Choosing exterior doors for your home
Whether you are looking to fit an external door to a new-build home, or are looking to replace an existing door, there are many options available to you in terms of material and door style. The type that is best suited to your home very much depends on the style of the property – for example, ornate wooden doors tend to look best on older, traditional-style homes, but they might look a little odd on a modern new-build. A lot also depends on the purpose of the door. For example, you might want to go for a plainer style for your back door than for your front door.
Up until relatively recently, the vast majority of external doors were made of timber, and it is still far and away the most popular choice. Although there are cheaper options, and there can be problems with twisting and warping over the long term, most people feel that the advantages of timber more than outweigh the disadvantages. Perhaps the biggest advantage of timber is that most people think it looks and feels nicer than doors made from other materials. It is also easy to paint or stain with almost any finish that you desire, and tends to be fairly resistant to bodywork damage. For a range of quality hardwood external doors, visit the Todd Doors website.
In general, hardwoods such as oak are preferred to softwoods such as pine for external doors, as they are more hard-wearing and tend to have greater resistance to warping, which can be more of a problem when the door is exposed to the elements. Other materials, such as steel, fiberglass, and PVCu offer greater stability, but many people do not like the look and feel of these materials, and as a result they are not an especially popular choice for external doors.
The exception to this rule is in the case of sliding patio doors, which tend to be made of glass or PVCu with a wood or metal frame in order to combine the functions of doors and windows. The main advantages of sliding doors are that they can be left open without taking up any extra space, and don’t need to be secured to prevent them from blowing shut. Folding doors, which consist of several panels that fold in a concertina-like fashion, offer most of the advantages of sliding doors, and these can be a good choice for larger rooms.
Sliding patio doors tend to be better suited, from an aesthetic point of view, to modern properties, which is why owners of more traditional homes tend to opt for French doors. These consist of two wooden door panels containing single large panes of glass or several smaller ones laid out in a pattern. These have a more ornate look than sliding patio doors, allowing lots of light in through them without compromising the appearance of older properties.
If you have a garage attached to your home, it can be well worth choosing a door style that is in keeping with the rest of the doors on your property. While corrugated metal roller doors are a popular choice for garages, they can look a little too utilitarian for some properties, which is why many people with older-style houses opt for solid wooden doors or sectional wooden doors in order to give their garage a more traditional look.