Kaybee Doors Blog

Everything you wanted to know about doors and more..

  • Top Tips for Insulating your Home This Winter

    As the nights get darker and temperatures start to drop, in this month’s blog, we focus on how best to keep your home warm this winter with the help of Kaybee Doors.

    Did you know that on average, keeping your home warm equates to 70% of your household energy consumption? Maybe it’s not surprising given the inclement weather we seem to get these days and the fact that many of us live in older houses with inefficient insulation and weather-proofing.

    Combine this with soaring energy prices and a shift in focus to carbon reduction and you may well be keen to find a way to get those costs down while still keeping your home warm and cosy. Luckily you’ve come to the right place.

    The easiest place to start when weather-proofing your home is to ensure your doors and windows are not letting drafts in.

    At Kaybee Doors, we don’t just focus on the door itself, we also supply external and internal door frames with built-in weather seal to ensure drafts are eradicated and heat cannot escape. Our doors come with a 60 day returns policy too as
    As the nights get darker and temperatures start to drop, in this month’s blog, we focus on how best to keep your home warm this winter with the help of Kaybee Doors.

    Did you know that on average, keeping your home warm equates to 70% of your household energy consumption? Maybe it’s not surprising given the inclement weather we seem to get these days and the fact that many of us live in older houses with inefficient insulation and weather-proofing.
    Combine this with soaring energy prices and a shift in focus to carbon reduction and you may well be keen to find a way to get those costs down while still keeping your home warm and cosy. Luckily you’ve come to the right place.

    The easiest place to start when weather-proofing your home is to ensure your doors and windows are not letting drafts in.
    At Kaybee Doors, we don’t just focus on the door itself, we also supply external and internal door frames with built-in weather seal to ensure drafts are eradicated and heat cannot escape. Our doors come with a 60 day returns policy too as customer satisfaction is key.
    And doors aren’t the only thing you can check. Below are just a few more ideas on how to keep your home warm this winter:

    1. Move any furniture out of the way of a radiator so any heat isn’t not blocked
    2. Shut your curtains and check all windows and doors for gaps/drafts
    3. Invest in some radiator panels which reflect heat back into your room
    4. Use timers on your central heating system so it only comes on when you need it
    5. Install radiators with thermostats
    6. Ensure you have adequate loft insulation
    7. Properly lag your emersion heater if you have one
    8. Change your boiler if you think its old and inefficient
    9. Try lowering your thermostat to 18°C for a more continual temperature
    10. Block out any drafts - DIY draft proofing can be really effective

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    If you think you’re loosing heat through your doors, check out our range of external doors and frames here (https://www.kaybeedoors.co.uk/exterior-doors.html) or give us a call now on 01517 09 62 74.

  • Do we need fire doors in our homes?

    We’re being asked more and more about whether there is a need for fire doors in domestic houses. In short, the answer is ‘yes’ you may need fire doors in your home but only in certain circumstances.

    The legislation is complicated, but as a general rule, places where lots of people live, like blocks of flats need to have more fire doors than detached houses. This is because of the greater risk of the fire spreading through people’s homes.

    Fire doors are designed to prevent deaths in the event of fire. If a fire door is correctly installed, it can block smoke, fumes and flames for a lot longer than a normal door, usually between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the situation.

    So, there are building regulations which suggest places that you need fire doors in domestic properties. This is a complex area, so we’re not able to offer you legal advice but just some suggestions of some of the circumstances when it’s likely you’re best to have 30 minute fire resistant doors fitted:

    • Doors that adjoins a garage in a two-storey property (you need a step too!)
    • New three storey properties must have fire doors on the third floor. This applies to loft conversions.
    • In shared houses, its recommended to have a fire door between everyone’s private space.
    • Doors to a protected stairway so people can escape.
    • Doors to individual flats and apartments.

    We have a truly huge range of fire doors to choose from, so you don’t need to compromise the look of your home just because you need a fire door.

    Don’t forget, an open door provides no fire resistance! For more information on Fire doors click here.

  • New Door Handles and Knobs to Transform Your Old Doors

    Sometimes small things make a big difference. When it comes to doors, just changing the handles can give your door a makeover and your home a brand-new look and feel. Problem is, there are so many to choose from, how to you decide which ones are right for you?

    Well firstly, we love to give our customers friendly advice, so you can always give us a call if you want to chat about door handles (or anything else door or furniture related). But we thought we’d get together a very brief overview to help you decide as it is a bit of a minefied!

