Entry doors are far away from simple doors that that protect your entrance and house from the unwanted guests. One tip that every estate business owner could give you is to avoid buying a cheap ones for your home. Among many types, sometimes is just hard to choose the most appropriate one for your house. Still, the proper ones must be insulated well and you should use any of the door seals available in the UK to give your doors the additional protection and insulation. So how to find the right front door for your home? What material is the best? Where to find the most appropriate doors? And what do you need to pay attention to when choosing these.
Are the doors energy-efficient?
First of all, consider the energy efficiency you will get by choosing a certain type of door. Of course, the best ones you can find are those that Energy star seal. This seal ensures complex, energy-efficient and a bit wider construction that ensures the proper heat circulation during the summer and winter. As these must pass a certain set of conditions and tests before submitting them to the sale, you can be sure that your doors will be great choice in all terms regarding energy efficiency. Have in mind that you might want to use door seals to close any possible air leaks.
Can you easily install them?
Yes, the doors can be very hard to install, especially if you choose some complex doors with the advanced locks and systems of locking. It will rarely happen, in case of a front door replacement, that you will buy the same ones that are fitting on the current framing and deadbolt. However, try to buy those that offer the good protection but that do not require any additional equipment and features that must be installed. The more complex they are, the more additional features and wider frame you will need. The best way is to hire a specialized professional to perform the installation.
Steel, wood or fiberglass?
Each material has its advantages, but generally fiberglass doors do not require a high level of maintenance, they have better resistance to weather, allow easier painting and they are not so pricey. But do expect them to crack in case of a bit stronger impact. Wooden ones are beautiful to eyes, offer the easy repairs and have a good resistance against the weather, but they do require regular appliance of a paint (every few years) and they can be really expensive. The steel ones are relatively cheap, require no maintenance and can be very energy efficient if made well, but they are not so great in the battle with weather nor against the scratches and impacts, as they are hard to repair. While we can say that you should go with wooden doors, it all depends on what you want to achieve and how much you can afford. But in our opinion, always choose the wooden ones.