Installing Front Door Hardware

Whether it’s time for a brand new Bespoke front door, or just an update by replacing some worn-out hardware, we’ve put together a few handy tips for when it comes to installing a new handle and lock for your door.

As well as looking fresh and clean, adding a new handle and lock system is a great way to boost curb appeal to your home, showcasing the fact it is up-to-date, well-looked after, and also safe and secure.

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To begin, it’s vital to ensure your new handles will be the perfect fit. Firstly, consider the dimensions of the backplates to ensure they’ll cover old existing holes and fixtures. Secondly, check the backset. This is the distance from the edge of the door to the centre of the borehole for the doorknob assembly. Most handles you can purchase are compatible with the two standardized backset dimensions of 2 3/8 or 2 3/4 inches.

1. Installing the Latch

Insert the new latch assembly into the existing borehole in the edge of the front door. Make sure the latch bolt is facing in the correct direction. By this we mean, the curved side of the latch bolt should be facing the strike plate on the jamb as the door is closed. Secure the latch assembly’s faceplate to the door with the screws.

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2. Joining the Handles

Align the exterior handle on the door by inserting the spindle or axle on the handle through the latch cylinder at a 90-degree angle. Then, carefully place the corresponding doorknob or lever on the interior side of the door, fitting the two parts together. It should feel slightly snug when the two parts join.

3. Deadbolts

Fit the latch bolt into the upper cross borehole, making sure the top is facing up. Then, screw the faceplate in to secure. Install the deadbolt mechanisms on the inside and outside, making sure the keyed cylinder part is on the outside of the door. The inside thumb turn should point up when unlocked, and point towards the door jamb when locked.

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4. Installing Strike Plates

Align the strike plate for the handle against the door jamb and attach using a couple of screws. Ensure that the lip of the strike plate is facing the direction in which the door opens out. Next, align the plate for the deadbolt, drill your holes, and install the strike plate to the door jamb with two screws for extra reinforcement.

5. Test

It’s vital to test your new handle and locks work correctly, or there could be danger of your house not being securely locked up if you should go out or lock-up for the night. Do some quick tests by shutting the door and checking to see if the handle sticks or binds. If it does, make sure the latch faceplate is flush with the door edge and doesn’t rub against the strike plate on the jamb. If the latch bolt isn’t properly aligned with the hole in the strike plate, remove the strike plate and use a chisel to extend the mortise in the direction needed to realign the bolt with the hole. Again, screw the plate back on and test the fit.

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5 Stunning Dark Front Door Colours to Inspire You to Go Bold

You don’t need to go bright and colourful to be bold. In fact, if brighter tones aren’t your style, why not consider a more sophisticated statement with classic blacks, navy blues, greys, or rich and natural wood tones? It’s the perfect solution if you’re looking to create a look that offers a little more moodiness and charm, and not to mention, a richly toned dark hue painted on your home’s front door makes for a very polished and classy look.

To help you modernise your facade with a stylish new bespoke front door colour, we thought we’d compile 5 of our favourite colours for creating a striking and timeless design for your home. It’s proof that you don’t need to go bright to go bold, or to give your home an entirely new look.

Black

Think about that little black dress, but instead, flaunt it on your home’s exterior. There is not a single colour combination more versatile than a classic polished black. This beautiful high-impact basic of a colour works great with almost any exterior materials, whether it’s coupled with white brick, red brick, wood tones, panels and more. We just love how it creates a dramatic curb appeal, drawing eyes in as they pass by.

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Dark Grey

You can’t go wrong with grey, and especially a darker and deeper grey tone, because it creates such a sophisticated and timeless look. It’s also a versatile choice as it suits more traditional and period properties as well as modern designs – and it’s also an all-year-round favourite, creating wonderful winter vibes later in the year, while beautifully complemented with lights and greenery throughout the summer.

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Olive Green

A darker green tone like olive green is a saviour of style and class when it comes to a home’s exterior, preventing it from fading away into the background. Allow it to pop with white trims and other elements to complement to complete the aesthetic – and use these tricks to your advantage throughout both summer and winter months.

