Choosing a Fire-Rated Door

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What Does Fire-Rated Door Mean?

The term ‘fire-rated’ means that, when properly installed, the door is not supposed to combust or burst into flames during a certain time frame in the average fire.” While time ratings vary, standard fire ratings are usually in intervals of 30mins.

Fire-rated doors in Singapore are famous for their use in commercial buildings – shopping malls, hospitals, offices and many more. They have an important part to play in safety aspects, especially in buildings with multiple floors. This explains why you commonly see them in many other buildings.

Nevertheless, fire safety doors are not there just to reassure members of an office or users of a building. In an unlikely event of a fire breaking out, fire doors make it possible for the occupants to evacuate safely and swiftly.

As per HDB rules and regulations, most HDB flats have to have fire-rated doors. Therefore, having some knowledge on this subject better would be useful for many homeowners, as you might find yourself in a need of replacing the door in the future.

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How Do Fire Doors Work?

Fire-rated doors act as an anti-fire and preventive measure by obstructing the spread of fire and smoke. While they are still susceptible to being burned and damaged during a fire, they can still buy valuable time and prolong the fire hazard from harming the residents, giving them enough time to exit the building and get to safety.

In addition, smoke inhalation is often misunderstood and underestimated. In fires, it is the leading cause of death. Fire-rated doors can reduce the invasion of smoke and protect residents from this safety hazard for a short period of time.

Ultimately, fire-rated doors are a staple and should be used to ensure the protection of the property and its inhabitants.

Replacing a fire-rated door requires a special permit that only HDB contractors can apply for. Only HDB-certified contractors are able to carry out fire-rated door replacement works. Strict penalties are in place for those who don’t comply with government rules and regulations. If convicted, a homeowner can get a fine of up to $10,000 or even a few months of imprisonment.

How Would You Be Able To Tell If a Door is Fire rated?

The critical component to look for is the circled “UL” or “WH” on the door itself.

On wooden or timber doors, the fire label can be on the hinge side or top of the door.

For older doors, the label may have been painted over or peeled off. Hence, be sure to check carefully for any raised surfaces to locate the hidden label. The label is commonly located on the top or bottom of the door.

Do I Need a HDB Fire-Rated Door?

HDB regulations dictate that you replace the initially installed HDB fire door with a fire door of the same calibre. Unlike other doors such as bedroom doors, toilet doors and wooden doors, HDB fire doors need to comply with the standard textbook requirements and have a self-closing device, in accordance to HDB rules and regulations.

The purpose of these additional devices is to close the door after it has been opened. This is to prevent the further spread of fire.

For dual fire doors, the door stopper, or closing device, has to be fit onto the larger ones. The doors should be of a size no less than 850mm and be able to be fully opened at an angle of 90 degrees.

If the two sheets are of equal width, they both have to comply with the requirement of having self-closing devices combined with a sequential door closer.

Find a fire door that is designed properly such that it does not clash with the aesthetic nature of your home, or clash with the colours of your HDB gate. You can find many articles on our blogs page like trending hdb main door and gate themes, best fengshui colors for your main door and top hdb main door trends to help you pick the perfect fire-rated door for the entrance of your home.

Fire Doors Requirements in Singapore

Units, where entrance doors are within 3 meters of the lift lobby or staircase, need to be equipped with one. This is to ensure that the lift lobbies and staircases are well protected in an event of an evacuation.

Unit types that do not require HDB fire-rated doors include units that have openings into external corridors. Otherwise, every residential unit is designed as a fire compartment, with concrete walls and floors to help prevent the spread of the fire across the hallway or into the unit.

HDB blocks are equipped with additional fire safety features. Staircases and lift lobbies of HDB blocks are prepared with good cross ventilation to ensure a swift dispersal of harmful smoke in an event of a fire.

Exit staircases are also spaced out evenly to ensure all units have a viable exit plan in an event of a fire. Fire extinguishers, fire hose reels and fire engine access roads are also factored into consideration during the planning and construction of an HDB flat.

Having fire-rated doors adds to the security and fire safety aspect of a home. While not a must, having a fire-rated door is definitely a welcomed added bonus.

Get your fire door today from a professional door manufacturer such as Gate Door Window. We cater to your needs and wants for doors. We carry bedroom doorsHDB main doors, as well as HDB gates and window grills. Feel free to contact us through email and office number. We are happy to provide guidance and ideas on the different designs to build your own home.

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The Best Feng Shui Colors For Your HDB Main Door

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A peaceful and contented life is all about creating harmony, balance, and positive vibes in all aspects of a person’s living. Among other things, this includes the house that he or she lives in and how it is designed to produce positive energy and calming effect.

After all, it is the place where one spends the most time, so it is only logical that it should be an abode where one feels calm, contended, and at peace.

When one talks about creating harmony and balance, the concept of Feng Shui comes to mind. Feng Shui is the traditional practice, which has its roots in China, that claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. Incorporating Feng Shui elements into your house can help to create the perfect balance of harmony and elegance that will make your house the perfect abode.

