How the right front door can transform your home


When it comes to home improvement, the usual areas are always paid the most attention: What colour should new walls should be painted, whether floor boards should be laid instead of carpet, and a number of other common dilemmas. However one aspect of your home that is often overlooked which can actually be one of the most important when it comes to first impressions, is your front door. It is the part of your home that gets seen by anyone entering or exiting your property and a small change in style or appearance can transform the whole exterior of your home.

However just like any improvement you make to your home it is important that you find the right fit for you. The overall style of your home is likely to affect what type of front door is the ideal fit for your property, there is nothing worse than a modern addition to a traditional and classic property that just doesn’t suit the style at all, the same can be said of a historic or antiquated look being applied to an obviously contemporary property.

As the foundation of any first impression that guests and visitors to your home will have and as the aspect of your property that is likely to get the most use as well, not only is appearance key but security and safety should also be high on your list of priorities when it comes to choosing a new door for your home.

Different Types of Front Doors

Now, when it comes to finding the right front door for your home it is important that you consider the different types available in order to make the right choice. This guide will cover the three most popular kinds of front door available, these are:

  • uPVC
  • Timber
  • Composite

uPVC Doors

UPVC doors differ from the other two types listed above as they are traditionally used as a material for back doors, however have grown in popularity with the appealing white finish giving off a contemporary aesthetic perfect for modern homes. uPVC is also used for window frames and sills, meaning a uPVC front door can give a consistent look to the front of your property, ideal if this is the style you’re looking for.

Timber Doors

While uPVC may be the traditional choice for back doors, timber has more often than not been the most common choice for front doors and there are a number of reasons for this. With timber doors there is a much wider variation of style and appearance you can choose for your front door. This includes the number of window panes you can include as well as the colour of your door, meaning you can create a bespoke look perfect for your home. To avoid damaging your new timber door, you may want to use stick on numbers instead of conventional numerals that you would have to screw or nail on.

Composite Doors

Composite doors have grown in popularity in recent years and are now more often than not the go to choice for any front doors. The main reason for this is because they combine the advantages of both uPVC doors, with a heightened level of security and also the customisation level of timber doors. Composite front doors are an excellent choice for any home owner looking to improve the exterior of their property.

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About the Author

This guide was written by Zak Harris, site manager of Composite Door Experts – Industry leaders in the field of front doors and home improvement.