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New Front Doors - A Comprehensive Buyers Guide for Home Owners

Replacing your front door? With this comprehensive buyers guide, we help you to find the best solution for your property.


The front door of your home plays a crucial role in making a lasting impression and enhancing the overall curb appeal of your residential property. It not only serves as an entry point but also provides security, insulation, and aesthetic value.

Typical Front Door in Ireland - Palladio Door
Typical Front Door in Ireland - Palladio Door

When it comes to replacing your front door, there are several options available to suit your specific needs and preferences. In this article, we will explore different front door materials and their pros and cons. The following front door types are common in Ireland:

Klick on link to read details about each front door type or simply swipe down.


 
At Perfect Home we recommend Palladio Doors or PVC Doors. Use one of our Door Designers to create your own front door, submit it to us and we'll give you a detailed quote within days - including installation!
 

Composite Doors

Composite doors are a blend of various materials, including wood, fiberglass, and PVC. They offer a combination of durability, aesthetics, and insulation properties. Here are the pros and cons of composite doors.


Pros:

  • High durability and resistance to warping, rotting, and weather damage.

  • Excellent insulation properties, providing energy efficiency.

  • Wide range of design options and finishes available.

  • Low maintenance and long-lasting.

  • High Security: They often come with robust multi-point locking systems, reinforced frames, and toughened glass options, ensuring enhanced protection for your home and family.

Cons:

  • Higher initial cost compared to some other options.

  • Can be heavier than other materials, requiring proper installation.

  • Susceptible to fading or discolouration over time.

  • Limited customisation options compared to wooden doors.

Conclusion

Composite doors strike a balance between durability, aesthetics, insulation, and low maintenance requirements. Their exceptional durability, energy efficiency, and security features make them a popular choice among homeowners. While they may come with a higher initial cost and limited customisation options compared to other materials, the long-term benefits and hassle-free maintenance make them a compelling choice for those seeking a reliable, stylish, and secure front door for their residential house.


 

Palladio Doors

Palladio doors are a special type of composite door. Popular in Ireland, it is a premium option that combines elegant aesthetics, durability, and security features. The company from Limerick is known for their exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail. Here are the pros and cons of Palladio doors:


Pros:

  • Outstanding aesthetics, resembling traditional timber doors with intricate designs and realistic wood grain finishes.

  • High durability and resistance to warping, cracking, and fading.

  • Excellent security features, including multi-point locking systems.

  • Superior insulation properties, providing energy efficiency.

  • Low maintenance, requiring minimal cleaning and no need for painting or staining.

  • Available in a wide range of styles, colours, and glass options.

Cons:

  • Higher initial cost compared to other door options.

  • Limited availability, as Palladio doors are typically sold through authorised dealers or distributors.

  • Professional installation is recommended for optimal performance.


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Summary

Palladio doors offer a luxurious and visually appealing option for homeowners seeking a blend of elegance, durability, security, and energy efficiency. While they come with a higher price tag, their superior craftsmanship, low maintenance requirements, and long-lasting performance make them a worthwhile investment for those looking for a premium front door option. When considering Palladio doors, consult with authorised dealers or distributors to ensure you choose the right style and specifications for your residential house.

 

PVC Doors

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) doors are a cost-effective and low-maintenance option that offers several advantages for homeowners. Consider the following pros and cons of PVC doors


Pros:

  • Affordable compared to other materials.

  • Highly durable, weather-resistant, and long-lasting.

  • Excellent insulation properties, providing energy efficiency.

  • Low maintenance, requiring minimal cleaning.

Cons:

  • Limited design options compared to some other materials.

  • Vulnerable to extreme temperature changes, which can cause expansion or contraction.

  • May fade or discolor over time.

  • Relatively lower aesthetic appeal compared to wooden or fiberglass doors.

Conclusion

PVC doors provide an affordable, low-maintenance, and durable solution for front entrances. Their cost-effectiveness, resistance to weather elements, and minimal maintenance requirements make them an attractive choice for homeowners seeking a practical and functional front door option. While PVC doors may have limited design options and can be vulnerable to temperature changes and slight fading, they offer a reliable and long-lasting entryway solution. Consider your budget, desired aesthetics, and specific needs when deciding if PVC doors are the right choice for your residential house.


At Perfect Home we recommend to our customers to use PVC doors preferably as back doors (see our guide to choose a back door). As a front door, we believe, a Palladio door is the best choice in the longterm.

 

Wooden Doors

Wooden doors have been a popular choice for front entrances due to their timeless appeal and natural beauty. Here are the pros and cons of wooden doors


Pros:

  • Aesthetically pleasing and versatile, offering a classic and elegant look.

  • Can be customized with various finishes, stains, and paint colors.

  • Good insulation properties, providing energy efficiency.

  • Durable and long-lasting if properly maintained.

Cons:

  • Prone to warping, rotting, and weather damage without regular maintenance.

  • May require periodic refinishing or repainting.

  • Susceptible to termites and other pests.

  • Higher initial cost compared to some other options.


 

Steel Doors

Steel doors are known for their durability and security features, making them a practical choice for homeowners seeking enhanced protection. Consider the following pros and cons of steel doors


Pros:

  • Excellent security due to their strength and resistance to forced entry.

  • Low maintenance and resistant to warping, rotting, and pests.

  • Good insulation properties, providing energy efficiency.

  • Available in a wide range of styles and finishes.

Cons:

  • Limited customization options compared to other materials.

  • Can be susceptible to dents and scratches.

  • Poor insulation compared to some other options.

  • May require periodic repainting to prevent rust.


 

Fiberglass Doors

Fiberglass doors offer a balance of durability, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal, making them a popular choice for many homeowners. Here are the pros and cons of fiberglass doors


Pros:

  • Excellent durability and resistance to weather elements.

  • Low maintenance and resistant to warping, rotting, and pests.

  • Good insulation properties, providing energy efficiency.

  • Can mimic the appearance of wood or other materials.

Cons:

  • Higher initial cost compared to some other options.

  • Limited customisation options.

  • Susceptible to fading and discolouration over time.

  • May require periodic refinishing or repainting.


 

Conclusion

Choosing the right front door for your residential house involves considering factors such as aesthetics, security, insulation, durability, and maintenance requirements. PVC and composite doors are affordable alternatives to wooden doors, offering their own set of advantages. While PVC doors are cost-effective and low-maintenance, composite doors provide a balance of durability, insulation, and aesthetics. Ultimately, selecting the perfect front door will depend on your individual preferences, budget, and the specific needs of your home. Consulting with a professional and reputable door supplier can help you make an informed decision to ensure your front door enhances both the beauty and functionality of your residential property.



 

Looking for a back door?

If you're looking for a back door as well? Check out our guide to back doors. Decide if you go for a standard door, a French door, a sliding door oder a folding door.

 

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Front Door Examples

A selection of doors we have installed ....



If you have any questions or you need help in selecting the right front door for you then feel free to contact us!


 

About Perfect Home

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Perfect Home Windows & Doors is a leading service company for window repairs, window replacement, door repairs, door replacement and uPVC spraying in Ireland. Our specialists are repairing and replacing uPVC, aluminium and wooden windows as well as all types of doors. Our service includes installing new doors and windows as well as fixing hinges, handles, glass, seals and vents of windows, skylights and doors in county Carlow, Clare, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

 

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