in aluminium?

With steel look doors so popular, on-trend and timeless, choosing the right product is essential. The look takes inspiration from the iconic metal doors of old such as Crittall™.

It’s worth repeating as we do throughout our website that only the steel product is the genuine article. With steel you get slimmer lines, better looks and the expertly crafted steel product, welded and largely hand made. Aluminium comes close and provides a much cheaper alternative. And as these aluminium systems have developed, they’ve also become more stylish, slimmer and better. However, if for true authenticity, desirability and ultimate style doors, it has to be steel.

Fashions in interior design, as well as architecture, are always changing. While the trend for steel-framed doors is fairly recent, it’s unlikely these products will go out of fashion. Today, they’re one of the most desirable aspects of any home renovation project. Even better is their popularity inside the home too.

The original steel door dates back to Art-Deco designs and well before that in some older buildings. Steel doors are ultra-slim, very robust and feature the thicker panel where the door handle is usually located. The great thing about original steel doors is how symmetrical they look while letting in lots of natural light. The same now applies to the aluminium steel look doors that is a very credible replacement. But it’s about choosing the right product.

Naturally, if you want the real thing, you have to go back to steel. Nothing beats the authentic product. However, with modern steel residential doors such as those by Crittall™ being a phenomenally good product, the reality is that not everyone can afford the genuine article. Steel look doors are not intended to be ‘Crittall™ replacements’ but offer similar slim sightlines and aesthetics.

The glazing bars on steel-styled doors

steel-look sliding doors
Close-up detail of slimline glazing bars

The thickness of the glazing bars you get on these door types very much depends on your supplier and how they choose to offer the product.

Generally speaking many will use the 41mm transom to line through with the door rails. We know other better suppliers choosing the 25mm slimmer bar also running through consistently with the sidelights.

There are some other products that do this ‘bar’ arrangement badly with thicker sightlines than expect. Bear in mind these are aluminium doors so you will not get the variety of bars on the genuine steel product.

For instance the Innervision, Homelight range, Berkley etc in steel come with glazing bar sizes ranging from 19mm, 26mm, 30mm. Again it’s worth stressing these are aluminium products not steel. Only steel gives the authentic slim lines. Therefore, a good supplier offering 25mm bars is giving you a better product aesthetically.

Steel look doors, design options

Just like aluminium doors, there’s a lot of flexibility in available designs. As long as your doors fall within the design limitations of the system, such as maximum door widths or heights, there’s no reason why you can’t create the look you want.

It’s consistent sightlines that matter with these iconic door designs. Importantly, it’s where you’re having doors with sidelights where they need to line through and look the same. The same also applies to the surrounding sidelight frame. Ensure the lines are consistent throughout the door set. Is it essential? No, but it certainly makes for a better-looking product once installed.

Single and double doors

black steel-look doors

Shown here, a set of double doors and single doors with sidelight. The secondary leaf of the doors still has the thick lock plate design but no handles. This door is operated by hidden flush bolts.

An excellent solution to terraced or smaller homes with existing French doors or smaller doorways.

Black steel look doors, fitted by Open Living of Hertfordshire.

French doors with Sidelights

One of the most popular designs for typical openings in new extensions. French doors with sidelights provide a balanced door set with symmetry.

Available with equal or unequal panes, these designs work in any setting. Again, notice a well-designed product from an expert supplier comes with consistent slight lines to the rails and framing.

Doors and framing installed by Newlite Home Improvements of East Sussex.

French doors and combination screens

steel look doors in large screens

It’s easy to also create substantial screens. This substantial home shows double doors with two sidelights either side and toplights above.

Installation by Aspire Bifolds of Epsom – specialist installer of these aluminium systems.

Some excellent steel look doors in aluminium to consider

Right now, there are only a handful of system designed from the outset as steel look. Others simply add bars to an existing product. Whether these are authentic in look or even worthy of marketing as steel-look is subjective. Of course, budget plays a huge part in any property project. As a result, there’s nothing wrong in opting for something at the right price even if it’s not a true aluminium steel look door product. Here are the best of the present range of steel look products.

aïrMOD series steel look doors

steel replacement interior doors and windows

Available to the trade or, for homeowners via a quality dealer network is the aïrMOD system.