    Latch on a back plate – this is the type of handle you’re most likely to have in your home. It’s for doors that don’t need a lock.

    Lever lock on a back plate – pretty similar to the style above but designed for doors that need locking.

    Bathroom lock on backplate – this is a specially designed handle to make sure that you can safely look your bathroom door. The benefit of this is that if there was an emergency you would be able to get access without the need to knock the door down.

    Lever latch rose - So just when you think you’ve got your head around it all, there’s the added consideration that maybe you want a lever latch handle like this one. Well that’s no problem we stock lots of choice on these too.

    Lever lock on rose – if you want to lock your door but fancy the lever latch rose type handle, then you’ll need one of these to go with it. This is separate from the handle.

    Bath set on rose – for your bathroom to have a safe locking system. Again, it’s separate from the handle.

    We have loads of handles to choose from so take a look at our range here. Still puzzled by the best door handle for you? Give us a call for advice on 0800 088 4355.

  • Maintenance Free GPR Composite Doors

    Maintenance free GPR Composite Doors

    We’ve got some great news!! Are you tired of having to give your external doors a coat of paint every couple of years? Do you wish you could replace them with composite doors but don’t want the hassle of having to change the existing door frame and locks?

    Well, we’re really pleased to announce that after years of development you can have all this. We’re now stocking a fantastic range of top quality GRP composite doors that will most certainly make your life very easy. GRP stands for Glass Reinforced Plastic. These doors are usually about 44mm thick and are filed with high-density polyurethane foam.

    Enough with the technical stuff, there are so many benefits to you of getting one of our GRP composite doors;

    • They virtually maintenance free, won’t warp, shrink or rust
    • They are immune to sun fading and bleaching
    • They can be fitted into existing timber door frames with no hassle
    • They are compatible the hardware you already have without the need to buy any more
    • You get the look of a traditional timber door but with no need for regular painting
    • You can even have the door different colours inside and out
    • Our doors are made of a naturally insulating material so are thermally efficient helping keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
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    We have lots of different styles to choose from with colours to suit all different tastes; you can go for a wood grain finish or a painted finish.

    These doors come in two different sizes but amazingly for composite door, if you don’t have quite a standard door size, up to 20mm can be trimmed off each size and 40mm off the bottom. Just a bit of advice, if you do this, you will need to give the trimmed section a lick of paint.

    Best news of all, all our GPR composite doors come with a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty so changing your doors is totally worry free. We really do feel that these are the perfect solution, so if you want to look at our range, click here. Don’t forget you can give us a call if you have any questions.

  • Blog January 2017 – You don’t have to wait for the Kaybee sale, we have one 365 days a year!

    Have you noticed we’ve changed our logo strapline? It’s now ‘Sale Prices Every Day’. We thought you should all be aware that Kaybee offers value for money all year round, because we know that people need our doors and furniture when they’re doing a project and they need to know that we give them a good price whichever month of the year it is.

    January is generally a time when retailers are advertising their fabulous discounts and shoppers are searching out the best deal. Then it all happens again at Easter time but with an emphasis on DIY and gardening. We don’t need to do that. We have great prices all the time. With us you don’t get any gimmicks on price, we don’t just put our prices up for the legally required time just so we can claim that we’re giving you a discount. Basically, we’re giving you the choice to buy what you want when you want, because you know whenever you pop into our store or visit us online you’ll get a great price. So, if you need a new front door in May or June, it’ll be the same competitive price is was at Easter.

    We’re so confident that you won’t find our internal or external doors or furniture cheaper anywhere else, we actually make our customers a promise that if they find the same product cheaper elsewhere within 30 days of purchase, we’ll refund the difference. Better still, if you find that the product wasn’t what you wanted or your requirements change, you’ve got 60 days to get it back to us for a full refund.

    Ok so now you’re thinking the catch must be maybe they don’t provide great service? Well the truth is, we’ve been in business for 40 years for a reason, people keep coming back to us because we offer them advice, expertise and a fantastic service. What more can you ask…..

  • Blog November 2016 – Easi-Slide Frame And Track Room Divider Door System

    Are you fed up of tripping over the kids toys when they’ve gone to bed? Do you wish you had a separate room for their toys? Maybe you’ve always wanted a dining room instead of such a big sitting room, or perhaps you just want to be able to shut the kitchen off from the sitting room, but have it open plan when you’re entertaining.

