External doors have a great amount of influence over the first impression that your home makes, and its initial kerb appeal. They make a great impact on how your house is presented, and choosing the right front door is deciding how you want the home beyond to be viewed. Take the time to consider the differences in material, thermal efficiency, security and budget; these factors should all inform the decision once you’ve chosen an external door design that is in keeping with the rest of the house.
Composite doors are a great barrier between your home and the outside world, well fitted and installed external doors provide privacy and a sense of increased security. As such, their practical and their aesthetic attributes need to be thought through.
What’s the Best Material for an External Door?
This is one of the most popular choices for an external door - timber can be the cheapest to buy off-the-shelf, but they are also prone to twisting and warping over time. Hardwood doors are just as likely to move as softwood doors do, but they are a reasonable compromise for those who want something a bit more durable. Laminated or stabilised timbers (usually oak), which consists of small sections glued together are also available.
These are popular for contemporary homes, aluminium frames can be supplied in virtually any colour. They have the added benefit of being lightweight, strong and virtually maintenance-free.
Tends to be the cheapest alternative to solid timber doors, there is very little inherent strength in their makeup. The doors are built around a steel frame and invariably come with multipoint locking system which is a necessity due to the material’s innate flimsiness. They are good value for money and weather-resistant, they don’t need painting and are easy to maintain.
Used in building since the 30s, steel frames are coming back into fashion. They combine a slender look with all the benefits of thermal performance, security, durability and easy maintenance.
As uPVC and GRP (glass-reinforced plastic) are cladding materials, they require a subframe of timber or steel and are therefore referred to as composite doors. A big advantage of choosing a composite door North Wales is that the thermal characteristics can be improved by packing the hollow core with insulation.
Security Measures in External Doors
External doors are the barrier between the inside of your home and the outside world. They have to perform two distinct and contradictory functions; they have to be easy enough to get through for residents and guests, but be secure against unwanted visitors or intruders.
It is generally recommended to have two separate locks; including a deadlock and a night or rim latch. Additional good security features are fitting a door chain and a peephole.
Whether you’re looking for entrance doors, back doors or both, there are of course plenty of options to consider. However, for the conventional home purposes, either a timber, composite or uPVC door would be a very attractive and cost-effective solution.