Engineered for confidence

Dan Sullivan, MD of Doorco, reveals all about a new solid core composite door that has been engineered using Gripcore Technology.

Doorco is driven by innovating products that help our customers stand out from the crowd in the increasingly competitive composite door market.

We already have unique doors in our portfolio, such as the 6/4 Combi for easy manufacturing of traditional styles; the versatile and fashionable Farmhouse; the leading contemporary composite door Monza II; and the unrivalled aluminium alternative Links. Missing from our offering, however, was a solid core option.

Developing a Doorco solid core door was a logical step for us and, in the usual Doorco style, we needed to push the boundaries and find a solution that limits thermal movement and makes a more robust door that will not fail. Thanks to the collective experience of the Doorco team, and the new specialist partners we appointed, we have done just that: with Gripcore Technology, we have engineered out all the issues consumers face with the current market, and delivered unrivalled results when it comes to tolerance and security.

Gripcore Technology is a hybrid of modern and traditional materials. Our signature 4mm GRP skins are pressed on to a unique matrix of cross laminated engineered timber and hardwood stiles and rails. Safety and security have been built into Gripcore’s DNA, delivering a stronger, heavier and more robust door that that will not crack, move or de-laminate. It is truly the most engineered door I have ever seen. In fact, we are so confident in the product and the engineering and investment behind it, we are offering a 10-year warranty on all Gripcore doors, with a further guarantee that the door blank will not move/bow/twist more than 3mm in that time. Both will give you and your customers confidence for years to come.

When a new product is launched, there is often an expected level of investment required to integrate that product line. For existing Doorco customers there is none; the manufacturing requirements do not vary from our standard door product, and therefore no additional tooling or equipment is needed to start producing Gripcore.

As stock is also a big challenge, we’ve thought about how to make this simpler too: Gripcore is available in a one-size-fits-all 914mm blank. This means that from one slab, you can make all required door sizes, which minimises complex ordering and storage, saving you time and money. When it comes to style options, the majority of our existing door styles are available, making Gripcore a premium Doorco alternative. We will, of course, be launching some bespoke glass and colour options to match, and a new suite of marketing materials to support your sales. This includes a new state-of-the-art video showing how Gripcore is made, which can be viewed on the homepage of our website.

We are really excited about the Gripcore’s potential. So far, our customers are delighted with the new product and we anticipate it being a real game-changer for Doorco and the composite door market as a whole.

Gripcore doors will be available in the coming months and will be featured on stand F5 at the FIT Show.