Here at Doors and Windows Exeter, we’re proud of our extensive industry knowledge and we make it our priority to help customers understand exactly what we offer. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive when it comes to replacing doors, so whether you’re replacing your front or rear entrance doors, we’re here to help you find the right replacement solution for your Devonshire home.

How do I know when I should replace my doors?

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Here are 3 tell-tale signs that it might be time to replace your entrance doors. These problems can affect both the front and back doors of your home.

The hot air of summer and the cold air of winter should not enter through any closed doors in your home. If you are feeling drafts with each season, it may be time to

If you can see moisture building up in-between your double glazing panels it may mean that the seal between those two panes has worn away and is failing to keep moisture out of your home. Over time, this can cause mildew and/or mould to build between the panes of glass.  Mould in homes has been linked to health complications such as skin rashes, respiratory problems, and other allergic reactions, so it’s important to address the problem of moisture in your home before the problem escalates.

If your door is difficult to open and close, it’s probably time to consider replacing it. Not only is a door that is sticking or jamming really annoying, but it can also pose a security threat. Doors that aren’t operating properly are not as secure and are often easier to break in through. It can also indicate a deeper problem that heat is being lost from within your home. This will cause your energy bills to increase. If your door is sticking you’ll probably notice exposed areas, either down the sides or the top or bottom of the door, where you can see light. If you can see light through these exposed gaps, it’s highly likely hot air is escaping your home.

What material should I choose for my door?

We offer 3 material choices with our front door range;

Composite front doors: The Solidor composite door range is a premium home improvement product, offering a traditional timber look alongside the practical advantages that contemporary materials offer. Try our composite door designer to get inspired by our range of colours, styles, and designs.

uPVC front doors: The Eurocell uPVC entrance door range provides homeowners with a viable entrance door option, that’s as equally energy efficient & secure as it is economic & aesthetically pleasing. Find out more about our uPVC front door options here.

Aluminium front doors: In today’s world, it’s completely understandable that homeowners & businesses alike are continually seeking ways to heighten their security efforts to protect their most valuable assets. This is why aluminium doors are so popular, combining high-performance security features with modern slimline aesthetics.

We also offer two material choices with our rear entrance door range;

Aluminium back doors: Aluminium’s practical qualities and industrial beauty deliver a multitude of benefits to savvy homeowners throughout Exeter. Give your home a classy touch without sacrificing warmth or security with one of our luxurious aluminium door options. Whether you choose bifold or lift and slide rear entrance doors, aluminium is a contemporary and advantageous material choice.

uPVC back doors; uPVC French & patio doors from Eurocell offer homeowners the ideal way to open up their living spaces & welcome the outside in. Our sensational sliding patio door range is a simple, modern & classic way to conserve space, whilst our fantastic French door collection offers a more traditional, charming feel to any home they’re applied to.

Do I need to get planning permission before replacing my doors?

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You do not usually need to apply for planning permission if you’re replacing your old doors with new ones.

If you live in a conservation area and you are unsure whether you are allowed to replace your doors, it may be worth seeking advice from your local council. The general purpose of a conservation area is to preserve and enhance areas of special architectural or historic interest, as well as seeking to minimise the loss of the existing build and natural environment. The key thing here is that you replace your doors with ones that are similar in style to those that were used within the original construction of the property.

How secure are your doors?

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No matter what material you choose for your doors, or whether you’re replacing front or back doors, Doors and Windows Exeter promise utmost security and peace of mind.

Within our range of aluminium doors, you can find industry-leading PAS24 and Secured by Design accredited solutions, meaning you never have to worry about the security of your home being compromised. You can expect advanced security hardware like multi-point locks and internal beading, whilst the robustness of aluminium ensures that the rigidity of our doors will not deteriorate as time goes on.

When choosing a uPVC door from us, you’re guaranteeing the safety of you and your family. Each of our door options complies with PAS23/24 accreditation, fitted with a selection of high-performance hardware to ensure they offer a robust layer of defense for every home.

Solidor composite doors are successfully tested to the highest standards set by the leading police initiative, Secured by Design. With the Ultion WXM lock barrel fitted as standard, they provide the most durable & family-friendly composite door system around. These advanced locking systems combine 33% more key material and tapped pins to make picking more difficult. Further enhancements, such as laminated glass, are also available for security-conscious homeowners.

What type of doors do I currently have?

If you’re thinking about replacing the doors in your home, one of the first things you’ll need to do is to identify what kind of doors are already in your house.

