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Contemporary vs. Classic: the battle for front doors

May 29th 2024

A lot of the focus on housing design and style falls into two camps – the ultra-modern, new build or the classic, country style homes from a previous era. This ignores the vast array of house types and styles that we have in the UK.

According to the Valuation Office Agency, homes in England and Wales were most commonly built between 1930 and 1982*. In England, just 7% were built in 2012 or later, and in Wales this goes down to 5%.

It makes for an interesting challenge. How do you find the right door to add the finishing touch? Do you try to match it in with the classic style, or is it time to go for a contemporary lift?

That is where Solidor’s versatile product range comes in. And for those who want to be a bit different, our custom door designer tool that allows customers to achieve a fusion of the two through their choice in colour, glazing and door hardware.

Contemporary door design

The Italia Collection represents the latest in our contemporary designs. Crafted from the finest materials, every door is handmade in our factory in Staffordshire. Designed to reflect a range of Italian styles, there are 24 different door types available across 27 colour options.

This includes Milano, a luxurious option which offers a textured grain and offset, modernist glazing style, and Palermo, a simpler, non-glazed option which is particularly striking in muted wood finishes.

Customers can choose from a variety of glass styles, including handmade Warwick Glass, which offers a unique design because it is manufactured by adding a random pattern to the pane. This pattern has no specific orientation, which allows even more flexibility for the homeowner.

With an extensive selection of door hardware also available, it means that no two doors are ever the same. From brushed chrome doorknobs through to designer handles, there really is something for everyone.

An eye on tradition

The Traditional Collection from Solidor adds a fresh twist to classic designs. Also available in 24 different versions, various needs are catered for. This includes the Beeston, which can also be manufactured as a composite stable door, Ludlow, which has clean lines offering a timeless finish, or Conway, which has options for square or quad glass in grey, black and red colours.

All are available as solid doors or with glazing and, are suitable for a range of homes, whether being installed in a Victorian terrace or within a new housing development.

Exemplary performance

Every door in the Solidor Collection is a solid timber core composite, rather than a foam core door. Manufactured to a width of 44mm (48mm including the skin), the doors are around 10% thicker than most alternatives on the market, which provides a more secure door.

Each unique solid timber core is encapsulated within a highly durable plastic edge banding and two thermo plastic door skins. Made from the same durable plastic as Lego, the entire skin is made from a solid colour, meaning that any scratches or knocks are more discreet. With a hidden edge banding too, there are no gaps in colour, proving a well-rounded and complete colour finish.

The skin is finished in a wood grain effect, providing the appearance of timber without the additional maintenance requirement.

With the doors manufactured in accordance with Secured by Design accreditation, it means that the security aspect is well covered too. This includes automatic multi-point locking, an ABS master cylinder lock and an Avantis lock which is the largest deadbolt available in the UK.

All doors are available with the option of a mobility threshold, making it the perfect solution for easy wheel or pushchair access. There is also a comprehensive range of matching-coloured frames, that are available with either glass, composite side panel or quarter panel to complement the look of any property.

Homeowners can also choose their style in either inward or outward opening and there is even an option to order them as French doors too.

Need some more inspiration? Head over to our Instagram – @Solidorltd to see more examples of the designs you can bring to life.

Ready to get started? Customise an Italia or Traditional door to fit your style on the Solidor Door Designer.

*46% of homes in England and 39% in Wales were most commonly built between 1930 and 1982 (Source ONS)

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