External doors are a key focal points of a home’s design, and provide an elegant accent to a new patio or a rustic complement to a freshly landscaped garden. Are you considering replacing your external doors? There are many different styles of door on the market today, and prices can vary massively depending on the size, design, what the doors are made of, and the type of glazing used.
How much are External Doors?
External doors tend to cost more than internal doors, because they must be made from more durable materials, and because security and insulation are important concerns. UK building regulations dictate that all external doors must have a certain level of thermal performance, and energy efficiency is a priority with every style of external door.
Prices will vary depending on:
You might also want to consider the door installation cost. This is because it’s critical to get an exterior door installation right. Get it wrong and the energy efficiency and security of the door will be compromised. Unless you’re really confident at DIY you’ll want to factor this cost into your purchase.
The Cheapest Exterior Doors
Bi-fold doors start at a little over £800 for a 1.8m, three door configuration with double glazing and a timeless wooden frame. You can get folding, sliding doors in a range of different finishes and configurations. A three-door configuration would give you a nice, large opening compared to a single door or French door. If you want to extend the opening further, up to 4.8m, then you can expect to pay more.
Simple, classic French doors start at a little over £500. For your money, you get toughened double glazed windows, a robust, solid multi-point locking mechanism, and wooden frames with a simple, elegant design.
For those wondering where to buy cheap exterior doors, single doors are available for less than £200 for a door with a large glass panel, and prices go even lower than that for solid doors. You can purchase single external back doors that are made to match the French doors and bi-fold doors, so you could have French doors at the front, and then a more modest rear door that matches the rest of your property.
Whatever your budget, you should be able to find external doors that will work for your property. Single doors tend to be more modestly priced than other varieties, with French doors being slightly more expensive, and bi-fold doors costing more again because of their size and the comparative complexity of the design. It is well worth paying a little extra to get higher quality glazing, because the better insulation will help keep your heating bills down in the long run. Higher quality wooden frames will last longer than uPVC frames, and have a timeless look to them, which makes them well worth the investment.
If you live in a conservation area, or have a period property, then there may be restrictions on the type of door that you can install. In most cases, however, you do not need planning permission to fit a new door, so you can pick and choose between French doors, bi-fold doors or a single door, depending on your personal tastes.
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