Buying a New Front Door?Home improvements or renovations can be arduous tasks, but replacing a front door doesn’t have to be one of them. In this guide we talk you through what you need to consider if you’re thinking of buying a new front door.
Settle on a budget
The prices on new front doors can vary greatly with some of the more expensive ones costing £500 plus. Starting prices for new doors are around the £100 mark. So before you do anything decide on how much you plan to spend and aim to stick as close as possible to the budget you’ve set yourself.
Basic types of door
Slab: As the door frame is not included with this type of door they are most useful if the existing frame is in good condition, as only the door needs to be replaced. When changing a slab door the old one is taken down – including the hinges – and the new door and hinges are hung in its place.
Pre-hung: Pre-hung doors replace not only the door but the framing as well. Pre-hung doors are made with the framing already attached meaning they can be installed in one piece. However, they are the more expensive choice.
Steel: Versatile and easy to maintain, steel doors also have a high energy efficiency rating, although adding glass panels will reduce their effectiveness.
Fibreglass: Also require little maintenance and they are less prone to general wear and tear than steel. As they are manufactured with the minimal use of wood they don’t warp or shrink in heat or because of temperature fluctuations. They can also be washed with soap.
Wood: A sound long-term investment provided they are well maintained. Wooden doors are also unlikely to dent and have good insulation properties.
uPVC: Lightweight material that is weather and corrosion resistant, requires minimal maintenance and is easy to clean.
Depending on the material you chose for your front door, there is a variety of colours. Usually uPVC front doors come in white but they can be in another colour as well. Wooden front doors can be in any colours.
Voted as best colours for front doors are neutral colours such as grey, brown, black, blue. These colours usually withstand the tear and wear and makes it not as noticeable.
An old tradition says that if a front door is red - this means "welcome".
All doors come with different security ratings so it’s important to compare the features of each type of door before you buy. It’s also just as important to check the frame as new doors are only as secure as the frames they sit in. While steel doors tend to offer the most protection, any door can have its effectiveness boosted by installing a deadbolt lock or door chain.
Front doors not only need to resist the unique brand of weather we have here in the UK, but they also must provide insulation. Energy efficient doors can save you money on your utility bills by providing a more stable temperature to your home. Steel and fibreglass doors are most effective in this area as both have a foam core coated in a strong outer layer. Weather-stripping a door can also provide added efficiency.
Steel front doors are the toughest, but the door that lasts the longest and requires the least amount of maintenance is fibreglass. Wooden doors may be the least durable of the materials available but regular maintenance will increase their lifespan.
- Read customer reviews as they’ll give you an idea as to which type and make of door is best
- Compare prices on doors like for like to see who is offering you the best deal
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