you choose for your home can really make or break your wider
decorating choices, creating a cohesive and put together aesthetic
or, disrupting what would have been a stunning design. From your front door,
which is the calling card of your façade, through to internal doors
and even the French doors at the rear of your home, every
materials work well for doors?
is something of a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question, as
the location of your doors and your style preferences will have a big
impact on which materials are suitable to use, but as a general
guide, the following options work well:
considered to be the most common and favourite choice of material
for both interior and exterior doors, wood is easy to work with,
offers endless customisation opportunities and contributes to a warm
and welcoming aesthetic. For exterior doors, hardwoods are vital, to
increase security, but interior installations can be created from
softwoods, making them cost-effective.
Weather resistant, contemporary and beautiful for interior and
exterior installations, steel doors are really gaining popularity
right now, thanks to industrial design influences.
Great for exterior doors, in particular, entrances, fibreglass
can be moulded into a number of decorative finishes, can withstand
bad weather and won’t break the bank either.
beautiful, glass doors are only suitable for interior use, due to
the lack of privacy and security that they offer. In homes where
light flow needs to be maximised, glass doors can be a useful
If you are thinking about swapping out your windows for something
more durable, you will notice that plastic frame manufacturers also
supply doors. Easy to hang, weatherproof and normally guaranteed for
a number of years, uPVC doors are a long-lasting option for your
exteriors and come in a range of colours and styles.
for interior doors, aluminium is a lightweight and beautiful
material that can be used to create strikingly chic room divides.
With proper care, they will last a long time as well, making them
While hollow metal makes for great interior and even exterior
security doors, due to a lack of insulation, they can be a little
cool for colder climates. They are also prone to rusting, when
exposed to bad weather, so perhaps save these for inside the home.
of Door locks and their Security levels
good rule of thumb to follow, when choosing the locks for your doors
is to see which styles will reduce your home insurance the most, as
these will, naturally, be the most secure options.
Spring latch locks that open with one Yale key.
Deadbolt locks alongside Yale spring latches.
Vertical and double cylinder deadbolt locks and all five-point
locking systems that come as standard with uPVC doors.
are a myriad of door designs freely available, so as to ensure that
whatever style of home you have, there are a handful of perfect
options for you. The most frequently seen styles are:
panels, glass sections and classic hardware are all part of the
traditional doors aesthetic, alongside being made from wood.
made from wood, fibreglass or now, uPVC, these doors are
recognisable thanks to the inclusion of a semi-circle window in the
thanks to clean, straight lines and unfussy finishes, modern doors
are often made from metal and have industrial touches present. Glass
can play a key role in the finished aesthetic as well.
thicker the door, the more rustic it is, especially if created from
hardwood. Many of these doors will be intricately carved and have
forged back hardware, to emphasise the look.
considered to be somewhat gothic, these doors work particularly well
when installed in heritage homes and are frequently made from wood
or metal, or a combination of the two.
long does it take to install a door?
no one-answer-fits-all for this question, as various factors will
drastically affect fitting times. If working with real wood, an
experienced carpenter should be able to hang a door for you in a mere matter of hours, even
less if they have made the door for you in the first place.
Prefabricated doors can take a little more time and effort to
install, as the finished fit depends on the accuracy of your initial
measurements and the flexibility of your frames.
get an accurate idea of timescales, you should ask a professional to
come and quote for your installation project.
much does it cost to install a door?
how long will it take to hang a door, there is no standard cost for
installing them either. Every professional will have their own price
list, so be sure to shop around to find the best price for your