Everglade Windows are one of the longest-established aluminium manufacturers, making steel look doors long before they were popular. As well as exterior doors are a range of matching windows and screens.

Duration Windows steel look doors

duration steel look showroom

Available to the trade or, for via the retail route are the steel look doors and windows made by Duration Windows.

Another company with a long history in aluminium manufacturing, Duration also provide a full range of steel-look doors, windows and bifolding doors.

Using Smart Systems but also making Aluk, there’s a host of these art-deco style products.

Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage or Heritage 47

steel-look doors

Unquestionably the most popular and one of the best for looks. Smart Systems Alitherm, Heritage or Heritage 47 is the product you see the most as you do your research.

You can find this system as single or double doors, screens and windows. Image shows Alitherm steel look French doors and windows supplied and installed by Newlite Home Improvements.

The Smarts Alitherm Heritage 47 System is, in our view, one of the most authentic-looking aluminium systems for the replacement of old steel doors. We first worked with the Smart Systems door as far back as 2013 when it was quite new in the market. The system was used to replace the old metal doors in a substantial Surrey house where the homeowner was insistent on retaining the look of her old Crittall doors. They were very much part of the overall house style.

Many of the products you’ll see are the Alitherm system under different brand names or re-engineered and improved.

Aluco Aluminium

aluco steel look doors

Another well-known brand in steel look systems, windows, doors and bifolds are Aluco. Aluco products you’ll only find via a network of approved dealers.

This system uses the Smart Alitherm system but it’s also customised to great effect for interior doors and screens.

These products are very well made, have excellent hardware choices, and of course look super stylish in the popular black matt finish.

Features of steel look doors in aluminium.

The current generation of steel look doors in aluminium offers all the benefits of modern glazing with the classic look of period doors.

Insulated aluminium frames, high specification glass units, durable powder-coated finishes and latest specification locking systems are just some. So you’re not compromising on energy efficiency, weather performance or security. Here’s some other features you get.

  • Doors are suitable for installation as internal or external doors.
  • Can open in or out.
  • Can couple to sidelights and top glazed panels.
  • Are available with run-through mullions and transoms for a consistent appearance and matching glass pattern.
  • Substantial colour choices although black remains the most popular.

The steel look is a great way to add a metal screen or door to your home that makes a real statement, especially in the right colour such as black. The other advantage is how much natural light they bring into a room and creating privacy, with a real sense of space. Estate agents call this ‘broken living’, where you can define a zone in the home yet retain the open, airy feel.

Steel look doors with matching screens do not just have to be used for external use or to separate a conservatory. We have helped homeowners create beautiful fixed windows between the hallway and the sitting room. They make great looking room dividers, even shower enclosure screens and glazed partitions. Don’t forget the thermally insulated aluminium and quality glass units that will also make them energy saving.

Security of aluminium steel-look doors.

You may see information on company websites or be told by a salesperson that doors meet the required security standards. There are many badges and labels from Secured By Design and other testing organisations and institutes, relevant to door security but not necessarily to the type and style of door you are about to buy.

It is important we make you aware that not every one of these types of doors has been security tested.  While you may read that residential doors are accredited to say, Secured by Design, always ask your installer for details of the security test.  Not every version of a residential door is tested. By version, we mean:

  • The door configuration such as whether it is a single door or double door set.
  • Whether the door has a sidelight or just a full frame.
  • The type of safety glass fitted – laminated, toughened and the glass/unit thickness.
  • The size of door tested.
  • Whether the door opens in or out.

Smart Systems tells us that their Alitherm Heritage door is not security tested; this has also been verified by a number of their large and established manufacturers.  This does not mean that your door will be easy to break into or that you are getting a door that is not secure.  What this means is that this product has not been put through official security tests to obtain certification.  This may or may not affect your home insurance policy and we advise that you carry out the necessary checks.

