There are typically three aspects behind choosing new or replacement front doors and those would be appearance, security & energy efficiency. Basically, if you existing one looks shabby, doesn’t fit well and can’t keep the weather (or an intruder) out then it’s time to get a new one.
The latest “FrontGuard” range from Garador may be a good place to start. This range is claimed to be “ultra-energy efficient” with a U-value of 0.81w /m2k. as compared to typical UPVC model (1.7m sq in overall area) which would be around 1.8 or a timber model at around 3.0.
A standard front door with a 3.0 U-value will transfer approximately 115w of heat during cold weather
The “FrontGuard” has built in rubber seals along all the 4 edges which keep out wind & rain. The core is constructed with 65mm of insulating polyurethane foam which is very dense and is essential to give that very low U-value.
As standard, the frames benefit from thermal breaks to stop heat & cold transfer and as the frames are aluminium this is very important.
Style is clearly a strong point with some striking designs which are available in a wide range of colours – as an example, their FGS010 design comes in 15 colour options.
The FrontGuard range has around 11 main designs with the FrontGuard Plus range having 8 or more
In terms of security these doors & frames are very good, benefiting from steel facing, aluminium frames, multipoint locks and glazed areas (double or triple) with shatter-proof glass. The outside panes are laminated with the inside panes being toughened.
Garador are also very well known & respected Garage Door manufacturers.
If you want to know more, you can see their brochure here: www.garador.co.uk