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            External Doors Buying Guide

            Learn what to look for when updating a front or back doorway with this external doors buying guide, covering the types of designs available and popular materials. It also details planning considerations to keep in mind before making a purchase, including style, sizing, and keeping a home safe. Whether enhancing a hallway entrance, or connecting a home to the garden, find advice and recommendations in this joinery buying guide to make the right choice.

            What are the types of external door?

            • Front

              Choose a front design that combines smart styling with security and durability. Glazed options also let in light to help brighten a dark hallway.
            • Back

              Access the outdoors through a doorway that can withstand all weathers – great for fitting in a utility, boot room, or cooking area as a gateway to a garden.
            • Fire

              Create a safe emergency exit with fire-rated fittings. Typically made from plywood, they are designed to slow the spread of flames and smoke.
            • Front and back

              Pick a dual-purpose layout that can be used for access from both the street and the garden – a clever way to achieve a co-ordinated look on all sides.

            What are the different materials?

            • Composite

              Composite entryways use a combination of materials, including timber and uPVC, to create a sturdy doorway that can be designed in various colours.
            • Hardwood

              Opt for sturdy hardwood for a timeless look that will last. Choices including unfinished designs, ready to be painted or stained for a custom look.
            • Oak veneer

              Channel rustic character or Scandi living by choosing an authentic, grained pattern with warm timber tones. The veneer build ensures strength and stability.
            • Softwood

              Select a softwood design for an affordable way to achieve a welcoming entranceway – with a choice of traditional styles that offer classic appeal.

            Planning considerations

            • Style

            • Colour

            • Security

            • Size & fitting

            • Accessories

            • Weatherproofing

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