The perfect front door will create a stunning entrance to your home and set the tone for what’s inside. Choosing the right Solidor doors is important but what other doors are available to you?
uPVC front door
When uPVC front doors were first introduced, they were a welcome alternative to the traditional timber front door – lower in cost and with greater thermal performance. However, not everybody appreciates the aesthetics of uPVC and the variety of styles and colours can be limited.
Glass reinforced plastic (GRP) composite
Composite front doors were introduced to the market around 10 years ago, aimed at homeowners wanting to retain the appearance of a timber door whilst benefitting from modern materials, which require less maintenance and work harder to keep out the draughts. Now they’re a fast-growing option, with sales of composite doors almost doubling year on year.
Usually 44mm thick, GRP doors are the most thermally efficient, but they’re not the most secure. And because colour is normally applied on a white fibreglass skin, GPR doors are prone to scratches. In particular, beware of asking door manufacturers to match any RAL colour, as colour applied in this way is especially at risk of scratching.
Timber core composite
Nearly three quarters of all new-build homes this year will have composite doors and they are now more than twice as popular as timber doors amongst home improvers. More environmentally friendly than GRP composite doors, are timber core composite doors; the timber for which is sourced from sustainable forests and can be recycled at the end of the door’s lifetime.
Solid timber core doors with high-performance security features are the most secure front door available, and with a robust thermo-plastic door skin, they’re also the most durable. If you look for a brand with colour applied as a vacuum-formed thermo-plastic ‘skin’, you’ll minimise scratches and eliminate the need for re-painting or touching up.
There are some fantastic traditional and contemporary front door designs out there in some beautiful colours. So whether you’re looking for a standard size, or a door which is bespoke in both size and design, there are timber core composite door manufacturers who can help.
There’s also the option to bring your vision to life using a ‘design a door’ function online or via a phone app – many of these even have the facility to upload a picture of your home to see the impact a new door would make.
Solid hardwood front door
A bespoke, solid hardwood front door will add a touch of luxury to any home. Ideal for period properties, a solid hardwood front door will be made-to-measure and can be designed to a large extent by the homeowner. The end result is likely to be a high-quality front door that will last for many years – but you’ll need to be willing to look after it in order to protect your investment.
Any paint or varnish will inevitably need to be re-applied as the colour fades or peels away.
And without care and attention, a solid hardwood door may crack, absorb water and eventually rot.