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Choosing aluminium front doors with side panels

John Collins - Managing Director

Author: John Collins - Managing Director

Aluminium front doors with side panels can provide a symbol of style and security for a home while also utilising natural light. The sleek aesthetic of the doors, coupled with the robustness of aluminium, makes these doors a perfect eye-catching addition to any property.

Here, we discuss the essential factors to consider when selecting aluminium front doors with side panels.

Why choose aluminium front doors with side panels?

Aluminium entrance doors, renowned for their strength and minimal maintenance, provide a contemporary look while offering superior security and thermal performance. When combined with side panels, these doors not only enhance natural light influx but also offer a wider panoramic view, amplifying the aesthetic and practical value of your entrance.

Side panels are glass panels that can be placed on one side or either side of the frame of your door to improve the aesthetics of your home. You may choose side panels to fill a larger gap in your home than a single front door or to bring more natural light into your home. Extra wide front doors have emerged as a top trend in recent years and side panels offer the perfect way to create the illusion of more space both inside and outside your home.

Glazed front doors with glass side panels can also provide excellent thermal insulation and low U-values when high-quality glass is used, such as double or triple glazing with low-emissivity coatings. When you choose a reputable supplier such as Vufold, aluminium front doors can be customised to meet your needs, so you can choose the right glazing option for you.

Find out more about choosing a thermally efficient front door with glass.

Vufold aluminium front door

Choosing an aluminium front door with side panels offers the following benefits:

  • The additional natural light can make the space in your home feel bigger

  • Offers great thermal efficiency with the right glazing

  • Provides a safe and secure option for updating your front door.

You should consider the following factors before deciding to install this option:

  • The style of your home to determine which door which suit your property

  • The glazing you choose

  • The size of your door opening

  • The size and design of your new front door.

Are you looking for a new modern door for your home? Read our guide to choosing a modern aluminium front door.

Door design options for aluminium front doors with side panels

The design of the door should complement your home's architectural style. Aluminium doors come in various finishes and colours, allowing for customisation to suit personal tastes and home designs. Side panels can often be tailored with different glass options, including clear, frosted, or decorative, to balance privacy and light. You should also consider the different side panel shapes available – a simple, rectangular glass panel can create a modern, minimal style. On the other hand, you may want to look at choosing a door with a curved or more decorative option to create a busier aesthetic. You may also want to choose a larger glass side panel if you are looking to maximise natural light and have the space available for a wider door.

Choosing a colour option for your aluminium door

Modern aluminium front door colours typically include simple, classic colours such as grey, white and black, as they are extremely versatile and can suit most types of properties. At Vufold, we offer dual colour options of black and white, and white and grey. If you are looking for a brighter, bolder colour, we also offer colours such as a striking blue or green.

Are you looking for a black aluminium front door? Read more about choosing a black aluminium front door here.

Vufold understands the importance of personalisation. Our range includes a variety of sizes, colours, and finishes, as well as the option for different types of glass in side panels, ensuring that every homeowner finds the perfect match for their property.

Vufold’s Signature Front Door range

Offering style, security and great value, our signature aluminium front doors are designed for the modern family. Virtually maintenance free, thermally efficient, and available in a range of styles and designs to suit any home.

Shop our Signature aluminium front door range.

What else should you consider when buying an aluminium front door with side panels?

Choose a door with a powder-coated finish and high-grade aluminium

Aluminium is resistant to corrosion, warping, and fading, ensuring longevity with minimal upkeep. Choosing doors with a durable powder-coated finish will help to further maintain their appearance without the need for repainting. Find out more about buying a high-quality aluminium front door here.

Vufold aluminium front doors are crafted from high-grade aluminium, ensuring durability, strength, and resistance to the elements. The use of premium materials extends the life of the door and maintains its appearance over time.

Choose a door with premium security features such as multi-point locking systems

Security is a vital aspect of a high-quality front door. Look for doors with multi-point locking systems, sturdy hinges, and reinforced frames. High-quality aluminium doors offer enhanced security features that protect against potential intrusions. Read more about choosing a secure front door here.

At Vufold, our front doors are equipped with state-of-the-art security features, including multi-point locking systems and high-security cylinders, providing homeowners with peace of mind regarding their property's safety.

Consider the type of glazing and thermal efficiency of your aluminium door

Energy efficiency is a critical factor when choosing a new aluminium front door. Aluminium doors with thermal breaks and energy-efficient glazing in the side panels can significantly reduce heat loss, contributing to a comfortable home environment and lower energy bills. Consider the U-Value of your door and choose a double or triple-glazed door to enjoy excellent thermal efficiency.

Incorporating cutting-edge thermal break technology and double-glazed units, Vufold doors offer exceptional energy efficiency. This design reduces heat loss, keeping homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Vufold offers aluminium front doors with U-Values ranging from only 1.2W/m2K.

Find out more about choosing thermally efficient front doors here.

What is the warranty offering of the door?

When choosing an aluminium front door supplier, ensure you research the warranty offered. A competitive door warranty provides peace of mind, covering potential defects and ensuring long-term satisfaction. Read more about our door guarantees here.

Read our complete guide to choosing a type of front door here.

Why choose Vufold aluminium front doors?

Vufold aluminium front doors are a testament to quality, design, and innovation, setting a benchmark in the industry. At Vufold, we pride ourselves on providing outstanding customer service and support. Our aluminium front doors offer guarantees of 10 years, underlining the confidence in our product quality and longevity.

Vufold aluminium front doors stand out in the market, offering premium quality, advanced security, superior energy efficiency, and extensive customisation options, making them an ideal choice for discerning homeowners. When selecting your aluminium front door, consider the unique benefits that Vufold provides to truly transform your home's entrance into a statement of style and security.

Read our guide to choosing aluminium front doors with glass.

Frequently asked questions

Can aluminium doors be customised?

Yes - aluminium doors offer a wide range of customisation options, including sizes, colour options, finishes, and glass types, allowing for a personalised door that reflects your style.

How secure are aluminium front doors?

Aluminium doors are highly secure, often equipped with multi-point locking mechanisms and robust construction, offering enhanced protection against break-ins.

What maintenance does an aluminium front door require?

Aluminium doors are low maintenance. Regular cleaning with soapy water to remove dirt and grime is usually sufficient. Unlike wood, aluminium doesn't require painting or staining to maintain its appearance or durability.

How much do aluminium front doors cost?

The cost of aluminium front doors can vary widely depending on the size, design, and specific features (like glazing or custom finishes). Generally, they tend to be more expensive than options such as uPVC and wood due to their increased security and strength.

How long do aluminium front doors last?

Aluminium front doors are known for their longevity. With proper installation and minimal maintenance, they can last for decades without significant wear or degradation, making them a cost-effective choice in the long run.


John Collins - Operations Director


John Collins - Managing Director

About John Collins

John has built Vufold into a unique online door and window company and has spent 20 years bringing innovative products and designs to fruition, recognising niches in the market and placing them in the likes of Wickes and Travis Perkins, he started Vufold in order to sell them directly. John founded Vufold and has amassed a wealth of experience in product design and development, and in particular timber-based products

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