When designing an HDB home based on Feng Shui principles, there are several areas where you can incorporate its rules and elements. One such area is the doors or window of the house, particularly your fire-rated main door.

The HDB main door sets the mood for you and others when you enter. It is also the last thing that you see when you leave your house for work and other activities. Therefore, you would want it to be the perfect blend of harmony and balance so your mind can be soothed and be at peace before entering or leaving the house. You can find trendy HDB main door designs in our article.

One of the most important aspects of designing a front wooden door is to choose its colour. Colour plays a very important role in Feng Shui principles and can help to produce good energy and positive vibes. Below, we will describe some of the ways in which you can choose colors so that not only are they attractive and go with the overall theme of the house but also be of significance from Feng Shui perspective.

Brown – Balance and Stabilization

This is the colour we are most familiar with in Singapore. For us, the default HDB main door in Singapore comes in a certain shade of brown. The brown color is connected to the “Earth” element in Feng Shui.

It represents the balance, stabilization, and nurturing of Mother nature. Brown is an earthly colour that automatically connects you to nature and you feel a sense of balance and harmony that you see all around in nature. Brown colour as a front door or timber bedroom door for homes can help you connect with your family through the stability and harmony that it offers. It also acts as an attractor of positive energy.

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Black – Wisdom and Depth

In Feng Shui, black colour is connected to the “water” element and is representative of wisdom and depth. Water flows easily and takes the shape of its container which represents networking and social connections.

Black absorbs and attracts, therefore it attracts and brings in positive energy. It can be a supportive colour for building friendships and relationships. A black front door also looks quite sophisticated and elegant while giving out positive vibes.

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Red – Warmth and Passion

Red colour, in Feng Shui, is connected to the “fire” element which is representative of warmth, passion, and inspiration. It is considered to be a powerful colour for protection which can ward off negative energy. Red is a very bright and bold colour that is easily visible from a distance.

If you want your front door to stand out among the other doors, then red is the way to go. From a Feng Shui perspective, it attracts opportunities and positive energy and helps you get noticed by making a bold statement.

Yellow – Stability

The yellow colour is also connected to the “Earth” element in Feng Shui, but it offers a relatively different vibe than brown because of its bright and fun side. In addition to adding the stability and grounding properties of Earth, the yellow colour in the front door of your HDB is also able to uplift your mood and give a very cheerful welcome whenever you enter your home through this front door.

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Green – New Beginnings

In Feng Shui, the green color is connected to the “wood” element which is representative of new beginnings and growth. It also connects you with nature and makes you feel the peace and calm that one would experience in the company of mother nature.

Having a green door as your main door is like inviting new opportunities for growth and prosperity in life. It gives you positive energy that lets you see new horizons and opportunities to expand. From an aesthetic point of view, green color is neither too bright nor too dull and gives a very neutral and balanced outlook.

Gray – Joy and Purity

The gray color, just like white, is connected to the “metal” element in Feng Shui which represents joy and purity. The gray color is also considered a supportive color for inviting helpful people and benefactors into your life. It also represents travel, thus helping to open up more opportunities for travel.

If you think that the white color of the metal element is just too plain and washed out for you, then try opting for gray. It will add a bit of depth to your design while still offering all the properties of white color and more. It will not look too dull and definitely does not appear too bold and bright, thus creating the perfect balance of harmony and sophistication.

White – Cleanliness and Purity

In Feng Shui, the white color is connected to the “metal” element which represents cleanliness and purity. This metal element is related to communication and joy. By adding a touch of white in any element of interior design, you are sure to add a touch of joy and purity. If you want to invite joy, positive energy, and communication into your life, then painting your HDB main door with this colour is the best option for you.

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Blue – Growth

The blue color is connected to the “wood” element in Feng Shui which represents growth and new beginnings. Apart from that, blue is also the color for knowledge and self-cultivation. It enables a person to acknowledge his skills and helps support their cultivation and opens up opportunities to invest in those skills.

You can use any shade of blue but the deep shades of blue are usually representative of these qualities. If you feel that a deep blue shade gives a very dull and boring outlook, then you can go for a relatively bright shade of blue which will represent all these qualities without making you feel blue!

Salmon – Harmony

The salmon color is a combination of yellow and orange or yellow and red which creates a unique combination of earth and fire elements.

This combination is quite harmonious which helps to bring in good energy and wards off negative energy. Choosing a salmon-coloured front door can help you create a sense of abundance and encourage conversation in a positive and harmonious environment.

Lavender – Calm and Peace

This is a mix of blue and purple, thus it combines the qualities of both these colors to offer a sense of calm, spirituality, contemplation, and quiet.

If you want to add a very calm, peaceful, and spiritual space to your home, try choosing a lavender front door for your HDB.

