What’s the Best Material to Choose for a New Front Door?

What’s the Best Material to Choose for a New Front Door?

Choosing a new front door is a more difficult task than you might have first thought.

There are a great many options to choose from and with such a wide variety of styles and finishes available, how can you be sure you’re choosing the right front door for your home?

We have put together this handy guide, highlighting the pros and cons of the main choices of door material to help you choose which one is right for your home and budget. 

uPVC 

uPVC is traditionally the first choice for a lot of homeowners, usually because it matches the windows currently in place.

uPVC front doors offer good security, with multi-point locking systems a robust design. And, although there are fewer options for customisation when compared with composite doors, you can still choose the colour, opting between traditional white or a stylish wood-effect finish, and choose from a range of styles of coloured glass in the door. 

Pros 

  • High security 
  • Easy to maintain
  • Wide choice of styles available
  • Energy efficient
  • Affordable 

Cons 

  • Fewer choices for customisation compared to composite or timber 

Composite 

Composite doors are manufactured from several materials compacted under high pressure.

They are extremely robust and therefore offer excellent security for your home.

The material also offers a wider range of customisation, allowing you to attain a classic appearance with a realistic timber-effect finish or a sleek, modern design with a stylish contemporary style. 

Pros 

  • Wide range of options available 
  • Easy to maintain 
  • Energy efficient 
  • High security 

Cons

  • Slightly more expensive than uPVC 

Timber 

If you’re something of a purist, or if you live in a period or character property, you might want to think about going for a timber front door.

Timber gives your home an authenticity that is difficult to replicate.

However, there is a trade off as timber doors require regular treatment in order to protect them from the elements 

Pros 

  • Authentic rustic look and feel 
  • Good security 
  • Works well with traditional and period properties 

Cons 

  • Difficult to maintain 

Ultimately, the choice of material for your front door will come down to your own personal preference, but hopefully this article will have brought you a little closer to making your decision.

If you’re in the process of upgrading your home, the front door is usually the first place to start; Stafford uPVC are able to provide a comprehensive range of front door styles throughout the Stafford and Staffordshire areas. Get in touch with us to arrange a free door quote today.

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