Contemporary doors are no longer one size fits all. Instead, they are designed to fit a specific purpose. Whether it’s a secure front door, a stylish internal door, or a fit-for-purpose functional door that you’re after, there will be a modern door solution to meet your project’s needs.
Front doors are an essential component of any residential project, whether you’re working on a single build or a multi-occupancy project. Improved thermal insulation and security are the main selling features of modern front doors but they also have the added benefit of being available in a wide range of styles and finishes – improving the property’s curb appeal. Steel front doors, for example, offer a modern finish to the exterior of the property and can be upgraded with extra security features like fingerprint technology or an electric locking mechanism, providing keyless entry.
With a range of styles and materials to choose from, finding the right internal doors for your residential project is easier than ever. Glass doors provide a modern alternative to standard wood doors, creating a clean and minimal look while bringing natural light into dark spaces.
Pocket doors have also become a popular choice for internal doors in recent years thanks to their modern look and the wow-factor they provide. Although they are mainly used for their visual effect, pocket doors can also help you maximise space in restricted areas as they disappear into a compartment in the adjacent wall when fully open – rather than opening into a space by pivoting on hinges.
It’s important to note that there is a difference between internal and function doors. While internal doors serve no special purpose – as the name suggests – function doors are manufactured with a specific purpose in mind. Whether it’s a secure door to access your basement, a garage side door, or a fire-retardant boiler room door, there’s a nearly endless combination of modern function doors to choose from.
Health and Safety Regulations
It’s important to keep in mind that whether you’re installing your doors in a new build or simply replacing old ones, they are subject to the relevant building regulations and will not be fit for purpose unless they meet these.
Different door types are covered by different areas of the Buildings Regulation in England: external doors much all provide a certain level of protection against thermal heat loss, glazed doors must have safety glazing up to 1500mm from door level, and external doors must have adequate fire resistance to limit the risk of fire spreading to adjacent properties.
If you are replacing an entrance door in a residential structure built after 1999, you must also ensure that the threshold remains level in order to comply with the Building Regulations.