Turquoise – Liveliness

Turquoise is a combination of blue and green colours, thus it connects with both the wood and water elements in Feng Shui.

It offers the growth qualities of blue and the liveliness quality of green, thus making it a perfect front door option for someone who wants a space that allows movement and growth.

By choosing any of the above-mentioned colours for your main door, you can add an element of style to your interior design. Of course, colour is just one element when choosing the front door of your HDB.

There are several other elements that play a role as well such as the construction material of the door, its shape and size, its other design details and fixtures.

Other things such as colour coordination with your HDB gates will also be crucial to the overall aesthetics and perceived feng shui. Most people like to have a theme for their metal gates and main doors that matches their home interior aesthetics.

However, if the colour is not right, then all the elements of the door design will also go to waste and they will not be able to offer the type of energy and balance that you expect.

If you’d like more in-depth and thorough fengshui, you can also consider colours for your home window grille or bedroom door as well. 

Gate Door Window is a professional door supplier that produces high-quality doors, gates and windows for your home. Feel free to contact us via email or office number for any enquires. We’ll give you advice and design ideas to build your dream home!

Disclaimer: All materials in this article are not intended to replace professional advice from a qualified Fengshui or Buddhist practitioner. The practices and information listed in this article are to be used at the reader’s own discretion and liability. This website and blog article assume no liability of damages or responsible in any manner for damage of property or bodily harm resulting from any information or materials provided herein. 

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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Various Toilet Door Options In Singapore

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When you think about toilet door options, one usually focuses on the typical doors that have been trending for the past few decades. When it comes to other doors of the house, we are always on the lookout for stylish and unique doors that stand out among the typical ones but seldom do we think like that when it comes to toilet doors. But the fact of the matter is that a toilet door can also help to enhance the overall interior and aesthetics. So when choosing toilet doors in Singapore, one should look at the functionality, material, and aesthetics of the door.

Here, we will be discussing some of the toilet door options, each with its advantages and disadvantages, that you might have when choosing toilet doors for your home. We will share some examples of doors by SG Gate Door Window which is a leading and competent HDB gate, HDB doors, and window supplier in Singapore. So without any further ado, let’s dig deeper into these different bathroom doors.

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Aluminum Swinging Or Hinged Doors

Aluminium is a light, water-resistant, and rustproof material that makes it an excellent choice to be used for a bathroom door. It offers great sound and heat insulation resulting in greater energy efficiency and a reduction in costs. Aluminium is also good for the environment as it is a sustainable material that can be recycled. For a bathroom, usually, aluminium is used for the frame and some other material is used for the panels inside the frame.

The simplest form of an aluminium door is a swinging one that has hinges on one side which allow the swinging motion whenever it is opened or closed. As can be seen in the following image, a white aluminium frame swinging door with a gold lock and handle has been used for the bathroom.

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Wooden Swinging Doors

Another type of typical swinging door option for the toilet is a pure wooden door which offers timeless class and beauty. It comes in various different shades and grains of wood which creates an elegant and sophisticated space. However, pure wood has certain disadvantages. It is quite costly as compared to other options and does not hold up well in humidity and moisture making it a less viable option for a toilet. Instead of pure wood, laminate may be used for toilet doors since it gives an appearance similar to that of a wooden one but comes at a relatively lesser price. It is also not affected that much by moisture and humidity.

Aluminum Sliding Doors

Another option that is somewhat different from a typical design is to incorporate a sliding door made of aluminium. This design not only gives a unique touch to the space but is also quite feasible for smaller spaces. As can be seen in the following image, a sliding door has two panels where one panel slides over the other when it is opened and slides back to its place when you want to close it. This saves space since it does not require that extra space for the swinging motion of a typical door. It has aluminium panels with a stainless steel frame that gives it a strong yet light structure.

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Aluminum Frosted Glass Doors

Another alternate option in aluminium is to have an aluminium frame with glass or frosted glass patterns. If clear glass is used, it can give the appearance of a French door which makes a statement by itself but obviously compromises privacy. On the other hand, if you use frosted glass for the panels, it will give a similar elegance to the one that had glass panels but will not have its privacy issue. A similar frosted glass door can be seen in the following image which creates an elegant and classy aesthetics. This kind of design can be implemented in a hinged design or in a sliding design.

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Louvred Doors

Another unique statement building door that can be used for a toilet is a louvred style. This door consists of horizontal stripes or panels that are arranged in an inclined pattern parallel to each other to create a beautiful pattern. This type of door can be used in any colour of your choice. You can have the border panels in a dark shade and keep the main panel in a lighter shade to create a beautiful contrast. Or you can choose funky colours for the alternating horizontal stripes to create a fun atmosphere. However, the disadvantage of this type is that since there are air pockets between the horizontal panels, there is no heat, light, or sound insulation.

