In Gareth Mobley’s letter which was published last issue, he mentioned that research conducted by Manchester University has revealed that security is the most important consideration when homeowners buy external doors.
I believe that the introduction of Approved Document Q is a positive move, but it is a shame that it only applies to new build homes. Surely occupants of existing buildings are equally concerned about security – why should they have a higher risk of burglary to that of someone living in a new build property?
As new build properties become more secure, I wonder whether burglars may be deterred from new estates and move to the more vulnerable neighbouring properties.
There may not be a legal requirement to sell Document Q compliant windows and doors to existing buildings, but there is a strong argument for selling the benefits of more secure products. Even if the home is not near to a new development, surely it is still worth offering the option of a level of security in line with the latest standards for new build?
Managing Director, Calibso Limited
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For further information on Approved Document Q visit: www.documentq.co.uk