How to identify your door
The question “What type of doors do you have?” might sound simple, but as many new homeowners were not the people who chose them, they don’t always actually know what doors are installed within their property.
Similarly, when upgrading to new doors, the question “What type of doors would you like?” is not always an easy one to answer.
Indeed, there is so much to doors these days that quite a bit of research is required to feel confident about what doors you would like and why.
To help you first identify the doors you have, as well as explain the styles available within the market, take a look at these simple breakdowns to help you along your way.
The entrance door stands at the front of your house and is the one people will see on approaching your home, so it's vitally important to make the best impression.
Although technically back and side doors are also "entrance doors," many homeowners are less concerned with their appearance as they get used, and are therefore seen, much less.
The age of your building will generally dictate whether you install a traditional or contemporary door, but as more than 70% of intruders target the front door during a burglary, you should ensure your front door is highly secure.
Also, as it is the door you are likely to use the most, you need to make sure the material and the design supports frequent use. Both double and single glazing options are available on entrance doors, and materials include uPVC, timber, aluminium and composite.
If you want to create the feeling of freedom, Bi-fold doors are a clever way to open up the space as they concertina, allowing you to open the whole aperture unlike a sliding door, which can only open half way.
Choosing this flexible wall of glass marries your indoor and outdoor spaces and allows light to flood through your home. There are a host of slim aluminium frames available, coming in a range of stylish colours. Regarding the windows, double glazing is the standard and only option for these doors.
Patio doors glide open and close easily to make accessing your outside space effortless, making them perfect for you if you enjoy spending time in your garden or on your balcony. They're useful for openings where there isn't a lot of internal or external space as sliding doors make them more practical.
They come in uPVC and aluminium, so you can choose the most suitable material for your home. Due to the lack of bulky frames, they make for better views and allow a greater amount of light to enter the home – although they do only open half way.
French doors are often used to add a touch of character and elegance to a home. They come in uPVC, timber and aluminium, have many design options and also a wide range of colours.
The doors are most effective when gaining access to small balconies or as a picturesque method of joining indoor spaces to the outdoors and subsequently opening up areas, such as a living room. The ability to now insert triple glazing into French doors, as well as double, helps make them warmer than ever.
As with windows, the Georgian-style bars are more of a feature than a door within its own right, but it's still worth mentioning as it offers a stunning combination of traditional elegance with modern design.
If your home has an older, more classic look, cottage doors can help to create a timeless effect and a perfect finish. Georgian entrance doors are often available in triple glazing, whereas Georgian French doors still only come in double.
If you’d like to learn more about doors before calling out an expert consultant, take a look at the Everest Doors Buying Guide.
'How to identify your door'