Material: Identify the type of material used in your doors. It’s likely your doors will be either uPVC, timber, composite, aluminium or steel. It’s usually quite easy to identify the material used, simply by examining the interior and exterior of the door and feeling the door itself. If you are struggling to identify the material, you can try to locate the name of the manufacturer somewhere on the door. A quick internet search of the manufacturer may help identify the material you currently have. If you are really unsure of the material you have, you could ask one of our experts when you enquire with us and we will do our best to help.

Opening: Identifying how your doors open is another important point to recognise. This is often more important when replacing rear entrance doors, as there are multiple opening variations. Front doors commonly open outwards on side hung hinges.

French doors: Usually installed in pairs, these are traditionally hinged double doors that open onto your garden or patio. French doors contain a central frame with multiple transparent panels.

Bifold doors: Bifold doors open in a concertina fashion. They’re made up of multiple panes or ‘leaves’ which fold back on themselves in order to open up an entire aperture.

Patio doors: Sliding patio doors tend to be designed using two or more large panels of glass, which smoothly slide to the end of the door frame.

What do door energy ratings mean?

Door energy efficiency rating schemes are based on a scale that ranges from A-G. This system is similar to the labeling system used that you may have seen on fridges, washing machines, and cookers. An A rating indicates a good level of energy efficiency, whilst G is the lowest rating. Low rated doors will not normally satisfy building regulations requirements. We’re confident that all of our doors, front and rear, meet or surpass the recommended energy efficiency level. Find out more here.

What colour options are available for my new doors?

uPVC: Our customers have access to a selection of gorgeous glazing and hardware options, so you can ensure your uPVC door gives off the impression that you desire. There’s also an impressive palette of smooth and woodgrain finishes to consider, and because uPVC is resistant to discolouration and cracking, whatever finish you choose you can expect it to retain its quality for years to come. Take a look at the full spectrum of Eurocell colours available here.

Aluminium: As we’re able to offer our customers the full range of colours, along with a variety of bespoke hardware and glazing options, it’s really easy to personalise one of our aluminium door solutions to your specific taste. We can also offer versatile dual colour options. This means that the colour on the interior of your door can be different from the exterior. This is beneficial to homeowners looking to match new windows and doors with their existing décor.

Composite doors: Make your Solidor your own by adding a splash of colour or a wonderful woodgrain finish. With over 11,000 colour options & a wide range of accessories to choose from, including hinges, handles, letter plates & door knockers, whether you’re looking for modern or traditional we have something to make your Solidor truly stand out from the crowd! Find out more here.

What is a FENSA certificate for doors?

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FENSA, or the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme, was created to make sure that windows and doors installation companies meet the latest building regulations. FENSA’s goal is to professionalise installers in order to improve window and door replacements across the UK and protect homeowners.

FENSA certificates remain valid for as long as the doors last. A new certificate is necessary when the doors are replaced.

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If you require any further information, or you have a question we haven’t answered here, don’t hesitate to contact our perceptive team of skilled professionals where you can also get a free, no-obligation quote. We look forward to helping with your door replacement project.









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"Brilliant local company. Installed a new door for my father (after a recommendation by a friend). Great product, great price, but (& I can not stress this enough) their kindness & care dealing with an elderly gent, especially regarding the guarantee (so both myself as his son & he could have a copy) was amazing. I genuinely did not believe service like this existed any more. Lovely people to do business with & a company I can thoroughly recommend."

- Ashley D. 5

"Through a recommendation, I popped into the office to see if they could help me source a new door handle. Nick was extremely helpful and ordered one for me through a company they use. I will certainly recommend the company to family and friends and I will use them for replacement windows and doors in the future. Many thanks for the free tin of silicone spray!"

- Sue M. 5

"Cannot fault customer service in anyway from this firm we called in reference to get a quote to replace some windows. Nick came out the same day was very helpful with ideas and suggestions of what types of windows that would suit and with 24 hrs a quotation was waiting in my inbox. We shall be almost certainly be putting an order in shortly. Cannot recommend this company more highly to anyone thinking of new windows or doors should definitely give Nick a call."

- Terry Bowen 5

"Excellent delivery of service and installation (11 windows and 1 door). Thank you Tom for a job well done! Clean and very efficient. We were recommended by word of mouth to use Doors and Windows and would not hesitate to recommend this company ourselves. Many thanks."

- David G. 5

"Doors & Windows ( Exeter) have provided a first class service from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble and when it came to a small problem it was sorted immediately without any hesitation. I would thoroughly recommend Nick, Rob and the team. It’s so pleasantly refreshing to find a company who put their customers first. Thank you."

- Lisa S. 5

"Nick and his team fitted some new doors and windows at the back of our lean to. The service from start to finish was excellent and the new doors and windows make the lean to look like a new room! Would highly recommend."

- Mark F. 5

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