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Maroon

An all-round win-win, a beautiful maroon paint makes for a flashy colour without the overwhelming brightness of other red tones. When surrounded by a light trim colour and complementing window frames and accents, a maroon door will create a distinguishing look to the exterior of your home, and drum up some serious curb appeal.

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Navy

A crowd-favourite, navy blue always makes a striking addition to the front exterior of your home. A lovely muted navy immediately draws eyes to that delicate hue of colour, without creating too much of a ‘serious’ look. Not to mention, it works well with endless exterior designs and materials.

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Choosing the right door colour can make all the difference, transforming a basic home exterior to a striking entranceway and focal point. Play around with deep and rich dark-coloured tones, and add a pop of colour with the symmetrical placement of planters, lighting, and hardware to give your home a balanced, eye-catching appeal.

Bespoke In: Green

In the spring, green is a top favourite amongst the designers and craftsmen at Bespoke Front Door. We just love how a green door can boast a warm welcome, as well as calm and collected vibes. In fact, green is often recommended to homeowners who are trying to enhance curb appeal in order to sell their home, resulting in an increased demand for green.

 

Having been a popular choice since the Victorian period, if you’re planning to do just one thing to enhance your home’s attractiveness, investing in a bespoke front door finished in a shade of green could be an inspired move.

 

First of all, consider the shade of green and have a think about what tone would complement the age and style of your home’s architecture and surroundings. If you’re not sure which shade of green to paint your bespoke wooden doors, our designers will be happy to help.

 

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Natural Sage

Softer shades like a natural sage or mint green are great choices for the exterior of Georgia and Victorian homes, contrasting beautifully with classic brickwork or white plasterwork. You can enhance the colour even further by incorporating some natural greenery to the surroundings of your door. Think potted plants, foliage or hanging baskets.

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Dark Racing Greens

This was a classic choice back in the 18th and 19th century, making it a traditional and iconic design that is still commonly used in and around London today. It makes a lush and powerful statement to any period home, especially when complemented with timeless polished brass door furniture, or even chrome fittings if you’re looking for a more contemporary edge.

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Muted and Pastel Greens

One of our favourite shades would have to be pastel shades of green. It’s subtle, elegant and also enhances positive vibes for your home. The gentle shades of muted greens work beautifully against traditional red brickwork and also makes a smart companion for stained glass door panels.

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Olive Greens

Rich, grounded and glamorous. Olive tones are a superb choice for London townhouses in need of a more substantial and sophisticated look – especially when contrasted against iconic black and white porch tiles. Again, polished brass door furniture is a timeless choice, but chrome fittings also provide a clean and more modern appearance.

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Handpainted

All of our Bespoke front doors are handcrafted and manufactured from strong and durable, hard-wearing timber that is guaranteed for at least ten years. We use Accoya® for these properties, renowned for its longevity and durability.

 

After the design concept,  but before each project leaves our workshop, our designers professionally and flawlessly apply your chosen paint colour by hand, ensuring no brush strokes or drip marks. The combination of the timber we use and paint we apply makes for a finished door that will withstand wear, tear and the elements. When the paintwork is of such good quality, a quick wipe with a damp cloth is all the care needed to ensure your door remains ‘evergreen’.

Bespoke In: Pink

With an endless spectrum of colours to choose from, it’s one of the hardest decisions to make throughout your bespoke front door project.

We believe that every home is completely unique, and so each door should represent your home’s true character and personality. The best way to do this is with a paint job.

This year, more customers than ever before are making statements of style with pastel shades – especially pink – and we love it! Our pink Victorian front doors have seen unprecedented levels of demand and the colour – in all of its hues – is perfect for adding instant curb appeal.

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Pretty In Pink

With pink having a major moment in interior design, it seems to have ventured to the exterior of our homes too. And why not? Pink is a versatile and fresh choice compared to neutral colours and does wonders to bringing a tired-looking home to life again.

