Making an Entrance

Give your home an instant facelift with a new entrance suggests John Lannen.

The focal point of every building, a front door is much more than a physical portal. Whether you live in the grandest mansion or the tiniest studio, your entrance marks the boundary between you and the world, defining the limits of your sanctuary.

 

It’s the sight that welcomes you back each day, greets your friends and family when they visit, and gives passers-by their first impression, so it should be inviting. It certainly has a role to play if you want your home to have kerb appeal.

 

An entrance is also an indicator of your personal style, offering a glimpse of the interior within. No wonder people moving house are often quick to invest in a new one; installing a door you love can turn a house into a home.

 

There is a now a huge range of doors on the market, many of which look similar to the untrained eye. The best way to understand the differences is to do your research, test how they work and be clear about the standards and guarantees that cover them. Things you should consider include:

 

Security

A front door must be robust with multi-point locking, hinge bolts and full reinforcement to keep your belongings safe and your insurance company happy. All L+L doors comply and easy access low thresholds are fitted as standard.

 

Style

A door can be traditional or modern, simple or elaborate, but it should be instantly pleasing to your eye and sympathetic to the architecture of your building. If you want to improve your entrance the first step is to take a critical look at what you currently have and decide what does and doesn’t work. Next, think about the kind of look you want to achieve. You may want to modernise a draughty door, enhance the rustic charm of a cottage or restore an authentic feel to a period home. Whatever the case, we can advise on what will be most appropriate and why. Doors come in several basic designs but can vary hugely in their detail so can be personalised. All styles are available in a wide of foils or can be painted in any colour, including heritage shades.

 

Light

Doors can be solid, fully or semi glazed. If you want to add light to a gloomy hall or glimpse a view from inside your home, a half glazed door or side lights might work. However, this will bring a reduced level of privacy.

 

Fitting

A door must be expertly fitted to give a perfect seal between wall and frame, creating a warm, draught proof hall. It means the decision over who will fit your door is as important as the choice of product. Our experienced team of fitters have been fully trained in-house to the highest standards. All our windows and doors are backed by a ten year guarantee, insurance backed by QA National Warranties, and service promise. We are members of FENSA (reg. No.11182) and the Glass and Glazing Federation. We are also fully audited members of the government’s Trust Mark Scheme and a Which? Trusted Trader.

 

Furnishings

Handles, knockers and letterboxes come in a wide range of styles, colours and finishes to complement your new door.

 

Durability and maintenance

UPVc, timber or composite materials have their advantages and disadvantages in terms of budget, character and longevity so take care to make a choice that suits your lifestyle.

 

 

As a family company, L+L believes in delivering high quality products and impeccable service at an affordable price. Our Tewkesbury showroom houses a full size door demonstration pod with nine styles on show so you can feel their weight and test how they function. We have a portfolio of brochures, photographs and reviews of the hundreds of products we have installed locally over our 38 years of trading. We also offer a bespoke design service enabling you to commission a door unique to you.

 

To book your free property survey please call on 01684 295038.

 

www.ll-installations.co.uk

 

 

 

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