Wednesday 30 July 2014

What key properties should I look for in exterior front doors?

Installing a new front door in your home can be an instant way to refresh the look of your property.

When searching for exterior front doors it is important to look for particular properties that will ensure your new doors will stand the test of time.

Below we look at these key features.

Resistance to all types of weather conditions

Unlike internal doors, exterior front doors will be exposed to the elements year-round, even if they are part sheltered by a portico or similar.

As a result it is important to ensure that your new front doors are able to withstand a variety of weather conditions and this can be achieved in the ways outlined below.

Door material: Front doors should be made of hard-wearing timbers that are designed to last a lifetime even under continual use and exposure to wind, rain and more. It’s for exactly this reason that The Sash Window Workshop creates its timber doors from durable Accoya™ or European Oak.

Paint coats: Multiple paint coats including primer, undercoat and topcoat applied to your exterior front door will afford additional layers of protection against inclement weather.

Insulation: Built in insulation using the latest technology will ensure that your front doors help you retain heat in your home, and keep draughts out.

Safety and security

As the main point of entry into your home your exterior front doors should be both safe and secure. While all glass used in front door glass panels is likely to be toughened opting for safety glass can offer you that additional peace of mind.

Fitting bespoke door locks that are perfectly suited to the particular characteristics of your door will also add to your home’s overall security.

Quality manufacturing

Choosing a personalised front door that has been created to the highest standards of craftsmanship and adheres to European quality standards will mean that your initial investment will continue to pay dividends for years to come.

Doors that come with a manufacturer’s guarantee will also mean that you have recourse to obtain repairs / replacement within the guarantee period.

Bespoke detailing

While the overall durability and performance of your exterior front door are likely to be priorities, bespoke detailing is also likely to be high up on the wish-list for period homeowners. Individually designed doors can be created to closely replicate the characteristic features of traditional timber doors ranging from Georgian front doors to Victorian timber doors.


A high quality finish on your front doors and a front door design that is created with reliability in mind should mean that your door is relatively easy to maintain over the years. Reduced maintenance costs mean that funds can be directed towards other areas requiring attention in your home.