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Bi-Fold Doors

Another cool and out-of-the-ordinary toilet door design involves a bi-fold structure where there are two panels of the main structure with tracks on its frame that allow free movement of the pivots on the top and bottom. When these pivots move over the track, the door collapses or widens according to how it is pushed.

These kinds of doors take up less space and also create a unique appearance. As an example, consider the following image of a bi-fold design where the two panels collapse over each other when it is to be opened. Again, you have many options of creating patterns on the panels or painting them in a colour of your choice to blend them with the rest of the interior.

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Multi-Fold Doors

Similar to a bi-fold design is a multi-fold design in which there are multiple panels of the door as opposed to two panels for the bi-fold one. The working and movement of these multiple panels are the same as the bi-fold panels with the pivots moving over the track of the frame on the top as well as the bottom. This multi-fold option can be used if you have a wide opening for the bathroom. Although it looks beautiful and trendy, this kind of design has the disadvantage that its track for the pivot movement is on the floor which can become a safety hazard when people can easily get tripped by them.

If you’re looking for an HDB metal gate or HDB main door, some ways to narrow down your search would be to match your HDB gate colour with your door, follow the current trend for your main door design and choose the type of material for your metal gate such as mild steel and wrought iron. You can also find the perfect main door color according to Feng Shui.

At Gate Door Window, we specialize in turning your dreams into reality. If you’d like more varieties of fire-rated doorsmain gatesHDB bedroom doors, digital locks or window aluminium grilles, talk to us by either emailing or calling our office number today. Our reliable door contractors will provide you with advice and more design, and material ideas to build your dream home!

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What Does Your HDB Gate Colour Say About You?

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The main HDB gate is the entrance to your home. They are a literal introduction to space. But with the clever and creative use of colours, they can also serve as an introduction to your mood and emotions. Different colours leave an impact on your brain. Colours can provoke a certain range of emotions in viewers and leave an everlasting impression on your mood.

Hence, the colour of the gate will have a direct and large impact on your livelihood and lifestyle. It is a common trend now to install digital locks with colours that complement the gate itself. You can find articles about trending HDB front door and metal gate themes, HDB door design trends, HDB gate materials and many more on our blog.

Here is what effect we think the respective colours can have on you.

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Grey adds maturity to its surroundings. The colour grey is commonly associated with industrial and contemporary designs, adding aesthetic value to the home by bringing a shade of maturity into the house. From a design and aesthetic point of view, grey exhibits the colour and vibe of the old. That is why it is best to avoid getting grey aluminium for your window grills and aluminium for your HDB gates or it will make your house look old from the outside. 

Grey is commonly associated with age and grey hair. If you are considering investing in a grey-themed door, it is important to consider the effects it may have on your interior design.

However, grey also carries the advantage of being associated with futuristic designs, giving interior designers more room to play with when matching colours and design themes together. For an HDB gate that is grey, it is important to keep the remainder of the house busier with colours. This allows grey to open up the room for other warmer colours to gain the spotlight.

In terms of its effect on mood, grey is commonly considered a neutral colour. Grey is also, however, associated with sadness and depression, due to its common usage and depiction in media.

Hence, when paired with brighter colours, it brings down the intensity of brighter colours. This can be used to your advantage, as most gates are grey in colour. Hence, it gives homeowners more choices to choose from when choosing the colour of their HDB main door.

Some homeowners believe in the more positive side of grey as a colour. Toying with the tone and intensity brings grey to a darker shade and can have more empowering emotions, such as mystery.

These little decisions will affect the impression that your main door gives to your visitors and guests.

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Blue, we feel, is a very versatile colour when it comes to design. The colour blue is commonly linked with royalty. Hence it can represent elegance and upper class. A blue front main door can play well into any interior design theme that is more modern and luxurious.

The light blue colour added can enhance the elegance of the entire house and create a striking contrast against darker tones and shades of colours. Having an HDB gate of a darker colour, such as black and dark grey can help bring out the brighter shade of blue as well. Learn to play the contrast of colours to your advantage.

From an emotional perspective, it can cause you to feel special and different. The colour blue often reflects serenity and abundance, due to its association with water and the sea. A blue main door would be able to bring these emotions to life. Having a lighter shade of blue can function as a source of happy reminders and positive emotions.

Hence, having a blue main HDB door can help improve your mood when you return home from a tired door or embark to start off your day.


Brown brings out words that are akin to reliability and warmth. Introversion is also commonly associated with brown, particularly dark brown. It is commonly used as an HDB bedroom door color.

Brown, like grey, has intuitive tones of age associated with it. Brown is also the colour of wooden doors and hence, is often described as natural and conventional, due to its association with wood, and by extension, with mother nature. Brown can bring an emotionally strong presence into the house that can trigger the memories associated with the wild or forest areas.

This can be a huge plus for nature lovers or camping enthusiasts. This is also a common fire-rated door colour used by Singaporeans for their main doors. 

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Choosing the correct colour for your home’s front gate is a very important decision.

