Our simple guide to buying a new front door

6 min read Doors

You need a new front door for your home but where do you start? If your front door is past its best, it could be time to upgrade. Never fear, here at Sheerwater Glass we have all the answers to make your search for a new entrance door simple.

What are the most important things to consider when looking for a new front door?

  • Thermal efficiency

One of the first points that you should think about when looking for a new front door is how much warmth it will keep inside your home. A thermally efficient door will ensure that you and your family are comfortable as well as keep your energy bills down. You’ll want to pick a door that has high performance and energy ratings. All of our doors, whether you choose uPVC, composite, aluminium or timber are thermally efficient and will help keep your carbon footprint, as well as your bills down.

  • Security

The second important consideration when shopping for a new front door is how secure it is. As the main entrance to your home, you need it to be strong and secure against any unwanted visitors. The type of locking mechanism it has as well as what quality control checks it has passed should all be a key concern. Doors that meet BSI (British Standards) have been put through rigorous testing for safety and security. All of our doors at Sheerwater Glass meet, and often surpass the requirements for BSI. Our front doors at Sheerwater Glass are all equipped with multipoint locks and kite-marked locking cylinders for your peace of mind and a secure home. They are also approved by the police thanks to Secured by Design accreditation.

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  • Aesthetics

Your front door is one of the first aspects of your home a visitor will see so you want it to be inviting and we believe it should also reflect the personality of your home and family. Your front door also plays a key role in your home’s kerb appeal, so from its colour to the glazing you want to ensure it looks exactly how you want it. We offer a wide range of colours, styles and glazing options to allow you to fully personalise your new front door and make it bespoke to your home. Whether you want a modern or traditional style, we have the perfect door design for you. Our excellent designers can help you find the perfect solution for your brand-new entryway.

  • Ease of maintenance

You don’t want to have to spend ages keeping your door looking good as new. Thankfully all of our door options are practically maintenance free and will keep looking in tiptop condition for many years to come. Just a simple clean every so often (and a recoat every few years in the case of timber) will ensure that your front door looks its best with minimal effort.


Which material is best for a front door?

  • uPVC front doors

One of the most popular choices for a front door is uPVC or unplasticised polyvinyl chloride uPVC doors – a lightweight yet highly durable material. With very little maintenance needed it doesn’t rot, fade or rust and keeps your home protected and warm. All of our uPVC doors are A-rated for thermal efficiency and come with a 10-year installation guarantee. With multi-point locking mechanisms and glazing beads which prevent the glass from being removed from the outside, they are the secure choice too. We also offer uPVC timber alternative doors if you want the look of timber with the modern benefits of uPVC.

  • Timber front doors

Timber front doors are a popular choice for country and traditional homes and as a material, it is strong and sturdy. Timber is also a great insulator providing high performance when it comes to keeping the cold at bay. Our timber doors are an environmentally friendly choice as they are carbon neutral and we ensure we only use timber from FSC-certified forests.

  • Aluminium front doors

If you want a truly modern door with excellent strength and thermal efficiency, an aluminium front door aluminium doors could be for you. Incredibly robust and strong, aluminium is the ideal material for home improvement projects as it is lightweight and flexible, allowing it to be utilised in a range of ways. Sleek and slimline frames allow you to have more glazing in your door and fill your home with light. The latest polyamide thermal barrier technology creates an impenetrable barrier that won’t let the cold enter your home. Aluminium is also corrosion free and will withstand whatever the weather throws at it with little maintenance needed to achieve this. All of our aluminium products come with a durable powder coating that will last for at least 25 years without fading.

  • Composite front doors

Composite doors offer the desirable look of timber but with the performance of more modern materials. With a solid timber core, uPVC and a glass-reinforced polymer skin, a composite door gives you the best of everything for a high-quality and robust door. Its core ensures it will trap warmth inside with A+ rated energy performance while its outer skin is maintenance free and resistant to corrosion and cracking. With an aluminium threshold, they can withstand all weather conditions. With a range of styles and colours, you can achieve the look of timber with a protective coating that doesn’t require maintenance and will last for at least 30 years. Why not try our composite door builder to design your perfect door?

Choose Sheerwater Glass for your perfect front door

Across Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex and Berkshire we can provide attractive, strong and low-maintenance front doors perfect for everyone’s home. Offering the highest levels of thermal and energy efficiency as well as security to keep your bills low and your home safe and comfortable. You can stand out of the crowd with our bespoke options including colours, finishes, glazing and various hardware options. We also offer double glazing, patio and bi-folding doors as well as conservatories and orangeries. Whatever home improvement you need we offer the expertise you need so why not get in touch today and receive a free quote?

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