Doors July 27th2017

Choosing the right doors for your home

Choosing the right doors for your home

Choosing the right doors for your home will not only transform the look and feel of your property, but goes a long way to define your personality too.

Whilst the main purpose is to improve energy efficiency and security, it is imperative to take in the consideration the overall aesthetics. Are you looking for a more traditional design, in keeping with a period property? Or will your home suit a more contemporary, timeless look. Either way, first impressions count, so it is important to get it right.

With hundreds of styles, colours, accessories, glass and material choices, you can design a door that is unique to you. 

Entrance Doors

Make that great first impression with a beautiful front or back door.

Entrance doors are composed of a door ‘slab’ hung within a frame. They can be made of timber, uPVC, aluminium or composite materials, depending on the look and performance you’re looking for. Energy efficiency is a key factor to think about, and as more than 70% of intruders target the front entrance during a burglary, you should ensure your front door is highly secure.

Today’s entrance doors are fully customisable, so you can pick the style, colour, glass designs and accessories that you want. Most companies will be able to offer a wide range of classic and contemporary styles for you to choose from. Ask for an appointment to discuss your needs and design choices.

Stable Doors

Charming entrance door that splits in two to let the outside in.

Entrance doors split horizontally in two opening sections to create a stable door. As the name suggests, stable doors originated in the farmyard, keeping animals safely locked in and allowing them to be seen, fed and petted at the same time! Modern day stable doors look like a regular front or back door when closed, but the top half can be opened independently. Combined with a heritage colour scheme they can give your property that cottage look.

Stable doors are usually available in uPVC and composite door materials. They feature the same locking systems as any other door in their range.

French Doors

French doors feature two side-hung door panels that open in or out, operated by a pair of handles in the middle of the door set. Traditionally French doors were made out of timber, but uPVC and aluminium framed door sets are now available.

The French door style is often used to add a touch of character and elegance to a home. They are a picturesque addition to any room, and can also be designed into a conservatory. The classic style for French doors is Georgian, with white frames and astragal glazing bars dividing up the glass into squares. Black or grey frames are a popular modern twist, and can be customised with letterboxes, arched frames and period door furniture.

Sliding Patio Doors

Patio doors glide open and closed effortlessly, ideal for if you enjoy spending a lot of time in your garden. Perfect for larger apertures, sliding patio doors can be designed as a ‘wall of glass’, offering expansive views to the outside.

Patio doors are available in uPVC, or slimmer aluminium frames for an even better view. The glass panels also slide into place behind one another, so they don’t take up any internal or external space.

When shut, patio doors can achieve a high level of energy efficiency. Patio doors must be double glazed as standard, but some companies offer triple glazing, with low e glass and other heat saving technologies. Modern patio doors are also cleverly designed to prevent break-ins through interlocking panels, multi-point bolts and anti-lift strips.

Bi-fold Doors

If you want to create the feeling of freedom, bi-fold doors are a clever way to open up your space. Bi-fold doors fold up like a concertina, allowing you to push the panels open fully to one side. They can be created with up to 6 glass door panels up to a metre wide, and installed in any room. In the kitchen, dining room, living room, extension, conservatory – the possibilities are endless!

Bi-folding doors are available with uPVC and timber frames, but aluminium is undoubtedly the best material for this door type. Due to its strength, aluminium can afford to have slimmer frames and carry larger glass units, whilst maintaining its structural integrity. Aluminium bi-folding doors also last longer and require little maintenance to keep them running consistently well.

Aluminium bi-fold doors fit flat against the frame for a stylish and modern architectural look. They can be designed in a range of colours, including classic monochrome white, black and grey.

Garage Doors

Present your home in the best way with a smart new garage door.

Garage doors need to be strong, secure and weatherproof to protect your vehicles and other possessions. Being apart from the main house, garages are often seen as an easy target by burglars. Poor side door security is the worst culprit, but weak garage doors are also at risk.

Secure garage doors are made from solid timber or reinforced steel and designed to prevent forcible entry. Garages featuring multi-point locking and alarm systems are also a great deterrent to burglars.

Garage doors come in a variety of styles. Traditional side-hinged doors are a classic style, but ‘one-piece’ or ‘up and over’ doors are also popular. Sectional garage doors offer a nifty, space-saving design, as do roller doors, which can also be motorised to open automatically.

It’s important to remember that one size does not fit all. A door needs to fit into the frame precisely, with no tolerance for gaps that could create a draught. It is for this reason that you should never buy a second hand front door. Make sure your installer fits a door that is made to measure your home exactly.

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