What’s so special about the StormMeister™ Active Flood Seal™?
The StormMeister™ Active Flood Seal was developed to solve difficulties with the conventional flood doors which are difficult to lock and troublesome to maintain. Having been aware of the problem for a number of years, it was whilst working on a project in the African Rain Forest our director, Malcolm Snape, came up with the idea of using water pressure rather than handle pressure to exclude flood water from flood doors. On his return from Africa in late 2009, Malcolm spent over four years developing and testing the product which was launched in its present form in April 2014. Product launch was preceded by a Patent Application which was subsequently granted in February 2016. Patent GB 2525382.
Why didn't StormMeister™ produce timber flood doors until now?
We searched for the right materials for a long time and always came across the same old problem, timber can warp with exposure to rain water which can cause a door to become ill-fitting and difficult to flood seal. Now we have the answer, a reinforced hardwood outer frame and a laminated timber door leaf guaranteed not to warp. We can now produce the world's only warp free timber flood door and in addition to that we have also introduced a carbon fibre reinforced composite flood door which also happens to be A++ energy rated!. Fitted with the StormMeister™ patented Active Flood Seal™ this revolutionary new type of door meets our exacting leak-free standards. ALL StormMeister™ Flood Doors use a combination reinforcing and impact resistant materials which having undergone rigorous testing are beyond doubt the combination that works best with the StormMeister™ patented Active Flood Seal™ to give the best resilience against water ingress.
My mother is looking for a door for her home but I’m worried that she won’t be able to use it. How easy are StormMeister™ doors to use?
Conventional Flood Doors rely on compression to keep out the water. This means that in order to be effective the doors need to be on a tight setting, making handle operation extremely difficult. StormMeister™ Flood Doors are fitted with the patented StormMeister™ Active Flood Seal™ and consequently don't need to be on a tight setting – simply lift the handle, turn the key and your home is protected. StormMeister™ Flood Doors are easy to operate and by far the most user friendly flood door on the market. Easy operation also means less wear on locking systems, hinges, handles and seals, StormMeister™ flood doors can therefore be guaranteed for a lot longer than conventional flood doors!
I’m a wheelchair/mobility scooter/pram or pushchair user. Can I have a StormMeister™ door?
Yes you can! The StormMeister™ Low-Threshold Flood Door is the only low-threshold flood door currently available on the market and has been installed in homes, shops, bars and businesses to comply with Building Regulations (Part M) for disabled access.
I’m applying for a grant. My adviser says the product should be Kitemarked or equivalent. How do StormMeister™ doors compare?
StormMeister™ is a BSI member company and our policy on Kitemarking is explained more fully on our home page. StormMeister flood doors carry the CE mark the European equivalent of the BSI Kitemark. CE accreditation allows for continued product testing, upgrading, and variation (we currently produce 32 variations of flood doors for every application imaginable) whereas Kitemark accreditation applies to specific products tested on specific days. If components subsequently prove to be unreliable Kitemarked products cannot be upgraded or the Kitemark would be invalidated. No such problems at StormMeister™ where we continually test and improve our products and as you can see from videos available on this website our doors and barriers are tested without any leakage occurring. Zero leakage is maintained over periods of 48 hours and longer meaning StormMeister™ products exceed the PAS1188. 2014 industry standard and are suitable for your flood resilience grant application. You are cordially invited to visit our testing facility and see for yourself, an offer no other flood company is prepared to make!
I live in a conservation area. Will the Planning Authority allow me to have a StormMeister™ Door?
We have worked with Planning Authorities across the UK as well as associations such as Scottish Heritage and we can now produce flood resistant timber doors for grade listed buildings and conservation areas. StormMeister™ Flood Resistant Doors have recently been approved for installation in a flood resilience project in Ballater in the Cairngorms National Park having passed the most stringent of National Park planning requirements. We are more than happy to work with your Planning Authority to deliver a bespoke installation suited exactly to your needs.
I am worried about my garden/garage. What can StormMeister™ do to help?
Here at StormMeister™ we can offer a range of products to do protect your home or business –
Garden and Driveway flood resistant gates
Lightweight Domestic and Heavy Commercial Flood Barriers
Self-sealing airbricks to limit water ingress under floor-level
How long will my StormMeister™ products last?
If you're looking at other flood protection products it's as well to check out the guarantee, some competitors' products are only guaranteed for one year. StormMeister Flood Protection products are guaranteed for a minimum of FIVE YEARS and all StormMeister Flood Doors fitted to private residential properties carry a TEN YEARS GUARANTEE underwritten by GGFi.
How can I get the best from my StormMeister™ products?
When your doors are installed you will be shown how to care for them and given a Care Guide, however we do also offer an Annual Care Plan for your peace of mind. Under this plan we will visit each year to check all parts are clean, fully functional and up to standard.
Where can I view a StormMeister™ door in action?
There are videos available on our website of our doors and barriers in testing. Alternatively we love to show off our products and are more than happy to give you a demonstration at our training and testing centre in Preston, Lancashire.
What makes StormMeister™ so different to other flood protection companies?
Our continued commitment to delivering premium quality products, fitted by specialist installations engineers, and supported by a dedicated customer care team means we really do strive to be outstanding in our field. Our ongoing research and development in the areas of low-threshold, active resilience and access for all allow us to be able to offer a wide range of flood protection solutions with the utmost confidence in their performance.
OK., StormMeister™ Flood Doors work well in a testing tank but how about in a real flood situation?
No problem, correctly used and maintained StormMeister™ Flood Doors perform just as well in real flood situations. Pictured below is a StormMeister™ Flood Door following a severe flood in West Yorkshire on the night of November 21/22 2016. Flood water reached a height of approximately 600mm and as normal in real flood situations the water wasn't clean, note the thick black mud outside the door after the flood water subsided. The householder said "without the StormMeister™ door that mud would have been inside my house and my furniture and carpets ruined".