    Well the Easi-Slide Frame is the perfect neat solution as it allows you to fit doors as room dividers that can then be pushed back when you want a big open plan space for entertaining or to keep an eye on the kids as they play. It can then be closed up again when it’s not needed. Might just come in handy when you don’t want to heat a big space now the colder days are approaching.

    The system comes in three configurations and so can fit many different apertures making it such a flexible solution for your home. You can have up to four doors meaning that this really is a great solution for dividing up wide and narrower spaces. The doors are designed so that they slide as opposed to folding. This means that when you have them pushed back, you have a sleeker finish and more space.

    The frame and track comes in a choice of Oak or White Primed and is designed to fit with standard door sizes from within our range. We recommend you take a look at the Shaker, Worcester or Pattern 10 as in our experience they work beautifully as sliding doors.

    The Easi-Slide comes with a frame, all sliding door hardware and a pair maker. Once you have this kit you have loads of choice as to which door style fits with your home. Adding doors doesn’t have to make your room dark. As you can see in the picture below, you can use glazed doors to ensure that you still have a light and airy space even if you divide your room. Don’t forget you can also choose the handles and locks from our range to compliment your choice of doors.

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  • Blog October 2016 – Palermo Oak Internal Door

    Over the summer, most of us have been focusing on improvements to the outside of our house and our gardens. Now that summer is sadly over and the kids are back at school, we’re all starting to think about the jobs we can do inside to get our homes ready for winter and Christmas which is scarily only 3 months away!

    Simply replacing your doors can give your home that much needed update without breaking the bank. Perhaps you’ve just moved house and the doors are old fashioned, or maybe you’d just like to refresh the look of a house you’ve been in a while. Either way we think you’ll love the Palermo Oak Internal door.

    This 7 panelled door which has both vertical and horizontal oak veneer would create a contemporary feel in any home. It has clean and simple lines and is available in different sizes so we’re sure to have one to fit your home. The deep u-groove design is made with real oak inlays.

    The unstained Palermo is only £99 meaning you save £56. There is also plenty of choice, if you love the design but are looking for a fire door or bi-folds that’s no problem. It comes unstained so you can choose if you’d like to paint or stain it. At Kaybee for Doors we like making your life easier, so we offer a competitively priced painting, staining and varnishing service. Alternatively, we have the same door pre-finished in a clear lacquer ready for hanging with no hassle at all and there’s a £90 saving on that one!

    If you want to be sure of a good quality item, you’ll be pleased to know that the Palermo is made of A-grade American Oak Veneer, FSC certified and has been engineered for added strength, stability and performance. Even better, it has a 10 year manufacturers defect guarantee!

    Don’t forget October is a good time to check that your doors are draught free for the winter. Identifying any draughts could save you money on your bills. Make sure you check your keyholes and letterboxes too.

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  • Blog September 2016 - La Porte White French Door Set Pre-Finished with Chrome Fittings

    September is a great time to be looking at replacing external doors before Autumn arrives. Hopefully the weather will be warm, dry and sunny throughout the month, giving the perfect opportunity to finally replace those old doors.

    Ideally, we all want to bring the outside in, even when it’s not so warm. Our La Porte white French doors are the perfect solution. With such a large glazed area, you’ll maximise the light coming into your home and you really will be able to sit and enjoy your patio, garden or back yard. You’ll be pleased to know that the glass is toughened too. If you want the jargon, it’s low E-Argon filled double glazed (24mm thick).

    What can be nicer than having your doors fitted and knowing that there’s no need to choose paint, get a paint brush out or buy a tin of varnish. These doors are good to go as soon as they arrive on your doorstep.

    These white French doors come in three sizes so there’s sure to be one that will fit perfectly in your home. Each set comes complete with a pair of 54mm thick doors, matching frame and all the hardware. This includes an attractive chrome plated handle which not only adds to the doors, but the 5 point multi locking system will give your home added security. What a relief not to have the hassle of looking of all the door furniture!

    You’ll be pleased to know that this product passes Part L of the Building Regulations and that they are a CE marked product. Maybe you’re not actually bothered but we thought we’d tell you anyway! For added peace of mind they do come with a 10 year manufactures warranty, so that’s one less thing to worry about.

    If you think that these La Porte White pre-finished French doors would suit your home, then it’s easy to order from us either online by clicking here, or you can always give us a call, especially if you’d like some advice.

