Aluminium front doors provide perfect solutions to any door requirement in the home. With a latest generation aluminium entrance door, properties of all types can enjoy aesthetically pleasing solutions for front and back doors, patio doors and folding doors. They have the advantage of being much slimmer than their PVCu counterparts and as a material aluminium is far stronger.
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. 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.
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.
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. Further 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.
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:
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.
Dutemänn Haus Entrance Doors.
Dutemänn Haus entrance doors are a flagship door range available in a range of over 90 door panel styles and designs. It is based around a Schuco door leaf with may different hardware, colour and specification options. The Dutemänn Haus door offers low U Values, German engineered hardware, invisible hinges and automatic door locking.
Hörmann Entrance Doors.
Hörmann Doors are a long established brand offering the ThermoSafe and Thermocarbon range of aluminium entrance doors. ThermoSafe from Hörmann offers 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 are manufactured in Germany.
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. All are manufactured from aluminium, steel or a combination of materials. RK Doors feature very high security locking systems, extensive panel choices and good thermal efficiency.
Internorm Aluminium Entrance Doors.
Internorm doors are made in Austria and distributed through a nationwide network of Internorm Dealers. The Internorm Aluminium Door range offers a solid insulated core with aluminium internal and external skins in a range of colours, styles and designs. Thermal insulation, weather resistant and sound proofing 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.
Hallmark is 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 flush 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.
Sunflex Front Doors.
Sunflex front doors are premium doors made in a wide range of colours, styles and designs. Featuring an infill panel arrangement into an aluminim door sash, Sunflex front door can be ordered with a range of contemporary pull handles, lever handles with matching escutcheons and a modern suite of door knockers, spy holes letter plates and chains.
Everest Aluminium Front Doors.
Everest Home Improvements offer a range of aluminium front doors based upon a SAPA system with a range 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.
Spitfire Entrance doors are available under the S-500 Inotherm doors and S-200 Series Collections. Spitfire use the Schuco 90mm aluminium frame and a range of high quality panels to achieve great U Values. With the S-500 suite is a range 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 to 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 can be done.
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.￼
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. 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 are designed to 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.￼
Technology used in aluminium front doors.
Technology in door construction, security and design has advanced significantly in recent years with modern aluminium doors offering the maximum in security and thermal efficiency like their PVCu and timber counterparts.
Aluminium doors have far better hardware solutions compared to plastic or composite doors being available with a wider choice of locks and handles owing to the absence of a ‘eurogroove’ upon which so many plastic and composite doors are based. There are other benefits not available with PVCu such as completely concealed door hinges, a far wider choice of pull handles, greater ironmongery options and much more.
Colour advantages with aluminium entrance doors.
Colour is another advantage with aluminium doors compared to PVCu where dual colour powder coating of inside and outside faces in different colours is readily achievable for both the door panel, the door leaf and the door frame.
It is true composite, and panelled doors are available in various colours in and out, but only aluminium makes it easy for different colours to be applied to its 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 will retain their gloss levels and appearance for many years to come. Depending on the paint process specified, powder coated aluminium doors can have their finish guaranteed for over 25 years. This powder coating process can also be enhanced to suit coastal, extreme or swimming pool environments.
Thinking about a new front door? More reasons to consider aluminium.
- The inherent strength of aluminium together with profile stability means they are more resistant to attack than many other materials. This is why 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 can be made to your design.
- 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 discoloration. Some PVCu and composite door are discouraged in dark colours.
- Aluminium doors can be made up to 40% bigger than a PVCu or composite door. They can be made narrower too!
As well as hinged doors, aluminium doors today are available in a wide variety of opening options and configurations 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