Before making a decision, you should consider the design features of your house, the interior design genre, the vibe you want to receive and the emotional aspect of your lifestyle. After settling on a colour, you can choose the material for your HDB metal gate such as mild steel gates and wrought iron gates.

We concentrate on turning your dreams into reality. If you’d like more varieties of fire-rated doorsmain gates for HDB homesbedroom doors for HDB homesdigital locks or window aluminium grilles, talk to us by either emailing or calling our office number today. Our professional door contractors will provide you with advice and more design, and material ideas to build your dream home!

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HDB Main Doors Design Trends

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Social media, magazine issues and many other platforms are rife with designs that are in trend at the moment. This includes door designs, which should not be overlooked as they can make a striking first impression on your home, especially when it comes to your main door. If you’re in need of inspiration for your HDB gate and main door, check out this article ‘Trendy HDB front door and gate themes‘.

Painting can give you a quick and easy method to add a sense of personality to your home, and one way to upgrade the look of your house is to paint the HDB main door.

Here are some current door design trends that you can consider when designing your home.

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Personalise your design.

Whether it’s a classy glass door, a uniquely patterned wood door or a gigantic door, you should be given the option to create a dream door that is accurate to what you want. There are plenty of ways you can personalize a door to make it such that you can uniquely call it your own.

As doors are the first part of your home’s design that guests see, it can create a deeply lasting impression. As such, large doors have become part of the trend right now to make a grand entrance. If you are looking to add more lighting to your space, as well as add a bit of colour to your surroundings, you can consider adding a decorative glass option that has glass with colour.

With over a thousand options to choose from and plenty of customisable designs available, any homeowner is sure to find the right fit of door design for their own personal taste.

Don’t be traditional.

Multi-functional door designs are becoming more popular recently. Compared to the less exciting design of a traditional door that swings out, unique designs like sliding doors and pocket doors are gaining popularity.

They can be used in different parts of your home, from your bedroom door to the washroom toilet door, and can help to add your personal style and charm to the design of your home. In modern designs, a pivoting door located at the entrance has also become rather popular.

Emphasise clean and sleek lines.

Contemporary interior design is fluid and flexible to change. However, one aspect that stayed in the design is the emphasis on clean lines. Flush doors are an example of this design aesthetic and can provide your home with a clutter-free and unique look and complement your window grille design choice. You can go for materials such as aluminium for your window grilles or doors!

You can personalise your flush door by picking the type of wood that goes into the design. This includes different layouts or incorporating multiple wood textures to create a door design that is truly one of a kind.

Wood is Good

Wood doors are a classic design choice for almost any home. Just like snowflakes, which are unique in each of their designs, each wood door design is unique and natural – a perfect addition to your home. Wood doors are also extremely durable and versatile in their design uses. There are even timber fire-rated door variants.

Related Read: Choosing A Fire-Rated Door for Your Home

Wood doors are available in a variety of colours and can be stained to take on a darker colour based on your preference. Whether it’s a barn-like aesthetic or a grand double door, wood doors can fit into several different types of homes.

Factors that Can Affect the Overall Condition of Your Doors

The performance of doors may not solely depend on their material, but it is a huge contributing factor to their service life. Doors that are made to be durable have material that can withstand and resist heat, moisture and blunt force. Dust, dirt and stains may also compromise the structural integrity of doors.

Poorly maintained doors have their security aspect compromised. This affects their quality and usability. That being said, no amount of cleaning and maintenance can help doors challenge the test of time and prolong their service life indefinitely. 

Ageing of doors weakens their durability and function, making it an immediate priority for homeowners to make the change.

Installation of doors, if done poorly, can also lead to a poor condition of your door. Consider hiring a reliable and professional door installer to assure your installation needs are carried out dutifully. A perfectly installed door can grant homeowners better cost savings, lesser worries and longer service life for your door.

Replacing Your Door

Whether you are replacing the HDB main door due to aesthetics or functionality, it is important to know that your next front door should be a huge upgrade.

Here are five things to consider when replacing your front door:

  • Material – The choice of which material you want to use is a crucial decision when you change your door. The exterior door will usually be made of either wood, fibreglass or metal. Each material comes with its own benefits and costs.
  • Lock. Doors locks are commonly overlooked and forgotten. You have to consider – do you need to change your digital lock? Re-install the same one? Or upgrade to a keyless digital lock? Do you need an additional aspect to your door security? Your door also has to provide you with sufficient privacy. Pay extra attention to the material and door openings that might affect this aspect of your door.
  • Aesthetics – What first impression do you want your home to give your visitors? Does it mix well with your window grille? Customised front doors can give your home a different unique vibe to your home. You can consider changing the design of your toilet doors to complement the main door too. Embrace and dive into the various colours, frame designs and materials available for you.
  • Budget. There are so many different types and options for homeowners. However, they will float at different price points. Take a few moments to access the flexibility of your budget before making a purchase.


