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Styles of Front Door and their Practical Perks

Are you in the market for a new front door? If so, then you might find this guide helpful – especially since there are so many different styles, colours and textures for front doors around these days. 

@homedecorblisshdb: “The front door of a home is the first welcome that guests receive. The door sets the tone for the house. With the variety of door styles on the market, it’s easy to find one that expresses your personality and aesthetic. Of course, it’s also important to find a front door that functions well and fits your daily needs.”

Composite doors for security

Some doors, such as composites, are stronger than others, thanks to a steel core. Other doors, such as real wood, have character and can look great on a traditional property (i.e. Victorian and Georgian villas), particularly when the door has heavy panels.

Composite doors are made up of a variety of materials. As well as that steel inner, there is also a uPVC outer and an insulating inner softwood.

Real wood doors for character

For a modern door, you can also choose solid wood but have glass panelling at either side and above the door to make your house stand out and to create a rather stunning entranceway. The plus of this type of door is that the glass panels will introduce plenty of light into what at times, can be a dark, narrow hallway in Victorian and Edwardian tenements or villas.

The downside of a solid wood door is that it can take quite a bit of maintenance due to the British weather (i.e. all that rain and wind). As such, these doors tend to need to be painted every couple of years to keep them looking good. Having said that, they will last for at least 60 years.

Single doors for ease of use 

Single doors rather than double doors provide more space to walk through and are just easier to use in general. You may end up with problems attempting to get a wheelchair or child’s buggy through a set of double doors – especially if doing it on your own.

Other door textures

In addition to solid wood and composite textures, it’s also possible to buy a uPVC door or even a metal door. The plus of a uPVC door is that it’s cheaper than the rest to buy. The downside is that it’s lightweight – which is easy to fit but not as secure as a composite door. The uPVC door will also move in cold and hot weather. It will last for a couple of decades at least though, and perhaps even give you another five years over and above that.

Metal doors are usually produced from aluminium and are powder-coated in a variety of colours. They’re a good insulating door, and they can have a wood effect, concrete, or other texture poured on for a dramatic finish. Your aluminium door should be around for roughly 40 years. Steel is another metal door texture, but don’t have it at a house near the sea as the salt will cause it to rust.