Why should I change my current doors?
It’s probably sensible to address this point first and foremost. There are a few advantages uPVC doors have over their aluminium or wooden alternatives. Maintenance, insulation, cleanliness and appearance to name a few. They can transform your home in many ways and indirectly help you reduce your carbon footprint. You’d be amazed at the level of insulation these things can offer, and you’ll really feel the difference at home or in the office. So, now that’s out of the way, what are your purchase options?
Front and back door options
The exterior doors (front and back) are perhaps the most important things to consider here. They are, after all, the main entrances to your home so security should probably take priority over design. Luckily, uPVC doors are some of the most robust currently on the marketplace and offer advanced locks to discourage potential intruders. Front doors made from uPVC are well noted for their durability and strength, and will also last a lot longer in poor weather conditions. Some front and back doors made from uPVC can also be semi glazed. While some might argue this would diminish their security, uPVC glass is also incredible difficult to break and shouldn’t have any affect on insulation levels easier. Many might prefer the look of a semi glazed door, particularly for use in a conservatory which we’ll look at next.
Patio and French doors
The main reason people choose French doors is for the mount of light they can let into a room. They’re most often used in conservatories or ‘garden rooms’ but they can be used inside too. Most modern french windows tend to be 90% glass and offer the same level of light as a sky light window – perfect for a summer room or garden property. The glass can also have a variety of designs, from mullioned patterns or letting the frame ‘criss-cross’ along the glass. This can add style as well as an added layer of security and is well worth considering for a traditional property which perhaps wants to retain some original features while at the same time reaping the benefits of uPVC doors.
Most internal uPVC doors actually look like their traditional wooden alternatives. Where security is less of a concern, perhaps their main benefit lies in their ability to deter drafts and insulate rooms within the home.