The front door says a lot about you and your home. It is the first impression visitors get of your property and can significantly impact its market value. It's not surprising that a replacement front door often features highly on a property owner's wish list.
Front door replacement is not only about looks. Homeowners can decide to replace the front door for more than aesthetics. Daily use over time can lead to draughts that reduce energy efficiency, waste heat and high utility bills. A damaged or worn front door can make your home more susceptible to burglary or some other break-in.
A replacement front door can complement the property's existing style, or it can be used to make a statement. Whatever the approach, the design, materials, fixtures and finish should all play a part in the decision. The latest replacement doors on offer by manufacturers provide a huge choice of materials, styles and colours. Front door replacements can also come with guarantees of low maintenance, high security, good insulation and energy efficiency.
A properly maintained front door can last for decades. Doors usually need regular maintenance and odd repair to keep them in good condition. The cost of regular repairs is relatively low, so it makes sense to take good care of your front door for as long as possible. However, there comes a time when it makes better sense to replace your front door rather than carry on repairing it. Things to look out for when considering a replacement door are:
Apart from aesthetic appeal, the front door should also be carefully chosen for its energy efficiency and level of security. Size, shape, materials and durability should be taken into account, as well as the cost.
Timber doors are the most versatile but the most expensive, and they require regular painting.
uPVC doors are cheaper and need little maintenance, although they may look out of place in older properties.
Composite doors are made from several materials such as wood, metal and uPVC. They are long-lasting with good thermal efficiency but come with a high price tag to match.
Front door replacement is best carried out by an expert professional. It can make for a successful DIY project, but doing it properly requires some specialist tools and experience in door fitting. There are plenty of online guides if you prefer to do it yourself.
When replacing your front door, you should consider the cost of installation as well as the door itself. Costs will increase if you also need to replace the door frame, are thinking of any customisation or the need for extra door furniture such as extra locks, knockers, letterbox flaps, doorbells, numbers and so on.
You may also wish to have the door painted, oiled or waxed to provide a premium finish, and you need to consider disposing of the old door and frame afterwards. These can all add to the overall cost of front door replacement.