January 2020

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The AcaDOORmy Awards

It’s the start of a new decade and that brings with it an additional sense of optimism & excitement on top of the natural feeling that comes with a new year. I always think it’s the perfect time of year to take stock, reflect on what’s come before and enter the new year (and indeed decade) with some intentions. I’ve been thinking about my highlights of 2019 and have devised a set of awards to dish out to the doors I saw throughout the year.

Best Colour Award

This is a really tough award as there was huge variety (as always) throughout the year. The standout doors, naturally, end up being the most vibrant colours. If you’re looking for a memorable door – then this is definitely the way to go. My favourite place for colour inspiration is always to start with the Pantone Colour of the Year choice. In 2019, the chosen colour was ‘Living coral’ which was supposed to represent ‘the fusion of modern life’ by being ‘a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.’ I’m not sure whether I noticed that, but there was one door that really etched itself into my memory & that was purely down to the striking coral colour. The rest of the house front had an overgrown garden & recycling bin so that just goes to show that a bright door really has the power to outshine its surroundings.



For 2020, the PANTONE colour of the year is ‘Classic Blue’ – a shade chosen to offer reassurance & confidence to people who may feel unsettled by some of the uncertainty throughout the world about what the future holds. A blue door equally offers a solid feel of stability & calmness – perfect to return to after a hectic day at work!



Best Knocker Award

Door features can make or break the whole front and there’s an abundance of interesting knockers out there. In 2019, the best one I saw sat proudly in the middle of a fluorescent yellow door. It was shaped as the Hand of Fatima & resting under two colourful tiles displaying the house number. I love the creative & playful approach this homeowner has taken to their door. I’d encourage anyone to see their door more like a blank artist’s canvas than simply the functional bit of material closing in their home.


Best House Front Award

The 2019 House Front of the year award is a huge accolade and of course, would only be bestowed onto a home with a truly excellent door. The winner is a particularly fun looking house where the owner has chased rainbow and even covered all the window sills in bright paint. The garish door can be found on an unassuming street in the middle of Dalston (London) where the neighbours have amusingly gone for quite the opposite look with a bog-standard plain green door.


It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but there is no denying that the vivid door & windows brings the area to life. For 2020, it’s worth thinking about what fun can be had with some bright coloured doors & if in doubt, hopefully this demonstrates that you need not settle for just one!

Until next time,


Cheif Doork and DOORCO’s Creative Consultant

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Shared trends, shared values: Glazerite and DOORCO

michelle3As a longstanding industry name, with two decades’ trading under its belt, The Glazerite UK Group hardly needs any introduction. Built on the desire to excel in service, products and choice for its national trade, retail, commercial and new build customer base, the leading fabricator has continued to broaden the scope of its offering to ensure it keeps ahead of the market. When it comes to composite doors, Glazerite has literally transformed its composite door offering with support from DOORCO.
Michelle Wright, Group Marketing Manager at Glazerite comments: “While the size of a brochure isn’t necessarily significant, it can actually tell a story. And if you look at our door brochure, which 18 months ago was just 24 pages, and is now 64 pages, this does give an idea of the growth in door product range, scope, designs and service we’ve undergone as a business. From only offering a traditional range incorporating 26 door styles and 8 colours, our customers can now access the full range of 48 DOORCO traditional and contemporary doors. Driven by market demand and in parallel with DOORCO’s increased colour offering, our range also includes 40 colours with the option to colour match any RAL.
“Anyone involved in the composite door supply chain can see what a huge transformation the sector has undergone in the last 3 to 5 years. From its original foothold in social housing, to the material of choice in mainstream retail and newbuild, composite doors of 2020 will have to offer sophistication, individuality and above all choice – and all within acceptable lead-times. That’s how markets generally evolve when they hit tipping point and become mass-market. End-user demands get more complicated in terms of product quality and choice but customer service, fast lead times and value for money have to keep improving too.

It’s DOORCO’s service that really matters to us
“So while DOORCO’s product choice with such a huge selection of contemporary and traditional door styles and their painting, prepping and glazing service is so important to Glazerite, I have to say, it’s their service that really matters to us. Their can-do attitude and flexibility to react quickly to our requirements is a massive help. For example, the launch of the new range, and supporting marketing materials including a bespoke brochure, was a huge undertaking, but DOORCO’s product knowledge and technical support enabled us to create something fresh and modern.

What’s trending?

“All of us within the composite door supply chain continuously review our product offering, and successful companies are those that can react fast to changing end-user trends, which could be door styles, colours, glass or finish. This is something that DOORCO has always done for us, so that in turn, we can offer our customers what they need. The result is that Glazerite can offer one of the most extensive door portfolios in the industry, with the supply of the Ultion three star cylinder, and Fab & Fix furniture as standard. In 2020, we’ll also be adding our standard offering to include smart locking tech.

“Glazerite’s key objective when it comes to doors is that our installers will always have a solution to suit their customers’ properties and in 2020, this looks set to be more diverse and demanding than ever. DOORCO’s latest trend reports show that colour and contemporary styles will continue to be key drivers and Glazerite sales agree, with our sales of contemporary doors growing month on month since launch. Two thirds of DOORCO doors are now sold in colour, and nothing says contemporary more than grey. In quarter three 2019, 10% of all DOORCO colour doors were grey and at the end of the year, they announced that they now sell more Slate Grey than standard red or green.

“For Glazerite, just over one in four of our doors are now painted either in premium or special (RAL) colours and 30% of all our doors are grey, a trend that’s increasing. Looking ahead, we agree again with DOORCO – blue and more blue is certainly coming fast over the horizon. Currently 12% of all Glazerite colour doors sold are blue, something that we forecast will grow in line with Pantone’s 2020 colour of the year – Classic Blue.

“For all this talk about door colour and design trends, if we can’t deliver them in line with our customers’ expectations, then we may as well all go home! From a commercial perspective, the market is always pushing with shorter lead times and we’ve worked with the team to ensure we can deliver in just 10 days. We benefit – so in turn our customers benefit – from DOORCO’s enhanced glazing and prepping service too, which is so effective because it’s backed up with robust operating and IT systems with supply chain barcoding that I think is unparalleled in our sector.  And of course, on a day-to-day basis we have a great responsive team at DOORCO who deal with any technical queries that are raised.

True partnering results in a more vibrant and profitable market

“Markets that have and continue to evolve as quickly as composite doors, are not easy to service. Quite rightly, our customers continue to demand more to stay ahead of their competition, so in turn, we have to demand more from our suppliers, which I’m sure DOORCO will agree we have done! As a result, I think true partnering to raise the ante in terms of choice and delivery has resulted in a more vibrant and profitable market for our customers. While DOORCO’s constant push for product innovations and investment in ways to successfully deliver more choice has directly shaped and enhanced our door offering, Glazerite has also directly influenced DOORCO’s business with aligned trends that are, most importantly, based on shared values.”

For more information on Glazerite call: 01933 443222 or visit www.glazeritewindows.co.uk

For more information on DOORCO call: 01625 428955