4 Simple Tips for buying External Doors in Perth

Are you designing a new home or undergoing a renovation? If you are, you must consider your choice of external doors carefully. External doors not only create the interface between your home and the world, but they can also increase your home’s value significantly.

Many homeowners realise the value external doors. According to Houzz & Home June 2015 Report, of the homeowners who renovated their exterior, 18% choose to upgrade external doors. This placed 4th  behind updating exterior paint (20%), adding a new veranda/deck (18%) and upgrading gutters and downpipes (16%). If you’re like the 18% who are looking to upgrade or purchase external doors in Perth for your new home, then you’ve come to the right place!

I’ve helped a number of people purchase external doors in Perth. As the head of purchasing at Ross’s, it’s part of my job. Needless to say, I have more than a little expertise in this domain. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to list out some tips on how to choose external doors. These tips are coming to you from a professional who has years of experience in the industry, so listen up!

1. Types of external doors

If you thought purchasing external doors would be straight forward, you had better think again. Before you go about selecting exterior doors in Perth, you must first determine what is right for you. Today’s doors are manufactured in a variety of designs that offer security, weather resistance and style. I always suggest that customers to pay attention to the features offered before making a decision.

Let’s now take a look at some of the most popular types of external doors in Perth.

Flush doors are no doubt one of the most common types of external doors. They are typically made out of hardwood or uPVC laminate, veneered to offer a sleek and uniform exterior appearance.

If you’re looking to achieve a modern, contemporary look, then I suggest that you consider flush external doors.

Panelled doors are a more traditional form of external door and are made out of hardwood timber. They commonly exhibit raised inserts, which offer a traditional and exquisite feel.

These inserts also help the wood to expand and contract naturally, allowing the doors to have a long life. If you want to achieve a more traditional look, then panelled external doors are what you should go for.

Another common type of external door is glass insert doors. These doors are available in a variety of designs. Some examples include stained glass panes, tiny glass panes on top of a door and full sized single glass panes.

French doors are a variant of glass insert doors, which include multiple panes of glass. Full sized glass paned doors are ideally suitable for atrium or patio doors. If you want to feature a unique look that offers a bold statement, consider glass insert doors as your external doors.

Unlike the other external doors mentioned above, sliding doors are special in the sense that they can be custom made to suit different purposes. More so, they are generally used throughout the house – and not as an entry door.

Sliding doors with a large glass panel offer grand, unrestricted views out from a home. They are also quite affordable, especially if purchased here at Ross’s Discount Home Centre.

2. Materials

Now that you have an idea of the types of external doors available, you need now pay attention to the door material. External doors in Perth are available in a variety of materials, including timber, fiberglass, steel and aluminium.

Let’s take a look at these materials so as to help you decide which external door to choose.

Timber is the go-to choice and is by far the most common material used in external entry doors. They are luxurious and their weight cannot be duplicated by other types of materials. If you’re looking to make a stunning entry statement with a handcrafted touch, timber doors are what you should go for.

However, keep in mind that wooden doors are expensive, which is why it pays to shop around or purchase them from a discount warehouse such as Ross’s.

These doors also require a lot of maintenance and they need to be refinished or repainted every few years to prevent warping and splitting.

Fiberglass external doors are ideal if you live in a moisture-prone or coastal area. These doors are sturdy and rigid and face no problems due to warping.

These doors are available both in panelled or flush options in a range of colour finishes. Fiberglass doors can mimic the look of wooden doors and they last twice as long.

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance, yet classy-looking external door, then fibreglass doors are your best bet. As compared to wooden doors, fibreglass doors are much more affordable.

Durable fibreglass doors are also easy to maintain.

Steel doors are popular with homeowners who want an added sense of security. They work as an effective barrier against intruders and are available in both panelled and flush designs.

If you live in an area subject to harsh weather conditions, a vinyl-coated steel door is a good choice. They are also available in a range of colour finish options.

Moreover, steel doors are the most affordable type of external doors. However, keep in mind that steel doors have a shorter lifespan than timber or fibreglass doors.

These doors are susceptible to bowing, chipping and denting, especially if exposed to sunlight continuously.

Aluminium doors are by far my preferred choice when it comes to material. Aluminium doors, such as those we feature here at Ross’s, are available in an extensive range of colours and finishes and can be designed to create any look.

They are weather-resistant and require little to no maintenance.

3. Security

By now, you should have a fair idea of the types of external doors and materials they are made from. However, you should also consider the security factor of external doors. The doors that I have mentioned above all provide good security, but you should make some added considerations.

While they can provide a welcoming entry to residents and guests, external doors must also be secure against intruders. When shopping for external doors in Perth, you must ensure your choice has adequate locks installed on them.

In my opinion, you should have two locks on your door for security and ease of access. While it is not essential that you have two locks in place, insurance companies widely adopt this trend.

A mortice deadlock, which can be operated with a key, is the primary lock that will make your door secure. Additionally, you should have a latch lock on the inside to facilitate easy exit in case of emergencies.

Remember – other than being attractive to look at, you must always ensure that your external doors are secure.

4. Price

After having made all the considerations, you’re almost ready to make your purchase. However, you need to know how much external doors in Perth will cost before you make your decision. Fortunately, I’m here to help you out with this as well!

Steel doors are the most affordable external door; they will cost you between $150 to $400. Next come fibreglass doors, which typically lie in the range of $150 to $600. Our Aluminium sliding doors range from $785 to $995, while timber doors are by far the most expensive and will set you back anywhere between $500 to $2,000.

You’re almost done. All you need to do now is find a reputable supplier of external doors in Perth and place an order.

For unbeatable quality and price, consider Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We offer all types of external doors, including single sliding doors, double sliding doors, 3-panel stacking doors and 6-panel stacking doors at incredibly affordable prices. Our quality external entry doors are available only as a special order, but you can view our external sliding doors by clicking here.


An external door is one of the most important parts of a home. It forms the point of entry between home and the outside world and also serves as a secure barrier. There are many different types of external doors available in the market today. These include flush doors, panelled doors, glass insert doors and sliding doors. All these types of doors present their own unique features and you should choose one according to your taste.

External doors in Perth are commonly made out of timber, fibreglass, steel and aluminium. Of these, timber is the most widely used, but it is also the most expensive. Fiberglass and aluminium are much cheaper and require less maintenance. Steel doors may be the most affordable, but they have a shorter lifespan; therefore, there are many elements to weigh up when making a decision.

When it comes to price, you should really go by your personal budget.

Once you know the type and the material that you require, it is time to contact a door supplier and place your order. For this, please consider Ross’s Discount Home Centre in Perth. As I mentioned earlier, we offer quality doors at the best prices in the market. You certainly will not go wrong in choosing to buy from us.

If you’d like to place an order or you need more information on external doors, give us a call. Our expert salesmen will be extremely glad to be of your service.

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