Doors for your home
I remember leaving a well-known home improvement store with my Dad when we were approached by a double glazing salesman. 'Any doors or windows?', he asked. 'No, thanks', replied my Dad. 'We've got all the doors and windows we need.'
Is that your situation? Do you have all the doors and windows you need? Of course you've got both, but think about this: are they the right ones for your home? In the remainder of this article I'm going to explain about the range of doors which are available and outline the features that make them suitable for particular situations.
There's something about wood that brings warmth to a space, whether it be a hallway or a living room. As I write this I'm looking at the door. It's a four-panelled door made of pine and it's plain. No varnish. No stain. Most important, it's a solid door. It fits its frame well - thus keeping out draughts - and it will hold back a fire for at least half an hour, allowing plenty of time to get out of the house.
Please consider the issue of fire when choosing your internal doors. You may want to have doors which are part-glazed to allow light to flow through your home. There is nothing wrong with these so long as they contain toughened glass to BS6206 and are used in the right part of the house - the right part being nowhere which leads to a safe route out of the house.
Perhaps your space is too wide for a single door. You then have two choices: two doors or a bi-fold door. With the former, you may have the capacity for doors which slide into recesses rather than doors which hinge. Whether you choose sliding, hinged or bi-fold, consideration of integrity and fit still applies and with the first and last style a need to consider the integrity of the lintel which will support their runner(s).
When it comes to exterior doors UPVC is the material. Wood looks good in a front door but doesn't have the durability of UPVC. Today's quality of UPVC is the highest it has ever been, as is its ability to keep draughts out and keep heat in. To you, it's a money-saver cutting your maintenance and heating costs. What about style? Solid, or part-glazed? Contemporary or traditional look?
What type of lock? Today, multi-point locking systems come as standard. It's your choice on how the system is engaged. For example, from inside the house one type requires you to depress the handle to open the door. In other words, once closed the door is locked, thus requiring a key from the outside. For added security when locking the door you can raise the handle and then use the key. Another type of lock requires you to lock the door from both sides.
There's a lot more to doors than first meets the eye, but hopefully this article has given you more ideas and possibilities of what you can achieve with the various types and styles out there.