As the entrance to your home, your front door makes a powerful design statement: not only is it a part of the home you see and use multiple times a day, it’s also one of the first things visitors notice when they drop by. A stunning front door has the capacity to transform your frontage, as well as give your interior space a makeover through providing improved lighting and ventilation.
A vital part of your security system, your front door can also make your home environment quieter and even help to reduce your energy bills! With so much resting on choosing the right door, finding one that’s exactly right can be a challenge. We can help! Read on to discover the various types of front door designs available, as well as information on what to consider before your purchase.
What are the key considerations when purchasing a front door?
When selecting the right front door for your property, taking the following factors into account can help you end up with a choice that’s right for you:
Obviously how your door looks is critical! Factors such as the size, age and style of your property can all play a part in determining which colour and style is going to work best. It’s also worth considering what message you want your door to send out to others: whilst some people will want to make their front door a bold accent, others will prefer a more understated look.
If you’re not sure what’s going to work best for your home, our extensive portfolio of previous door projects can provide inspiration. Follow us on facebook, instagram or pinterest for regular updates. As front door experts, we have a wealth of knowledge regarding current trends and innovations. We are always happy to advise on what options are available, enabling you to have all the information you need to make the right decision.
As one of the main entry points to your home, it’s vital that the front door provides an appropriate level of security. A common assumption is that the security of the door depends on the sophistication of the lock: unfortunately, if the door materials, hinges and/or frame is weak, intruders will be able to circumvent the locks, simply by applying force to a weak point. A secure door won’t just be well-designed and made from high-quality, durable materials, it will also be well fitted.
A door that’s set within a robust frame and hung using premium fixings offers a good degree of security. It’s also worth considering design features that can make your door more secure: Clear Safeglass panels, for example, allow home occupants to clearly see who’s at the door without the need to open it. The Safeglass is 500% stronger than normal glass which can assist with security.
Consider adding a Security Screen with a triple lock system and 316 marine grade stainless steel mesh as standard, should be high on your list of requirements for your new front door design.
A poorly fitted or maintained front door isn’t just an eyesore and a potential security risk, it’s also likely to significantly compromise the ideal temperature of your home. A door which offers poor thermal insulation means that heat is lost from your home during the cooler months, whilst hot air can more easily penetrate your home during warmer days.
Not only does this make your living environment less pleasant, it also means that the temperature control system in your home is going to have to work harder to maintain your desired temperature. A poorly insulated door can mean an increase in your energy bills, as well as creating uncomfortable warm or cold spots in your home.
As well as heat insulation, a high-quality front door will also incorporate some form of sound insulation. Particularly if you live in an urban area, protection from traffic noise is essential. A high level of sound insulation also ensures your privacy and reduces the risk of noise from your neighbours whilst carrying out noisier activities (DIY or instrument practice, for example).
Like any other purchase you make, a front door needs to offer great value as an investment. Premium design, a solid build construction, high-grade materials and a skilled installation can all help your door to last longer. It’s also important the door has a guarantee which covers both build quality and workmanship.
Some materials require more maintenance than others in order to last. Along with your purchase we provide a door care & maintenance guide which will assist in caring for your new doors. It’s also worth remembering that some materials naturally require less maintenance than others: glass, for example, is a low-maintenance material, although does need regular cleaning in order to look its best.
Whilst natural timber can require maintenance ongoing, and depending on where you are geographically located maintenance could be required as often as monthly or quarterly.
It goes without saying that any materials used in a door need to be robust enough to cope with everyday wear and tear, including bumps, knocks and heavy traffic. Not only does the door itself need to be made from durable materials, it’s also essential that fittings and fixtures are designed so as not to break, splinter or deteriorate.
Particularly when it comes to glass door installations, ensuring that the glass is of a suitable specification for safe use in a front door is absolutely essential.
Opting for a custom-built door allows homeowners to decide on a design that works well for their individual circumstances. That said, there are a number of aesthetic and practical factors to take into consideration before finalising a front door design. We’ve put together a checklist of design points that will help you decide on the style that’s going to work best for your home.
