What are RAL colours and what are they used for?
If you have ever completed any kind of home renovation work, or are currently working on a DIY project, you may require a four-digit code to determine a colour to match or complement your properties existing features. This colour code is called a RAL code.
RAL codes are extremely useful in the renovation world allowing homeowners and tradesmen everywhere to identify the EXACT colour with just four digits.
The term ‘RAL’ actually comes from a German group (Reichs-Ausschuss für Lieferbedingunge) and this European colour coding system has been around for almost 100 years, with them now becoming universal across Europe.
How do RAL colours help when buying windows and doors?
RAL codes are used to avoid any confusion when it comes to ordering a coloured product, whether that be new uPVC windows or a brand new composite Rockdoor. From fabricators and manufacturers to decorators, they all use RAL codes every day.
To make RAL codes even easier, most now also have names which was done to prevent confusion if the digits were to become mixed up, with some popular colours being well known by their name alone, such as anthracite grey (RAL 7016), agate grey (RAL 7038) and sapphire blue (RAL 5011) to name just a few.
RAL codes can be extremely useful when it comes to choosing your new Rockdoor, particularly if you need to match your new entrance door to the current colour of your home features, such as existing windows, garage, or cladding.
Whilst all man-made colours have a RAL code assigned, if you’re trying to match up to a natural wood shade such as light oak, Irish oak or rosewood these colours are often identified by simply their name. See our guide below for the nearest colour match to all our colours including our wooden tones.
Which colours are Rockdoor composite doors available in?
We offer a variety of colours to suit both contemporary and traditional tastes, making use of RAL codes! In fact, there are 14 different Rockdoor colours to choose from which include universal RAL codes, and others – such as our natural wood colours that are the closest match to a RAL code.
- Agate grey – RAL 7038,
- Anthracite grey – RAL 7016,
- Black brown – RAL 8022,
- Chartwell green – (Closest to) RAL 6021,
- Cream – RAL 9001,
- Emerald green – RAL 6009,
- Irish oak – (Closest to) RAL 1011,
- Light oak – (Closest to) RAL 8033,
- Rosewood – (Closest to) RAL 8017,
- Ruby red – RAL 3011,
- Sapphire blue – RAL 5011,
- Slate grey – RAL 7015,
- White – RAL 9010.
Mix and match different door and frame colours to your current uPVC windows
At Rockdoor, we want the door you choose to be the right one for you, whether that be a front door, back door or French door, it’s important that the style and colour suits your home and you.
That’s why when it comes to designing your door, you can choose a matching frame to the door, or you can really get creative and choose high contrasting colours making a real statement!
One of our absolute favourite matching colour combinations is anthracite grey (RAL 7016), where the homeowner has matched the door, windows and fascia (image above).
Or why not follow the lead of these homeowners and make a real statement with different coloured frames and doors. Some combinations that are popular are white (RAL 9010) and ruby red (RAL 3011) which has worked for decades, along with Irish oak and anthracite grey (image left).
If you’d like to test out your own door and frame colour combinations, you can do so using our 3D door designer, where you can design the door exactly as you’d like.