The front door that you choose for your home sets the tone for what
guests can expect to find on the inside and makes a real statement as
to the levels of security that you have put in place. They differ
greatly from interior doors and need to be given a lot of thought.
many styles of front doors are there?
choosing a design, it will become apparent that there are a myriad of
styles to select from, but in the UK, these are the most common:
doors with glazing side or top panels
addition to these styles, you can customise your exterior doors with
inset windowpanes, privacy glass and different hardware, but these
are the basic starting point designs readily available.
materials work well for front doors?
front doors need to be strong, sturdy and solid. Essentially, your
entrance needs to be finished with a security door that sits inside
of an unbreakable door frame, which is why the following materials
prone to signs of corrosion, steel doors are perfect for modern
buildings and an impenetrable aesthetic.
modern convenience with traditional good looks, you can’t go wrong
with fibreglass doors. They can be moulded to look like traditional
styles, but won’t need replacing for a lifetime and will be
wooden front door offers fantastic security, style and
sophistication, but it will likely set you back a reasonable amount
of money. Usually the most expensive option, wooden front doors are
an upgrade that a lot of homeowners seek to make in future years.
a front door
course, the simplest way to install a new front door is to have your
supplier do it for you, but this service will normally come at a
premium. With that in mind, a lot of people look to hang their own
front doors and the process isn’t as difficult as you might think.
If you have even a modicum of DIY experience or skill, you might like
to try installing a front door yourself, by following these steps:
the styles available. Before
you get started, you need to know what types of front door there are
to choose from, so you can make an educated decision as to the
aesthetic that will work best with the rest of your façade. You can
also think about materials and security at this point as well.
your old door.
You’re going to need a few different measurements, such as that of
your existing door, your frame, jambs and your sill. It’s
important to get these measurements spot on, otherwise you could
find yourself taking delivery of a door that simply won’t fit the
space you have.
your old door. Be
sure to dispose of your old door responsibly or reuse it for
your new frame.
If you measured carefully, your frame should fit into place
perfectly, leaving just enough space for some sealant.
Be sure to check that you are hanging your door level, with enough
space to open fully and that your sill is in the right place. You
want a tight fit, but not one that requires effort in terms of
opening and closing the door itself.
and install the trim.
With everything in place, you can finalise the installation by
adding all of your trim pieces that hide the fixtures. From there,
it is a case of adding a letterbox and your hardware, not to mention
the security of a front door
your front door is in place, you need to start thinking about how you
will keep unwanted guests out of your home, which mean security and
locks. Speaking to your home insurance supplier could be a good idea,
as they will be able to tell you which locking systems will bring
your premium down the most, thanks to being exceptionally hard to
will definitely want to consider Yale locks, as well as 5-pin
cylinders, mortice locks and multi-point locking systems. Anything
other than these options will be viewed as a weak security system,
but you can ask your door supplier for advice as well.
a new front door
people becoming so keen to try their hand at household projects in
recent years, more and more DIY stores are now starting to stock
beautiful front doors, ready to simply buy, adapt and hang. Other
options include uPVC window suppliers, who always offer matching
doors and for something a little more unique, carpenters can be commissioned to make custom designs