Patrick Dean Head of Sales and Marketing at Door-Stop shares his top tips to selecting a front door
The process of building your own home involves numerous design decisions that need to be made at every step. Unfortunately, when it comes to choosing the external finishes the front door is often overlooked, despite it having a high impact on the aesthetic appeal and security of a property.
One of the main advantages of designing and building your own home is that you will have a say in everything, from the location, to the exterior design, fixtures and fittings. However, with so much choice available on the market, it can be a difficult task to finalise decisions – especially when it comes to deciding on a front door, as some manufacturers offer over a million design and security combinations. So where do you start?
The first consideration – and the most important – is the material and quality of the door that you choose. The idea of spending time and effort on a build, putting your heart and soul into the designs and then having it broken into through a poor-quality door, is heart-breaking. Choosing a strong material is, therefore, crucial and front doors now come in a variety of options, such as timber, PVCu and even steel. However, composite doors are proving particularly popular, thanks to them being made from a mix of materials that makes them stronger and sturdier.
Composite doors are continuing to evolve to become even stronger. For example, there are some composite doors available that have been manufactured with a thick Nordic pine centre, encased in a highly durable Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) skin to ensure that the door will provide further enhanced security.
But that’s not all. With 72% of burglars breaking in through the front door, it’s essential that an effective door should also feature the best quality cylinders in order to maximise security. Door manufacturers have numerous cylinders to choose from, including some that are accredited with the Sold Secure Diamond, which meets the highest TS007 standard (3 star), without needing to be bolstered with support of cylinder protectors or extra secure door handles. There are also cylinders that havebeen subjected to extensive tests and areanti-bump, drill, pick, tamper, torque and force resistant.
Once the above has been considered, the fun part can begin – the aesthetics. There is now a huge choice of colours and hardware options available on the market that will add a touch of kerb appeal to any home. In fact, the colour of a front door no longer has to be bland, as there are many more expressive tones and styles available – such as a vintage green or soft duck egg blue for properties with a more traditional look, or contemporary shades like anthracite grey and vibrant poppy red for those seeking a modern design.
Glass panels and the hardware can also enhance the look of a front door and there are lots of options available to suit a variety of house styles. For example, a handle-less option is the perfect choice for those who prefer a minimalist look, thanks to its sleek and sophisticated design. For those who’d like a door to match their lifestyle, there are even locks available that can be opened with a mobile phone – making life easier if you have your arms full of shopping, or you need to get children in prams quickly into the house.
With so much choice available on the composite door market, it’s important to explore all of the different options available and to ensure that you choose a reputable manufacturer for the new addition to your home. Some manufacturers have handy tools, like an online door designer that lets you design a bespoke door to your exact specifications, and some will even allow users to upload pictures of their homes so they can see how their chosen door would look. A well-designed and secure front door really does add something special to the exterior of a property, so it’s worth taking the time to get this important decision right.
For more information please visit www.door-stop-doors.co.uk