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Front Door Styles – An ultimate guide

Posted by s.shabbir · May 31st 2024

Front door styles at a glance

Your front door is more than just an entrance; it’s the first impression your home makes on visitors. Choosing the right front door style can significantly enhance your home’s curb appeal, reflect your personal style, and even improve security and energy efficiency.

Let’s dive into the diverse world of front door styles and discover which one might be the perfect fit for your home.

Understanding the different front door styles

Front doors come in a variety of designs, each offering unique characteristics suited to different architectural themes and personal preferences. Traditional doors featuring intricate carvings or panels evoke a sense of timeless elegance. In contrast, contemporary doors typically emphasise clean lines and minimalistic features. Period front doors are characterised by detailed glasswork and stunning panelling, making them ideal for a range of homes, particularly those from the Victorian or Georgian period.

Understanding these styles helps homeowners choose a door that not only complements their home’s exterior but also meets their security and durability needs.

Let’s go through each front door style one by one and choose the right style best suited to your home.

Traditional front doors

Traditional front doors in the UK are emblematic of the country’s architectural heritage, often featuring classic design elements that reflect various historical periods. Commonly, they boast intricate panelling, with four or six-panel configurations being particularly popular.

Traditional front doors such as Carolina, Jacobean, Illinois, and Tennessee all incorporate our unique s-glaze technology with a range of glass designs available to make your new door perfectly suited to your home. Available in a range of colours including the popular Anthracite Grey, White, Chartwell Green, Oak and many more! Rockdoors are guaranteed to enhance the curb appeal of homes throughout the UK.

Period front doors

Period front doors are distinguished by their historical authenticity and attention to detail, reflecting the architectural styles of various eras such as Georgia, Kentucky, Windsor, and Portland. These doors often feature elegant, symmetrical designs and minimal glazing, including decorative glass panels.

Our Traditional and Period front door styles offer durable elegance and classic charm, designed to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Also, our Rockdoor Trusted Installers provide expert advice on door styles and installation that suit your needs perfectly.

Contemporary style front doors

Contemporary design often prioritises simplicity, and this principle extends to door design as well. One common choice for such doors is a large, flat panel design such as Dakota and Indiana. Another variation on this theme is a single glass unit such as the Dune Retreat, Vogue, Vermont and Classic, which is frequently paired with textured options. This combination not only provides privacy but also allows light to filter through the entrance way of your home.

Cottage style front doors

The style of cottage front doors mixes traditional designs with modern elegance, making them feel inviting and stylish. These doors usually have classic features such as stunning mouldings and stylish handles and accessories, such as door knockers, letter plates and door knobs to name a few. Rockdoor cottage doors may look quaint, but they still have the same security and thermal efficiency benefits that you would expect from our doors.

Stable front doors

A stable door, alternatively referred to as a Dutch door or a half-door, possesses a unique split design that permits separate operation of its upper and lower sections. A stable door acts as a traditional door when locked. The unique feature of the stable doors is their ability to open in half, allowing homeowners not only to enjoy the gentle breeze but also to keep children and pets safe inside while maintaining privacy.

Understanding the material for front doors

Front doors can be crafted from a variety of materials, each with its own advantages and aesthetics. Let’s discuss some of the commonly used materials for these doors.

  • Wood: Traditional and classic, wooden front doors offer warmth, character, and durability. Hardwoods like oak are popular choices due to their strength. Softwoods like pine are also used, often treated for weather resistance.
  • uPVC (Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride) Door Panels: uPVC door panels are known for their low maintenance, durability, and energy efficiency and were particularly popular over 20 years between 1990 and 2010.
  • Aluminium: Aluminium front doors are lightweight, durable, and corrosion resistant. They are often chosen for their modern aesthetic and can be powder-coated in a variety of colours. These doors are quite limited in style, offering few choices to homeowners.
  • Steel: Steel doors provide security and durability; however, these doors offer a limited range of style options, restricting customisation possibilities as they come from rolled steel sheets. They are often used in commercial buildings or high-security properties.
  • Composite: Composite doors are made from a combination of materials, typically including a PU foam core, GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) skins, a timber inner frame and uPVC outer frame. Timber inner frames often require regular maintenance due to their tendency to swell and bow over time, necessitating consistent maintenance to ensure structural longevity.
  • Hybrids: Rockdoors are similar to composite doors in terms of a mix of materials, but that is as far as the comparisons can go. It’s more pertinent to describe Rockdoor as a Hybrid entrance door in effect. Rockdoor features the thermal properties of uPVC door by using this as a skin material whilst also using PU foam core, but also boasts the strength of Aluminium and Steel as this is what it’s reinforced with.

Wondering what’s the best material for your doors? Look no further than original composite doors like our Rockdoor composite doors. Manufactured using aluminium-reinforced inner frame and high-density PU foam that is 35% stronger than a standard GRP door, Rockdoor offers up to 30 stunning door styles and a range of colour options to choose from. Featuring thermal performance and S-Glaze technology, these doors provide strength, durability, and protection, thanks to Secured By Design accreditation.

Choosing the right front door style for your home

It is indeed an imperative decision to select a front door style for your home. The choice is a blend of personal preference, architectural design, and budget considerations. Your front door serves as the focal point of your home’s exterior, setting the tone for its overall aesthetic. Whether you prefer classic elegance, modern minimalism, or a blend of both, exploring various style options is essential.

Ultimately, your selection should reflect your taste, complement your home’s architecture, and align with your financial plan. But here’s the catch: take the time to explore our door style options or design your door and ensure your front door becomes a welcoming statement piece that enhances your home’s curb appeal.

How do I get prices for different front door styles?

Prices can vary significantly between different installers due to factors such as materials, labour costs, and expertise. To get a price for each front door style, the most reliable approach is to find trusted installers. Provide details such as desired materials, dimensions, and any additional features you may want. By consulting with the installers, you can compare prices and make an informed decision based on both affordability and quality.

Remember to enquire about warranties and installation timelines to ensure a seamless process from selection to installation of your desired style of front door.


Choosing the perfect front door style involves thoughtful consideration of various factors, including architectural aesthetics, personal choice, and budget. Whether one leans towards the traditional and period doors, the contemporary flair of modern designs, the quaint charm of cottage doors, or the versatility of stable doors, each option offers its own unique appeal. However, ensuring the proper installation of your chosen door is paramount for both functionality and security. Therefore, entrusting the task to a reputable installer with a proven track record ensures that your selected front door not only enhances the aesthetics of your home but also provides lasting peace of mind.

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