A front door should add value to your home. Together with the metal gate of your choice, homeowners should utilise its material to give their home the best value in terms of security, aesthetics and durability.

Of course, aesthetics matter but make sure the above are ticked off your list before making a purchase. With so many different types on the market, choosing the right design will definitely be tough – homeowners may face decision paralysis! After all, the front door is one of the first things people see and a wrong choice can ruin curb appeal or even take a chunk off your home’s selling price.

Hopefully, this article helped narrow down your choices.

Talk to our professional door suppliers at GateDoorWindow to help you with any further enquiries. We’ll offer you advice and more design ideas to build your dream house!

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5 Trendy HDB Front Door and Gate Themes

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There’s no better way to make a statement with the front door of your home. It’s literally the first thing people notice, so it should add value to your home’s design. Other than the main door, most homeowners choose to install HDB gates for their entrances as well. Apart from enhancing the home’s security with digital locks, it’s another way to showcase your innovation. Having complementary door and gate designs for your home’s entryway is the foundation of your home’s overall interior design.

You might be inspired to overhaul the archetypal, non-descript front door and gate fixtures, so here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

Choosing the right door for your home may seem like an impossible task. There are too many options to choose from. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and paralysed by the choices you have available. Hence, it is essential to remain focused and ask yourself some questions to redefine the scope of your selection.

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What are the standard sizes and materials of HDB main doors?

HDB main doors come in two prescribed sizes, either single-panelled 3×7 feet doors or double-panelled 4×7 feet doors. The doors of most BTO units are made of hollow core, which is comprised of a plastic or paperboard material. As these materials are cheap and lightweight, they are usually less durable and less resistant to fires, unlike fire-rated doors.

What are the types and materials of HDB main gates?

Before choosing a metal gate, you’ll need to know that there are three main types of gates available in the market, namely:

  1. Privacy Gates

Privacy gates obscure onlookers’ view into your home while still promoting good air circulation. These gates usually have angled mild steel louvres, which ensures undisputed privacy for you and your family.

  • Designed Gates

From mesh to fishbone gates, front gates are reflective of the homeowners’ personalities. Be it quirky or minimalist, there are a plethora of aesthetic choices when it comes to personalised designs for front gates.

  • Pet-Friendly Gates

These gates keep your pet safe within your home and prevent them from running astray. Ideally, the material should not have sharp uneven edges that could potentially hurt your furry friend.

Most people opt for mild steel gates as it is known to be extremely sturdy. Other options available are wrought iron, aluminium and stainless steel. Wrought iron gates have a rustic character to them, especially with their unique metallic ornaments. Traditional designs usually include aluminium gates, though these are more common in private properties. Find out which material best suits your home’s gates.

What is The Style of Your Home?

Is your home a Scandinavian-inspired design? Is it going for a minimalistic design? How would your Timber door fit into a modern interior design-themed house?

Only when you have chosen your style can you narrow down your options. Modern-style interior design trends have defined straight lines, making darker colours better complement the theme. Minimalistic rooms would appreciate a lighter tone and warmer colours.

Ultimately, you want the door to blend in with the rest of the house. That’s the critical aspect. Go with your gut feeling.

Where Will Your Door Be Placed?

Are you looking to have a new front door? Side Door? Interior Door? HDB Main Door? Toilet Door?

Different styles land themselves in other homes for various purposes. Hence, they will also have specific furniture set to best partner up with.

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The first impression matters. While it’s natural to want every door to stand out, it’s ideal for picking a door that should attract the most attention. This usually extends to back and front doors since they govern the main entrances to your home and would strike the most profound impression on your guests. Grand double doors were picked to make a statement for the main entrance design. A good tip would be to decide on the design of your front door and its colors according to Fengshui before weaving your way into the home. This is especially useful in helping you keep within budget, as you can spend the most significant portion on the most important part of your home before allocating the remaining amount to the rest of the design.

While there are many factors to consider, as long as you stick to the basics, you will be heading in the right direction. Always keep in mind that choosing a bedroom door should be a fun process. It is a lifelong addition to your home, so enjoy the process of thinking of your dream design and watching it materialize in front of you.

Not only do we cater to the demands of residential units, but we are also well-equipped for commercial spaces. We have an experienced portfolio in both residential & commercial projects, with designs that remain ageless and never go out of style.

Here are some of the following products that we carry:

  • Aluminium doors. Our aluminium doors are of high quality and grade. We have various options, from sliding doors to folding doors, to cater to any home interior design or project. With our professional workmanship, we assure you maximum customer satisfaction.
  • HDB Fire-Rated Doors. We provide fire-rated doors of different fireproof grading and materials. Our materials range includes timber and metal. All our fire-rated doors comply with the authority’s requirements.
  • Main Doors and Gates. We are proud to present our main door and gate product lineup.
  • Bedroom doors. Our bedroom doors are sure to suit your wants and needs. Each door frame in the house varies in size and dimensions. With our professional door contractors, you will be able to find the door that you want.
  • Windows. In addition to doors and gates, we also carry window grill products to suit your needs. We also have different kinds of window designs for your choosing! Have a consistent theme and product outlook when ordering your door, gate and window from us.
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Ideas For a Well-designed Door

A home’s front door is often the most delicate aspect. A good front door provides a lasting and positive impression for anyone who sees or enters the home. In recent years, more and more door options and designs are entering the market.

