The front door is responsible for most of your home’s initial kerb appeal, so it’s imperative to fit one that looks smart and ideally, in keeping with the age and style of the property. Not only that, but exterior doors must be as secure as they can possibly be as well as energy efficient, reducing the amount of heat escaping from the home and not allowing draughts in.
Whether it’s door replacement or a brand new door installation, the first thing to consider when planning to replace a front, or other exterior door is what material the door will be constructed from. There are a few options, each with their own particular advantages:
Timber doors offer reasonable levels of insulation and can be varnished to retain the natural beauty of the wood, or painted. However, paint must be correctly applied as timber doors will warp, twist or expand badly, rendering them useless if water gets into the wood. Timber is probably still the most commonly used material for external doors and timber doors can be bought off-the-shelf in a range of more standard sizes, and often reasonably cheaply. Hardwood doors are a little more durable, although still need treating correctly and are more expensive. Wooden doors can also be made to order, essential for quirkier or out-of-the-ordinary frame sizes and although beautiful, will be considerably more expensive. Other, specially treated woods are available
More expensive than softwood, but still at the lower end of the price scale, uPVC doors tend to be constructed around a steel frame with a strong locking system. They are usually made to order and a good door supplier and manufacturer will offer a guarantee.
Composite doors are made from various materials, including PVC, timber, insulating foam and glass reinforced plastic (like fibreglass), hence the term composite. This combination of materials offers superb strength and security, a realistic wood grain effect and a very wide range of styles – from classic to contemporary – and colours, from the traditional pillar box red, elegant navy and racing green to more contemporary shades of grey and chalky blues. Again, they’re measured and made to order.
Aluminium and steel
Metal doors are enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment, perhaps started by the trend for fully opening bi-fold doors out to the back garden, and can come in a range of finishes. These can look absolutely stunning in the more modern property.
Once you’ve decided on the sort of door your home requires, it’s of paramount importance to find the right door services company and door fitter to supply a quality product that must also be fitted by a skilled operative. Many such companies will also supply windows, window conservatory services and door repairs, so you can be sure your door fitting will be in safe hands, and that your new door can complement your windows and conservatory.
The right door is a wise investment and will last a long, long time, but only if it’s installed correctly, so why not contact Pinnacle Windows to get a safe secure door fitting that will not only give you kerb appeal, but also keep your home secure.