A completely new breed of composite door has been unveiled by Virtuoso. Virtu-AL - the UK’s first aluminium textured, smooth non-woodgrain finish composite door - has been created to help installers make the most of the surging popularity of contemporary aluminium products.
Tony Craggs, managing director of Virtuoso, previously known as WB Group, says: “We are tremendously excited to launch this unique ultra-modern new door, which is a step change for the industry. The Virtu-AL door is like nothing else out there and it’s certain to open up some fantastic new opportunities for installers who want to broaden their scope beyond standard composite doors and take advantage of the growing consumer appetite for modern, aluminium style products.
“Previously, homeowners had to choose between a pricier aluminium door or a woodgrained composite door but not now. Our high performance Virtu-AL door looks and feels just like a premium aluminium door and it has all the thermal and performance characteristics of a composite door. So now, if a homeowner wants to achieve the high-end contemporary look of an aluminium door but without the price tag of aluminium, they can with this aluminium alternative door.”
“The Virtu-AL door is set to revolutionise the industry and this launch means that composite doors can compete in the same field as aluminium doors for the first time ever. This door combines the best features of an aluminium door with those of a composite door and it brings much greater variety for homeowners who are no longer restricted in their choice of entrance door.”
Described as the ‘ultimate aluminium companion’, the aluminium alternative door has been developed to complement the crisp, clean features of other aluminium fenestration products to enable end users to create a cohesive look for their home.
Virtually indistinguishable from a smooth, powder coated aluminium door, the Virtu-AL door is available in four sleek and modern styles which are totally exclusive to Virtuoso. The designs are complemented by a range of traditional or contemporary hardware, which includes a new inline flat pull bar.
Incorporating realistic detailing and a smooth finish to replicate the appearance of an aluminium door, the Virtu-AL door consists of a 4mm GRP skin on a robust 44mm composite slab. Like all Virtuoso doors, it is available in a number of standard colours and it can also be sprayed to match any RAL colour in Virtuoso’s in-house spray booth. And, just like a composite door, it will not warp, twist or flake. Engineered with security in mind, the door is PAS 24 and Document Q compliant. The door also comes with a comprehensive guarantee to cover its structure and finish.
The Virtu-AL door can be sourced through Virtuoso’s door designer software – Gateway. Gateway is a bespoke door designer package which has been enhanced to bring even greater functionality to customers and help them to design, order and price standard and bespoke composite doors. With the recently launched Gateway 2 package, homeowners can now design their own Virtu-AL door on-line.