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  • Blog August 2016 - Modena Oak Pre-Finished External Doors

    A front door can make such a huge difference to the curb appeal of your house. You’ll be pleased to know that at Kaybee we stock a full range of beautiful external oak doors, so there’s plenty to choose from. As you’ll see from our website, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

    Today we’d like to tell you about our stunning Modena oak pre-finished external door which has such a great quality look and feel. With a modern design and seven equal horizontal panels, this door really will give the front of your home a lovely contemporary feel. Not only does it look good, its engineered construction gives it added strength, stability and performance.

    The Modena oak pre-finished external door is a truly convenient solution too. It comes pre-finished in a rich medium oak, it looks fabulous and you don’t have to mess around with paint or varnish. Better still, there is no need to worry about maintenance, as not only does it look good today, but it will still be beautiful for years to come.

    You should also be pleased to know that it comes with a worry free 10 year manufacturers guarantee against defects. This really is a hassle free purchase!

    We’re sure you’re not thinking about insulation in July, but when those winter months do come, the great news is that this door is thermally insulated, so should help keep your house warm and cosy.

    We’re so confident of the price of our products we have a 30 day no quibble price promise. If you find our products cheaper elsewhere within 5 days of purchase, we’ll refund the difference.

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    If you think this door will look amazing in your house, you can buy it online by clicking here or you can pop into our Liverpool store. We’re known for our expert advice, so if you need any help choosing your doors, give us a call on 0151 709 6274.

  • What Does FSC Mean and Why Does It Matter?

    We are asked from time to time what does FSC means and why is it important?

    FSC stands for, Forest stewardship Council.

    The Forest Stewardship Council promotes responsible forestry. FSC certifies forests all over the world to ensure they meet the highest environmental and social standards.

    Products made with wood and paper from FSC forests are marked with a ‘tick tree’ logo. When you see this logo, you can be confident that buying it won’t mean harming the world’s forests.

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    All our supplier carry the FSC label on their products.

    Below are the 10 Priciples of FSC

      Forest management shall respect all applicable laws of the country in which they occur, and international treaties and agreements to which the country is a signatory, and comply with all FSC Principles and Criteria.TENURE AND USE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
      Long-term tenure and use rights to the land and forest resources shall be clearly defined, documented and legally established.3. INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' RIGHTS
      The legal and customary rights of indigenous peoples to own, use and manage their lands, territories, and resources shall be recognised and respected.4. COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND WORKER'S RIGHTS
      Forest management operations shall maintain or enhance the long-term social and economic well-being of forest workers and local communities.5. BENEFITS FROM THE FOREST
      Forest management operations shall encourage the efficient use of the forest’s multiple products and services to ensure economic viability and a wide range of environmental and social benefits.

      Forest management shall conserve biological diversity and its associated values, water resources, soils, and unique and fragile ecosystems and landscapes, and, by so doing, maintain the ecological functions and the integrity of the forest.

      A management plan — appropriate to the scale and intensity of the operations — shall be written, implemented, and kept up to date. The long term objectives of management, and the means of achieving them, shall be clearly stated.

      Monitoring shall be conducted — appropriate to the scale and intensity of forest management — to assess the condition of the forest, yields of forest products, chain of custody, management activities and their social and environmental impacts.

      Management activities in high conservation value forests shall maintain or enhance the attributes which define such forests. Decisions regarding high conservation value forests shall always be considered in the context of a precautionary approach.

      Plantations shall be planned and managed in accordance with Principles and Criteria 1 - 9, and Principle 10 and its Criteria. While plantations can provide an array of social and economic benefits, and can contribute to satisfying the world’s needs for forest products, they should complement the management of, reduce pressures on, and promote the restoration and conservation of natural forests.


    How does the FSC system work?

    Forests are inspected and certified against strict standards based on FSC’s 10 Principles of Forest Stewardship (see above). These inspections are undertaken by independent organisations, such as the Soil Association, that are accredited by the FSC. In order to be given FSC certification a forest must be managed in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable manner. This is what makes the FSC system unique and ensures that a forest is well-managed from the protection of indigenous people’s rights to the methods of felling trees. Forests that meet these strict standards are given FSC certification and the timber allowed to carry the FSC label.

    How can I be sure that the product really does come from an FSC well-managed forest?

    In addition to forest certification, the FSC system includes a certified chain of custody that tracks the timber through every stage in the supply chain from the forest to the final user. This is monitored through the invoicing process and the final label on the product has a code that confirms that the item is genuinely FSC.


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