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What To Consider When Buying A Front Door

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Factors to consider when buying a new front door

Are you looking to buy a new front door but don’t know where to start? There are lots of things to consider when buying a front door. After all, it plays a significant role in making the first impression of your home, so you want to get it right. A new front door doesn’t just look the part, it can boost energy efficiency, provide better security, and boost the value of your home with instant curb appeal. 

What material should I choose?

With so many materials on the market it can be hard to decide which one is best for you. We’ve broken it down into the four most popular door materials. 

Aluminium doors

These provide superior energy efficiency and acoustic insulation. They also offer brilliant durability and can create a sleek modern look. 

Timber doors

If you’re looking for a more traditional finish, timber may be the right choice for you. This sustainable door adds a luxurious look whether you choose a contemporary or period design and is great for security. However, timber needs a bit more maintenance than other materials. 

UPVC doors

If you live in a place where your front door is in a constant battle with the elements – which may be most parts of the UK! UPVC doors are a great choice. They are extremely resistant to all weathers, plus they are low maintenance, meaning they do not need to be varnished or treated. 

Composite doors

Composite doors are a great alternative to timber. Many people are choosing composite doors to get the wood effect, without the bigger price tag. 

How can I tell which colour will look best?

Choosing the colour for your door is such a personal choice, it can make a real difference to the whole front of your property. It can be a huge task deciding what colour would work for you. We have a handy tool to make that job easier. Build your own dream door! Simply, click the door that you like, experiment with colours, glass design, handles and door knockers and we will send you a bespoke quote. We offer a huge range of colours including matching the popular, Farrow & Ball range. 

What size door will I need?

Most standard front doors are approximately 90cm wide. However, there are some exceptions to this rule with some doors measuring over 1 metre in width. To work out which size door to order, measure the height and width of the existing door, and round each number up to the nearest inch. Need help sizing up or choosing a style? Just contact our team of experts who can book a home visit for you on 020 8683 8406. 

What window glazing choices are there?

Your vision for your new front door may include glass. There are many options available including, frosted, tinted, patterned and glazed, to name a few. You may be looking for a statement piece or to bring more light into your home. Consider where natural light would shine in, here you might like to install clear glass. Or you may prefer light coming in but with the privacy of patterned or frosted glass. 

Ask the experts

When you replace your front door, there is a lot to consider and it is an investment that can improve the appearance and energy efficiency of your home. If you’re unsure about what door would be suitable for you, contact our team of friendly experts, on hand to give you advice. You can also arrange a home visit for measuring and bespoke orders.