Steel look sliding and bifolding doors

If you are looking for sliding or bifolding doors with the steel look, it is a little more challenging than French doors. The main reason is that there are slimline sliding door systems but to re-create the steel look aluminium plant-on bars have to be fitted. This is not a difficult job for a good manufacturer and a competent installer, but cutting, machining and getting the bars absolutely right is key.

Most installers attempt to offer an otherwise standard bifolding door and try to create the steel look with it. In our view it can look very authentic when done right.  It is worth remembering a bifolding and sliding door will have thicker door and frame profiles so getting the slimline look throughout needs careful thought and planning with your installer as to what size bars they intend to use. Many homeowners like it and choose it. Take a look at some products and decide for yourselves if you like the look.

Frameless steel-look doors.

One of the most recent innovations in steel look systems is a frameless system. Shown here in an internal setting, this is a beautiful screen using only the minimum of aluminium profiles, with ingenious glass design. Made by Frameless Glass Curtains of Kent, this is another great product, giving the steel-look inside the home.

Get in touch for more information and where to buy steel look doors in aluminium?

We can put you in touch with a local showroom showcasing the latest steel look doors in aluminium as well as authentic steel look aluminium windows.

Use our contact form to get in touch and find out more.

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Comments

  1. Geoff & Alison Baxter says

    Hi Nick, I am looking to source Crittall style windows and doors for an extension. We live up in Scotland and haven’t come across a supplier up here yet so would appreciate any Scottish suppliers that you would recommend.

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hi Geoff, do get in touch via the contact form and I can put you in touch with installers of steel look systems serving Scotland
      Kind regards
      Nick

  2. Tracy Charlton says

    Hi
    I am looking for aluminium crittal style doors/windows at my new home in Stourbridge.
    Your above article is very helpful and the images are exactly what i’m looking for. Are you able to put me in contact with a local supplier to Stourbridge who could source and install these?
    Many thanks

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hello Mr Lock

      Due to the increasing volume of comments, we are struggling to manage these via the comment forms. Therefore, please can you use our contact form where these are managed and always responded to.

      Kind regards
      Nick

      • Nick Dardalis says

        Hello Lucy

        Due to the increasing volume of comments, we are struggling to manage these via the comment forms. Therefore, please can you use our contact form where these are managed and always responded to.

        Kind regards
        Nick

  3. Alex Arthur says

    This website is very useful!

    We are looking at the above in a Crittal style French Door for an opening of approx w 1800 x h 2100.

    I want these to be as flush to the facing brickwork as possible, what is the minimum depth they can be set in from the wall?

    Regards

      • Elvira Lowes says

        Hi Nick
        Loved the article above. Thanks. We’re looking for crittall style external doors/windows (undecided whether to go with steel of aluminium) for an extension, and also internal crittal style doors. We’re in Hove, East Sussex
        Hope you can help.

        Kind Regards

        Elvira

        • Nick Dardalis says

          Hello Elvira, thank you for your kind comment. If you’d like to get in touch via our contact form I can put you in touch with good installers of steel-look doors and windows.

          Hope this helps
          Kind regards,
          Nick

  4. Amy says

    Hi there I have been trying to use the form but with no success, I’m looking for a quote for crittall style doors 1.8m width by 2.1 height.
    Thanks
    Amy

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hello Alyn, thank you for your comment and enquiry.

      Due to the increasing volume of comments, we are struggling to manage these via the comment forms. Therefore, please can you use our contact form where these are managed and always responded to.

      Kind regards
      Nick

  5. Kate Sansom says

    Hi Nick

    I am really struggling to find a supplier for bespoke slimline internal and external crittal style door in South East Essex. Are you able to advise please?

    Many thanks, Kate

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hello Kate

      Due to the increasing volume of comments, we are struggling to manage these via the comment forms. Therefore, please can you use our contact form where these are managed and always responded too.

      Kind regards
      Nick

      • Kate Sansom says

        Hi Nick

        I did do that first last week but have not heard back as yet (and have been checking my spam mail). My builder is desperate for me to find a company for the doors so I thought I might try the comments section. I very much appreciate your thoughts and time.