There are, however, many shades of pink to choose from. It’s especially important to get the right shade of pink to perfectly capture the overall mood and style of your home. Popular choices are dusty, pastel and baby pinks as opposed to hot pinks or bubblegum pinks, but each one can beautifully complement features such as white pilasters, the greenery that frames an entrance and original monochrome tiling – a popular feature on pathways and doorsteps of Victorian homes.

Of course, pink in all its forms has many positive associations, signifying creativity, love, and passion. By using this playful colour on your front door, it adds personality and panache, boosting your homes curb appeal and makes stepping inside all the more inviting.

Shades We Love

1. Powder Pink

This beautiful pastel shade brings serious curb appeal to many stylish Victorian properties across London. The blush shade has a soothing finish and is the perfect accompaniment to warmer whites and polished chrome fittings.

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2. Raspberry Seriously Ripples

A deeper shade with more rich undertones, raspberry pink offers a bold and moody vibe to any front door. If you’re looking for a sophisticated and luxurious finish to offer timeless style that will be envied by all guests and neighbours, consider letting raspberry ripple.

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3. Candy Pink

This deep dusky pink is playful and creative, beautifully complementing vivid greenery and brickwork perfectly. We especially love this shade on classic Victorian properties, especially when contrasting with tiled porches and entrance walkways.

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4. Coral Pink

The latest trend in… pretty much everything. Coral Pink is a fresh and eye-catching shade that complements any property style beautifully. It’s also a great choice for springtime which will soon be upon us, as it contrasts perfectly with natural greenery and foliage. It’s time to get those hanging baskets up and out.

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Like what you see? Pink is a relatively easy colour to work with, but before you take the plunge, imagine your home in all seasons and consider the overall look in the area you live. It’s great to stand out, but worse to look amiss.

 

Bespoke In: Blue

Your front door is an opportunity to show off your personality, and if you’re looking to enhance curb appeal as well as your own personal creative tastes, it could be something as simple as a new coat of paint. And, when it comes to picking out a new colour for your bespoke front door, blue is a timeless shade and a classic that works in harmony with any property type – the perfect style for all year round.

With blue comes a huge variety of shades to choose from navy blue, pastel blues, duck egg blue and more classic blues like this year’s Pantone Colour of the Year. Finding the perfect shade is just a matter of deciding on the kind of mood you want to create.

And, when it comes to creating a mood, different shades have a knack for enhancing different vibes. Did you know that the colour blue is often associated with calmness, intelligence and peace? Of course, different shades have different qualities. If you mean to create a serene and friendly feel, then light earthy powdered blues are a popular choice. If it’s a grounded, prosperous and strong look you want to achieve, then navy and classic blues are the ones for you.

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Navy Blue

Navy is a strong choice for Georgian and Victorian properties, being a shade of colour that never goes out of style. It has a way of producing a striking and powerful mood, especially when combined with stylish chrome door furniture and elegant glazing. With a navy blue, you can really create a sophisticated look to be envied by your neighbours.

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Cornflower Blue

Lively and creative, cornflower blue is a refreshing choice for your front door and works beautifully of classic four-panel and six-panel doors, adding an unexpected but stylish burst of colour. Powder blues have a way of making a home feel inviting and welcoming, and looks amazing alongside pristine white stone façades and black and white tiling, giving them an instant lift. Enhance the character even further with warm polished brass door furniture.

Calm and Collected

Contemporary homes with a linear flat frontage or classic Victorian terraces look superb with pastel shades for a front door colour. It’s a perfect choice for those who are colour shy or prefer a more subtle look. More serene shades of blue like duck egg or baby blue can really lift the characteristics of your home with a fresh and friendly look. These colours look amazing combined with chrome door furniture alongside some opaque glazing or sidelights.

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Painted by Hand

Once you have decided on your colour, all of our bespoke front doors are hand-painted by professionals to help you make the perfect first impression for your home. We truly believe that the perfectly finished door makes a home, offering timeless style for years to come.

