popular doors

We use doors every day to enter and exit buildings, but one type does not fit all. There are several different types of doors, which can make it difficult to know which to choose when buying a new one. Fortunately, that's where we come in!

As the experts in all things doors and door supplies, we're sharing an in-depth guide on the most popular types of doors. We'll cover them all - from panel doors to pocket doors and flush doors, you'll learn everything you need to know about the types of doors below.

What Are The Different Types Of Doors?

  • Panel doors
  • Fire doors
  • Industrial doors
  • Glazed doors
  • Bi-fold doors
  • Sliding doors
  • Pocket doors
  • French doors
  • Stable doors
  • Patio doors
  • Gates
  • Flush doors
  • Garage doors
  • Aluminium doors
  • Oak/wooden doors
  • Composite doors
  • Entrance doors
  • UPVC doors

Panel Doors

Panel doors are largely considered the most popular type of doors. These standard doors are not flat, but instead contain areas that are usually rectangular or square and are set in the door's surface. Panel doors are known for their detailed construction and make for beautiful decor in any setting.

These visually pleasing doors provide an elegant look and are commonly used as exterior doors, due to their strong nature. They also offer high levels of security due to their strength and have a long lifespan, sure to last several years.


Fire door with blue signposting that says 'Fire door, keep shut'

Fire Doors

As the name suggests, fire doors are designed to protect against fire and smoke. There are different types of fire doors, including FD30 fire doors and FD60 fire doors. These numbers stand for the fire resistance rating, which is the length of time the door can withstand intense heat and smoke in the event of a fire. FD30 doors can withstand the spread of smoke and fire for up to 30 minutes, and FD60 doors for 60 minutes.

Fire doors are crucial safety aspects of any building, and are available in oak, walnut and more. Customers can also buy glazed fire doors, which deliver the aesthetic benefits of glazed doors while protecting life and property if there is a fire.

Industrial Doors

These types of doors are distinguished by their use of rough and raw materials, simple lines and functional design. Industrial doors have a long lifespan as they are made from strong, durable materials like metal and wood, therefore you won't have to replace yours any time soon!

Industrial style doors can also be energy-efficient, as some contain materials and technologies like insulated glass and weatherstripping. These are designed to help reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills. What's more, installing these solid doors can also increase the value of your property, thanks to their sleek design. This will also make the property more appealing to potential buyers.

Glazed Doors

Another popular choice for residential properties, glazed doors add a touch of style to your home while allowing the flow of natural light indoors. Glazed doors consist of windows or panes that allow an increased flow of light into the room, without compromising security and privacy.

There are a few common types of glazed doors, including clear glass, frosted glass and patterned glass. The type of glazing you choose for your glazed doors will depend on your individual requirements and design preferences. As mentioned above, customers also have the option of buying glazed fire doors that will keep your property protected if there is a fire.

Bi-fold Doors

Popular for modern homes and commercial spaces, bi-fold doors (also known as bifold doors) offer a sleek and stylish solution for opening up a room. These doors fold away neatly when opened, providing extra space and an unobstructed view to allow natural light to enter the room. Bi-folding doors are great choices for connecting indoor and outdoor areas for the utmost convenience.

These doors are aesthetically appealing for the modern environment, and come with various finishes to suit your room's individual style. Additionally, bifold doors help to reduce heating and cooling costs, making them energy efficient. Providing aesthetics, practicality and energy efficiency, what's not to love about these types of doors?

Open plan living room with sliding doors and dining table

Sliding Doors

Commonly used as room dividers, sliding doors seamlessly slide open when required. They are a versatile, functional addition to any home or office space. Sliding doors can be used to create privacy by separating spaces or adding visual appeal to your property.

Sliding doors are very aesthetically pleasing, but should be kept clean and free of damage to maintain their appealing look. These doors can be made from any material, and common materials include wood, glass, metal and composite materials. Customers can choose the relevant material required for their desired finish.

Pocket Doors

Pocket doors are a type of sliding door that 'disappear' when opened. These doors hang from the top and slide on a roller track that is attached to the wall. This ensures no loud squeaky door hinge noises, making it a fuss-free answer to new doors for your home.

These doors are especially great for small areas as they save on average 10 square feet of space. Pocket doors are a great choice for wardrobes, bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms or even as a room divider. Doors are available in a range of different colours and materials, and you even have the choice of double pocket door systems if they fit your requirements.

Half-open French doors exiting to walkout deck

French Doors

French doors, also known as French windows, are timeless double doors that instantly upgrade the appeal of any property. These doors open from the centre and contain glass panes that allow the flow of natural light into your home. They are a true classic in the interior design industry and can be used for internal or external use. Note that before installing French doors, you must ensure that there is enough space for the doors to easily open without causing any issues. They are often installed in kitchens or living rooms, providing an exit to a patio or outdoor space.

As well as allowing the flow of natural light, French doors also create the illusion of more space, thanks to the glass panes. You can choose to have your French doors open inwards or outwards, whichever suits you best. Overall. these stunning doors look expensive and are sure to increase the value of your home.