        Kind regards, Kate

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hello Peter

      Due to the increasing volume of comments, we are struggling to manage these via the comment forms. Therefore, please can you use our contact form where these are managed and always responded too.

      Kind regards
      Nick

  6. Sara says

    Hi Nick

    Apologies if you’ve already answered this question, but I’m looking for companies that can install a single aluminium (steel style) single back door in London. I have already contacted Aspire and am waiting for a quote. Is there anyone else you can recommend? Many thanks!

  7. Fiona Taylor says

    Hi Nick, I am looking to source Crittall style windows and doors for a renovation project I am doing in Haslemere Surrey and would appreciate the nearest suppliers that you would recommend.

    Many thanks
    Fiona

  8. abid shakoor says

    Hi,
    im looking for crittall style external doors/windows for an extension .
    Im in Ilford, Essex.
    hope you can help.

    Kind Regards

    Dave

  9. Leslie Allen says

    Greetings from across the pond!

    WOW! what a terrific source of information! I love that I stumbled across this thread in my research.

    like so many people here I have been dismissed because I’m a residential client. Any chance you have sources for me all the way in the USA? Specifically, Alabama 🙂

    I’ve put in a quote request with Reynaers as I saw they have a production site state-side.

    thanking you in advance,
    Leslie

  10. Josephine Holman says

    Hi,

    Thanks for the great article, we are looking for steel look doors for an extension in Chester if you could recommend a good supplier that would be great!
    We want a full corner of the extension 4.45M x 3M

    Thanks,
    Josephine

  11. Kat says

    Hello Nick

    Thanks for this service it’s a great help. I’m looking for suppliers of the modern aluminium replacement doors with the larger glass panes in Kent near the Folkestone area. Thanks in advance!

  12. Kirsty says

    Hi There

    I hope you can help
    I am looking for crittal style doors
    I am based in Glasgow

    Thanks very much

    kirsty

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hi Kirsty, im not too sure specifically in Glasgow but the below two companies should be able to help you.

      Mitchell Glass
      https://www.mitchellglass.co.uk
      Currie Road
      Galashiels
      Scotland
      TD1 2BP
      01896 888222

      Dalziel Home Design Ltd
      01698 263344
      info@dalzielonline.co.uk
      https://www.dalzielonline.co.uk

      Dalziel Home Design Ltd
      25-27 Albert Street
      Motherwell
      Lanarkshire
      ML1 1PR

      Dalziel Home Design Ltd
      Kompact Trade Centre
      Unit 2, Barry Business Centre
      Main Street
      Barry
      Carnoustie
      DD7 7RP
      Phone: 01241 851331

      Hope this helps
      Kind regards,
      Nick

    • Danielle Brandon-Rocks says

      Hi Nick
      I’m looking to install internal ‘crittall’ style wide doors between 2 reception rooms, especially to stop noise pollution from our open plan kitchen diner. Are they good for keeping our sound?
      I would be happy with steel look aluminium. I’m in north London.
      Look forward to hearing from you.
      Regards
      Danielle Brandon-Rocks

      • Nick Dardalis says

        Hi Danielle, thanks for your question. Talk to your installer about acoustic glass. This is not much more expensive than the standard toughened glass you’ll get in your doors. It is essenially laminated glass construction and offers better acoustics than conventional units.

        Planitherm is one brand you can look at but there are others. It’s hard to guarantee exactly how good these will be but acoustic glass is effective in properties on busy roads, by airports etc.

        If you’re in north London I can suggest the below to get in touch with.

        Aspire Bifolding Doors – excellent showroom with these steel look systems.
        http://www.aspirebifolds.co.uk
        sales@aspirebifolds.co.uk
        11 Castle Parade,
        Ewell By Pass,
        EPSOM
        KT17 2PR
        020 8224 7431

        Chase Window Company (Enfield Showroom)
        189 Chase Side
        Enfield EN2 0QZ
        UK
        020 8366 6500
        https://www.chasewindows.co.uk
        sales@chasewindows.co.uk

        1st Folding Sliding Doors Ltd
        Unit 26/3 Silicon Business Centre
        26 Wadsworth Road
        Perivale, Greenford
        Middlesex UB6 7JZ
        020 8997 2448
        http://www.1stfoldingslidingdoors.co.uk

        The products by Aluco and Duration windows are also very good in the steel look.

