There is nothing worse than spending hard earned cash on a replacement front door, if the end result detracts from the overall look and feel of the property, hence why it is important to choose the right type of door. Here is a brief summary of the four main types of different bespoke replacement front door products in the UK:-
Replacement UPVC Front Doors
UPVC doors are available as front, back and side doors, sliding patio doors and French doors. All these are available in white UPVC or in a choice of single or dual colours. White UPVC doors are the least cost option, and do offer a cost effective low maintenance option, all come with multi-locking and toughened safety glass as standard.
Replacement Aluminium Front Doors
Aluminium doors can be manufactured as front or back doors, as well as sliding patio doors, French doors and bi-folding and sliding doors. All these are available in white powder coated aluminium or in a choice RAL colours, with many colours available in gloss, matt and satin finishes. White gloss aluminium doors are the least cost aluminium door option, and like UPVC and Composite doors are low maintenance and all come with multi-locking and toughened safety glass as standard.
Replacement Composite Front Doors
If you are thinking about a new composite door, don’t buy a cheap one, as the word “Composite” can be attached to low quality cheap “knock-off” door products that are designed to take your money and not worried about how long they will last once fitted. If you do want a composite door, do your research and go for a high quality one. Most residential composite doors have a timber effect whitegrain finish and come in a limited range of colours.
Replacement Front Timber Doors
Hardwood doors come in different thickness, types of timber and in many varying qualities and price points. They can look good to start with, but unless maintained wooden will deteriorate over time and are prone to twisting and warping in damp or hot weather. One way round this if you are determined to have a replacement timber door is to invest in the more expensive engineered timber front doors that are at the higher end of the market.
Whatever replacement front door you decide upon for your property, make sure that the new door a) is better than the door you are replacing in terms of aesthetics, quality, security and thermal efficiency, b) increases the value of your home, and c) increases your property’s kerb appeal and saleability!
It is also wise to select a well-established replacement door installer with a reputation for high quality fitting as well as products, as there is no point in buying a replacement door and having it badly fitted, as this can lead to unwelcome draughts or far worse, requiring inconvenient time consuming service calls. This assumes of course your chosen supplier remains in business for the entire guarantee period, and has the resources to carry out any remedial works within a reasonable time frame. Check out customer reviews and make sure you see the quality of the replacement front door type of your choice in a showroom before ordering, so you have something tangible to compare your replacement door to, should you not get what you expect.
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