Feature sections about cost effective & popular home improvements around the UK
Why not take a look at the different types of things you can do to your property to make it look better, be more desirable to buyers or make it more comfortable to live in – you could also improve the resale value at the same time!
There are a few reasons why you may want to replace your front door:
- poor fitting
- weather seals broken
Any probably a few more as well – dodgy front doors are something a lot of homes suffer from at one point or another.
So what are your choices when it comes to selecting a new front door?
Firstly, its a good idea to think about the material that your doors is built from. The three main choices you have are wood, aluminium or uPVC – each one with its own advantages or unique feature.
Secondly, do you want a solid door or one that has some glass panels – if you want glazed sections, then you need to be thinking about using toughened glass and double glazing.
Thirdly, is your door bigger than the average door( 6ft 6 ins x 2 ft 9 ins / 2ft 6 ins)? If so, then you might want to think about side and top panels rather than having a specially wide door built to order (which can be costly).
To finish with, consider the colours and door furniture (handles, letter boxes etc), you can go for chrome, brass, aluminium to add some “sparkle”.
You can find composite front doors prices here: www.french-patiodoors.co.uk/composite-doors-prices
and more exterior house doors prices here: www.doubleglazeddoorsfitted.co.uk/how-much-do-exterior-doors-cost
Both aluminium and uPVC can be made in different colours, and obviously you can paint or stain a wood door any colour (within reason!).
Doors at the back of your home
Its not only the front of your house that may need a “makeover”. As the back of the house is generally more used by families than the front (what new homes come with a decent sized front garden these days?), having a decent door around there is important too.
How about going for a big change and investigating patio doors?
There are a few options to look at here:
- Sliding patio doors
- French patio doors
- Bifold patio doors
Sliding doors and French doors work well in opening that are not too big. Having said that, even if you have the full of the rear of your house glazed you could use inline sliding patio doors. However, for big openings, bifold doors are really specatacular
You can find info on French doors here: www.upvcwindowsfitted.co.uk/how-much-do-french-windows-cost
and bifold doors here: www.cheapupvcbifolddoors.co.uk/cost-of-folding-doors
What about the windows?
If you are doing the doors, maybe its a good time to look at the windows in your home – odds are, if the windows in your home are over 15 year old, there will be a problem or two lurking around that is at best irritating, at worst dangerous.
Cheap double glazed windows are everywhere – and by cheap, we mean 2 different things:
- cheaply made, cheaply installed and made from cheap quality materials
- cheap in terms of comparative cost
Obviously, you should avoid the first and search hard for the second.
uPVC is well priced, long lasting and can be made into some great looking slimline windows. Timber windows should be made out of hardwood or engineered wood – avoid pine at all costs, unless you like painting and sanding for the rest of your days!
Aluminium windows are very “cutting edge” these days with “hi-tec”architectural designs and prices to match at the top of the market. But even in the domestic scen, aluminium double glazed windows can be a bit pricey.
All the suppliers of timber, aluminum or uPVC can make the popular styles such as:
- Tilt & turn
You should have no problem finding some very competitive prices online if you visit www.doubleglazingpriceguide.org.uk/how-much-do-replacement-windows-cost
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