Get Inspired: How Do You Decide Which Door Is Best for Your Home?


Replacing your front door is one of the top ways homeowners can increase their home’s value and curb appeal. However, with so many designs, materials, and styles available, selecting a new entrance can be an overwhelming task. You may also want a door for the rear of your property, but you are not quite sure which direction to go in. The right solution for your home depends on several factors such as materials, design, and installation. 

In this article, we will help you figure out how to decide which one is the best for your home. We will explore various factors you should consider, including the different types of doors available, choosing a suitable material, innovative designs, the importance of proper installation and maintenance, and the benefits of hiring Brackenwood’s highly skilled team. Whether you are looking for a classic or unique design, we have got you covered. So, how do you decide which door is the best for your home?

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What Am I Looking For In a Door?

Before deciding which door is best for your home, you need to consider several factors. First, security must be prioritised. Your door serves as a barrier between your family and the outside world. A door should be sturdy and durable, and come with a multi-point locking system that is difficult to force open. 

Moreover, weather resistance is another vital factor to consider. Doors should be double-glazed, able to withstand the elements, especially in areas that experience harsh weather conditions. Choose one with a good seal that can keep out draughts, rain, and snow.

Insulation is yet another crucial factor. It is essential to choose a door that is energy-efficient and can prevent heat loss during the winter months and heat gain in summer. This can lead to lower utility bills in the long term.

The look of your double-glazed door is just as important as its functionality. Think about the style of your house, and choose a door that complements its façade. Aim for a style that is consistent with the architecture of your home.

Finally, is your door providing good access and adding value to your life? For example, a rear exit could be widened to French double doors or Bi Folds to provide better access to your garden. This would give your family more space and freedom to enjoy your garden.

Aside from these considerations, factors such as your location, lifestyle, and budget can determine which one you purchase. Why not chat to one of Brackenwood’s friendly team who can guide you through the types of doors that may suit your needs. By putting all these factors into consideration, you can choose a door that will meet all your needs while keeping your family and possessions safe.

Which Door Is Best?

Brackenwood has a vast range of double glazing door styles to suit your needs and aspirations. Including:

  • Entrance
  • Composite Front
  • Bi Fold
  • French
  • Patio/ Sliding
  • Stable

Brackenwood’s front Entrance doors give you the absolute best in strength, easy maintenance, security, and weather resistance. Composite Front Doors are now the number one choice for many homeowners and developers, thanks to their timber look and tough durability. Brackenwood’s Bi Fold doors are the perfect solution to enhancing your quality of life by allowing you to open up your garden space. Read more about conservatory Bi Folds HERE. French doors provide a touch of elegance and a classic aesthetic appeal. HERE you can read up on the benefits of uPVC French doors. Sliding Patio doors, on the other hand, offer a great way to connect internal and external spaces, providing a fantastic view and ample natural lighting. Brackenwood’s extensive range of Stable doors allows homeowners to create a traditional or modern classic split door for more of a ‘country’ look.

No matter what style you choose, It is essential to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each type and evaluate what suits your needs best.

Choosing a Suitable Door Material

The material you choose contributes significantly to the overall look and functionality of your home. Our doors are made from a range of materials:

  • GRP Composite
  • Solid Timber Core Composite
  • Aluminium
  • Timber 
  • uPVC

GRP Composite or fibreglass doors are extremely tough, good-looking, and durable. They are the choice for many homeowners as they require little-to-no maintenance.

Solid Timber Core Composite doors are a classic-looking choice for many homeowners. They are stunning and robust, and have all the benefits that Timber doors provide.

Aluminium doors are gaining in popularity due to their light weight, durability, low maintenance, and high-tech options, making them a great choice for a front entrance. 

Timber doors look beautiful, and have all that quintessential charm required for period homes. They do require more maintenance, as after many years, they may need a new coat of varnish or paint, however if your home has wooden window frames, it is a great idea to purchase a new front entrance door to match. At Brackenwood, we can also colour your unit to match the rest of your home.

uPVC doors are also an incredibly popular option, offering insulation, durability, and resistance to harsh weather conditions.They are cost-effective and they last. They can be seen across all our counties in our customers’ homes in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire and Dorset.

Consider factors like maintenance and budget, as different materials offer varying levels of maintenance requirements and costs. Check out our wide range. You can also read more on the safety of double-glazed doors HERE. In summary, the choice of material should meet your functional requirements, suit your home’s style, and fit within your budget.

Latest Innovative Designs and Trends

Every year, designs continue to evolve, incorporating the latest trends and technological advancements. From smart-tech capabilities to soundproof materials and energy-efficient features, Brackenwood provides a range of solutions with a variety of options to cater to homeowners’ preferences. 

With a vast selection to choose from, homeowners can now express their personality through their home’s entrance. Smart doors that allow fingerprint touch access and digital keys are also becoming increasingly popular, and you can view our range by heading to our showroom. With designs evolving at such a rapid pace, it is essential to keep up with the latest trends to ensure that your home stays stylish and secure.

Check out our double-glazed door gallery to view a range of options that our customers across Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Surrey, West Sussex, and Dorset have already purchased.

We have lots more information about the types of door that might suit you. Read our blog on coloured composite front doors HERE for some design inspiration.

Importance of Proper Installation and Maintenance

Once you’ve chosen the perfect door, it is important to have it professionally installed. Proper installation is as crucial as selecting the right door, as it ensures that the entrance is safe, secure, and works correctly over time. Brackenwood’s FENSA-approved installers are highly skilled and qualified to carry out your installations. Check out our reviews on Facebook, where you can read more about the efficiency and professionalism of our team in our 5-star reviews.

Once installed, a door requires a little maintenance to keep it in good condition. Clean and seal the door regularly, ensuring that no dirt or debris accumulates. Neglecting maintenance can lead to deterioration. Proper care will ensure that it stays in great shape for many years, making it a worthwhile investment. 

Why not read some more about the importance of maintenance? If you have double-glazed doors, you need to consider the care required for the windows, too. Read our blog on why regular window maintenance is so important HERE.

Brackenwood’s Services

At Brackenwood, we understand the importance of choosing the right door for your home. That is why our customers are at the heart of our business. We do not just offer double-glazed doors; we provide an entrance tailored to your individual taste and budget. Whether you need a double-glazed front entrance door, or an exit to your garden, Brackenwood is here to help. You may require building work to extend the opening to your home. You may need planning for your installation. With our design experts, you can rest assured that we have everything in hand, removing the burden of renovation from you. 

Our doors are high quality, secure, and stylish, so you can have peace of mind knowing you made the right choice. Our team of professional installers will make sure your door is correctly installed and well-maintained, ensuring you get the best value for your money. Contact us today for a free quote and consultation. We are committed to providing you with the best solutions for your home.


In conclusion, whether you are renovating or building a new home, a door is a crucial element not only for aesthetics, but for security and energy efficiency as well. When deciding which one is best for your home, you need to consider several factors such as materials, style, design, installation, and maintenance. Seek professionals from a trusted service like Brackenwood. We are here to help if you feel overwhelmed or unsure of your decision. Do not forget Brackenwood’s expert services if you are in the South of England. Head to for more.