Traditionally, front doors have been single sized rather than a double installation. Whilst a single front door is still a great option, advances in styling, materials and installation techniques mean that double front doors are becoming a popular feature of many Australian homes.
Double doors undoubtedly make a strong style statement, providing an imposing feature that can really add to your frontage. They’re also incredibly convenient: when new furniture is delivered, for example, or you are entertaining and want guests to be able to circulate easily, having the option to open both doors can make life much easier.
Modern insulation and security options mean a double door is as safe and energy-efficient as a single choice. In addition, opting for a glass double door can provide a significant amount of light to your interior without needing additional windows. If you’ve previously had a single door, it’s often the case that a double door can be accommodated without issue.
Single doors provide many of the benefits which a double door provides, but may work better in a more compact property, or one where structural issues (for example a retaining wall in close proximity to the single door space) mean that fitting a double door will present a challenge. Single doors may also be a better choice for people who prefer a traditional look.
Of real advantage on warmer days, a 2-in-1 door offers the opportunity to let more light and fresh air into the home, without compromising on security.
A 2-in-1 door, as the name suggests, consists of a door with an added external layer. Fitted as a single unit, the door can be used as is, or, with an easy change of setting, used as two independent doors.
This type of door is particularly useful for older residents or those with children or pets. If your lifestyle or circumstances is such that security is always a priority (so leaving your front door open wouldn’t be an option), a 2-in-1 door can work really well.
Improvements in glass manufacturing techniques mean that it’s possible to enjoy doors which contain a significant percentage of transparent surface with no compromise on durability, security or insulation. With glass panels of many different shapes and sizes now a standard component of front doors, there’s no reason not to take advantage of the added light and aesthetic appeal which glass provides.
We offer doors which contain single, double or triple-glazed panels. More layers means better sound and energy insulation, which is why triple-glazed glass door panels are in such high demand. We offer doors made with Insulsafe. Designed to be stronger, more secure and safer than other glass options, each double-glazed unit is fitted with lead, brass or zinc panels.
Panels add visual interest, and are also a great way to add functionality to your door. Glass panels, for example, provide additional light as well as breaking up a single unit to give more interest. Classic doors frequently feature raised timber panels and moldings, to add visual interest.
The main advantage of panels is that it’s possible to integrate different materials in a visually seamless manner.
When it comes to the colour of your door, it really does come down to personal preference. We are able to stain in our signature dark or light maple colours with some of our range, or allowing a flush painted white finish with some other doors. We encourage you to visit our showrooms so that you can see what various stains and colours look like in real life.
Professionally painted and stained doors not only look better, the stain or paint also helps to protect the underlying material, increasing door life span and slowing the rate of deterioration. If you opt to paint or stain in the finish of your choice, to maintain your warranty the door is required to be sealed, undercoated and top coats applied all within the first 24 hours. Ensure you finish all sides, top and bottom and left and right faces.
Handles, hinges, door knockers, letter boxes, locks and latches offer some great opportunities to accessorise your door as you like. A carefully chosen handle, for example, or a detailed door knocker, can add an engaging finishing touch to any door. Door furniture enables homeowners to personalise their door, often for a modest financial outlay. The right fixtures also play a key role in ensuring the door is well hung and secure.
In many ways, the security and integrity of a door is only as good as the frame in which it’s mounted. Particularly if you are replacing an older door due to deterioration, it’s often the case that the frame is in a similar condition. In most cases, replacing both the frame and the door is the best way to create a long-lasting, secure front door solution.
There are a number of different frame styles, as well as a good range of materials from which to choose. Frames can also be selected to complement door choice, creating a single style unit.
Whether you opt for big front door design, decide on a more compact model or feel that a 2-in-1 door is going to be right for you, the choice of manufacturer and installer is crucial to the success of your project. In general, to get the most from your door design, we recommend:
Get in touch to find out more about front door design options.