Double or single?
Deciding between a single door and a double door is the first step. This will depend on two things:
1. The type of look you want to achieve with the entrance
2. How much space you have.
If your home is more mansion than house, then a double-door design can be quite fitting, complementing the luxurious look you’re going for. And don’t think that double doors are only meant for modern- or classic designs – even the country and rustic styles, for example, can flaunt a double door made out of heavy wood or stone.
On the other hand, if your entrance is a bit narrow, then a single door (perhaps in a slim, minimalist-like design) can be the ideal option. Remember that you can always zhoosh up a door’s design in terms of sidelights, glass finishes, the type of doorknob/handle you’re adding, potted plants framing the entrance, etc.
Wooden doors (and windows) offer warmth and beauty, yet require attention and care. If treated correctly, wood will last for many years, which means it’s very important to ensure that your wooden windows and doors are sealed with the correct product, in the correct manner, before installation.
Advantages of wood:
· Wooden doors and windows can be customised.
· Wood has good natural insulation properties.
· Wooden doors and windows are energy efficient.
· Wooden doors and windows come in a variety of finishes.
· Wood is stylish.
Disadvantages of wood:
· Wooden doors and windows require regular maintenance.
· Wood is more expensive than aluminium after glazing and painting or varnishing.
When installed correctly, aluminium doors and windows will meet all your environmental regulations. Heat loss can be kept to a minimum with the correct glazing choice.
Advantages of aluminium:
· Aluminium is currently the most cost-effective option in South Africa.
· Aluminium doors and windows are customisable – particularly for unusual openings.
· Aluminium is available in an endless variety of custom colours.
· Aluminium doors are easy to install.
· Aluminium is virtually maintenance free.
· Aluminium windows and doors have a modern, streamlined design.
· Aluminium will not rot or perish.
Disadvantages of aluminium:
· Aluminium insulation properties are dependent on glazing selected.
Although a popular option in Europe for many years, uPVC (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride) is relatively new to the South African building industry. Currently, painted uPVC windows and doors are expensive in South Africa, yet if you are picking white, it will be very competitive compared to options like wood and aluminium.
Advantages of uPVC:
· uPVC has excellent insulation properties resulting in high energy efficiency.
· uPVC doors come in many attractive designs.
· uPVC doors carry long warranties.
· uPVC doors offer a tilt-and-turn option.
· uPVC is maintenance free.
· uPVC extrusions can be recycled.
Disadvantages of uPVC:
· At the moment, uPVC windows and doors are seen to be more expensive than wood and aluminium in South Africa.
· Painting of uPVC door frames significantly increases the price. For this reason, customers are limited to white if they choose uPVC.
· There are size limitations to uPVC doors.
Your door’s hardware should be a big priority. First, measure your door’s thickness and always try to look for a deadbolt to increase your door’s sturdiness. For this, we firmly recommend you make use of a professional in the field.
Of course for optimum safety, your front door should ideally be made of solid wood or, at the very least, have a solid-wood core. Other good options are fibreglass or metal and steel. If you choose a metal door, make sure that it has interior reinforcement and a lock block to prevent some from bending it open. Although they require more maintenance than other doors, reinforced steel doors are one of the most secure options available on the market today.
Windows on doors are great for getting a bit of natural light in and look beautiful as well, but they’re also a big risk when it comes to home security. If, however, a little glass design is a must-have for your front door, choose reinforced glass and add decorative bars or metal support.
Keep in mind that the frame and doorjamb are two elements that are vital to door security. A weak doorframe or jamb can easily be broken with physical force, and your door will be wide open in a few seconds. Instead of just a door jamb or a thin, flimsy strike plate, install a deeper box strike. Your doorjamb can also be reinforced with galvanized steel for maximum protection, making it impossible for anyone to break the door open with pure physical force.