Timber Alternative Doors

Spot the difference.

Timber Alternative doors. They look and feel like timber without the price tag or the maintenance.

There’s no doubt about it. Freshly installed hardwood timber products look fantastic. And, considering the cost, so they should.

In recent years, a growing demand has arisen for windows and doors that look like timber but don’t need re-painting and repairing every few years. Particularly considering the problems people experience with wooden doors warping and bowing. The industry’s answer to this is now here, in the form of timber alternative doors and windows.

We specialise in Residence 9 doors. Generally, we install these as fully glazed single or double doors to the rear or side of a property with a composite or aluminium door as the front entrance.

Are they really like Timber?

Residence 9 has been specifically designed to replicate traditional timber windows and doors. Both systems have the following points in common.

  • They have mechanical (squared) corner joints as opposed to welded (diagonal) ones to the outer frame, which distinguish them from uPVC and aluminium doors.
  • They come with extra deep timber-look cills as opposed to the thinner (30mm) cill used with uPVC windows. Again, creating a more traditional look.
  • They are available in an array of traditionally fitting colours including white woodgrain, Oak, Black woodgrain and more.
  • They come fitted with a fantastic range of timber alternative handles, hinges and locks.
  • They have all the modern security trimmings and high thermal values.
  • Are a cost-effective, maintenance-free alternative to timber.


Residence 9

Mechanically jointed sashes as well as outer frame to fully replicate 19th century timber windows and doors.

Traditional butt hinges alongside truly authentic furniture options to create the complete timber look.

Fully foiled rebate so only woodgrain on show when doors are open.

Extra-deep 55mm Radlington cill to replicate timber.

Georgian/Astragal bars and leaded glass to create specific looks.

Triple glazing available if thermal values and noise insulation is a priority.

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With many happy customers across the South of England, we often encourage potential customers to see our handiwork before they make any decisions. We also have R9 doors in our showroom, so we’ll welcome you there to see the doors in the flesh.

Not just good-looking doors. Secure too.


  • Multi-point shootbolt and hook bolt locking mechanisms

As our team can show you, all of our timber alternative doors come with modern multi-point shootbolt locking mechanisms combined with hook bolts that lock into keeps in the frame. Really, this means that when you throw the lever handle up to lock the door shut, not only does the locking bolt into its keep next to the handle, but shootbolts at the top and bottom of the doors lock into their keeps too meaning the doors are as secure as any other competing modern door on the market.


  • Internally beaded

All of our timber alternative windows and doors are internally glazed to prevent intruders popping out the bead and glass and gaining entry.

The aesthetics of old with the thermal efficiency of new. The best of both.


  • Modern spacer bars

Spacer bars are the what separates the two (or three) pieces of glass in a double or triple glazed unit. Until a few years ago, the industry standard was for this spacer bar to be made out of metal. If your windows and doors are more than 5 years old, the chances are, they will have metallic spacer bars. This kind of spacer bar is still available and is still used by some companies to save money. The problem with these metallic spacer bars is that they give a path for the cold to travel straight through the bar and make the glass area on the inner pane around the metallic bar cold, causing the condensation all the way around the edge of the glass, which many of our customers had experienced in the past without knowing why. PARA In both Residence 9 and Evolution doors, we now use what’s called ‘warm edge composite spacer bars’, which are made out of a composite material designed not to transfer the cold meaning the glass on the inner pane does not get cold as it does with metallic spacer bars. By only using modern warm edge composite spacer bars, we can ensure that our customers don’t experience condensation on the inside of their windows whilst improving the BFRC energy rating too. The standard colour for these bars is black, but we also offer them in in white.


  • Argon-filled glazed units

Whether in our R9 or our Evolution products, all of our double and triple glazed units are all argon-filled as opposed to the less efficient air-filled units. This applies to glazed units with Georgian bar and to leaded units too. Argon is a noble glass which means it doesn’t react to anything as much as normal air does. This means that heat is not lost as easily through the unit. If you use air-filled glazed units, the heat can escape through the unit much more easily. This of course contributes to the overall energy rating of the window.


  • Multi-chambered composite frame

In this respect, the Residence 9 system really stands out. With a frame split into 9 chambers, as opposed to the standard 4, 5 or 6 it is the equivalent of leaving the house with 9 coats on as opposed to 4, 5 or 6. This means, of course, that whilst the Evolution window is a thermally efficient one, the R9 window truly sets itself in keeping your home warm and thermally efficient.

To go hand in hand with the highly-efficient frames, we only use the best glass.

In addition to the other energy-efficient characteristics of our timber alternative doors, we use Saint-Gobain Planitherm Total Plus glass as standard. In some situations, where building control or architects have specified a certain thermal U-value, for example, we can upgrade to Planitherm One glass to obtain the required u-value. These two types of glass we use work as follows.

On the inside pane, the latest magnetron-coated ‘Low-E’ or Low Emissivity glass is used, which has an invisible coating on it that dramatically reduces heat transfer and also increases heat reflection back into the room. Therefore, glass without a low-e coating will absorb the heat from your home and radiate it out onto the colder outer pane, where it is more easily lost. Low-e glass has a special coating which is a poor radiator of heat and does not allow heat to be transferred to the outside. Instead, the low-e coating actually reflects the heat back into the property.

On the outer pane, an ultra-clear Low Iron Glass is used, which not only allows as much light into the property as possible but also brings in the suns rays increasing the windows ‘solar gain’, which means you’re heating up your home with free energy from the sun as opposed to reflecting it back out as you would with other less energy-efficient glass.

The importance of energy efficiency is clearly demonstrated by the British Fenestration Rating Council’s (BFRC) introduction of the Window Energy Ratings Scheme. With this universal rating scheme, it is at long last, now possible for residential customers to easily and independently compare window products just as they do with cars, fridges or washing machines. This is great news for the consumer who now have a much better idea about the thermal efficiency of the windows they are buying.

The BFRC rate the windows from A+ to G, with A+ being the most energy-efficient and G being the least. Those achieving a C-rating or above demonstrate they have been designed, manufactured and tested to provide a good level of overall thermal efficiency. Thankfully, all window installers must install at least a ‘C’ rated or above window.

All of our Residence 9 and Evolution doors come with a no-quibbles, insurance-backed 10 year guarantee.

Not only do we guarantee our timber alternative doors to you, the customer, but for added peace of mind, we also pay to have our guarantees insurance-backed, so if anything happened to us as a company, you can rest assured in the knowledge that you still have your full guarantee. The guarantee on our doors covers the installation, frame, colour, handles, hinges and the glazed unit for 10 years. Everything except accidental damage or misuse is covered.

We are also members of CERTASS, who are a recognised governing body designed to improve the workmanship and customer service in our industry. CERTASS anonymously check much of our work to make sure we’re doing what we should be.


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