A new front door can completely change the way a home looks. It can also say a great deal about the people who live inside. Which of the external doors is best for you will depend on a few things, such as the style and age of your property, the available budget and the size of the opening.
Choosing External Doors Based on the Style of Property
Before you have your heart set on a particular type of front door, double check that there are no restrictions on what you can have fitted. Restrictions can be due to the property being listed, or because it is located in a conservation area. Knowing what you can and cannot have in advance will help you make an informed choice and not waste money.
With an older or period property, you may want to reinstate a traditional style external door and keep to the original look of your home. A good way to make sure you are following the style correctly would be to look at old photographs of your house and the street you live in. You can also research the styles and colours popular in the year of construction.
An older country cottage, for example, tended to have simple wooden doors at the front, and stable doors at the back and these were painted in muted colour tones. Door furniture made from back iron looks best for these doors.
Georgian houses are homes built from 1714 to 1830 and they tend to have grander external doors. Panelled doors with glass areas furnished with brass fittings suit this style of house, but there are a few different designs to choose between.
For a contemporary home, minimalistic doors with sleek lines and dark colours look fantastic. All-glass doors with simple handles also create a modern facade to the front of a property.
For a selection of doors that suit all types of homes, Todd Doors have a range of timber options available. They have different sizes, styles and materials to choose from so it’s easy to find just what you’re looking for.
Finding External Doors to Suit a Budget
The cost of a new front or back door will depend on the features and the material it is made from. The more simply designed doors tend to cost a little less than one that has glass panels, for example, and elaborately decorated panels will push the price up further still. Doors made from UPVC tend to suit a tighter budget, whereas a quality solid oak construction comes within a mid price range. Composite doors tend to command top prices as these have an additional protective veneer that require no maintenance.
Along with the price, you should also consider that timber, hardwood and oak doors are long-lasting, and they will give you the option to repaint, varnish and rub down in the years to come. UPVC doors are very difficult to alter or repair and will need replacing so they may only be cheaper in the shorter term.
The Size of the Door Opening May Affect your Choice of Door
Not all front or back door openings are standard. If you have a non-standard size, you may have a more limited choice or you may need to have a bespoke door made. The size might also affect your decision about the style of door you want, as an example, if your door is narrower than standard, you may not be able to find a panelled door that looks right. In these cases, it is a good idea to get a professional to measure and advise you before any costly mistakes are made.