Following months of product development and rigorous tests, Bowater by Birtley is pleased to announce that it has achieved the much coveted PAS1188 test standard on its Flood composite door.

“Bowater by Birtley is one of just two companies to hold PAS1188 on composite doors,” explains Kevin Kiernan of Bowater by Birtley. “We invested the time and money to get it right because we recognise the importance of being able to offer this product.

“Flooding is an increasingly relevant issue for homeowners in the UK and potentially devastating for those affected, not only in terms of damage to life and property, but also for insurance and resale ability. A recent study by the conservation charity WWF, reports that up to 2.5m homes will be at risk of flooding by 2050 if we don’t start future-proofing now. With the risk of being affected by floods growing, there is political consensus that investment in defences and sensible planning is essential. But how do homeowners know when they are buying a genuinely suitable flood defence door? They can only be sure if the door comes with certification and in this case the relevant certification is PAS1188.”

All products tested to PAS1188 are subject to an initial type test and the facility that manufactures the product is assessed for quality at the start of the process and then on an ongoing basis, typically once or twice a year.

Kevin continues: “The Bowater by Birtley range of doors was brought to market to give fabricators, installers, housebuilders, specifiers and homeowners a wide choice of quality composite doors. We are already just one of a handful of companies to offer a double rebated 68mm composite door and now we are one of just two companies who will able to offer a fully certified Flood Defence door. This means that our customers can benefit from a complete range of doors with no gaps and no compromise, especially where it really matters.”

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