External doors

Whether an imposing entrance or a discreet side access, doors say quite a lot about you in terms of their size, colouring and style.

In this article we cover:

  • Door styles and aesthetics
  • How doors are made
  • What your options are in Ireland
  • Solid versus glazed doors
  • uPVC doors: pros and cons
  • Timber doors: pros and cons
  • Security and weatherproofing
  • Door furniture options
  • Patio and French doors
  • Folding and sliding glazed doors
  • Draughtproofing existing doors
  • Garage doors: the five types and what to check for
  • Checklist of what to check for when you are buying new external doors
  • Checklist for buying second hand with pros and cons


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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