11 Mar

Making a Good First Impression with Your Front Door

Choosing a front door can be difficult, since it really is your introduction to the world. People will see the door before they even get to meet you, so it’s important to select your door carefully.

 

Colour Matters

The colour of your front door is an important first look at your home. Rockdoor Composite doors are available in thirteen colours. What kind of impression do you want to give?

A crisp white door is always neat and offers a simple front. However, colours can indicate more personality. Ruby Red indicates passion, while Irish Oak is inviting and friendly. Chartwell Green and Sapphire Blue are calmer hues, but tend to invoke relaxation. Which colour best suits your personality?

 

Which Material?

Selecting the material for your front door is also important. Not only do the right materials keep burglars out, they also contribute to the overall look of a door.

Composite doors are more expensive, but they’re worth it. With higher energy efficiency and a pleasant look, the composite front door is a good choice for security and presentation.

Choose your material carefully, since you want something that is solid, but still beautiful.

 

Security?

There are many things that make a Rockdoor so much more secure than the other composite front and back doors available in the UK.

S-Glaze technology ensures the glass forms part of the door itself so that it cannot be prised out of the door to gain access (a common and very quiet method that burglars use at night time).

A reinforced inner frame that is 60% stronger than a standard composite door meaning a Rockdoor cannot be rammed and forced open.

Nickel coated solid brass hook locks that slide in to steel keeps and run the full length of the doors outer frame for additional strength and security acting as part of the multipoint lock system.

Diamond Secure 3 Star Cylinders are used on all our exterior doors. With a TS007 3 star rating (the highest rating available), there really is no way a burglar would be able to force, snap or drill the lock cylinder.

Steel Mesh (optional) for those that live in a slightly more isolated area than most, security mesh can be added to your Rockdoor for an additional layer of security, making our already strong door sash 4 times stronger.

Along with the above security features you can also choose to add extra hooks, security chains, a night latch and laminated glass, all helping to give you the total peace of mind that your family and home are safe – even when you’re not there.
 

Adding Decorative Elements

A solid door can look great and is nice and secure. However, there are often design elements that can enhance how your exterior door looks and these are a wonderful addition to an otherwise plain door.

A design with glass panes in the door can serve as a decorative and a practical element. Clear panes allow you to look out and see who is outside the door. Stained glass or textured glass allows light to flow into the home, while providing a little extra colour.

Door knockers are just one option for adding some metal to your door, available in modern and traditional styles. Stainless steel Bar Handles are also a very popular design feature.

Your front door makes an impression, so be sure to select the perfect choice for your home.

11 Mar

How Energy Efficient Are Your Doors?

When choosing a front door for your home, you probably aren’t thinking much about energy efficiency, but it’s an important factor. The exterior doors of your home have a lot to do with how energy efficient your home ends up being, so select carefully.
 

Best Door Materials

Not all doors are equal, so you need to select the exterior doors for your home based on their energy efficiency and Composite doors are our recommended solution.

There are various innovative technologies used when manufacturing Rockdoor Composite Doors that make their doors superior to most exterior composite doors.

S Glaze technology isn’t just designed to keep homeowners secure, as the glass is locked in to the door draughts are unable to get through the glazing aperture. To put is simply – there is nowhere for the air to go, therefore it cannot escape!

Thermal efficient materials such as PVC-U skins, reinforced frames and Polyurethane foam all work together to achieve the best possible energy ratings.

Low PVC-U Threshold is just another option that you can choose to help reduce energy bills and achieve that all important A++ energy rating!
 

Windows in Doors

Many front doors feature glass windows to let you see who is on the other side, and also as a decorative element. However, glass allows heat and cold to move freely back and forth if not treated properly.

Clear Backing Glass is a great way to improve the thermal performance of your Rockdoor, as a special coating can be applied to the glass making it even more thermally efficient.
 

Energy Ratings

When we choose new white goods one of the first things we look at is the colourful energy rating certificate on the front to ensure we’re making the right choice! So why wouldn’t you consider energy efficiency when choosing a new external door, after all, it is likely that your door is where most of the heat escapes, so, whether it’s your front or back door that you’re looking to replace you should consider choosing an energy efficient external door.

11 Mar

A Guide to Front Doors: Styles and Trends

As the entrance-way to our homes, it’s becoming increasingly important for our front doors to be aesthetically appealing. This is the first impression visitors have when coming to your property, and a front door sets the bar for what’s to be expected once inside the building. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that we want to take time and care over the decoration of our front doors.

 

With the new year now well under way, you may be thinking that now is the perfect time to be making home improvements. An outdated or tired looking front door can really detract from the beauty of a home’s exterior and can significantly reduce its kerb appeal. Whether you’re getting your house ready for sale, or you plan to stay put for years to come, it’s likely you’ll want a front door that boasts that ‘wow’ factor.