Get in touch for a free no-obligation visit at a time that’s convenient for you. We can talk you through your options and provide you with plenty of case studies and past projects to inspire.

Complementing Traditional Period Door Features Part 1 – The History

If you live in a period home, it’s likely that you flaunt a traditional period front door to match – and there’s no better way to maintain and respect the elegance of your home’s architectural charm. If your period front door is an original, chances are it isn’t as secure as doors you see around the block today. But did you know, you can upgrade your existing door with some modern-day features and still keep the authentic character within your home?

Let’s look at the history at some of these doors, starting with the Georgian era, all the way to the 1930s. In part two, we’ll look at how our services can help preserve the history and style of your home.

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Georgian Homes

Built during the 18th century, Georgian homes are super easy to identify as they often boast a classic symmetrical look with flat-fronted facades. You’ll also notice that the front door is usually positioned centrally with a window on both sides.

Georgian doors themselves were large, durable and often quite stately-looking. Often you’ll see them painted in a rich glossy coat of darker but bold colours. Think blacks, reds and greens – complemented with classy brass door furniture.

At Bespoke Front Door, we are skilled in handcrafting and recreating Georgian door designs to recreate the original character of your home.

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Victorian Homes

Built during the 19th century, most Victorian properties boast large bay windows on the ground floors, reflecting a gothic architectural style.

Traditionally, a Victorian front door would showcase a homeowners wealth and stature in the community via elaborate front door designs. These would often be enhanced with eye-catching stained glass panels and sidelights, as well as colourful porches, doorsteps and tiling. The Victorian period created curb appeal, it seems. It’s easy to see why so many homes in and around London aim to recreate Victorian builds, touching on their classic poise and timeless style.

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Edwardian Homes

Built within the decade of 1900-1910, Edwardian homes often portrayed a square-fronted villa style, beautifully decorated with small front gardens and foliage around the door. As well as this, stained glass panels were also a main feature because glass was now cheaper to manufacture than previous years, opening up a whole new style of front door to be used for years and years to follow.

1930s Homes

Built during the 1930s, of course, there was an overall rise in homeownership during the war, and therefore the building of new homes. Typically, these houses are semi-detached with a single large window on one side of the door. Again, glasswork was on the rise but took a more artistic turn with art deco designs e.g. classic sunburst glass panels. Throughout years after, the art deco designs flourished and we can still see some more modern details in period front doors from this era that are making a serious revival in bespoke doors today.

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Read part two to see how our services at Bespoke Front Door can help you preserve your home’s overall character and history.

Save Energy With Your New Front Door

There’s no better way to add value to your home than enhancing curb appeal and saving money on both energy bills and home insurance with a new front door. By improving the overall look, as well as insulation and security features, you could make 2020 the time to get your money’s worth on your home, whether it’s a new buy and you’re improving your home for the long-run, or you’re planning on selling up and moving on.

Find out more about how our bespoke front door services could help you save energy and money on your home.

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Why Does Insulation Matter?

During the summer months, insulation might be the least of your worries. But, with the latest destruction brought around by the likes of Storm Dennis, the start of 2020 brings a serious chill – and it’s even more unpleasant if your home isn’t properly insulated. A new front door can dramatically reduce the amount of energy lost, especially if it’s been made-to-measure.

At Bespoke Front Door, we make it a priority to take precise measurements of your doorway before the design concept begins. Better insulation will improve your energy rating and save you money by keeping the heat in and the thermostat down.

Why We Use Accoya®

We use Accoya® for our front doors because it’s not only sustainable but also reliable, hardwearing and maintains it’s impeccable style throughout years of use and harsh weather conditions. Because of its durable properties, it’s an immensely popular choice that is favoured by architects all over the world when considering timber wood for outdoor use.

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The Ideal Glazing

From more traditional stained glass to more modern looks, our bespoke glazing provides your new front door with character and authenticity. It’s also super practical too, as with strengthened glass comes additional security for your home.

As well as safety enhancement, opaque and frosted glass options are great for allowing natural light in your home, especially in and around London where city homes where sunlight can be limited, and there’s an extra need for warmth and noise reduction.

