Your entrance door is like your business card: when visitors come to your home the entrance door will give a first impression.

In today’s market there are many designs available from modern to traditional, from blending in to making a statement. The design should suit the house so that ‘curb appeal’ works as a whole and makes your home inviting.

But your entrance door should not only look good but work well. After choosing the right design, sealing and security are the main issues for front doors.

Sealing well could mean that your door is double rebated with rubber seals all around. This reduces draft to almost zero and your energy bills will reduce dramatically. Especially if any glazed areas are double or triple glazed. To seal against draft will also improve sound protection, keeping the street noise outside where it belongs and help to make your house an oasis you like to come home to.

Security is a very important point as not all visitors are desirable. New advances in locks and opening mechanisms can improve your entrance door’s security.

Multi-point locks allow the door to be locked in several places at once just by turning the key in the lock. Hardware with 3 locks – top, middle and bottom of your door – can even include hooks, which makes it impossible for an intruder to lift your door off its hinges.

Electronic door locks can be integrated into your house security system so the front door locks can be operated by phone, keypad or fingerprint recognition.

The newest fingerprint locking option comes as a complete unit with your door. It does not need an electrician to install it separately or add it to your home automation system. This new lock is a stand-alone unit and can be programmed to recognise up to 100 individual fingerprints. You never need to carry a key!

Whether you choose an elegant door, more modern or traditional, Parrhammer offers a variety of designs that are available to suit the architectural style of your home or business, and custom designs can be made just for you.

See Paarhammer at the Build & Renovating Expo for a wide range of energy-efficient European style windows and doors. 4 – 6 July, 2014 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

For more information, visit buildexpo.com.au