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There can be many reasons for changing an external door. It may need repairing or repainting, it might be draughty and old fashioned or it could simply no longer suit your taste or the style of your property.
As it’s the first thing visitors see, a front door deserves careful consideration so to help you select the right product, we've highlighted the most important points to consider when choosing an exterior door.
The door frame
The first thing you need to decide is whether to replace the door or the whole door frame. We have softwood frames that can be painted in a colour of your choice.
Find your style
A front door is a statement about who you are, so select a style that complements your home and your personality.
Trends come and go, but there are classic styles that stand the test of time, such as oak doors which are a popular material and can be matched up to patio doors and windows. We have an excellent choice of oak external doors with complementing joinery options for your interior such as the Garda or Lexington from our white oak range.
A panelled door creates a textured look with more depth. We have a variety of designs to suit all tastes and budgets in our solid wood and composite ranges. If you have a dark hallway that could do with brightening up, why not add glazing to some of the panels?
Exterior doors are split into two broad categories, engineered timber and composite. Both have their benefits, so weigh up the pros and cons before making a decision.
The British climate is so changeable that it is essential to select a good quality door with a decent guarantee.
Don't forget, a wooden door will have to be painted or stained to ensure it stays protected, so if decorating is not your thing, you might want to consider a composite door.
When it comes to security clearly a good locking system is a must. You can now get 5 lever mortice locks with cylinder-free multi-point locking systems for improved security. For added peace of mind you might want to consider buying an exterior doorset that is accredited by the police approved Secured by Design, and offers additional security features.
There is strict legislation governing the replacement of external doors, so it is always worth checking the current regulations before making a purchase. You may also need planning permission, depending on the type of project you are undertaking and whether your preferred door has glazed panels.
Finishing and maintenance
Depending on the type of door the maintenance requirements can vary. One of the advantages of wood is that you can alter its appearance when you feel like a change, a simple coat of paint or stain can considerably alter the look. If decorating is not your thing, you might want to consider a composite door. They are available to purchase in a wide range of colours and need no painting or staining.
You can change the look of a timber door with a simple coat of paint or stain. We recommend investing in Hi-Build paint and stain products to provide lasting protection from the elements. They can be found in decorators’ centres and some retail outlets.
Composite doors are more robust and need no decoration, eliminating the need for future maintenance.