Category Archives: Security in Portugal

Though much safer than most countries, it still pays to be prudent. So helpful advice is on offer to help your house and contents stay safe.

Front Door

Most of our clients spend a lot of time choosing the style and materials that make up their front door.

Obviously it is one of the first things people encounter when they come to your home so it is important to create a good impression.

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modern Front Door

But where to start or clients are often baffled by the huge range to choose from.

50% + would go for a traditional wooden front door the rest are open to suggestions. Most have a fear of solid glass (like a shop door) from a security stand point.

Modern glass is both very strong and tough. Tougher than wood thickness for thickness.
You have the normal extruded aluminum windows and doors which are by far the favorite.


Then there is powder coated steel and glass front doors which are very secure and can be made in very large sizes if you really want to impress. I like them because they can have integral metal wrought iron work which adds to the attractiveness and also the security.

Front doors with a wood face front and back incorporating a steel sheet sandwiched inside provide the beauty of natural wood and the added security of steel. Be prepared to pay a lot for these doors.

Any door that you choose of course is only as strong as its lock/locks which in most cases is not very strong at all.
A typical front door lock can be drilled out in under ten minutes so consider fitting a toughened lock to your front door. Oh and don’t leave the key under the mat.

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Castelo Construction work with clients all over Portugal why not contact us for a chat about your home. we are happy to call you back.

Visit our website to see some of the projects that we have done in Portugal

Self build DIY renovation Portugal

Self build DIY renovation Portugal

Self build DIY renovation Portugal. Are you interested in self build DIY refurbishment Portugal Self build DIY renovation The opportunities are endless not a week goes by without me seeing a house that would make a stunning refurbishment property. So where is the catch ? There isn’t one you can buy a home here in central Portugal. It’s not all plain sailing of course there are some things that you must be prepared for.   Ask your self……… Are you up to the tasks ahead.Not just physically but also from a skills point of view. Are you prepared to get professional help involved at the right time. If there was a delay would you be able to live in the property or rent somewhere else. Would you be able to afford to have a delay. Can you speak and understand basic Portuguese. Materials are different here do you know how they are used, ordered, delivered. Licenses, are you up to date with what you need. Building on a tight budget only to receive a fine is not the way to go ! Friendly advise.  Its often difficult to comprehend the “big picture” of a refurbishment project or new build. The number of times our clients say ” I hadn’t thought about that ” when we ask them building related questions is amazing so unless you have lots of relevant and current experience make sure that you have someone who you can ask even dumb questions too. If you have questions on the technical aspects of building or refurbishing in Portugal contact   check out our website to look at some of our recent projects   or search this blog site for more information.  

Self build DIY renovation Portugal

Insulation in Portugal

Insulation in Portugal

Insulation in Portugal The climates great here, feels just like California most of the time.

That is apart from when you go into a Portuguese house if its more than twenty years old. You have a range of temperatures to endure from arctic to equatorial. In the winter they are very cold and seem to suck the heat out of you no matter how high you turn up the heating or how many clothes and fleeces you wear. In the summer they can be stiflingly hot so hot in fact that its hard to sleep because the roof is releasing all of the heat that it has collected during the day straight into your bedroom !
The answer is of course that these houses are not insulated and this omission allows the arctic to equatorial conditions to prevail. What the houses need is insulation but where and how and what are more difficult questions and require some detailed explanation.
Types of insulation
The most common insulation used in Portugal is “wallmate, floormate and roof mate” This is an extruded polystyrene product and is very easy to work with.
Surprisingly cork although one of Portugal’s major natural products is both expensive ( about 3 times the price of wallmate) and hard to obtain without pre-order. Try Rock wool and fiberglass bats and rolls are available but sheep’s wool and processed paper are rare.
Where to insulate – Its simple. Everywhere roof walls, floors and windows.
Trapping warm air inside your home with insulation is the goal but it has to be done with adequate ventilation this often seems counter intuitive – heating up your house spending money and effort on insulation and then opening a window !
If you don’t ventilate you will trap moisture laded warm air in your house which will then deposit the moisture on the coolest thing in the house it could be the walls ceilings or floor. Most likely to be the windows making your house look like a late night launderette.
How to insulate

Insulation in Portugal