UPVC Doors

Choosing your new front door

Posted by | November 13, 2020

If your front door is looking worse for wear, it may be approaching the time to have a new one installed. There has never been a better time to be on the market for a new front door as you can enjoy making your selection from an expansive range of high-quality front doors. The materials and engineering that goes into a front door have also massively improved, meaning you can be sure of a sound investment that will deliver good value and service for years to come.

In this brief article, we will take a look at 4 key features to consider when choosing a new front door. We hope that careful evaluation of these points will assist you in finding a door that is a perfect match for your property.

  1. The type of front door for your home

Your choice of door type is critical as it affects the cost, longevity and maintenance requirements of your new front door. There are three leading types of front door that each should deliver the thermal efficiency and security you will need for your home. These are:

  • Composite doors which are build using a solid timber core, metal frame and a glass-coated plastic outer layer which is highly customisable. Composite doors use the latest door technology and have gained a strong reputation for their strength, longevity (exceeding 30 years) and easy maintenance.
  • uPVC doors are made from strong uPVC profiles and panels and a robust metal frame. These doors are cost-effective but still deliver excellent longevity and security, with robust three-point locking integrated. Maintenance is simple and you can expect them to remain in good condition for at least 15 years.
  • Timber front doors are the traditional choice. Solid timber is strong and can last for up to 30 years with correct maintenance. However, your timber door will require sanding, staining and re-painting to maintain its performance, which can take additional time and expense.
  1. The style of your front door

Once you have decided on the type of front door, you can settle on the style of door that will suit your property most. You may be a stickler for tradition, in which case a classic 4 or 6-panel front door may be a good match. For a more modern property, you have the choice of a wide range of clean-lined contemporary designs, with or without glazing. For the closet agrarian, stable doors are becoming increasingly fashionable and are surprisingly secure.

  1. Your new front door colour

Finding a smart front door in the colour of your choice has never been easier and you should find that you can source most types of door, including uPVC, in a range of coloured finishes. Before you go for a bright and bold colour, you may want to pause if you own a property that is a leasehold or part of a managed estate. These properties may have active contracts that specify the external appearance of your property and prohibit drastic colour changes.

  1. The fittings on your new front door

The fittings your select to complete a new front door provide much of its character and charm. Most doors are sold unfinished which give you the flexibility of adding fittings of your own choice. Again, the style of fittings like hinges, handles, doorknobs and knockers, should be in keeping with the styling of your front door. If you love vintage and antique fittings, you can source your own and have them fitted to your new door. Depending on your front door design you can add a letterbox in the position of your choice or omit it altogether.

Speak with our helpful and experienced team for impartial advice on securing the right front door

As a door and window company we have built up years of experience and service in assisting customers in securing the right front door for their property.

We handle everything involved from precise measurement, to the expert installation of a made to measure front door. Contact us today to arrange a free no-obligation visit to your property where we can learn more about your requirement and share with you our expensive inventory of front door designs.