Front doors are slammed each day and play an important role in the security of the home and first impressions of the house. The choice of front doors can be a major consideration especially when the need to be replaced, a number of contributing factors are involved in making that all important decision.
What door is going to suit your home?
Wood Traditional, wooden front doors are perhaps the most elegant and sophisticated choice of door, and not much can compete against them. There is an extensive range of wooden doors available, from classical Victorian doors to more contemporary wooden doors.
Wooden doors can be stained, varnished and painted to enhance the quality of wood and the style of the door - a versatile choice of front door. However, wood is not ideal for some as they are at risk in damp conditions, and if it is not painted or varnished each year the wood may rot.
Composite - Composite doors are new on the market and are particularly sturdy and safe. They can be manipulated aesthetically to suit the taste of the homeowner. A composite door is made of a number of materials, which make it resistant to weathering. They are also thermally insulated.
The security of a composite door is appealing as it is stable during all weather conditions, so the doors security will not weaken in different conditions.
uPVC - uPVC represents the material of the door, which is unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC). This material is wrapped around steel, making this type of door especially strong; therefore, it is unlikely this door will need major repairs. uVPC doors insulate the home very well and prevent cold air or damp in the home.
uPVC doors are waterproof, so do not require the maintenance of a wooden door in order to keep it strong. The maintenance is very low with this door, although like the majority of locks, the locking mechanisms may need to be oiled occasionally. uPVC doors are well fitted and, as a result, save energy as they do not let cold conditions inside the home, which will save costs on heating.
How can your front door protect your home?
It is important your door is secure against unwanted visitors. Burglaries are common so in order to protect your home in the event of a break-in, there are a few measures you can make to your front door to maximise security.
If your front door is hollow, then it is very simple to break-in. Therefore, replace it with solid fibreglass, which is not only a durable material but it is resistant against rot.
You could also add bolts to the top and bottom of your front door for added security. This will make it virtually impossible for burglars to gain access through the front of the property. You can decide on the strength of the locks you employ, but remember that prices are likely to differ based on size and strength.