Front doors - What You Should Know

The front door is the portal to our homes, it is the first thing people see in order to prepare them for the entrance to your humble abode. You may still have your traditional wooden front door, and while this can look perfectly well, it might have a number of drawbacks when we consider things like security, energy efficiency and the like.

Your choice of the front door is an important one, whether you’re self-building, DIY renovating or just looking for an aesthetic improvement.

A front door does so much more than give your home curb appeal - it also has a practical purpose. It’s your homes’ main access point. It affects your homes’ warmth, security and much more.

With this in mind, this guide has been written to assist you in ensuring you have access to the best information on how to select the right door for you.

When beginning to shop for your front door, consider where the door is going to be positioned exactly. Not all front doors will sit at the very front of the house, as different homes have different designs.

If your home is leading to an entrance hall that doesn’t have any natural light, then you might like to get something glazed that will allow the light to shine through. If privacy concerns you, then why not get a door with frosted glass, giving you the best of both worlds.

The best material for front doors?

There are so many options available to you - let us take you through a few of these.

Timber front doors

These can be incredible, some of the cheaper softwoods however can be prone to warping or twisting over time. This is particularly true if not treated and maintained as they should be.

  • Hardwood doors are just as likely as softwood doors to warp over time, but they are a reasonable compromise. For those who want to choose a hardwood door, hemlock is a durable softwood that is suited to a door application. Capable of outperforming many hardwoods, and some softwoods

  • When maintaining your wood doors, ensure you choose a wood preservative that is recommended for the specific wood type.

PVCu a good material front door

It is true that PVCu (sometimes written uPVC doors) tend to be the cheapest sort of door that you can get, however they are not right for everyone. Appearance-wise, PVCu struggles to hold a candle to the beautification of natural wood, or the stunning contemporary appeal of materials such as glass, and metal. That said, if you are willing to go towards the higher end of things, then you may be likely to have a good experience.

Composite Doors

Composite doors combine the best of both, while we all love the style of a classic timber style door. At the same time, it is so expensive to maintain the doors that are made out of pure timber. Rejoice! Composite doors give you all of the aesthetic qualities of timber, without the burden of maintaining them. They are durable and strong, require almost no maintenance, are thermally efficient, keep out the external noise and can even be personalised - to ensure you have the perfect door for your home.

Composite doors are a great way to protect your home from the elements, as an element of security.

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