Stable Doors

Also known as Dutch doors, stable doors are high quality doors specifically designed to provide safety and durability. Stable doors are usually made from wood, metal or composite materials and are the ideal choice for barns, stables and other outdoor locations. They provide easy access and ventilation while ensuring animals and all equipment are kept safe and secure.

Our stable and barn doors are weather-resistant, designed to withstand against several weather conditions. This includes wind, rain and snow to ensure long-lasting performance and durability. You should take care to regularly clean and maintain your stable doors, including cleaning the windows and oiling their hinges. This can help lengthen the lifespan of your doors.

Patio area in the evening, with open patio doors

Patio Doors

As the name suggests, patio door sets connect your home to the great outdoors. These doors provide entry and exit to your patio and come in 3 main forms: French doors, sliding doors and folding doors. Sometimes, patio doors are even a combination of different types, like the LPD folding-sliding door set.

Patio doors are often made from aluminium, oak or may be in the form of hardwood doors. Whichever patio doors you decide to go for, rest assured that they will bring natural light into your home, illuminating the space in the summer and creating the appearance of more space.


Gates are used to add a layer of security to your property and stop potential intruders from trespassing. Our high quality wooden gates are very durable and are able to withstand harsh weather conditions and extreme temperatures. They are easy to clean and maintain, simply requiring a wipe down with damp cloth to ensure they remain looking their best.

If you take proper care of your gates, they will last you many years, saving you from expensive replacement costs. Our gates are made from exceptional quality woods, including oak, pine and cedar to ensure optimal results for customers. Gates are used externally and come in a variety of styles and finishes to suit your individual requirements.

Flush Doors

Flush doors are different to standard doors as they sit in line with the door frame. They contain a solid core and are made from high-quality materials like hardwood, softwood or GRP. They are reliable and sturdy external doors, ideal for several uses.

Flush doors usually come with highly secure locking systems to keep intruders away and maintain your property's security. Additionally, they can improve energy efficiency thanks to their tight seal and insulated construction. This reduces the amount of energy consumed and helps keep your property warm, ensuring lower costs in the long term.

Garage Doors

External garage doors are necessary for those with garages, and they add enhanced security. These doors can also make the property more visually appealing and can increase the value of your home. Garage doors are strong, durable and weather-resistant, ensuring your garage and all its contents are kept safe.

Doors can be made from several different materials, including aluminium, steel, wood or fibreglass. The best material for your door will depend on your individual requirements and budget.

Aluminium Doors

Aluminium doors are famous for their enhanced strength and durability, thanks to the material's properties. These doors are specifically designed to withstand harsh weather conditions including heavy rains, storms and snowfall.

And they perform well on the visual side, too. Aluminium doors are chic, stylish and add a modern touch to your building. These doors are available in various colours, designs and sizes.

Oak Doors

Commonly used for strong wood floors, oak is a solid type of wood and makes robust doors. Oak doors are some of the strongest types of doors available today, and are extremely resistant to wear and tear. These doors look stunning in any setting, especially outdoors and are sure to last several years if looked after properly.

Our oak doors also provide security benefits and are designed with secure locks. This ensures your residential or commercial property is protected and kept safe from thieves and criminals. Along with security, oak doors are also energy efficient, keeping your property well insulated during those cold winter months. This, in turn, will help lower your energy bills, allowing you to save more.

Composite Doors

External composite doors tend to be more expensive than other doors including wooden or uPVC doors, however provide better value for money with regard to durability and energy efficiency. Our composite doors are made from an extremely strong and durable Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) material that renders them weather-resistant.

Composite doors made from GRP are 35% stronger than steel and provide excellent protection from weather and break-ins. Our composite doors also provide excellent insulation, require low maintenance and are sure to stand the test of time.

Glazed doors with wooden frame as the entrance to a large hotel

Entrance Doors

Also known as external front doors, entrance doors are the very first thing people will lay their eyes on when they enter your home or business. Front doors can be customised to meet your individual requirements and add the final touch to your home or commercial property. Choose black for a sleek look or Golden Oak doors for a more traditional look.

Along with the aesthetics, entrance doors are highly secure, keeping the building and its contents safe and secure. They feature high-quality security locking systems and boast a high quality of workmanship. Doors are also available in several different glazing options, including double or triple-glazed panels. Whichever entrance doors you choose, you're guaranteed a stunning finish when you buy from Door Supplies Online.

UPVC Doors

Made using Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride, UPVC doors ensure increased strength and durability. These doors are made from recyclable materials and are fully recyclable, allowing you to play your part in protecting the planet.

UPVC doors are also weather-resistant as they are not susceptible to the natural elements like water or air. This gives them an increased lifespan, saving you from expensive replacement costs in the long run. The UPVC coating on these doors also ensures they are protected against ultraviolet (UV) rays, preventing extended exposure to the sun. Therefore, they are a great choice that will last you years to come.


There are several types of doors available on the market today. All door types have different characteristics that make them unique. Panel doors and glazed doors are two of the most popular types of doors for their aesthetic appeal, while fire doors come up top for safety.

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