When you’re trying to decide on the type of door you’d like to frame the entry to your home, there are so many decisions to be made that it can be tricky to know where to start. And while many people begin with design inspiration, it’s also wise to consider the practicalities of your front door when you’re in the planning stage. One of the things to consider is your location. Depending on where you live, the climate can be a factor in choosing the right door, so it’s a good idea to do your research to make sure you choose the option that’s best for your home.

There are a few things to consider…

Is your door directly exposed to the elements

Extreme sun, wind, or snow? You may need tougher materials. Doors that are directly exposed to the weather should be made of durable materials such as aluminium, steel composite or fibreglass. Wood doors may not stand up as well to extreme sun or other weather, meaning more maintenance is required to keep it looking as new.

Are you in a very cold climate?

If you live somewhere extra chilly, you’ll want a door that keeps the warmth in. Powder-coated aluminium doors are a great option for all weather conditions. At Parkwood we also give you the option to employ technology that thermally enhances these doors, keeping the cold where it belongs (outside!). Composite doors generally have a better thermal rating than an aluminum door, so they are worth considering if you are in a cold location.

Not worried about the weather?

If you’re not at the mercy of the elements (or your door’s going to take up residence in a weather-protected entranceway), you’re free to choose any type of door you like. If that means you want a timber door, just make sure it’s made from the finest-quality, sustainably sourced timber so that you know you’re getting a door that will last.

When making the very important decision about which front door to choose for your home, your best bet is to chat to experts who can guide you through the materials and design process to ensure you’re getting quality your family can count on.