StormMeister Flood Door.
StormMeister Flood Door

About Us

StormMeister™ Flood Protection is an independent company founded in 2010 by Malcolm Snape, an engineer with over 30 years experience of manufacturing uPVC products for the construction industry. Malcolm was aware of the problems with conventional flood doors that rely on pressure exerted by the handle and are consequently difficult to operate and expensive to maintain.

Using water pressure instead of handle pressure was an idea that came to Malcolm whilst he was working as advisor in uPVC manufacturing to the Akwa Ibom State Government in the Tropical Rain Forest of West Africa. It was during a tropical rain storm Malcolm formed the idea of a flood door that worked by water pressure instead of handle pressure.

On returning to the UK the idea was developed, tested and patented as the StormMeister™ flood resistant door with the our Active Flood Seal™. The StormMeister™ flood door has become renowned worldwide however there was still one more problem to solve, the StormMeister™ flood door needed to be universally user friendly, and that without doubt included being wheelchair user friendly!

After perfecting the Active Flood Seal in 2014 Malcolm immediately set about designing the StormMeister Low Threshold flood resistant door and that wasn’t easy, many manufacturers had tried and failed. Malcolm persevered and after a number of attempts and some modifications to the design zero leakage was attained firstly with a single low threshold door and eventually with double low threshold doors!

The StormMeister™ Low Threshold flood resistant door is unique in the world in offering flood protection and easy access for all.

StormMeister™ Active Flood Seal™ - How It Works

  • Flood water is a powerful force and StormMeister™ Flood Resistant Doors harness that force in order to maintain flood resistance without using complex locking mechanisms which are difficult to operate.
  • A multiple chamber structure is formed by a specially designed Chamber Gasket and flood water is actually allowed to enter the first chamber, the water chamber.
  • Pressure of flood water in the water chamber then compresses the expansion chamber which in turn presses the Chamber Gasket firmly against the door leaf in order to maintain what has proved to be an extremely effective flood seal. Under test conditions StormMeister™ flood doors exceed the industry standard PAS1188-1:2014 by some considerable margin maintaining zero leakage at 600 mm of water for periods in excess of 48 hours. 

StormMeister™ founder Malcolm Snape (far right) with fellow British engineer Ron Smith (white T-shirt) in Nigeria whilst working as advisors to the Akwa Ibom State Government. Also pictured are State Government driver Manny and State Police protection officer GodsGift.
StormMeister™ founder Malcolm Snape in Nigeria
StormMeister™ use ethically sourced timber from traceable places of origin some of which are in Nigeria. Pictured below is a logging camp in Akwa Ibom State, note the lack of machinery! Much of the work is manual and carried out by local people on a cooperative basis so that the whole community benefits.
StormMeister™ timber harvested in Nigeria