When it comes to choosing the perfect front door from your home it can be difficult to know where to begin. From composite doors to aluminium doors, glazing options to colour variants, it seems impossible to know what the perfect choice is for your home. We’ve created an ultimate door style guide to provide you with the relevant information to purchase the perfect front door for your home.

Door Styles

There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing a front door material. Deciding on the right style and material for you will depend on a variety of factors. Whether you’re looking for increased security, thermal efficiency, or aesthetic, each style will provide you with a different solution:


Composite doors have become increasingly popular over recent years. Modern manufacturing techniques mean that composite doors are created to be incredibly secure, whilst still retaining a traditional natural wood aesthetic. If you’re looking to increase the overall security of your front entryway without compromising on style, then a composite door might be the answer for you.

The average lifespan of a composite door is around 30 years, making them a worthwhile investment for your home. 


uPVC is one of the leading door materials on the market due to their low price-point and wealth of benefits. uPVC doors are fantastic for homeowners looking to improve their home’s efficiency and security on a budget. Modern manufacturing techniques mean that many uPVC doors are created from sustainable resources, making them one of the most eco-friendly doors available.

uPVC doors are also incredibly simple to maintain, and do not require specialist materials to reach their expected lifespan of up to 35 years.

French Doors

uPVC french doors are a great addition that boast modernity and style for any home. uPVC french doors are incredibly popular with homeowners due to their thermal efficiency, easy-maintenance, and natural light enhancement. 

For homeowners looking to create a fluid transition between their internal and external living spaces, uPVC french doors are the perfect, cost-effective solution.

Stable Doors

Stable doors are a versatile alternative to traditional door styles as they consist of an upper and lower panel that can be operated independently of each other. This is perfect for modern homes that are looking for elegant alternatives to traditional external doors. Available in an array of colours, your new stable door can complement any style of home. 

Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors are a slim, stylish, and secure alternative to external back doors. These fully glazed options are expertly designed with security in mind, so you can enjoy expansive natural light intake without having to compromise on security. 

One of the greatest benefits of sliding patio doors is the increased air flow they can offer a home. By opening up a large area of your home’s exterior, sliding doors achieve much greater airflow which is particularly valuable in the summer months.

Bi-fold Doors

Bi-fold doors are some of the most premium doors available on the doors market. These luxurious alternatives to patio doors and french doors provide a unique and stylish aesthetic to any home. 

As the first uPVC bi-fold doors that can be regarded as a genuine alternative to aluminium bi-fold doors, these Liniar bi-fold doors are truly market-leading.


Having an aluminium door can provide a variety of benefits to your home. Not only are there many 100% recyclable aluminium doors on offer, they are incredibly easy to maintain. With additional insulative material installed into the frame, aluminium doors also boast increased thermal efficiency. 

The main downside of aluminium doors is that they are very difficult to customise. Aluminium doors are powder coated with an extra-tough finish to prevent damage to the door, which makes them very difficult to paint afterwards. However, aluminium doors are often offered in a wide variety of colours!

Glazing – do I need it?

Whilst looking for a new front door, you’ve likely already spotted a vast array of different door styles. Looking at your neighbours’ front doors, doors available online, or doors in your local showrooms, you will spot at least one key difference: whether a door has glazing or not. 

There are many reasons to choose a glazed front door, or front door without glazing:


There are many benefits to choosing a glazed front door for your home. Firstly, many glazing styles can provide additional aesthetic value to your front entryway. If you’re looking for more of a statement-piece from your front door, stained glazing options are also available to create a bold and characteristic aesthetic.

Glazed doors also allow additional natural light flow into the entryway of your home. For homes with less natural light within hallways, a glazed door might be the perfect option! Glazed front doors can also increase the thermal efficiency of your home, especially if superior double-glazing has been installed.

No glazing

Front doors without glazing are one of the most secure styles on the market, especially when paired with durable materials, such as composite or solid oak wood. The lack of glazing creates less vulnerable points within the door, and instead promotes a sturdy and secure front to your home.

Popular Colours

Here at Progress Windows, we stock our uPVC doors in a variety of popular colours. From the sought-after Chartwell Green, to natural aesthetics like Golden Oak, you’ll find the perfect solution for your home here at Progress Windows.