Choosing the right door for your home


Number 10 Downing Street: Iconic Front Door

The front door. It’s the first thing visitors see when they arrive. It sets off the face of your property, and can even reflect elements of your personality. When it comes to choosing the right door, however, the choice can often be overwhelming. There is a huge range of different types, designs, finishes and materials to choose from, and choosing a front door depends on a number of different factors. 

Of course, it’s not just exterior doors that need some thought and consideration; there is a huge range of interior doors out there, and with an extensive range of designs and finishes the choice here can be pretty vast, too. Luckily, we’re on hand to talk you through the options, and help you choose the right door for your home.

Three old external doors

Choosing Exterior Doors

There are a number of reasons for choosing a new front door. You may have decided that you want to refresh the look of your property, the door may be damaged and in need of repair, or it might simply be old fashioned and letting in a draught (not to mention letting the precious heat out). Whatever the reason, there is a huge amount of choice, so you need to ask yourself a few questions before choosing a front door. 

Woodhouse Exterior Door

Firstly, you need to decide whether you want to replace just the door, or the whole door frame as well. Reasons for replacing the door frame are much the same as a door – it may be damaged, or simply just old and in need of replacement. Replacing the door frame can be a tricky task, but with the right know-how it’s a job easily completed in a weekend.

The next decision to make when choosing the right door is the material. Solid oak front doors are great not only for their traditional look, but are renowned for being extremely durable and hard wearing. The extensive range of high quality Jeld-Wen doors that we stock at Bradfords come with a 10-year guarantee, so you can be sure you’ll have a front door that will last.

Patio doors are another consideration when choosing an external door. There is significantly greater choice when it comes to choosing the right patio doors, with a list of considerations such as folding or sliding, solid wood or veneer, and fixtures and fittings. Most importantly, it’s also about the style of your property, and what would suit your needs best.   

Oakfold Folding Patio Door

Choosing Interior Doors

As with exterior doors, when it comes to choosing the right door for the inside of your property, there are a number of things to consider.

Again, you need to decide what kind of material you want your door to be made from, depending on which best suits your needs. Veneer finishes such as real wood veneer and foil veneer offer an affordable alternative to solid timber, while still retaining the authentic rustic charm of wood, and reducing the risk of warping and splitting. 


Style and decoration is also an important factor to take into consideration. Oak is once again becoming a popular choice for homeowners, not just for its beautiful characteristic finish but also its hardwearing capabilities. The natural finish is the perfect choice for complementing a wide range of home décor. Our range of oak finish doors can add a timeless elegance to your home, and you can rest assured that as with all quality Jeld-Wen products, they only come from sustainable sources.

Country Oak Cottage Door

Hopefully we’ve given a bit of insight into the different types of doors available, so you can be confident in making the right choice when it comes to choosing a new door. If you need any further help or information, don’t hesitate to shop our extensive range of interior and exterior doors online, and give our customer services a call on 0344 846 1133 if you have any questions.