 

When it comes to replacing or revamping a front door, the task is rarely simple as many aspects need to be taken into account. From styles and materials to colour schemes and added features, a lot of work goes into creating the perfect exterior door. As well as being stylish and pleasant to look at, we also want our doors to be resilient and hard-wearing. After all, they need to protect our homes from intrusion as well as adverse weather conditions. In order for you to find a door that takes both of these values into account, we’ve created a guide to different door styles and trends, helping you make the right decision for your property.
 

Contemporary vs traditional: styling your new front door

When it comes to settling on a style for your front door, there are two overarching options to choose from: contemporary or traditional. Both styles offer a broad range of design options, but it may be beneficial to decide which best suits your property as this will help with further decision making. A modern new-build is likely to be complemented by a contemporary model whereas a period property would possibly be suited to a more traditional design. However, personal preference is also an important aspect to take into account.

 

It’s all well and good deciding you want a contemporary front door, but what are the typical characteristics of this style? Contemporary front doors are often quite simple in design and use clean lines to create a sleek aesthetic. In contrast, a traditional frame often has curved lines and maybe some glass panels to create a classic design with an understated elegance. So, consider both the interior and exterior of your home and choose a style accordingly to ensure your new front door stands out for all the right reasons.
 

Materials

Arguably the most important aspect of the design process, choosing materials for your new door is not a decision to be made lightly. As previously mentioned, a front door should be durable whilst complementing the aesthetic appeal of a building’s exterior- but how is this achieved?
 

Composite doors

Composite doors are made up of a combination of materials, making it a superior choice for constructing a door frame. Whilst single-material doors usually come with a whole host of pros AND cons, composite doors layer different materials to try and counteract any flaws they might have. Composite doors are known for being extremely resilient and weather resistant and although they are likely to be more pricey, the value for money is undeniable.

 

At Finewood, our composite front doors offer amazing energy efficiency and come in a variety of colours to suit any home. Visit our website to find out more.

Colour scheme

 

Nowadays, different colour schemes and finishes can be applied to a wide range of front doors. Although your chosen colour(s) will ultimately boil down to personal preference, here are a few important factors to consider when making your choice:

 

Property exterior

The last thing you want is for your front door to stick out like a sore thumb. Consider the exterior of your property carefully and choose a colour scheme to complement the brickwork.

 

Bold

If you want a door that makes a statement, opt for a bold colour such as Ruby Red or an eye-catching Irish Oak. This will be sure to make your property stand out and is a great way to add character and vibrancy.

 

Neutral

 

If you’d rather your front door was low-key, why not go for a neutral colour scheme? Slate Grey and Emerald Green will make a property look simultaneously appealing and understated whilst a Anthracite Grey will look simple yet stylish.

Famous front doors

 

When making home improvements, it can sometimes be helpful to use others for inspiration. Whilst many of us walk past countless front doors on a daily basis, we’ve picked just a few famous front doors that are undeniably iconic.

 

10 Downing Street

The front door to 10 Downing Street is arguably the most famous front door in London. The glossy black finish looks effortlessly sleek and stylish whilst the lion head door knocker gives it a distinctive edge.

 

William Thacker’s front door in Notting Hill

 

For those who have seen this classic rom-com starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, you’ll likely remember William Thacker’s deep blue front door. Although it’s fairly nondescript and a little rough around the edges, the door is seen frequently throughout the film and it remains iconic to this day.

 

The door to Monica’s apartment in Friends

 

Painted a deep green on the outside and a soft lilac on the inside, Monica’s front door in the US sitcom Friends is certainly unique. There aren’t many who won’t remember this distinguishable front door complete with a light yellow frame surrounding the peephole. The contrasting colours truly make the door stand out, injecting character and vibrancy into the apartment.

 

Finewood: a team of door specialists in Scotland offering  bespoke made to measure Composite Doors

 

Here at Finewood, we pride ourselves on providing top quality internal and external doors suitable for homes and businesses. Having been in the business since 1990, we have the expertise needed to offer an unrivalled service at an extremely affordable price. Our high-quality Compsite doors are extremely durable and can be customised to suit any and every customer.

 

To speak to a member of our team about your requirements, contact us today and put your home a cut above the rest with Finewood.

11 Mar

The necessary stages of door installation: what you need to know

There are many benefits to updating the doors in your home, from decreasing the cost of your energy bills to adding value to your property or simply giving your home a stylish update. Getting a door installed is a demanding job and requires a considerable amount of expertise. So the chances are if you don’t have the time or the DIY skills, you’ve decided to take the plunge and book an installation for your new doors, or you are planning to do so. Here are some handy pointers and tips for what to expect.
 

