If you’re designing a home or choosing a new look, it’s very easy to overlook the doors. But the devil is in the detail as they say, and your doors can create as much of an impression as the colour of the walls or your furniture. So don’t skimp on one of the most neglected but important features in your home. Read on to find out what doors could be best for you.
Updating your Doors
Replacing your doors gives you the option of letting in more light (if you choose glass panels), and giving a fresh look to a house or room. However, it’s important to bear in mind that the door frame might present some problems. In older homes, frames can be wonky and not of a standard size, so any new doors may have to be trimmed to fit. You can choose to have bespoke doors made by a company who specialise in producing doors to any specification, or buy readymade doors.
If you choose to buy doors off the shelf, remember that less costly ones do look cheap, so try and buy the best you can afford on your budget. There are basically four types of door, panel doors, moulded doors, flush doors, and fire doors. What you decide on will depend on your budget and style required, but you need to take the following considerations into account.
Typically made from wood, panel doors are the most traditional type of door, and can be trimmed or planed to fit the door frame. They are normally the best quality doors, but the price will reflect this.
These are modelled on the design of panel doors, but are often made out of materials that mimic wood. This makes them a less pricy option, but they can often look cheap and poor quality.
These are normally constructed using a filling sandwiched between a wood veneer, MDF or plywood. Most typically they look contemporary. Light and easy to fit, they’re a cost effective choice, but they can’t be trimmed to size.
Fire regulations require HMO’s (houses in multiple occupation) or businesses to abide by fire regulations using internal fire doors. However, fire doors are being increasingly fitted as standard in ordinary homes as not only do they reduce the risk of death or injury from fire, but are more soundproof. These types of doors usually require a specialist to fit. Try Ahmarra who produce and fit certified FD30 and FD60 fire doors to any specification. Click here for more information.
These come in a variety of styles, with frames from constructed from either UPVC, aluminium, fibreglass or wood. They can slide, swing or bi-fold, but your choice will depend on the type of room you have and space for opening. Older properties will benefit from solid wood patio doors, while UPVC doors are more fitting for newer properties. Unless the glass is double glazed, you should also consider doors fitted with energy efficient glazing to help minimise heat loss.
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