        Hope this helps
        Kind regards,
        Nick

  13. Duncan Buxton says

    Hi Nick

    What a helpful service you’re running here! Hope you can help. I’m interested to find suppliers of aluminium frames (crittall look) local to North London (tottenham).

    Thanks,
    Duncan

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hi Duncan, thanks for your kind comments on our website. There are a couple of specialists in these and can suggest the following.

      Aspire Bifolding Doors do excellent work with these products and have a very good showroom to view them. Do speak to them and see if they can help.
      http://www.aspirebifolds.co.uk
      sales@aspirebifolds.co.uk
      11 Castle Parade,
      Ewell By Pass,
      EPSOM
      KT17 2PR
      020 8224 7431

      Others we know do good work with these are
      Everglade Windows in Perivale Middlesex
      http://www.everglade.co.uk 
      020 8003 1309
      Wadsworth Road, 
      Perivale, Greenford, 
      Middlesex, 
      UB6 7JD

      And also worth checking out Aluco Aluminium, based in Cambridge but this business also does very good work with steel look systems.

  14. michael norton says

    Hi. I’m looking for some steel look aluminium French doors for a property in Whitby North Yorkshire. Can you please suggest some suppliers who we should contact.
    Thanks
    Michael

  15. Louise says

    Hi

    Thank you for helping to explain all about aluminium windows and doors, very helpful with so much choice around.
    Looking for a good company close to me manufacturing the Smart Alitherm Heritage 47. Location is Stamford, doors and windows for whole house. Any recommendations please?

    Thank you

  16. Laurie says

    Hi, I’m looking for crittal style (aluminium) French doors in the South Wales, Cardiff or surrounding area. Grateful for details of any suppliers you might have please?

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hello Laurie, apologies I don’t know of any with those products serving that area. However, if you get in touch with the systems companies offering steel look products, they should be able to put you in touch with a local installer.

      https://www.smartsystems.co.uk for the Alitherm Heritage Product
      https://www.reynaersathome.co.uk for their SL38 and steel look system
      https://uk.aluk.com for their steel look window system.

      Sorry I can’t point you in the direction of a specific one at this time.
      Kind regards
      Nick

      • Nick Dardalis says

        Hi Sian, if you’d like to get in touch via the contact form on our website I can try to assist you on these.
        Kind regards
        Nick

  17. William Noden says

    Hello

    I’m looking for a Crittall-style front door in Manchester. The door is fitted within an arch so it does require a curved frame to the fan light. The opening dimensions are approx 1.90m wide x 2.90m high (to top of arch). It’s circa 2.05m to top of existing door.

    Thanks

    Will

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hi William, replied to you by email on this suggesting some suppliers.
      Hope this helps
      Kind regards
      Nick

      • Kelvin says

        Hi,

        I’m looking for the same, also in Manchester. If you could send me an email with any suggested suppliers, that would be a massive help.

        Thanks…

        • Nick Dardalis says

          Hello Kelvin, thanks for your question. I can suggest the below for you.

          Haus Glass
          102 Gainsborough Road,
          Warrington,
          WA4 6BN
          https://hausglass.co.uk

          Telephone 01925 571557
          Showrooms in Warrington, Chester, Shrewsbury, Stafford, Macclesfield and Liverpool.

          Also worth checking out the products from Aluco Aluminium if you get in touch with them they can help yo with a local installer of their products.

          alucoiAluco Aluminium Ltd
          https://alucoaluminium.com/index.html
          Unit 2 Kestral Place,
          Hitchingbrooke Business Park,
          Huntingdon, PE29 6FQ
          01480 436578
          info@alucoaluminium.com

  18. Rhiannon says

    Hi Nick,

    I’m looking for Crittal style aluminium bifolds in the Reading area. Any suggestions for a supplier would be gratefully received thanks.
    Also, am I right in saying most manufacturers stick on the glazing bars? If so, will the glue stand the test of time? I’m worried about hot sun and window cleaning?
    thanks
    Rhiannon

  19. Josie Smith says

    Hi Nick

    We are looking for Crittalll style patio doors for our new extension in Telford, Shropshire but are struggling to find anything affordable and reasonably nearby.

