The Complete Buyers Guide to Exterior DoorsSeptember 9, 2015
Choosing The Right Exterior Doors
We all have our own reasons for changing our exterior doors. Perhaps they’re in desperate need of repairing or repainting, to the point where they’re desperate to be replaced. Perhaps the style of the external doors no longer fit in with the style of your home.
In order to make the purchase process even easier, we’ve decided to point out the main elements to consider when choosing a door, whether you’re looking to replace your current outdated entrance with a stylish wooden front door or you’re in the process of choosing some UPVC doors for your new conservatory, it’s advised to consider the following questions:
Does it matter which door frame you use?
Ideally, you want to use a door frame which matches the manufacturer of the door, this way you’re guaranteed to have no problems, (especially if you’re opting to fit the door yourself).
Also, softwood frames are much easier to paint than other types, will last you a while and are cost effective.
Does it matter which door material I choose?
The simple answer is yes.
The weather plays a bit part in the kind of door you should choose. With the British climate constantly unable to make up it’s mind, it’s essential that you choose (particularly) a front door which will be suitable for the weather conditions.
For example, if you’re thinking about buying a wooden front door, be certain that you’re in a position to paint and stain the door to avoid any unwanted rot.
Another reason you may want to choose a specific material is down to the climate in your area. If you live in a place with constantly low temperatures, you may want to think about investing in a U Value energy efficient door. The lower the U Value, the more energy efficient the door is.
Which external doors are most secure?
To be honest, it’s more a question of which doors are not most secure. If your external doors are hollow or feel slightly loose, even having locked them, you should get these doors replaced.
Unless your doors are made from fiberglass, solid wood or steel, you may as well have a hole in the wall (perhaps a slight exaggeration).
If you’re particularly worried about somebody breaking in to your home, consider replacing your door with one that swings inwards, this will help to detract any type of forced entry.
What do I need to know before changing my doors?
The only important thing you need to check are the building regulations for your area. Find out more about building regulations here.
How to maintain your exterior doors the right way.
Maintaining your doors is crucial to the longevity and lasting quality of them. No matter what type of external door you have, each requires some kind of maintenance, some more than others.
Therefore, we picked out some of the most asked questions from around the web and answered them all for you, in as much detail as we can.
Do I need to use a particular paint when decorating my door?
We'd recommend choosing either an acrylic latext paint or an oil based paint.
Arylic paints are the perfect choice for those looking to paint over a door that's already installed, they will cover pretty much any paint that's already been applied. Oil based paints should be used when painting a brand new door for the first time, this sort of paint wdries quickly and maintains its appearance for years.
We'd also recommend watching this video for the best way to paint your exterior door:
How do I waterproof my exterior door?
It's important to both waterproof and seal your exterior doors to help them last longer and to save yourself some money and energy at home. Rather than listing the steps here, check out this extremely great eHow article which lists an easy 8 step guide to waterproofing your doors.
How do I remove varnish from my door?
Stripping the varnish from your doors is actually quite easy, well summarised in this video my Polycell...
What's the best way to clean my exterior door?
We'd recommend using Murphy Oil Soap to clean your doors, it will clean any wooden doors without leaving any stains or streaks whilst also protecting it further.
If you're in a rush to clean your door, you can also combine hot water, a mild soap and a soft sponge which will also do the job for the time being. Start by cleaning around the door frame first and then start from the top and work your way down to the bottom
One you've cleaned your door, you'll want to use a clean towel to wipe down your door and dry it effectively.
How do I fix and prevent a rotting door?
To prevent your door from rotting, make sure the bottom of the door is well sealed, as rainwater will make its way through this area of the door and sit to create the rotting process.
In terms of fixing a door that is already vulnerable to rot, this video by easydiymovies offers loads of great tips in 5 minutes...
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