Spending more time at home than ever before, it’s likely you have found your way to our door buying guide following the stark realisation that your entrance doors are in need of a makeover. It’s all very well choosing a great looking door, but will it keep your Surrey home safe, secure, and efficient, come rain or shine?
From essential security to energy savings to aesthetics, this concise entry door buying guide is packed full of top tips to find the perfect front door.
You may well be wondering what is the strongest front door? Or maybe how long do front doors last is more important to you… There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to quality front door replacements, especially if you’re situated in a restrictive conservation area. With this in mind, we’ve put together this convenient door comparison table to help you weigh up the pros and cons according to your project:
|Timber Front Doors||Composite Front Doors||Aluminium Front Doors||Steel Replica Front Doors||uPVC Front Doors|
|Colours||Range of woods and stains||29 colours||Limitless RAL colour options||Limitless RAL colour options||Limitless RAL colour options|
(rating / U-value)
|A / 0.9||A++ / 0.87||A / 0.9||A||1.4 (minimum)|
|Glazing||Double||Double / triple||Double||Double||Double / triple|
|Specialist glazing available?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Size capability||Medium - Large||Medium||Large||Large||Medium|
|Pricing bracket||Medium - High||Medium||Medium - High||Medium - High||Low - Medium|
|Lifespan||Lifetime||30 years||45 years||100 years||20 - 30 years|
Security remains the number one reason for a new front door. For complete peace of mind that your family are safe and sound, look out for the following to be sure that your new front and back doors remain burglar proof far into the future:
If there are any door security terms you don’t understand, or you want to learn more, take a look at our practical door security glossary.
Each door material that we offer is handpicked with optimum thermal efficiency in mind. Keep draughts out, reduce energy bills, and heighten the enjoyment you get from your home by looking out for these energy efficient front door essentials:
*correct at time of publishing; November 2020.
Of course, making an entrance is also a crucial aspect to consider – after all, increasing your kerb appeal has the power to boost your property value by up to 10%. From historic terraced houses nestled within the heart of Guildford Town Centre to sleek modern Wimbledon homes, it's essential to choose a style, shade, and finishing touches that will complement your South East properties unique character. Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that make the biggest difference, so be sure to look out for:
If your home is a listed building or located in a designated area, such as a conservation area, be sure to check whether you are permitted to upgrade your front door without applying for planning permission first. If you are unsure, contact your local planning authority, take a look at your property title deeds, or contact the P & P team for expert support and advice.
The price of your new entrance door will hinge on a variety of aspects - most notably, the material, size, security hardware and specialist finishing touches required. Made completely bespoke to you, why not design your dream composite door online now? Or request a free no-obligation quote now - to assist us with providing a cost, please feel free to upload photo(s) of your proposed project.Request a Quote