    We particularly like the ‘school’ style with the metal plate where the handle goes and the metal kick plate (?) at the bottom of each door. They are to go in an extension on the Victorian house we are renovating.

    I also would like to ask about security. Whilst I love the Crittall style, I am concerned that they do not look secure, do you have any thoughts on this at all?

    Thank you for your help.

    Josie & Andrew

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hello Josie, thanks for your question. The Smart Systems Alitherm product is excellent as a steel look system and there are also doors from Aluk, Reynaers, Schuco and others.

      To the best of our knowledge the Alitherm Heritage product has not been submitted for independent security testing but this does not make the door necessarily insecure – merely that it has not been submitted for specific security tests. If security is a concern then it’s worth considering other French doors with certification customised in the steel look style, but you won’t get exactly the same look. Get in touch via our contact form and I can provide some assistance.
      Kind regards
      Nick

  20. Candice Dean says

    I need crittal style doors 2100 x 1800 opening , but to be delivered to Spain so supply only in anthracite , uv, lockable , which is the best supplier and I need it ASAP kind regards

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hello Candice, In the first instance I’d look at the slimline doors available in Spain from systems companies like Cortizo to keep costs down. Otherwise worth getting in touch with the below systems companies to see if they can put you in touch with a supplier able to deliver abroad.

      https://www.smartsystems.co.uk for the Alitherm Heritage Product
      https://www.reynaersathome.co.uk for their SL38 and steel look system
      https://uk.aluk.com for their steel look window system.

      Sorry I can’t point you in the direction of a specific one at this time.
      Kind regards
      Nick

  21. Katherine Foster says

    Hi
    We are looking for Crittall style external french doors in Glasgow & grateful for any recommendations of suppliers.
    Thanks in advance
    Katherine

  22. Andrew Hopkins says

    Hi
    I am looking for a Crittal style internal door and surrounding screen.
    Can you recommend a supplier in South Wales please?
    Many thanks

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hello Andrew, thank you for your question. In South Wales I can’t tell you for sure who offers these products but worth getting in touch with the Systems companies directly to put you in touch with a local installer/fabricator.

      Aluk is in Newport and they may have this in their showroom.
      AluK United Kingdom

      Newhouse Farm Ind Est
      NP16 6UD Chepstow
      United Kingdom
      Tel: +44 (0)1291 639 739

      Smart Systems in Yatton, Bristol
      http://www.smartsystems.co.uk

      Also worth getting in touch with Reynaers
      http://www.reynaersathome.co.uk

      Hope this helps, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve any questions or need further information. 
      Kind regards
      Nick 

  23. Greg Kemp says

    Hi I am looking for a company that will supply or supply and install aluminium crittal style/heritage doors to my home in Manchester. Everyone seems to be based in Surrey or London and they keep referring me to Birmingham who can’t be bothered to reply. I want two sets of double french doors (1990Hx1230W and 2305Hx1700W) and a set 4 bi-folding doors in the same style (2305H x 3205W) all for external wall openings and want heights of nearer 2300mm rather than a 2100mm door height restriction.
    Can you recommend anyone who will reply (in less than the 2 weeks I have waited or at all)?
    As I have said, I have tried a few that look excellent but they just refer my email on to their sister company in Birmingham and then I don’t hear anything.
    Many thanks in anticipation of your help.

  24. Jo says

    Hi,

    We are in Manchester and looking for a supplier of a set of aluminium Crittall style external French doors, an internal door and some internal glazing. Possibly even an internal room divider. I’d be very grateful for your advice on local suppliers.

