Front-doors: Design ideas, inspiration & pictures

Which front door designs are available for my home in Singapore?

The design of your front door has a major influence on the façade of your house. A beautiful front door generally leads your guests into a warm and welcoming home. It is unlikely for anyone to step inside a healthy and hygienic home through a clumsy and ill decorated main door. Believers of feng shui must also note that a welcoming doorway is essential for building a cosy and comfortable home. It helps in circulating positive energy through the living space. So which door design should you choose for your house? Let’s find out your options.

Framed and panelled exterior doors are most common in the residential buildings of Singapore and elsewhere in the world. These doors are built from wood, metal, fibreglass, glass or a combination of wood, metal and glass. This type of doors is designed with decorative panels. The door frame and rails are made of wood or fibreglass. In case of French doors, the panels are made of glass. You may choose Victorian or Edwardian front doors for your classically designed home. These exterior doors have a curved top rail. Use of etched glass is common in this type of doors.

Flush doors are frequently seen in the modern buildings. This type of doors has a partly hollow interior covered with plywood, aluminium or fibreglass sheets from both sides. These doors may showcase a more elaborate design, but it is common for the homeowners to choose flush doors with a simple design and smooth finish for their homes. Sliding doors are gaining in huge popularity these days. Their trendy design immediately improves the beauty of the façade of a contemporary home. These doors, made of glass and wood or metal door frame, provide better insulation for the interiors. They also help you gain a panoramic view of the city’s ever expanding skyline.

Battened and ledged doors have vertical planks of wood attached with horizontal ledges. Their rustic design suits the façades of the country style houses. Pivot doors are another contemporary favourite. They are not hinged to the door frames. Instead, these flush doors open on a pivot. They are wider than normal flush or panelled doors.

What materials should I choose for my front door?

Wood is the commonest material for designing the exterior and interior doors. It is sturdy and elegant. Wood types like maple, mahogany, walnut, cedar, teak and oak are used to build doors in various chic styles. Wooden doors look great in a country home as well as a contemporary home. Sometimes wood is used in conjunction with metal and glass. Steel and aluminium doors are both durable and stylish. Aluminium doors are lightweight and not prone to rusting like steel. However, steel security doors help you design a safe and secure living environment for the members of your family.

For a more graceful look of the main door, metal sheets are often covered by plywood. Both engineered wood and plywood are a more cost effective choice than natural wood. Though none of them boast of the beauty of the natural wooden texture, their use in door design is common in the residential homes of Singapore. Fibreglass doors are strong and durable. They come in a range of designs and colours. Fibreglass is also impervious to the attacks of the natural elements. These characteristics make them an ideal choice for the exterior doors.

Materials like glass and uPVC are also used to design the doors. Glass is used in conjunction with wood or metal frames in the external doors. Frameless designs are generally reserved for the interior of the house. Interior doors made of uPVC are more affordable than the wooden doors. They are available in a variety of colours which help you to match them with the colour scheme of the interiors.

How to replace and install an old front door?

Door replacement and installation is a task for the professionals. It would be better for you hire a professional door installer to install the front door of your building. Though your expenditure might be slightly higher, you will reap the benefits of a flawless installation. If you are still interested to complete the task by yourself, then begin my assembling some tools like nail and screw guns, saws, knife, measuring tape, pencil, safety goggles and gloves. You will also need screws, clamps, nails, hinges and mixture of concrete for the task.

Most of the prefabricated doors come with braces which help them keep on a level till the job is finished. Remove the old door from its hinges. Use a sharp knife to remove the drywall. Use shims to level the door on the floor. You may need to slightly trim the new door to fit in the existing space. Place the door and secure the jambs with a nails. Use wooden fillers to fill the holes on the sides and the nail openings. Check the installation by opening and closing the door several times. Close the broken section of the edges with the mortar mixture.

How can I make my front door more secure?

Install high security locks or burglar proof deadbolts on the front door. Reinforce glass doors with collapsible or wrought iron gates. Use the wide angle peepholes to screen the visitors before opening the door. Better yet, install a fully functional home security system. Buy quality door hardware like hinges which often turn out to be the weak point of a door. Don’t clutter the front of the main door in any way. Make sure it is clearly visible from the roadside. Install wall sconces and flood lights to keep the exterior door and the pathway that leads to it properly illuminated in the night time. You may also consider installing security lighting on the premises.

What are the costs of buying and installing front doors in Singapore?

Depending on the material and dimensions, the price of front doors varies a lot. High quality wooden doors may cost more than SGD 2500. The cost of steel doors is similar to the wooden doors. Aluminium doors cost about SGD 800. Fibreglass front doors cost around SGD 1200. The installation charges vary between SGD 150 and SGD 300. The cost of installation increases with the complexity of the design.