Friday, 11 May 2012

Exova advances garage door security with industry first

Experts at Exova, the global testing group, have started to set new standards in home security after certifying the first residential up-and-over garage door to meet the Secured By Design standards, the groundbreaking national police initiative.

The Secured By Design membership scheme currently includes more than 400 companies offering products to have been awarded 'Police Preferred Specification' status, said to reduce the risk of crime by up to 60 per cent. Products include bicycle security, perimeter fencing, mobile phones, roofing products and secondary glazing.

Exova Warringtonfire, part of the Exova group, was approached by Somerset-based Garador Ltd, a producer of advanced garage doors, to help certify a flagship new product to Exova’s Certisecure standard, which meets the testing and certification requirements for entry into Secured By Design.

Now the ‘Guardian’ range of both canopy and retractable up-and-over doors have successfully been tested to STS202 level BR1 by Exova Warringtonfire, verifying that they can withstand a series of professional attacks simulating burglary attempts.

Garador was able to develop the new range of products by taking advantage of Exova Willenhall’s Burglar Resistance Research and Development Day, which tested products to their limits, exposing strengths and weaknesses in design.

Mark West, operations manager for security products certification at Exova Warringtonfire, said: “This is a real landmark in residential garage door design, and is the first time such a product has been certified to Secured By Design standards.

“Garador were able to learn from the results gained during an Exova Warringtonfire’s Burglar Resistance Research and Development Day to develop truly industry leading products.”

He said that learning from the experience and strengthening the product resulted in Garador being awarded an STS202 level BR1 test result.

Certisecure inspectors have also carried out the successful assessment of Garador’s factory production control methods which has led to the Certisecure certification being granted on both the Horizon and Carlton Up-and-Over garage door designs.

Simon Hipgrave, managing director of Garador, added: “We have always been proud of the strength and quality of our doors, but to also now be able to provide a door recognised with the “Secured by Design” accreditation is a great achievement.

“Exova’s R&D Day was a very useful resource which allowed us to look carefully at the security of our own products and develop this industry-leading range of doors.”

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