Whether you go for uPVC, composite, specific colours or added glass panels, it’s also worth considering that, along with your windows, your doors are the biggest cause of heat escaping in your house. A good quality door, combined with expert fitting will see your home instantly start to retain it’s heat more efficiently and save you money on your energy bills in the long term.
Alongside the chance to create a statement with your external doors, there are a few things worth considering when replacing your doors.
Firstly, the size of your opening - are you simply looking for a door or would surrounding windows or double door styles be possible?
Next, what are your security requirements? Obviously if you are accessing the door straight from the street, rather than using it via another part of the house, such as a porch for example, you’ll need to be mindful of how secure your new choice of door will be.
Another consideration is ventilation. Again, depending on where the door is located you may need something that opens up wider if your doors are part of a kitchen area or dining space.
And finally, don’t forget budget. uPVC doors and their Composite equivalents can range greatly in price. And subtle differences across bi-folding doors, French doors and patio doors can also require more, or less, of an investment.
When it comes to choosing a front door your two main options would be uPVC doors or Composite doors.
uPVC doors are strong, durable and masters at retaining heat. They also come in a range of colours and styles, so it’s easy to find the right look for your property. They are typically made up of a strong steel frame that is then covered in uPVC to give it it’s attractive finish. For the budget conscious, uPVC Doors are often more affordable.
Composite doors - as the title suggests - are made up of several different materials combined together. They are extremely strong and even though all our doors come with official Yale locking systems, if additional security is high on your priorities, a composite door may be the choice for you. They also retain the heat and are built to last.
Historically patio doors often referred to sliding doors that opened by moving along a track, saving precious space compared to a door that needs room to swing open. Now the term patio door can also refer to most types of external door that open up onto a patio or garden area. Not necessarily reserved for external use, patio doors can also be used within a house to access a conservatory for example.
Similar to patio doors, french doors are typically two hinged doors that swing open away from each other. When open you have the full space of the doors to move through, and again can be used both externally and internally.
Both french and patio doors are now commonly made from uPVC thanks to the material offering security, energy efficiency and low general maintenance.
As the name suggests, bi-folding doors slide and fold either inside or outside your property and are mostly used in larger spaces. They are growing in popularity and offer a great way to really open up a property, let in lots of natural light all year round and bring your house and garden together.
Whichever door you choose for your project, come and talk to our expert team. We can both supply and fit your door to the highest of standards and help you create the best look and feel for your property.