Due to this, it is harder to decide which door is used best for your house.

However, if you are looking for ideas for a well-designed door, you can consider the following options and questions:

  • Size of your house – Does your house have enough space to cater to your interior design needs? Most houses would benefit from a single-panelled doorway. Larger houses are better off with a two-panelled doorway if there have larger corridors and multiple storeys.
  • Aesthetics of the house – some houses come prefabricated and furnished. They have a preexisting theme to work with. Distinctive styles are versatile enough to welcome additional elements.
  • Location of the furniture. The location also plays a great part in designing a home. Looking for inspiration from existing culture or your interior designer’s portfolio can be a good starting point for maximizing the use of your home and its furniture.
  • Security requirements – A door’s primary function is to keep unwanted people and things out. Hence, the security aspect of a door should influence your choice of a door. It is never a good idea to skimp on security in favour of aesthetics. It is simply not wise.
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Doorways made from strong materials like hardwood will be sturdier and last longer. Avoid plastic or vinyl options for your doors, as these doors are riskier and easier to break in. For the latter option, having a digital lock would help reinforce your door’s security function.

Trendy design combinations

Rustic Industrial

Characterised by a raw unfinished look, rustic industrial gates are easily identified through their deep colour contrast. The front gates are usually in a dark ravishing colour, while the door is in a pale, neutral shade of white, cream, beige or grey. A marble laminate design also pairs well with black gates.

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One important feature of the industrial exterior lies in the gate’s geometric designs. Whether it is a symmetrical or asymmetrical pattern, having these brazen, regimental lines emphasises on the gate’s sturdy profile. This gives your home a more luxurious and invigorated look.

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If thick lines are not your thing, you can still pull off the industrial look with a mesh gate. This small partition in the middle is perfect for pizza deliveries, or parcel drop-offs in case you’re not at home.

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If you have a minimalistic interior design of the house, then the simplest yet most beautiful door design will be a simple white paneled wooden door with no other color or details. If you choose this for the front door, you can add a small glass window with a similar white frame so you can view who is coming. The beauty of this simple white door can further be enhanced by placing a red flower pot or a green leafy plant with it.

Though it is a rare sight to see HDB homes without gates on the outside, it remains a favoured choice for minimalist homeowners who want to pare down their homes to the bare minimum. The entryway’s colour palette is typically monochromatic to accentuate the modern yet tranquil vibes of the home.

With a pure white finish, this sophisticated-looking privacy gate gives off a sense of peace, especially with the gold-adorned unit number and the steel door handle.

One of the minimalist’s biggest fears is clutter. If you’re going for the unembellished look for your front door, consider furnishing a contrasted rim for the door without other fancy add-ons. Along with a simple yet quirky typographic print of the unit number, this exterior evidently scores with fans of the minimalist movement.

Going along with the minimalist theme, one can utilise analogous colours like white and light grey for their home front. Representing purity and cleanliness, white makes a fantastic choice if you want to make your home feel bright and airy right from the get-go. In addition, carving out the unit numbers on the gate itself means you have one less accessory to compete for space.

White and wood

A classic combination that adds a homely feeling to your humble abode, crisp white and warm wood is a show-stopping theme to consider for your front door and gate. Apart from inviting more light into your house, this is a versatile blend of colours that goes well with any interior design style.

Nautical style

If you enjoy the 3S (sun, sand and sea), why not make your apartment feel like a no-frills beach retreat? Your metal gate’s colour is of utmost importance when executing these types of themed facades, and the homeowners made waves with their home’s exterior. Just standing by the doorstep already gives you a dreamy and carefree feeling.

Adding A Touch Of Gold

What is the one colour that comes to your mind when you think of luxury and royalty? It is Golden! Famed as the colour of extravagance and prosperity, it is no surprise why gold is a trendy choice for front gates and doors. Add a touch of gold to your existing or new door to give it a modern and luxurious finish. This could be in the form of gold-painted motifs, geometric gold designs, or panels framed in golden colour. Golden colour and design work well with dark wooden shades. So even if you cannot afford a new door, just paint your old one in a dark wood shade and add some golden motifs or intricate designs to elevate your entrance.It is a universal colour that can stand the test of time, pairing well with any other forms, shapes and shades. Adding depth and allure to your front gate, these gold-plated door knobs and handles go great with a bronze-hued wrought iron gate.

