How to Choose the Perfect Door for your Home in 2021

As the first thing that anyone sees when entering a home, our doors tell the world who we are, and how we want our home to appear.

The diversity in styles, materials and finishes can sometimes be overwhelming if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for.

In this post, we will examine the most popular styles of doors available on the market today to help you make the perfect entrance choice for your home.

We have partnered with the team at Bereco to bring you this post, who are experts in sustainable timber doors and windows.


Front Doors: The Key Aspects


Security


The prime function of a door goes without saying: the prevention (or access) of people into your
home.

It’s hugely important that the door is proven to prevent unwanted entry, which can be shown through the security rating of the locking function.

The industry standard for door security is the “PAS24:2016” certification. This shows that the door has been approved by British Standards Institute for security and safety.

You can also find neighbourhood watch approved cylinders that add another level of proven protection for your property.


Colour


Onto the creative side!

As well as choosing your door colour, it’s important to recognise the differences in paint type, and choose appropriately.

With more environmentally friendly paints available today than ever before, there has never been a better time to move away from conventional paint and the volatile organic chemicals they contain.

These compounds are still being studied in relation to their impact on the environment and health, so choosing water-based paint which contains far lower or no levels of VOCs could be the smart way to go.

Another consideration is the dual colour aspect.

Doors can be painted a different colour on the inside to the outside, which makes it far easier for the door to coordinate with your exterior and interior decor.


Materials

Exterior and interior doors are constructed differently. For this article, we’ll focus primarily on the exterior door.

Typically homes have been constructed with uPVC as the primary material for the door. The material uPVC (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride) is a plastic, which means it is produced from fossil fuels.

Inherently this means an increased carbon footprint through the production and extraction of oil, which of course, is detrimental to the environment.

As companies and consumers are become more environmentally aware, more sustainable materials are used in the home construction and renovation industries; one of these more sustainable materials being timber.

When purchasing any timber doors, you should be aware of the FSC certification.

This shows that the Forest Stewardship Council has analysed the processes of the timber production, and confirmed it to be within its guidelines for sustainability.

Forests play a key part in the fight against climate change, and act as carbon sinks.

Without forests, the intake of carbon across the globe would be far lower, and result in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increasing at a far greater rate than as is currently happening.

Managing forests sustainably is a key part of the work that the FSC undertakes, so you can rest assured that an FSC certification will ensure your door has been produced sustainably.


The most popular door styles


Now that we have discussed the fundamentals of front doors, let’s have a look at the varying styles of backdoors and side doors.

For the last few decades, there have been three staples: French doors, Bifold doors and sliding patio doors.


French doors are perfect for living rooms and dining rooms which require plenty of natural light.


So called because of the french casement design, glass takes up most of the space with square wooden strips dividing the frame.


Bifold doors are named due to their folding mechanism, which results in the door folding outward and inwards in a concertina fashion.

This means that Bifold doors are perfect for open spaces such as patios and gardens, but aren’t ideal for smaller balconies.


If you were looking for a perfect door for smaller spaces, then the sliding patio door is the type for you.

Sliding completely sideways, the door takes up no more outward or inward space when it is open compared to when it is closed.

All of these styles allow plenty of natural light to enter the home, so the main points to decide on is the space available directly surrounding the door, and the aesthetics of your property.


Time to find the perfect door for your home!


Hopefully, with this blog post, we have explored everything you need to know when it comes to choosing a door for your property.

There are a few considerations to think about: Security, colour scheme, materials, overall style and aesthetic should all be scrutinised before making the final decision.

We wish you the best of luck!

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