    Many thanks

  25. Kate says

    Hi
    I am based in Norfolk and looking for a supplier of crittal-style aluminum internal doors/screen. Please could you suggest any companies that may be able to help us?
    Thanks

  26. Shabnam says

    Hi,

    I live in London and love 3 sets of Crittal French doors for our patio opening 10.6 m wide and 2.9 m high. They have to be secure .
    Am torn between the original Crittal and the alitherm aluminium doors.

    Please advice

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hi Shabnam, we are a website promoting the use of aluminium and giving information about aluminium windows and doors. However, when it comes to steel windows and doors nothing beats the original Crittall® product. They are the authentic window, they look fantastic and are built to last. If budget is not an issue then go with the original steel window. You will not be disappointed.

      The aluminium steel-look doors and windows such as Smarts Alitherm Heritage 47, Aluk Steel Replacement System, Reynaers steel look windows etc, is they offer a cheaper aluminium alternative. They are not the Crittall® product, they are not on the market to be a like-for-like replacement. What they do offer is a slimline door and window with some of the features found in steel products such as the glazing bars, the slimline frames, the panelled lock body on doors and the industrial appearance. Some examples of these are excellent and very credible as a steel-look door in aluminium but the original product remains the best.

      One company we know in Surrey doing great work with aluminium versions of this product is Aspire Bifolds in Epsom. You can see examples of their work here https://www.aspirebifolds.co.uk/portfolio-type/steel-replacement/

      There are of course many other businesses around the UK doing similar work.

      One thing to bear in mind with the steel look doors from Smart Systems is that they don’t have certified security such as Secured by Design. This does not mean they’re easy to break into or that they are not secure doors. They simply have not been submitted for independent security tests. We understand future testing/certification is planned but you should be aware of this and talk to your chosen supplier about this product if you decide to go for it.

      Hope this helps, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve any questions or need further information. 
      Kind regards
      Nick 

  27. Christine Casey says

    Do you have a supplier in Scotland? Near to Aberdeen if possible. We are looking for an entrance door with side panels . 2100mm both height and width with an 800mm door. Double glazed and in black.

  28. Louise says

    I’m trying to find a Cristal-style set of sliding, preferably pocket, doors. Can this be done? Anysuflggestions as to where I would look? I’m in Hertfordshire. Thanks.

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hi Sue,
      Most steel look doors in aluminium are designed as a slimline door with the right glazing bars applied to the inside and outside surfaces of the glass units. Therefore, find a good slimline door from a good supplier and you should get the look you want. Pocket doors become a bit more complex but also perfectly possible. I can suggest the below company that should be able to help you.

      Open Living
      http://www.openliving.co.uk
      01767 448005
      11 Amor way
      Letchworth Point
      Letchworth
      Hertfordshire
      SG6 1UG

      Hope this helps, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve any questions or need further information. 
      Kind regards
      Nick 

  29. Sarah says

    Hi – I’ve looked at the Heritage doors you suggest & they are very good & will work for our exterior door. for the interior door though I don’t want a threshold to step over, I want the tile to go right under the door. What’s the best solution ? The door does not have to be lockable. Many thanks

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hi Sarah, thank you for your question. It’s worth speaking to a good installer that ‘knows their stuff’ because it is possible to do what you require.

      It will largely depend on what you do at the base of the door frame. However, there is no reason why the bottom of the door frame jambs (the verticals) cannot be straight cut and the door fixed to the goalpost surround only with just the floor.

      There will have to be some manual calculation done to achieve the correct door and glass sizes (again not complicated for a competent installer) and you’ll need to make a decision on what gap is left under the doors as door clearance.

      AGain the doors can be left with no lock at all if needed, but personally, I’d have it as you always have the option of locking the doors should you ever need to do so in the future.

      Another consideration is that you may have a little bit of flexing at the bottom of the doors where they have no frame to close up against. This is very much a trade-off for what you’re trying to achieve.

      If you’d like to get in touch with the website via the contact form with your location, we can hopefully put you in touch with a local specialist that can help with this.

      Hope this helps, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve any questions or need further information. 
      Kind regards
      Nick 

  30. E Riley says

    We are looking for Crittall style french doors in the north east, near Newcastle. Any ideas?

