Whether you live in a 1980’s maisonette, a Victorian red brick terrace or a modern semi-detached bungalow, replacing your tired, worn front door with a brand new UPVC door is a great way to update your home and make it more energy efficient. Take a few moments to read through our handy guide to UPVC doors and see if this product is right for you!
You might think there’s nothing wrong with your existing front door, but when you consider that it needs to be weatherproofed and varnished on a regular basis, you can see why new UPVC doors are such a tempting option. UPVC doors are low maintenance and will last for years to come – the only thing you need to do is wipe them down to clean them.
What’s more, UPVC is far more energy efficient than a wooden door, and retains heat in your home, keeping the cold out and your energy bills down. This means that when you come to sell your property, your energy rating could be higher, making your home more appealing to buyers.
UPVC isn’t just durable and energy efficient, it is also one of the most secure materials for a front door to be constructed from. Modern UPVC doors usually feature multi point locks, making your home more secure and reducing your home insurance premium. All UPVC doors should pass the PAS24 standard for security, to ensure that they meet the highest levels of security and safety testing. UPVC doors won’t swell and warp in damp conditions like wood, so they fit securely in all weathers, and most are anti-crowbar, so harder for intruders to force open.
UPVC doors are available in a wide range of colours and can even feature a wood grain finish for those who miss the look of traditional wooden doors. Some suppliers will spray paint UPVC doors with a special, durable paint that can be colour-matched to your existing architecture for a cohesive, visually appealing look. These doors add value to your home – buyers can often be turned off by the prospect of having to replace old doors and windows. By fitting new UPVC front and back doors to your property, you’ll be making a good impression from the moment they come up the front path.
Choosing your provider
When choosing your provider you should ensure that the company or person you're dealing with has a good reputation. If they are a local provider then ask around to see if anyone you know has used them previously. If they are a nationwide provider then don’t simply presume because they are a large company that they provide good service and quality products. In either instance it is advisable that you check with consumer websites to gain an understanding of previous customer's experiences.
Not focussing on price
If you've chosen to install a UPVC door then chances are you've done so for a reason. Regardless of whether that be for improved security or reduced energy bills you need to ensure that price doesn't become an overriding factor. Scrimping on a UPVC door (or the fitting of it) could very well mean that you'd have been better off staying with your old door in the first place!
Choosing a style that is sympathetic to your home
Choosing a UPVC door that is sympathetic to your home is essential in any instance, but particularly when the home you live in is a period property. Thankfully the UPVC doors of old are a thing of a past, and rather than dealing with garish designs, you now have more options, that are of better quality.
If you have a period property, then you may wish to research what's available in mock wood; these types of doors will be far more subtle than one in white PVC.
Getting the best deal
Getting the best deal very often involves a lengthy internet search. In particular you should be looking to purchase during sale times; this way you can ensure you end up with a quality product for less, rather than a cheaper product at its usual price.
Prices on uPVC doors only at the moment vary between £250 and £400. The cost is similiar for front, side and back doors but you may consider adding a few more elements and panels to your front door so it will become a little more expensive than the rest. The final price of the door will depend on the following as well - colour, should glass panels be added, door grids, accessories such as knocker or spyhole, insulation.
Avoiding the door step seller
Practically everyone knows of the tedious visits from double glazing sales men or women (who also offer UPVC doors); they are renowned for their hard sell approach and should generally be avoided if you're looking to make an informed choice rather than one that is made on impulse.