New front door for house

Discussion in 'Buildings & Infrastructure' started by astra, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. astra

    astra Member

    Location:
    west mayo ireland
    House needs new front door so before I go shopping around anyone any tips or advice? Things you would do different if u could.PVC/Composite,which is the best?
    Thanks in advance..,
     
  2. Our upvc back door has a lot of use and the seal fitted within the frame has degraded allowing a draught in when it is windy.

    The seal is in a slot and is not easily replaceable.

    Basically you need easily adjustable hinges,a locking mechanism which is easily replaceable and to buy as a part,also like I say either a good quality seal or an ability to replace it.

    I’d also go so far as to say when you buy the door for a few Euros extra get a complete door lock mechanism,usually it is the full length of the handle side with the slide mechanism,pins etc.

    If you are staying in the house forever then eventually these mechanisms wear and break.Our back door had to have a replacement one,luckily I know of a guy who specialises in locks,hinges and latches for doors and windows.However he can’t half charge for repairs and is not cheap but cheaper than a new door.:facepalm:
     
  3. phillipe

    phillipe Member

    Grp,nicer than pvc better finnish ,lower threshold,doesnt creak when the sun shines.or aluminium but pricey
     
  4. Kidds

    Kidds Member

    Location:
    Warrington
    You want to be sitting down when you hear the price.
     
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  5. milkloss

    milkloss Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    What sort of use does it get? Does the whole household come in that way with mud, boots and all?
     
  6. Pilgrimmick

    Pilgrimmick Member

    Location:
    Argyll
    Steel lined!
     
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  7. milkloss

    milkloss Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Just been on the Russian spy thread........make it lead lined!
     
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  8. renewablejohn

    renewablejohn Member

    Location:
    lancs
    I have been after three outward opening Swedish oak doors but cannot find anyone in uk that will manufacture them. Lots of promises but nothing forth coming.
     
  9. astra

    astra Member

    Location:
    west mayo ireland
    front door of house so heavy enough traffic but clean most of the time,back door gets all the muck..
     
  10. astra

    astra Member

    Location:
    west mayo ireland
    Been quoted 2000 euro for composite and 1800 for PVC,both supplied and fitted and made good.don't think its a bad price and thought there would b a bigger difference in price,what do ye think?
     
  11. phillipe

    phillipe Member

    1800 for pvc is way over the top ,
     
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  12. astra

    astra Member

    Location:
    west mayo ireland
    Is the €2000 for composite about right? Have asked two other firms for price but not came back to me yet.
     
  13. Timbo

    Timbo Member

    Location:
    Gods County
    Of the two types.. composite far stronger / rigid.
     
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  14. phillipe

    phillipe Member

    Well i just paid a round 900 for a aluminium door,panel bottom ,glass top
     
  15. David.

    David. Member

    Location:
    J11 M40
    For £2k, I would expect bespoke solid oak boarded with cellotex sandwich.
     
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  16. Cluny

    Cluny Member

    Location:
    Aberfeldy
    Having had 3 varying types of wooden back doors our builder suggested a steel lined door that was 14 years ago and is still as good as new apart from new handle that had worn out. About the price of two good quality wooden doors
     
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  17. TheTallGuy

    TheTallGuy Member

    Location:
    Cambridgeshire
    Well, Screwfix sell uPVC doors with frames for under £400 so I would suggest £1800 fitted is taking the pee.
     
  18. vantage

    vantage Member

    Location:
    Pembs
    Get a reputable joiner to make a door from accoya,a treated timber,not cheap but way cheaper than your quotes.
     
  19. phillipe

    phillipe Member

    Accoya is a pickled timber supposed to be most excellent ,my joiner just bought some in to do some doors ,very little movement
     
  20. vantage

    vantage Member

    Location:
    Pembs
    Yes we've just had new sash windows and front door made with accoya.
    The selling point was the 50 year guarantee on the wood.
     

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