Front Doors: Styles, Materials, Costs and More

a front door from the entrance hall
(Image credit: Matt Clayton/XUL Architecture)

Your choice of front door is an important one. Whether you're self building, renovating or just looking to upgrade an old door, it's the first impression your home makes. 

But more than just affecting your home's kerb appeal, your front door is a key practical purchase. It's your property's main access point so needs to ensure that your house is secure and warm too. 

You can trust Homebuilding & Renovating. Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and materials in order to help you choose the best for your home and garden. Find out more about how we test.

Mark Brinkley

Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. The Housebuilder’s Bible is the go-to hardback for self builders; originally published in 1994, it is updated every two years with up-to-date build costs and information on planning and building regulations, and is currently in its 14th reiteration.

He has written for publications such as Homebuilding & Renovating for over three decades. An experienced self builder, his latest self build, a contemporary eco home built to Passivhaus principles, was created on a tight urban brownfield plot.