Doors that impress
The right door can make or break the front of your home. An ornate door helps create a striking first impression for anyone visiting or passing by, but it’s vital to fit one that fits the style, colour and size of your home.
At Core Sash Windows, we specialise in only the finest timber sash windows, casements and doors. You’ll be sure to find the perfect fit for your home by browsing our extensive range of high-quality external timber doors.
Types of doors
There are many timber doors – each with its own unique appearance, style and features. The most common design styles used in the UK are:
Traditional panel doors
Dutch Stable Doors
Hardwood vs softwood
Timber doors are made from hardwoods or softwoods – each providing benefits and advantages.
Hardwoods are known for their strength, durability and visual appeal but cost substantially more than their softer counterparts. Softwoods are comparatively cheaper and offer more efficient thermal retention than hardwoods but are significantly less durable.
The most commonly used woods for timber doors are:
- Pinus Sylvestris (aka Redwood)
- Western Red
- Douglas Fir
- Parana Pine
Advantages of our doors
Timber doors have many advantages over modern UPVC, fibreglass or hollow metal doors.
The benefits of our high-quality timber doors include:
Improved energy efficiency – Timber is an effective insulator, helping trap the warmth during the colder months and cool the home during warmer periods.
They’re aesthetically pleasing – Timber is an evergreen design trend – it never goes out of fashion. Timber doors suit many types of homes, old and new, giving them a rustic, welcoming appeal that’s highly sought after.
Increased practicality – Timber is notoriously easy to maintain and repair. Should your door need repairing, it’s comparatively easier to mend a timber door than a UPVC one. With UPVC doors, specialists often must replace entire sections, which is more costly than quick repairs.
Bolstered security – Thick, durable timbers – with modern locking mechanisms – are incredibly secure. Well-manufactured timber doors are notoriously difficult to break into, making them an effective deterrent against opportunistic thieves.
Improved safety – Because timber doors are superb insulators, they’re handy in a fire. A well-manufactured timber door can keep a fire at bay for 30 minutes. Special reinforcement to hold an inferno back for 90 minutes – making it more effective than other composite materials.
If you’re interested in upgrading your doors, book your free measuring and evaluation and get an instant quote today.
Do you need planning permission for a new front door?
If you own the home, you’ll only need planning permission if you’re extending or creating a new doorway – you don’t need to seek planning permission if you’re replacing a door in its existing spot.
If you live in rented accommodation, you’ll need permission from the landowner before undertaking renovations.
What are the legal requirements for front doors UK
According to UK building regulations, doors must have a minimum opening width of 775mm and a step no higher than 15mm.
New doors also need to be fire-resistant. They also must be FD30 approved, meaning they can hold off a fire for 30 minutes.
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What are the standard UK door measurements?
The standard door width in the UK is 762mm – or around 30 inches. The height of a traditional UK door is 1981mm – or 78 inches.
While not every door has to be exactly this size, most doors and doorways have been built around these measurements.
When should I change my timber door?
Contrary to popular opinion, a well-looked-after timber door will outlast a modern UPVC door.
Timber doors can last up to 65 years – while the average UPVC door lasts around 35 years.
However, you should consider replacing your timber doors if you notice:
- The wood starting to warp – this may result in gaps opening up around the perimeter.
- The front lock is damaged, or it’s a struggle to work the locking mechanism.
- The door is catching or rubbing on the frame – making it difficult to open.
- There’s a spike in energy bills, or you feel a draft.
Looking for brand-new timber doors? At Core Sash Windows, there’s something for everyone.
Book your free, no-obligation measuring and evaluation by getting an instant quote and fitting the doors you’ve always dreamed of.