Not sure which type of front door is the best for your home’s security? Front doors are often the main access point to most properties – but this means it’s also the main opening for burglars and intruders to gain access to your home.
Roughly 76% of burglars entered a property through the front door, so it’s definitely a good idea to make sure your front door is safe and secure. To help you make your choice, we’ve broken down some of the most common door types for you to choose from to help keep your home secure.
Modern uPVC Front Doors
uPVC doors are made by encasing an insulated steel frame in unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (UPVC) to create a sealed unit – this makes these types of front doors strong and thermally-efficient. Despite their plastic-looking finish, uPVC doors do look quite stylish and provide an affordable and effective solution to make your home secure.
They are one of the most popular types of front door in the UK thanks to their lower prices and are easy to maintain. However, the only downside to uPVC doors are that they aren’t the most durable – after 10 years have passed, it’s worth checking the quality and durability of these doors as natural wear and tear may have taken place. Consider replacing your current uPVC door with another, or perhaps consider a wooden or composite alternative.
Traditional Wooden Front Doors
In areas such as St Albans, period property owners tend to opt for a more traditional appearing front door to suit their home. For most period homes, a wooden front door makes a great option. They’re also a brilliant choice if you’re looking for a bit more piece of mind when it comes to security.
When fitted along with a solid door frame, wooden doors cannot be kicked in or forced open by burglars. Not only that, wooden front doors often have a mortice lock and yale type locks fitted when they’re installed. A lot of door fitters also offer the option to add further multiple locking points to give homeowners that extra piece of mind that their home is secure.
However, this extra piece of mind and wooden material comes at a greater cost than uPVC front doors, but this is probably worth it for the reassurance that your home is safe.
Modern Composite Front Doors
Composite doors are made from a variety of different materials. Most of these types of front doors are usually fitted with a steel frame, timber core and insulated foam layer. These are then glued together and encased in Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP).
This makes composite front doors strong, secure and very durable, meaning they are resistant to all weather types and can last up to 30 years before having to be replaced. Although composite doors come at a greater price than uPVC doors, you don’t have to worry about replacing them any time soon and have a much more aesthetic appearance.
Securing Your Home
When choosing the best front door for your home, these three door types are all great options. Deciding on which one you want to opt for is likely to come down to price.
If you’re looking for a front door where function matters more than the final finish, a uPVC front door is an affordable way to keep your home secure. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a front door that is a bit more aesthetic and provides greater security reassurances, it’s worth spending a bit more on a wooden or composite front door for that extra piece of mind.
If you’re in need of any uPVC door repairs or have any other domestic locksmith queries, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team today by calling us on 07976 359 552 or drop us an email. We’d be more than happy to help!