‘One of the hardest aspects of a front elevation is getting the timber cladding and the front door working in harmony’, says Urban Front co-founder, Nabil Assaf.
We know how easy it is to just match them or go for a very similar material. ‘It’s definitely worth pushing the envelope a little and experimenting with different materials and colours. Obviously there will be times when matching is the right solution and that's just fine too’, he comments.
We've gathered together our top considerations below to help you choose a front door for a house with timber cladding.
4. Another concern is if the house already has a lot of different materials going on like a wood lookalike cladding system, aluminium windows and zinc roofing. We tend to try and find the least used material to match to as it could look too balanced and that wouldn’t necessarily be the best end result. For instance, if the house has corten window features and black cladding, going for either a black or corten finished door could work very well.
5. Is the cladding going to be horizontally or vertically boarded or even both? Its simple to go in the same direction, but the door can be more of a focal point if the boarding is going in a different direction. This also reduces the difficulty of matching the door exactly to cladding that comes right up to the door. However if you have diagonal or a zigzag feature to your cladding, matching the front door to that might work better if there is no other aspect of the front elevation that could work with it.
6. We always find that it’s best to lay all the samples of the different materials down in front of you and also be aware of the fact that each material will take up a different amount of space on that frontage. Fine tuning with samples like this always helps to put the bigger picture into perspective.
On the whole, it isn’t a decision taken lightly because cladding will also change in colour over time. Thinking about that will definitely help and if you feel that it is still too difficult, we can always help you. Just give us a call to discuss your project in detail.