Some of our most frequently asked questions specifically about doors, answered by Holly

Hello! My name’s Holly and my Dad runs Ideal Window Solutions; your favourite local window, door and conservatory specialists. Based in Fareham, Chichester and Southampton, amongst a varied collection of quality home improvement products, they expertly supply a range of high performance uPVC, aluminium, composite, timber and fire doors throughout Hampshire, West Sussex and the surrounding area.

Double glazed doors have so many amazing benefits, so I’m sure you’re interested in all the great offers and services Dad can provide. Double glazing is a big part of our lives – I’ve become quite the expert myself! So, I’ve taken the time to answer a range of questions specifically on doors that we get asked a lot. If you need to know more, just get in touch!

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Grey timber front door

Which door is best for my home?

Other than budget and personal taste, the best door for you largely hinges on the property type and its location. Typically, you’ll find the following applies:

  • uPVC doors: The most budget friendly option, suited to all types of home
  • Aluminium doors: Best suited to modern homes
  • Composite doors: Suitable for all types of home, expertly replicates the look of authentic timber whilst remaining low maintenance
  • Timber doors: Approved for use in restrictive conservation areas
  • Fire doors: Homes over 2 storeys high, renovated or new build homes with 3 or more storeys, 2 storey houses with integral garage.

If you live in a charming coastal area like Southampton, Gosport, Portsmouth, Bognor Regis, or Worthing, did you know high quality uPVC, aluminium, and composite door products (like ours!) resist sea salt corrosion too?

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How much does a door cost?

Every door installation is custom-made to accommodate your home and its specific needs - therefore, you won’t find any prices on our website as our door prices are completely bespoke to your project.

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Oak effect aluminium entrance door

Do you need planning permission for replacement doors in a conservation area?

Unless your property is listed or covered by an Article 4 Direction, you shouldn’t need to apply for planning permission to make minor improvements to your doors. However, it's likely you will need planning permission if you're building something new, changing the use of the building (e.g., from commercial to residential), moving the position of a door, or if it’s a leasehold property.

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What makes a door energy efficient?

When purchasing a new door, always look out for the rainbow Door Energy Rating label (similar to those found on household appliances). Rated from A to E, A being the most efficient, to comply with current Building Regulations new doors require a U-value of 1.8 W/m²K or a Door Energy Rating of E (or less).

White UPVC french door with astragal bars

Do you repair double glazed doors?

Yes! We regularly repair uPVC double glazed doors across Hampshire and West Sussex. Even better, once the work is complete, we will guarantee the repair work for 10 years.

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Can I view a range of door products at a local showroom?

Yes! Dad has two extensive showrooms based in Fareham and Chichester, where you can view the full range of uPVC, aluminium, composite, and timber door products at your leisure. They’re open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.

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Our latest reviews

First class

The quality of the product and workmanship is of the highest quality. Well done Ideal Window Solutions Ltd. First class.

10 /10

Job was perfect

Everything about the two men who came was superb. They were punctual, friendly and experienced. Their workmanship was excellent. Their finished job was perfect. I would highly recommend them.

10 /10

Informative & professional

This is the second time we have used this firm. As before, they were informative and professional from start to finish. Prompt, tidy and thorough always.

10 /10

Would not go anywhere else

Brilliant. No fuss . No drama. Done in a couple of hours. Very pleased. Fourth door I have had fitted by this company. Would not go anywhere else. SFK. Alec lovely guy. Kind and respectful.

10 /10

High quality

The team worked continually throughout the day and made an excellent job of fitting the windows which appear to be of high quality.

10 /10

Fabulous service

As always, fabulous service from this company. Did original install and have excelled with rapid response to supply and fit damaged panel.

10 /10

An excellent job

A very polite and well-mannered chap done an excellent job leaving us very satisfied with his quality of work and tidiness he left the area in.

10 /10

Super pleased!

Fitter removed old door with care. Worked using dust sheets super neat and tidy. All debris taken away super pleased!

10 /10

Went that extra mile…

Apart from sending the wrong glass for the door I can't fault this installation. The error was soon rectified with little fuss. The fitter went just that extra mile to make everything perfect.

10 /10

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