Contemporary Wood Door With A Twist

A wooden door has its class and grandeur but how do you get a unique wood door that is different from simple ones? Add a vertical or horizontal glass insert in the middle! Through this glass, you can even see who your visitor is if you use this door as the front door of your home. You can choose a large glass insert or a narrower one according to your preferences but it will surely add a touch of uniqueness to a plain wooden door.

Make It Grand With A 3-Panel Door

If the overall design of your house boasts grandeur and luxury, you can choose a heavy wood door in the middle with glass panels on the top and each of the left and right sides. This will create a beautiful aesthetic mix of tradition and modernism which is bound to enhance the overall beauty and elegance of the house.

Add Mirror To A Wood Door

Just as you would add a glass insert in a wood door, you can also add a mirror. But to give a new groove, do not insert the mirror in the middle of the door. Choose a rectangle panel moulding wood door and add a full-length rectangle vertical mirror on one side of the door. This will create a unique outlook and can be used in a modern and a contemporary design house.

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Add Contrasting Panels In A Wood Door

Another way you can transform a simple wood door into a door that makes you go Wow is to add contrasting colour panels in the door. These panels could be in the form of traditional squares or rectangle patterns or you can keep it a bit simple by adding sleek horizontal panels at some distance on the door. The contrasting colours of the wood and panels will create a unique illusion and enhance the interior design. For example, you can choose a rosewood door with white panels or a light oakwood door with black panels.

Mix And Match Of Wrought Iron And Wood

Another way you can add a unique character to a wood door is to add ornamental details of wrought iron in a wood door. You can create wood panels in the door and get ornamental patterns of your choice made in wrought iron to be installed in the wooden panels. To add extra depth to the design, you can add a mirror, glass, frosted glass, or fibreglass inside the panel behind the wrought iron ornamental detail. These elements will work together beautifully to create an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping door design.

Wooden Carvings

Wooden carvings, whether furniture or doors, never go out of style. They offer a timeless class that very few designs can match. Even in modern architecture, wood carvings give a luxurious and contemporary feel. The intricate designs and carvings in a wooden door boast the craftsmanship of the manufacturers as well as the design sense of the homeowner. Wooden carved doors as HDB gates offer an antique yet grand and luxurious outlook that can set the tone for any interior whether contemporary, modern, Scandinavian, or classical design.

Glass Doors

Another option indoors that can add a modern touch to your entrance is to use a glass door. A glass door has specific pros and cons which should be discussed before reaching a decision. On the one hand, it creates a modern look that goes perfectly well with a modern or Scandinavian interior design. Still, on the other hand, it has the disadvantage of compromising privacy. This problem can be solved to some extent by using frosted or tinted glass which will still offer the grace of a glass door. You can choose different glass colours for the door and create some intricate designs in them. You can also create a mix of a wooden and glass door with some wood panels whereas some panels are glass.

Grill Work Doors

Another option for front gates is to make a steel or iron door with intricate grillwork. This will not only offer a strong and sturdy door but will also make a beautiful and elegant door. Metal grillwork can also be added to a wooden door in the form of panels or a new layer fused on top of the wooden layer. Instead of wood as a layer with the grillwork, you can also opt for fibreglass, making the grillwork stand out.

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Ceiling To Floor Doors And Panels

One way to add luxury and grandeur to your house entrance is to add huge doors and panels that run vertically from the ceiling to the ground. Even if the door is a simple wooden one, if it runs from the ceiling to the floor, it will automatically make the space appear grand and modern. If you do not wish to create such a tall door, you can keep it the normal height but add wooden panels on its sides and the top to create a grand appearance. These panels can be wooden, glass, or any other material you choose.

Create Sidelights With Existing Doors

If you are tight on budget and do not want to spend too much on a new door, you can just create a sidelight with the existing door that will give it a new appearance. The sidelight runs vertically on one side of the door and is usually of glass that allows sunlight to flood in through it. You can even make the sidelight wooden by adding shelves; put in some decorative items and light it up with spotlights to create a beautiful spectacle.

Wise Lighting And Luxurious Passageway

One last piece of advice on making a grand appearance for the entrance of your home is to elevate your front door by using clever lighting choices like spotlights, track lights, and recessed lighting. If there are panels in it, add recessed and indirect lighting to accentuate those layers of architecture, adding an elegant yet unique touch to it. Make the passageways luxurious by adorning them with art pieces and wall art so they will work together with the doors to create a spectacular view.

Take your pick

Choosing your front HDB gate and HDB main door is a critical decision, with many factors to consider such as colour, material and design. The options out there are aplenty, but you can start off by shortlisting a few eye-catching options that take into account durability and security. Discuss it with a trusted and experienced door supplier for potential customisations. In the long run, this will also give your home a greater curb appeal.

At Gate Door Window, we focus on turning your dreams into reality. If you’d like more varieties of fire-rated doors, main gates, HDB room doors, digital locks or window grills, contact us either by emailing or calling our office number today. We’ll provide you with advice and more design, and material ideas to build your dream home!

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