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One Of A Kind

Our front doors are not a high-street buy. Bespoke Front Door offers a bespoke service where every project varies from another. We appreciate that no two homes are the same, so why make the same door? Whether you require a non-standard size or thickness, an authentic Georgian or Victorian style, an Edwardian or mid-century style, or you’re looking for something more modern and contemporary, we have a range of ideas to choose from.

Our services make it easy to adjust to your own unique specifications, with the required door furniture, state-of-the-art security details and paint colour. The bespoke nature and exclusive quality of our front doors are what makes each of them one of a kind.

Get in touch for a free, no-obligation design visit at a time that’s convenient for you. You’ll be able to see first-hand what we’ve done for other homes, and discover the many design options available, giving you inspiration and the confidence to see what’s possible.

How To Choose The Right Front Door For Your House – 4 Things To Consider

When it comes to choosing a new front door, it’s important to ensure you opt for something that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. However, it’s also a good idea to consider the overall appearance and style of your house.

By picking something that’s inconsistent, it could result in a mismatch of character – and a door that doesn’t match the personality of your house. And, let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than making a purchase you’ll live to regret – especially when it’s the first thing you see when you arrive home, and the last thing you see when you leave.

In this article, we break down all the aspects of finding the perfect front door for your house.

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Size

One of the main things to consider when searching for a new front door is the size of the door itself. Bear in mind the overall size and stature of your home, and try to aim for something that maintains a good house to door ratio. Don’t opt for something too big that distracts away from the other characteristic features of your home, but also something that will grab attention and enhance curb appeal.

Conventionally, the typical London door width happens to be anywhere from 32” to 36”. But you can go even bigger if it suits the blue. An entry space with more width will also make it easy to manoeuvre items in and out of your house.

Colour

Of course, colour is another integral aspect of your front door, and it’s so difficult to decide on a single colour when there’s an overwhelming number of options to choose from. For the best results, we recommend sticking with door colours that complement the rest of the elevation and the walls surrounding the door. Think natural wood tones or elegant blacks, greys and dark blues.

Having said that, there’s no harm in opting for colours that are trending at the moment. Some of which are bold and vibrant, making it easy for your home to stand out in the crowd. Yellows, reds, sky blue and pastel pinks are all popular choices at the moment, and super effective in enhancing curb appeal if you’re thinking of selling up.

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Style

If you already have the size and colour in mind, you may have already considered the style of the door itself. But this is often where homeowners get it wrong. With London townhouses, you can’t go wrong with a traditional Victorian style door, panelled Georgian feel, or an old town European style. These are timeless styles that not only appeal to the eye but also complement the brickwork and structure of classic London homes. Use it to your advantage.

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Let There Be Light!

By allowing more light to enter your house, your home looks aesthetically pleasing from every angle. In fact, the more natural light inside the house, the more open it feels, and the better your mood. It’s also great if you’re keen on maintaining some natural greenery throughout your home.

If your house is troubled with dark gloomy hallways and awkwardly-placed windows, why not choose a door that is full of at least ¾ lite panel. You could even experiment with different glass panel configurations, designs and shapes. All of these can be used to make the glass door all the more pretty to look at, and an awesome first impression for guests and visitors.

New Year, New Projects!!! Reasons to Replace Your Front Door For 2020

Some doors close, others open, and many of us go the extra mile and decide to buy a brand new one! But hey, it’s not only a new year but also a new decade, making it the perfect time for fresh starts and brand new projects!

Here are six inspiring reasons you should consider a new front door in 2020.

1. First Impressions

Maybe you’re not quite finished with your festive partying, or perhaps family and friends are still in town and planning a visit. What better warm welcome is there than a brand new door to enhance the main entrance?

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2. Curb Appeal

For those homeowners who are itching for a new start this year and planning to sell up, it’s been said that a stylish and well-kept front door adds thousands to your overall retail value.

