Enhance your home – and make an impression - with a composite front door from VELFAC.
Choosing a new front door for your home can be difficult, as there are many factors that need to be taken in consideration. We have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions about front doors here.
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The choice is yours, but there are a few aspects to consider: if your entrance hall is dark, increase natural light by choosing a door with a security tested glass apertures, or install glass panels around the door – you could even create a full-height glazed screen facing part or all of the stairwell.
VELFAC flush entrance doors can be installed as back door or around the home, to provide stylish, secure and energy efficient side or back doors, again available in a wide range of designs.
What is the most secure front door?
When choosing your external doors, look for features which make forced entry difficult for intruders, such as multi-point locking or glazing fitted from the inside. Choose a front door which is solidly built with high quality materials and ideally ‘Secured By Design’ approved (the UK Police initiative to ‘design out crime’).
How to choose my new external front door style?
The first thing to consider when choosing a new entrance door is what type and door style best suits your property. This will depend on the style of your home, such as a country cottage or a contemporary home, you need to combine the look of your home with the type of front door that performs well.
Ideally, find a door which complements the external style of your property but remember that modern doors can offer more flexible design and colour options, so a door which looks traditional on the outside can be more contemporary within.
Also, look for a door that has been constructed with security and thermal efficiency in mind. Composite doors like VELFAC can be created in many different style to suit your taste and needs. For inspiration, see our gallery
uPVC is the most popular entrance door material for UK homeowners. It provides a good level of thermal performance and is the most affordable material choice. When compared with Composite windows and doors however, composite doors are more robust and resilient, meaning they will maintain their appearance for longer. While uPVC doors may suffer from the elements and fade over time, composite doors will not.
Are composite doors better than uPVC external front doors?
The difference between composite doors and uPVC entrance doors is in the type and quality of materials they are created with and the level of durability, thermal efficiency and security they provide.
Composite external front doors are extremely thermal efficient, highly secure and come in wide selection of different styles. Also, uPVC doors tend to be inflexible in terms of changing handles, hinges and locks, while a composite door can be repaired and require very low maintenance. Furthermore, the durability of a composite front door is usually much higher compared to a uPVC front door, which can break over time.
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VELFAC windows bring the best of two worlds - the warmth of internal wood and the durability and low maintenance of external aluminium. Our windows composite construction makes them a great alternative to wood or aluminium windows and gives a lot of benefits compared to modern upvc windows.
The double casement door not only provides a greater entrance and exit, it is also an aesthetic statement that enhance any home regardless of its age or style. In addition, a double casement door provides a lot of natural light, making it a great solution to open up your home to the garden.
VELFAC single sliding patio doors, also known as single leaf sliding doors, combine performance, functionality and style. If you are looking to increase the levels of natural light in your home whilst also benefiting from outstanding thermal efficiency, this is the product for you.
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The entrance door is an important element in your home as it can enhance its overall appearance and create a positive first impression for visitors, but there is so much more to consider other than aesthetics. Security is surely one of the most important aspects to consider for front doors, as well as their functionality and the quality of materials they are made of, as they need to resist not only the weather, but also many years of use and potentially any intruder’s attack.
VELFAC front doors are available in a range of contemporary styles, including plain or grooved flush doors, flush with inserted glass apertures, or as glazed doors, with glass panels and glazing bars in a variety of designs. All VELFAC front doors are tailor made, so they can be manufactured to your exact specifications and taste and can also be combined with VELFAC windows to create glass screens.
Front doors are designed to provide a barrier against the elements, such as rain, wind, and extreme temperatures, so they need to be built with high quality materials and offer excellent insulation, enhanced security and perfect fit into the door frame. VELFAC front doors feature warm wood and aluminium, which make them long lasting, low maintenance and highly thermal efficient. All of the colours that we offer are applied with a highly durable coating to ensure they don’t flake, peel or fade over time.
VELFAC composite front doors – whether solid or glazed - have been awarded ‘Secured by Design’ accreditation from the UK Police. High security features include internal beading, to prevent external removal of glazing, exceptionally strong construction and multi-point locking, resulting in a front door which is both a security feature and a design asset.
An average home loses 10 to 15% of its heat through its doors. This is not just due to draughts, but also conduction – especially in older uninsulated or improperly installed doors. VELFAC front doors are highly thermal efficient and can really make the difference on your home overall heat loss when combined with VELFAC windows.