Choosing the best front door for your home sounds like it should be easy. You just need something secure that will keep the elements and intruders firmly outside, right? There's more to it than just finding a front door that keeps you and your family safe and warm inside. Your front door needs to fit in with the overall look of your home as well as standing the test of time. Here's our guide to some of the things you need to consider when choosing your new front door.
Choosing the right material
You might be surprised at how many different types of front door there are. You can choose from wood, plastic and diferent types of metal including cladded steel. In practice, most homeowners choose a material that's robust and won't need a load of work to keep it in good condition. Generally this means either a wood, uPVC or composite door.
Wooden front doors are stong but they need more maintenance than other types of door. Front doors are designed to be exposed to the elements but timber doors need treatment to prevent them from rotting. They also tend to expand or shrink depending on the weather. That can either leave you with a front door that rattles in the wind or sticks when it's damp.
uPVC doors are a really popular choice but that's often because they are the cheapest. They don't need much looking after but they van wear easily so you might find you need to replace them sooner. Although their look has improved over the years you can't paint them so the range of colours and styles is pretty limited. Finally, from a security point of view they're the weakest of the lot.
Composite doors are relatively new and have become much more popular over the last few years. Because they are made from modern materials, they are easy to maintain and available in many styles and any RAL colour. They can even be customised in wood finish for a more traditional look. They are much more secure than uPVC and also have better energy efficiency which will help you to save money on your heating bills.
Fixtures and fittings
Obviously, when you buy a new front door, you want it to lock but it's important to choose fittings that give you the best possible level of security. Multi-point locks are the ideal choice. It's also worth investing in high security hinges as thes are often a target for burglars.
There are a whole range of optional extras that you might want to include. In particular, glazing can give your front door a stunning look. It doesn't just let in light but also makes the outside of your property look great. Using double glazed, laminate glass means that your front door will still be secure.
Getting the right fit
The most important thing to get right when you're having a new front door is to make sure it fits properly. Your door might expand, contract or warp over time, depending on the material you choose. A professional installer will know to allow for these. Getting the measurements right first time, reduces the overall impact. The last thing you want is to find your brand new door lets rain in or that you can't open it when you're getting home at the end of a long day. When taking measurements, we alway allow for existing skirting boards or whatever else might impact on the size of your new door. This ensures that your new front door fits properly and is secure.
If you are looking for a friendly and professional team to give you great advice on your new front door, give us a call today on 0121 740 1421 .