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File: the front door

File: the front door

Between materials, decorative trends and safety parameters, there are a multitude of criteria for finding your entry door. True sesame of your home, it also remains the first impression that visitors will have on your home! But be careful to choose it according to your tastes without closing the door to its insulating and security missions.

The different materials for an entrance door

Wood, aluminum or PVC, the front door opens to all your decoration needs and desires. Natural insulator, warm material, wood seduces for its timeless appearance and its finishing qualities. If the oak remains the noble material par excellence, the tauari from Brazil or the Movingui from Africa meet the most original decorative desires. Before purchase, the woods are treated IFH (insecticides, fungicides, water repellent) and pre-measured. But even treated, the wood requires regular maintenance. Popular for its contemporary designs and clean lines, durability and low maintenance, aluminum is also an excellent thermal and sound insulator. Only problem: its price, which remains high, but to fill with the reinforced security of the three-point lock. Offering the best value for money, PVC doors are creative and aesthetic! And if this material is an excellent insulator, it should however be chosen of good quality, because a low-end will not resist weather conditions, but above all, burglary attempts.

Insulating a front door

Stop misconceptions! Like your attic and your walls, your front door must be insulated in order to limit noise pollution and heat loss. But it must also be equipped to prevent bad weather from coming to your home! In terms of acoustic and thermal insulation, double glazing (two 4-millimeter thick glasses) or insulating panels help insulate the home from nuisances. How to know the thermal insulation of a door before the purchase? Thermal performance is classified according to energy standards, from the letter A (excellent insulation) to the letter F (low insulation). In addition, to prevent rain and wind from clogging your entrance, causing heat loss and, undeniably, increasing your energy bills, your door must be equipped with a peripheral seal between the opening and the frame and an aluminum sill.

The security of your front door

To limit break-ins and protect your home, professionals redouble their ingenuity to offer you entry doors equipped with the latest security system. Because if the majority of doors are equipped with an automatic lock, which can only be closed with a turn of the key, the lift lock or the multi-point lock will help to reinforce their security. The A2P standard, meaning "Protection prevention insurance", makes it possible to identify locks offering real resistance capacities against attempted break-ins or destruction. Other accessories such as the burglar-proof angle iron, the non-deflatable hinges or the stay-open device also help to reinforce the security of marketed entry doors. Security level, the glazing should not be neglected and should have a burglar-resistant film or, less aesthetic, bars.