  31. Nick says

    Hi,

    Interesting read….

    We’re looking into Crittal style exterior French doors, ideally with an anthracite frame (not sure what flexibility there is on colour). Dimensions are approx 190cm high x 160cm wide .

    We are trying to avoid the prohibitive price of Crittal whilst ensuring that the doors are secure and the glass is thick.

    Probably too much info, but any pointers would be much appreciated!

    Many thanks,

    Nick, Cheltenham

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hi Nick, thank you for your comment on the Aluminium Trade Supply Website and apologies for the late reply.
      The Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage 47 system is excellent as a steel look door and window and is one of the most authentic looking products on the market presently. I believe Clearway Doors and Windows can help you with this, http://www.clearwaydoorsandwindows.co.uk 01242 513322

      Also worth speaking to Milena Windows in Oxford.
      Milena Windows Ltd
      Unit 11
      Nimrod
      De Havilland way
      Witney
      OX29 0YG
      http://www.milenawindows.co.uk
      E: info@milenawindows.com
      T: 01993 776229

      Hope this helps, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve any questions or need further information. 
      Kind regards
      Nick 

  32. Redwan Begh says

    Hello,

    I am based in the midlands and am looking to source crittal style internal French Doors c1.8m width and up to 240cm height to let natural light pass from my lounge into my hallway. Although internal, I need lockable and sturdy doors for security reasons.

    I would appreciate any ideas on good companies and ideally ones that aren’t quoting 20 week lead times and £crazy for a set of internal French Doors. I am happy to consider alternatives to steel such as aluminium. Thanks

    • Nick Dardalis says

      Hello Redwan, depends where in the midlands you’re located, but the below may be able to help.
      Milena Windows Ltd
      Unit 11
      Nimrod
      De Havilland way
      Witney
      OX29 0YG
      http://www.milenawindows.co.uk
      E: info@milenawindows.com
      T: 01993 776229

      http://www.alu-haus.co.uk
      0115 838 4747
      41 Evelyn Street
      Beeston
      Nottinghamshire
      NG9 2EU
      sales@alu-haus.co.uk

      http://www.openliving.co.uk
      01767 448005
      11 Amor way
      Letchworth Point
      Letchworth
      Hertfordshire
      SG6 1UG

    • Nicole Reid says

      Hello

      Like Redwan, I’m looking for some internal french doors (metal or aluminium framed) to let natural light flow through a v old cottage. The dimensions are small 1.8m High x 0.7 Width – they don’t need to be lockable.

      Unlike Redwan, I’m based in West Sussex, near Chichester. I too would appreciate any ideas on good companies and ideally ones that aren’t quoting 20 week lead times and £crazy for a set of internal French Doors.

      Thanks for any advice on any local manufacturers.
      Nicole

      • Nick Dardalis says

        Hello Nicole, the below should be able to help you.

        Newlite Home Improvements.
        http://www.newlite.co.uk
        101 Cooden Drive
        Bexhill
        East Sussex
        TN39 3AN
        0800 269 238
        info@newlite.co.uk
        Please speak to Alan Burden.

        http://www.benchmarkwindows.co.uk
        Units 4 and 5 Marlborough Road,
        Lancing Business Park,
        Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 8UF
        01903 869689

        If you are getting prices for steel internal doors then yes, these will be more expensive than the aluminium alternative. The lead times are down to several factors, such as colour, where the doors are being made and the lead times from that manufacturer (depending on their workload). Similarly a good home improvement firm with a good order book will also give you lead times based upon their present workload.

        Hopefully the above two can help you.
        Kind Regards
        Nick

    • Sam I says

      Hi there,

      I’m looking for aluminium crittall style doors which can fill a 2400mm heigh gap. Please can you recommend some suppliers?

      Thanks,
      Sam

      • Nick Dardalis says

        Hello Sam, thanks for your question. If you’d like to get in touch with our contact form and your location I can put you in touch with a few companies local to you.
        Hope this helps, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve any questions or need further information. 
        Kind regards
        Nick 

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