We have a upvc door (more than 10 years old), it is south facing, has cracked in the sun and is leaking. I hate the big chunky frames that come with upvc doors, visitors always seem to trip out my door, thinking of going back to hardwood external door, anyone done this and have any advice/thoughts. Thanks
Opinions will differ, but I greatly prefer wooden doors. You will need a professional chippy to fit it, a DIY, handyman or general builder will not do it as well or as quickly. Look at samples of their work first. A hardwood doorframe is relatively inexpensive.
if it is exposed to the weather, paint will last better than stain or varnish. But with an open porch, a wooden door can easily last a hundred years or more.
You will need a British Standard lock. Position the letterbox far away from the lock.