Are you building a new home or undergoing renovations? Choosing external doors for your home is an important decision.

Front doors set the tone of a house as it is the first thing guests will see when they visit a home.

However, back and side doors are just as important as they create a transition between your indoor and outdoor area, while adding style. You will likely use these doors the most while living in your home, so it’s best to choose ones that not only look attractive, but are also good quality and easy to use!

What Doors Will Suit the Size of Your Home?

While shopping for doors, it is important to consider the size of your home.

Having a front door as large as possible is ideal for practicality as, through the years, you will find yourself trying to carry bulky items in and out of your home through the front door. Although larger doors can be more expensive, having a wider opening can save a lot of hassle in the long run!

As for side and back doors, both sliding and bifold doors are very popular options as they open the home and allow a lot of natural light through. However, if you have limited space, a hinged door may be the better option for you – but make sure it contains some glass panels to enable light to filter in.

What External Doors Will Complement the Style of Your Home?

Doors can have an amazing impact on the styling of your home. They can either complement the original style or act as a standout feature.

If you would like to create a classic county or colonial home, single or double French doors are excellent at helping to create this style.

To create a Victorian home, you would largely benefit from wooden hinged doors. Mediterranean homes are also commonly fit out with hinged wooden doors. However, Mediterranean homes typically seek darker woods for doors, or, by contrast, they may feature pastel colours.

Creating a contemporary style home can easily be achieved by utilising metal or glass doors, paired with a sleek door frame. Modern homes also favour oversized doors.

4 Of Our Favourite External Doors

Once you understand your home’s styling and spacing constraints, it’s time to choose which type of door would best suit. It is also important to consider your internal doors so that you can create consistency throughout your home.

Single-Hinged Doors

single hinged door with frosted glass

Single-hinged doors can be utilised for just about every home style and can be used as side, back, or entry doors.

If you have enough room to make your front door larger than the standard sizing, we highly recommend doing so! This will help create a grand entryway and make your home feel more open.

Adding a security feature to single-hinged doors is also a great idea! Hinged security doors are a perfect addition as they provide a simple installation process, are easy to operate, and are efficient at stopping break-ins.

Double-Hinged Doors

white double hinged French doorsDouble-hinged doors are perfect external doors for either the front or back of the home. They provide a large opening for easy access and are perfect for busy families or those who love to entertain. The most popular style that complements this external door type is the french door.

Adding a double-hinged security screen to these doors is a great way to keep your family safe while still enjoying the views and fresh air from outside.

Bi-Fold Doors

bi-fold doors in a modern kitchen

Bi-fold doors are great for back doors, given there is enough room. These doors are perfect for those who enjoy entertaining, as when their multiple panels are opened, they maximise your available space.

Like double hinged doors, bi-fold doors can be fitted with a security screen for added peace of mind. What is great about bi-fold security screen doors is they can be left closed while the feature door is opened. This means you can receive maximum security while enjoying the flow of fresh air all year round.

Sliding Doors

sliding patio doors

Sliding doors are the perfect solution for many homes’ back and side doors. These doors are commonly made out of glass, allowing the maximum amount of natural light to shine through. They are also a great way to open up your garden and floor plan when you have limited space.

Using external sliding security doors with sliding doors will maximise the opening space while still providing you with protection from external elements, such as insects or intruders.

Add Security Screens to Your Doors with Clearview Security

If you are building or renovating your home, installing security screens is a great safety measure. At Clearview Security, we have a huge range of styles that can be customised to meet your requirements.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us on (08) 9443 8633, email us at for more information or to book a free measure and quote.