Replacing your front door can cost anything between £250-£1200. Thankfully, replacing your front door is not something you need to often, however, when that time comes the variations in pricing can be overwhelming. To make this process a little easier, we have put together a 4 step guide of factors to consider when replacing your front door. After all, your front door is an underestimated component of your home – it’s the centrepiece, the first people see when they arrive and the last thing they see when they leave. It should command all the attention it deserves!
What is your budget?
Your budget is the starting point. If you want your front door to look stylish, it’s going to cost you. This is why we recommend designing your front door around your budget, that way you can make sure you have a front door that you love and lasts for years to come, while getting the absolute best value for your money. It’s up to you to decide what size of door will best suit your needs, as there are a number of front door options available. For example, you could purchase a double front door for your front entrance, or perhaps a two-door front door with a porch is best suited to your needs.
- Composite doors cost between £500-£1000 depending on the style and size you require
- uPVC doors may cost between £250-£800
- Wooden or Timber cost between £1300-£3200 depending on the size and additions you require
The cost of a front door can also vary when you consider things like handles, letterboxes and installation prices. We recommend having a budget in mind that factors in the style and material of the door you would prefer and how much you are willing to pay. Buying a new front door from a retailer can seem like the easiest option here, however, we recommend that you go with a reputable company that can offer to come and survey your home and install your front door. Taking the time to ensure that you are getting the right style and size of door for your home is a much more cost effective method and will ensure that you are getting the best deal for your home. A front door is the focal point of a home, it’s the most commonly used component of your house and most importantly it provides privacy and security for you and your family. So take the process seriously, don’t opt for cheap installation methods but use trusted companies. Companies will often work around your budget and the requirements of your home, so you don’t have to compromise between budget and style.
What front door material is best?
Front doors are traditionally made from wood; a single piece of wood known as a solid wood. This means that only one, single piece of wood is installed. Wooden doors have great features, however, when it comes to front doors it’s not a one size fits all approach. For example, some homeowners choose wooden doors for a more antique and historical appeal but wooden doors are suited to only a select few properties. These tend to be older properties with where owners are looking to replace an old wooden door that has been in place for years or a property with a large front entrance that calls for a heavy front door. Wooden doors are also a great design choice as they have minimal metal fittings normally made out of solid brass or copper which give your home a minimal yet glamorous look.
Composite Vs uPVC
Composite and uPVC look very similar and both come with great benefits and are manufactured at a high standard. However, Composite doors are more expensive than uPVC as they are made of a unique combination of materials. On the other hand, with uPVC you get a lot of the same benefits with a cheaper price tag. When exploring the difference between composite vs uPVC there’s many different factors that can change your mind, it really comes down to what your needs are and what would make your ideal front door. Let’s way up the pros and cons:
- Made from a unique combination of materials including; PVC, wood, insulating foam and steel.
- Bespoke choices
- Increased security
- Minimal maintenance
- Resistant and durable
- Elegant design
- Affordable pricing
- Elegant design
- Low Maintenance
- Wide range of design choices
- Safe & secure
uPVC is a great affordable option for a new front door, it has a 5 year warranty that matches composite doors and also comes with a wide range of design options – great for those wanting to simply spruce up their home. However, composite doors have increased security with a 5-point locking system, reinforced glass and a solid timber core to give you the best security possible. Composite doors also have a layer of polyurethane foam which provides additional insulation for your home as well as bespoke design options to make your home your own. If you had sights set on a wooden or timber front door, composite could also be a great option for you. You can choose from a range of wood effect composite doors, so you can have that authentic look to the front of your home without the high maintenance and extra price tag.
What front door style is best for you?
When replacing your front door, the style you opt for can make a huge difference to the overall cost. You can get a new, fully forged wooden door for around £250 or a composite door with a four-piece double height fanlight and sidelights for around £1200.
If you want a front door with a bespoke design and complete creative control, composite doors are the answer for you. Choose how many windows you would like, the colour of your handle, placement of your letterbox and effect of your frame and watch your vision come to life! However, if you want a quick and secure replacement for a front door that has seen better days uPVC could be your best option. Simply choose your colour, size and attachments and you’ll have a new resilient front door ready to go. uPVC doors are also low maintenance, simply wipe them down with a damp cloth when they get dirty and they’ll be good as new again. If you’re looking for an eye-catching, statement front door a big wooden door could be the style for you. Even though these front doors demand a lot of maintenance and come with a deserving price tag, wooden doors give off a glamorous and authentic feel that can’t be beaten by its competitors, the composite and uPVC.
Each style of front door comes with it’s own pros and cons and no option is completely superior over the other. Each home is different, so your front door should fit the needs and style of your home too! When it comes to deciding on what style of front door is best for your home, consider your budget, the style of door you would ideally want, the structure and size of your door frame and what material would best suit your needs.
What are the new energy efficiency requirements?
A replacement front door will need to comply with new energy efficiency requirements. This means that your current front door isn’t up to date with current low energy and cost saving standards. For example, a new energy efficiency front door will need to have thermal windows installed, or some form of heat activated garage door. The new front door should also have elements of the Energy Performance Certificate incorporated into its construction. What type of window is required? A replacement front door will be required with a new front window. It can be a sliding or adjustable type. Is it practical to extend? When looking to extend your home, be aware that the front entrance is not very large. Therefore, your entryway may look smaller with a new entry door.
Final Tip: Front doors should ideally be replaced every 10 years or so or when the door is in poor condition and no longer functions properly. You should also expect a 5-year guarantee on the door itself.