Aluminium entrance doors and front doors provide an ideal front or back door in the home. With a latest generation aluminium entrance door, properties of all types benefit. Homeowners enjoy aesthetically pleasing, slimline doors with a traditional or modern design.
Therefore aluminium front doors provide a secure, thermally efficient and colour-rich product. Because it is aluminium, you also get the same front door matching aluminium windows, patio sliding doors and folding doors.
Aluminium Entrance Doors for the home.
One of the more recent innovations is the development of the aluminium front door as a very credible alternative to the composite front door. As a result, there is a wide variety of products available that offer aluminium contemporary front doors or more traditional doors to suit all tastes, property styles and budgets.
Today, an aluminium front door offers all the security, weather performance, flexibility and individuality that homeowners expect for their homes. Previous older generations of aluminium doors were very basic, often came in only a small number of colours and frequently required a hardwood subframe. Today’s modern range of aluminium doors provides maximum security, impressive thermal performance, virtually unlimited colour choice and a vast array of designs and styles to choose from. Many suppliers now provide quality aluminium front doors and we offer useful information about who makes the best front doors.
Aluminium Contemporary Front Doors
When made of aluminium a modern front door gives a bold, distinctive and individual appearance. There are a massive number of door styles to choose from.
The contemporary front door is manufactured from one of the many quality aluminium door systems on the market. This is then glazed with one of the hundreds of different types of aluminium insulated panels to provide a solid, glazed or partially glazed door.
As standard, contemporary front doors come with a choice of glass design, differing levels of privacy or light transmission. Furthermore, options include a selection of thresholds, different locking methods and a broad range of handles and accessories.
Aluminium Traditional front doors.
Similar to contemporary front doors, the panels are available in a range of more traditional styles such as those to replicated Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian timber doors.
Also, despite the popularity of contemporary front doors many properties still feature original timber doors. Whilst these may be coming to the end of their useful life and require replacement, customers still desire the period look to their front doors. Aluminium doors come in a choice of these traditional designs whilst still offering all the advantages of a modern, secure, weathertight and thermally excellent front door.
These too come in a choice of hardware, locking options and frames.
Aluminium Door Brands and Systems.
The range of aluminium front doors is extensive with diversity in design, construction and specifications. Aluminium entrance doors will very often be a combination of aluminium systems and aluminium panels from different manufacturers. It is very rare for any door company to extrude, design and manufacture both their doors and the panels that go in them. Some of the best known systems for the home are:
aïr MOD-Series Aluminium Front Doors.
Everglade windows, the Company behind the luxurious suite of aïr bifolding and sliding doors, now offers a premium quality aluminium front door. Called the aïr MOD-Series, these are latest generation aluminium front doors creating stunning entrances and providing one of the highest-performing doors on the market. The aïr MOD-Series Aluminium front door offers maximum security door cylinders, low U-Values, low thresholds and a big range of door designs for the home.
Dutemänn Haus Entrance Doors.
Premium quality Dutemänn Haus entrance doors are a flagship door range available in a range of over 90 door panel styles and designs. Dutemänn uses a Schuco system with many different hardware, colour and specification options. The Dutemänn Haus door offers low U Values; German engineered hardware, invisible hinges and automatic door locking.
Everest Aluminium Front Doors.
Everest Home Improvements offer a range of aluminium front doors based on a SAPA or Aluk system with a variety of aluminium bottom panels, full panels or half panels. There is even a choice of fully glazed doors with a range of glass designs and patterns.
Hörmann Entrance Doors.
Hörmann Doors are a long established brand offering the ThermoSafe and Thermocarbon range of aluminium entrance doors. ThermoSafe from Hörmann provides very low U-Values, a thick 73mm leaf and a multi-point locking system. ThermoCarbon offers an even lower 0.47Wm2K U Value with a 100mm thick door leaf, commonly used in low energy homes. Hörmann doors, made in Germany.
Internorm Aluminium Entrance Doors.
Austrian-made Internorm doors sold in the UK through a nationwide network of Internorm Dealers. The Internorm Aluminium Door range has a solid insulated core with aluminium internal and external skins in a range of colours, styles and designs. Thermal insulation, weather resistant and soundproofing meet or exceed current industry standards. In the range is the Studio, Home Soft, Home Pure and Ambiente ranges creating a range of doors with a traditional or modern appearance.
Hallmark Architect Aluminium Panels and Doors.
Architect aluminium panels from Hallmark, a long established manufacturer of PVCu and aluminium panels. Hallmark Panels offer their Architect range of aluminium panels designed to work with the majority of aluminium systems such as Smarts, AluK, Comar and others. Doors are available to the trade from Hallmark either as a complete panel with a Smart Systems frame or as a loose panel for glazing into the preferred door systems. A range of sidelights is also available.
Lumidorr by Arkay Windows.
Arkay Windows offer a premium aluminium front door with their Lumidorr. Lumidorr offers flush aluminium detailing, a choice of panel options as well as a flat finish inside, outside or both sides. Other features include concealed hinges, automatic multi-point locking and the facility to create doors 1.8m wide and 3m high.
Origin Residential Front Door.
