A Guide to Choosing External Doors

First impressions count: there’s no point having a beautiful interior if the front of your house is falling down. Buying a front door can seem like a relatively easy task but there are a few considerations to make before buying the first one you lay your eyes on.

Oakwood Doors have created this handy guide on what to consider before buying an external door.

The first choice is whether or not you will be replacing the existing door frame.

Unless the original front door is not a standard size, it is normally best to leave the existing door frame intact as ripping it out can affect the brick work. If the frame is a different colour to what you would like for your new door, you can strip the colour and repaint it after the old door has been removed and before the new door has been put in.

The second thing to think about is the colour and style

Colour and style is an essential factor in choosing your door, particularly as it will affect the type of door material you go for. Traditional wood like mahogany gives a majestic feel to a property, but tends to work better with bigger houses. Coloured doors are nice but try to stick to a similar palette as your neighbours as this creates a uniformed street.

The final consideration is what material you would like your door to be

For a residential building, the three main types of materials used for doors are timber, uPVC and composite. Traditional timber doors are usually high quality and can last for 100s of years if treated and maintained properly. Wooden doors are usually the most attractive, particularly those that are stained to enhance the woods natural grain, rather than painted. They will need to be properly taken care off to avoid weathering, however, making them a more high maintenance option.

uPVC doors have only recently become popular, mainly due to their affordability compared to wood doors. They are generally quite resilient to all weather conditions and age much better than wood. They’re also strong and insulated, making them an idea affordable choice. The main problem with uPVC doors is that their appearance can’t be altered so once you’ve chosen, that’s it.

Composite doors are the newest type of door, and are made using a combination of different materials including PVC, wood, glass reinforced plastic and insulating foam. The purpose of combining multiple materials is to avoid the weaknesses of any single material. Most composite doors are fashions to look like real wood, without the vulnerabilities. Composite doors do tend to be higher priced.

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