Where to start with buying a new front door?

(15 Posts)
Itsnotmycoat Sun 18-Sep-16 13:40:32

How much are they on average?

What sort is best against the weather? And safest?

No idea where to start, any advice appreciated!!!

Girlwithnotattoos Sun 18-Sep-16 13:57:29

It really depends on what you like, the age of your house, the material you want it made from etc etc. A upvc door will set you back about £500- £1000 with fitting depending on the style, a wooden one probably £250 -£500, composite doors are £750 - £1500 depending on the colour and style and aluminium one £2000 upwards.

You need to find styles you like and get prices from local companies, look at what colours works with your house type and look for designs that complement the age and style etc.

Girlwithnotattoos Sun 18-Sep-16 13:57:44

It really depends on what you like, the age of your house, the material you want it made from etc etc. A upvc door will set you back about £500- £1000 with fitting depending on the style, a wooden one probably £250 -£500, composite doors are £750 - £1500 depending on the colour and style and aluminium one £2000 upwards.

You need to find styles you like and get prices from local companies, look at what colours works with your house type and look for designs that complement the age and style etc.

timeforsomethingnewithink Sun 18-Sep-16 14:09:04

I got a upvc door a few years ago, cost £850. It's a good quality one though.

Itsnotmycoat Sun 18-Sep-16 14:09:27

I thought upvc ones were the cheapest, with wooden being more expensive?

Are upvc the best ones in terms of safety and durability?

PitchFork Sun 18-Sep-16 14:12:49

and have a look at your home insurance policy regarding the spec needed.
fwiw we went for a composite door for our victorian terrace.
victorian style with stained glass windows. looks really good. cost 2k incl the window above the door.

StuffandBother Sun 18-Sep-16 14:15:40

We've just ordered a 'composite' door with a window at the side in a green colour and it was £1300

PitchFork Sun 18-Sep-16 14:55:32

the 2k also included the removal of the old door, frame, making good inside.

namechangedtoday15 Sun 18-Sep-16 15:40:50

Yes, I think the composite doors are seen as "best" now - look very much like painted wood but are stronger / need less maintenance / less likely to warp etc.

Our builders have recommended Solidoor and Rockdoor as brands.

skippy67 Sun 18-Sep-16 17:32:52

We have a Rockdoor. Very solid, safe, and low maintenance.

SwedishEdith Sun 18-Sep-16 17:35:59

We got a quote for a wooden door plus new surround (1920/30s house - wanted it to be in keeping with the age of the house) - was £2600. shock.

PigletJohn Sun 18-Sep-16 21:50:19

If you have an ordinary house, with a door of ordinary size, a wooden door will cost you £100 upwards, and a new hardwood doorframe, if required, not so much.

Plastic doors are not very secure. Eurocylinder locks are not very secure. British Standard mortice locks are very secure.

There are some examples of doors here though you can pay less or more. There will be a fitting cost on top. National door and window companies will charge whatever they can.

Girlwithnotattoos Sun 18-Sep-16 23:10:02

Beware of composite doors the colours often fade and sometimes the door can get scratched leaving a noticeably lighter material underneath - this happened to our £900 shiny red composite door, 5 years later it was mess! We have now gone for a stylish aluminium one this time powder coated paint really high spec. It cost almost £3k but it's worth it.

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Mon 19-Sep-16 18:06:14

We put a Yale composite front door, dark blue, period style with decorative fanlight, on a rental property. It cost about £900 with all hardware, security locks and fitting. Done in about 10 days start to finish. We were very pleased with it and it still looks like new over 4 years later.
There is a large choice of styles, colours, hardware, etc. on the website.

Tootsiepops Mon 19-Sep-16 18:10:38

We had Everest out to quote for us. The fucker sat in our living room for two hours and then said £7k. For a front door. WHAT?

Swiftly showed him the door (ha ha!). The company we went with charged about a grand for a lovely door plus installation.

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