The Origin Residential front door was introduced in October 2016 and features a range of traditional and contemporary designs. The door profiles are available with a 20-year guarantee. Origin doors are made in the UK and come from one of the foremost aluminium manufacturers in the UK. Origin front doors also feature aesthetics to match their range of other door products. Over 30 different panel styles are available. The Origin door forms part of a complete “Origin Home Solution” comprising Bifolding Doors, Windows, French Doors, Single Doors, Garage doors and Residential front doors.
Pirnar Front Doors.
Pirnar entrances doors have a global reputation for design, quality and desirability. The top of the range Pirnar doors distinguish themselves from others with technical and design innovations. Five different collections of Pirnar doors give a choice of contemporary or traditional styles. Choose from from smooth aluminium front doors to highly contemporary doors with automation, LED lighting, automatic door handles and many other technical firsts.
RK Door Systems.
RK Door Systems offer a range of four entrance door types and styles in their Entre, Classic, Excellent, Designer and Pivot door ranges. Made in aluminium, steel or a combination of materials. RK Doors feature very high security locking systems, extensive panel choices and good thermal efficiency.
Smart Systems Designer Doors
Designer doors from Smart Systems based in Yatton and the UK’s biggest aluminium systems company. The range of Designer Doors is designed and made in the UK. The new aluminium front doors come in Traditional, Cottage, Vintage and Modern door styles, with nearly forty designs in total. The most extensive door range is the Modern. Doors feature high security features, extensive colour choices and the trusted name associated with Smart Systems.
Sunflex Front Doors.
Sunflex entrance doors are premium doors made in a wide range of colours, styles and designs. These doors have an infill panel arrangement into an aluminium door sash. A Sunflex front door comes with a range of contemporary pull handles and lever handles. Also available is matching escutcheons and a modern suite of door knockers, spy holes letter plates and chains.
The Spitfire Entrance door suite comes as the S-500 Inotherm doors and S-200 Series Collections. Spitfire uses the Schuco 90mm aluminium frame and a range of high quality panels to achieve great U Values. With the S-500 suite is a variety of technology options for locking and controlling the doors. The S-200 range is a more simplified range using 70mm deep profiles and suitable for the more typical property.
Advantages of aluminium front doors compared to composite doors.
One of the biggest benefits of choosing an aluminium front door over a composite front door or even a PVCu door is size.
Size restricts many composite doors both in large and small doors. Cottage doors tend to have narrow door openings, and many composite doors cannot be made to suit. The same applies to wider and taller doors. Aluminium doors are not restricted by size meaning bigger than average doors are possible.
With aluminium doors possible as narrow as 400mm wide and as tall as 2800mm high, they do provide solutions other products cannot.
Other advantages of aluminium doors.￼
Probably the best feature of aluminium doors is colour consistency. An aluminium door uses the colour, manufacturing and technology benefits to provide a door in one material. Composite doors, for example, use GRP slabs with a PVCu frame. Therefore they do not then have the consistency of colour through the entire product that aluminium doors have.
A cohesive look throughout the home. Many aluminium residential doors also have matching windows, sliding doors and folding doors. When choosing an aluminium front door, you benefit from a consistent product range throughout and a more cohesive appearance.
More flexible design options. Aluminium doors can integrate with other doors, windows and screens. This gives greater design freedom than other materials. Aluminium has much less thermal movement than PVC doors as well.￼
Colour advantages with aluminium entrance doors.
Colour is another advantage with aluminium doors compared to PVCu. Similarly, dual colour powder coating of inside and outside faces in different colours is readily achievable for the entire door set. Almost every possible colour and shade comes with aluminium front doors.
Composite and panelled doors come in various colours in and out. Colour choice with aluminium doors extends to the outer frame as well. There are over 400 powder coated colours available with aluminium entrance doors including textured, woodgrain, metallic or anodised coatings. Bronze, silver or gold finishes are also available.
The powder coating process used in aluminium today means powder coated doors retain their gloss levels and appearance for many years to come. As a result, depending on the paint process specified, powder coated aluminium doors can have their finish guaranteed for over 25 years. This powder coating process comes as marine grade, suitable for coastal, extreme or swimming pool environments.
Thinking about a new front door? Even more reasons to consider aluminium.
- Due to the inherent strength of aluminium together with profile stability means doors are very resilient to attack. Consequently, you see aluminium doors in shops and commercial buildings and not PVCu or composite.
- Design choices are greater with aluminium doors. Composite doors relay on the slab layout. Aluminium doors offer shapes and sizes too.
- Above all, complex shapes are easier to achieve with an aluminium door.
- The longest paint guarantees are available with aluminium doors.
- Darker colours are not prone to expansion, distortion or discolouration. Consequently, installers discourage some PVCu and composite doors in dark colours.
- Most noteworthy, aluminium doors come in sizes up to 40% bigger than PVCu and composite doors. They also come much narrower.
Finally, as well as hinged doors, aluminium doors today offer a choice of opening options including:
- Pivoting Doors
- Sliding Patio Doors
- Tilt and Slide and Lift and Slide Doors
- Sliding Folding Doors
- Room dividers and partitioning
- Doors for garage showroom applications