If you want your home to make an excellent first impression, you cannot afford to ignore your front door! If you are anything like me, you might not have given much thought to your front door in the past, especially when there are other parts of your home that deserve greater precedence. However, if you want to improve your property’s security as well as its curb appeal, looking for an ideal replacement for your front door is definitely worth your time.
The perfect front door for your property will combine security and the style. Obviously, the front entrance of your home should be one of your strongest barriers against thieves. You should make sure that the door fitting is handled by a professional local builder and that a secure lock is installed by a qualified local locksmith.
At the same time, your front door should give people a good idea of the quality of your home. Even on an old or seemingly run down street, a new and well maintained front door will make potential buyers and renters think that your interior will be impressive. In contrast, a run down looking door on a nice street will almost certainly put people off.
When choosing a front door you will find that there are quite a few options in terms of materials, customisation and security. It will be useful to familiarise yourself with these options to avoid confusion; for example, ‘composite’ actually refers to several different material choices, each with advantages and disadvantages.
Before making your decision, it is worth considering aesthetic additions for your new door. For example, do you want glazing included? If so, would you prefer clear, patterned or stained windows? Other options include knockers, house numbers and doorbells. You can also consider additions such as external lighting or canopies for an extra dash of luxury.
This is an option that has been growing in popularity for years. This is partly because the materials are usually sourced from sustainable forests, making their production environmentally friendly.
Timber core composite doors offer a wide range of colours and designs. If you want to avoid scratches completely, you can pay extra to have colours applied in a vacuum-formed thermoplastic skin. This is also an excellent option for security, being both durable and hardwearing.
The main downside to this option is its price, as most timber core composite doors start at around £1,200.
Though similar in appearance to timber, GRP composite doors require much less maintenance, making them a great option for the less-DIY-savvy amongst us. At the same time, they are also more scratch-prone.
A key advantage of GRP composite doors is their thickness, which makes them thermally efficient. They are also draught resistant, which is a useful feature for far-northern parts of the UK. Despite this thickness, however, GRP composite doors are not the most secure option out there.
GRP composite doors usually start at around £900.
While they are not as popular as they once were, uPVC doors still offer several advantages. For one, it is a cheap option with a better thermal performance than timber.
That said, there are disadvantages too. UPVC doors do not offer as much variety in terms of design and they can also be lacking when it comes to security.
These doors start at around £600.
Veneered timber doors are usually the cheapest option out there, though they also require the most upkeep. In other words, they can be a bit of a false economy.
To give you an idea of what I mean, it would be simple for you to go to a hardware store and buy a veneered timber door off the shelf. However, it would need to be painted and varnished before the installation, after which it would need to be sanded and repainted annually. It would also still require a good quality lock to provide a decent amount of security.
Another disadvantage of veneered timber doors is that they are not particularly weather proof. You may need to invest in a draught excluder to keep the wind out and certain weather conditions can also cause the doors to expand and stick in their frames.
Veneered timber doors usually start at around £250.
Solid hardwood doors are most definitely one of the most luxurious options on the market, with enough customisation options to have them suit virtually any property. If you want your front door to really make a statement, this is the option for you!
Being made of wood, however, these doors still require a certain amount of upkeep. If they are not painted and varnished regularly enough, the door can absorb water and eventually start to rot.
For a solid hardwood door, you should expect to pay at least £2000.