What you need to consider:

When you’ve decided that you are going to get a door installed, it’s important that you know what you’re looking for. Getting it installed isn’t as straightforward as just attaching the door to the doorway. There are many intricate factors to take into consideration, such as having the exact measurements so that the door fits in a way that keeps the room insulated but also has enough clearance to stop it from scraping the floor. Although this seems obvious, make sure you go with a professional who is going to get you value for money. This doesn’t necessarily mean going for the cheapest option as this usually ends up costing you more money in the long run. Make sure you choose a professional joiner who is experienced and qualified and is also able to give you start to finish service.

 

How to decide what type of door:

Because both interior and exterior doors are especially visible, for many people they require a significant amount of thought and attention when it comes to buying new ones. The right door will stand the test of time and if you invest wisely have significant longevity for daily usage, adding a sense of character to the overall interior design of your home.

 

Both interior and exterior doors come in a variety of styles and materials and there is a wide range of options available for you to choose from. Interior doors come in two basic forms: flush and panel. A flush style door is pretty nondescript and typically tends to blend seamlessly with most homes due to its versatile appearance (unless you have a particularly traditional home or a period property). A panel style door is made from a basic frame of flat or raised panels that come in either wood or glass. They’re more expensive than flush doors but an effective alternative is medium level density fibreboard doors (MDF). Another advantage is that MDF doors come already primed and ready to be painted.

 

In terms of exterior doors, Composite doors are the most popular option that comes in a variety of forms and impersonate the look of real wood and also require limited maintenance. Rather than using timber which often swells and bows, composite doors are made from a mixture of materials. Rockdoor composite doors use a high density core which is 60% stronger than standard composite doors in all of their front doors, back doors, french doors and stable doors.
 

How long installation will take and how to prepare:

The length of time an installation will take, completely depends on the type of job and how many doors you’re having installed. You also have to take into consideration the time it takes to set up and clean up afterwards. Most often, one door will take one day to install. If you’re lucky enough to have a driveway, it’s a good idea to leave it clear so the van carrying your new doors can get as close as possible to your house. It’s also worth considering moving any furniture that may be an obstruction getting the door in so the installers have got a clear access point. In most cases the installers will lay down furniture protection to shield your possessions from any dust or dirt, but it would certainly be worth querying this beforehand.

 

At Finewood we pride ourselves on on quality and reliable customer service. For the best selection of quality doors in Falkirk and across Scotland, please get in touch or call us on 01324 673100.

 

 

11 Mar

Signs that you need to replace your interior doors

How do you ever really know when the time is right to replace a door? Perhaps updating your doors isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you’re thinking about making home improvements, however, doors have a lifespan and  it’s beneficial to keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear to know when the time is right for a potential replacement. In some cases, a coat of paint may well do the job, but here are a few handy signs to tell when you may need an update.

 

You can feel a change in temperature

 
If your home feels significantly colder or warmer than it previously has, the chances are that your doors might be the issue. As the doors in your home grow older and experience the general wear and tear of everyday homelife, the likelihood are they may have become less tightly sealed than when you or the previous homeowner first had them installed; as when the door ages the seals around it can shrink and crack. This can then result in undesirable cold air getting into your home or perhaps warm or cold air (whatever your desired preference from your central heating or air conditioning) getting out. The best thing to do if you are experiencing changes in temperature in your home is to monitor it, feeling around the suspected area. This can also be evident if your energy bills are rising, and replacing your doors may give you back some of the control over the interior temperature of your home.

 

The outdoor noise getting is louder

If you find yourself being woken up frequently by noisy neighbours or ongoing traffic outside your home, there’s a distinct possibility this could be made worse by the quality or condition of your exterior door. As your door ages, so can the quality of its acoustic insulation. If you choose to replace your door, chances are you’ll notice a pretty immediate improvement in noise levels.

The door is damaged

If the door is damaged, even lightly so, getting a replacement or an upgrade will positively contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal of your home as well as the potential resale value. Even something that may seem as minor as light cracking in the door can get significantly worse over time and mean that the door is structurally tired, which could pose a possible safety concern to you and your family. Other minor damages that can get worse over time include squeaky hinges and if your door scrapes along the floor.

 

You want to improve the interior design of your property

Although it seems simple, by installing new doors you can significantly increase the appearance (and value) of the inside of your home. Whether you choose a higher quality wood or cost effective material such as fiberglass, you would be surprised how much of a difference choosing a different type of exterior door that features alternative moldings or accents can significantly improve the overall look and feel of your home.

 

If you are based in Falkirk or the surrounding area and are looking for further information or guidance on getting your doors updated, whatever your style or preferences may be, we can help you find the perfect doors for your home. We understand that it can be difficult to find  a reliable supplier for replacement doors but here at Finewood we pride ourselves on quality and reliable customer service. For the best selection of quality doors in Falkirk and across Scotland, please get in touch or call us on 01324673100.