As reported in the Daily Mail just a few months ago, John Kingston, of online estate agents Yopa, said: ‘First impressions count when it comes to selling your home. Make sure you have a freshly painted front door and any glass in it is clean’.

It’s seriously a move to consider if you’re making reservations with the property ladder.

3. Cut Those Energy Bills

With a new year comes a very chilly January, so why not get ahead of the game and replace your front door with something more thermally efficient. Our made-to-measure bespoke front doors are the perfect fit to eliminate draughts and block out the cold.

4. Reduce The Maintenance

If your current Victorian front door requires some effort to maintain, either through endless coats of paint or regular finishing, why not make your life a little easier over the next several years?

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Our Accoya doors maintain quality and hold colour twice as long as other tropical hardwoods, making them not only a cost-effective choice, but also a life-saver for time-efficiency.

5. Going Green?

If you’ve been promising some eco-friendly changes, why not use the new year as the perfect opportunity to make them?

As mentioned previously, our doors are made from Accoya wood – a non-toxic and 100% recyclable wood, comprised sustainable sources including FSC, PEFCTM and other regionally certified woods. Not only that, the entire manufacturing process is non-toxic in which nothing is added to the wood that does not already naturally occur in it.

Therefore, not only does Accoya wood protect the environment from the harmful effects of common treatments during its life, but it can also be safely reused, recycled and incinerated when no longer required.

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6. Bliss

If you live in a busy area, near main roads, close to attractions, or next door to noisy neighbours, you may be considering making some structural changes to your home. Did you know, a solid, double-glazed front door is a great way to keep out the noise?

Create some bliss for you and the family this year with some peace, quiet, extra security, and last but not least, style.

5 Reasons to Replace Your Door This Winter

After a long day at the office, we rush through the door, kick our boots off, remove the woollies, and we cosy up to enjoy the remainder of our evening. Having just passed through, the door is the last thing on our mind, and we often find ourselves pushing these jobs aside for another time – especially with the busy festive period!

What you might not know, however, is that the winter period is the perfect time to think about your home exteriors. Here are five reasons to replace your Victorian front door this wintertime.

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1. Warmer Homes

If your new London front door project is long overdue, don’t put it off any longer. A new front door could be key to keeping your house warm and toasty through the winter months.

No matter how powerful your heater may be, or the size of your roaring fire, an old door with bad insulation will let all the cold air creep inside your house. Not to mention, decent insulation could keep those heating bills at bay!

2. A Better Fit

Even though old doors could be the root of poor insulation, the same situation could occur with a brand new door – especially if you installed it over the summer. Did you know, during high temperatures, the framework of your entire house can expand? This means, once the temperate drops and your house constricts, you may find gaps around the framework of your door, resulting in cold draughts and a hefty gas bill!

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3. Extra Security

Unfortunately, over the busy Christmas period, break-ins and burglaries are more common. In fact, last year Halifax reported a 35% increase in claims for forced burglaries during the darker months, compared with summertime figures. And not only that, it has been reported that a massive 74% of burglars actually enter the home via the front door.

This is usually due to the darker nights, increased motive with expensive Christmas gifts, or even for shelter from the cold.

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But, with a strong and sturdy new front door, it can act as a deterrent for intruders, preventing the likelihood of a break-in. There’s no better price to pay for the extra security for your home, and that all-needed peace of mind.

4. Cost-Effective

Another great advantage of winter door replacement is the likelihood of a good bargain! There is less demand for door installations over the winter period, putting you on a shorter waiting list with the probability of a decent discount. From Black Friday sales to holiday promotions, if you’re working from a budget, it could be the perfect time to tick this project off your list.

5. Visual Appeal

As well as being one less thing to do during the summer months, a winter front door installation also has its practicality and visual appeal. It’s the one time of the year you go all-out with exterior decor, whether it’s Christmas wreaths or hanging fairy lights.

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Wouldn’t you agree that a brand new door to match would be the ultimate finishing touch to your outdoor winter wonderland?

It’s the perfect time to get creative, and make a smart investment for your home. Plus, doing so now will mean your home will look great in time for summer!