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The Big Question – Why Do Front Doors Open Inwards

At Countrywide Windows, we know you’ve all wondered at some point in your life “why do front doors open inwards”. Well it’s your lucky day as we are going to answer that question in this blog.

When you go to the supermarket, shops, pub etc, they have all kinds of doors, pulls, pushes, revolving and sliding so why does almost every home have inward swinging front doors?

There are three main reasons for this and they are –


Traditional doors often have hinges on the swinging side of the door, so if you wanted it to open outwards the hinges would have been on the outside of the house and therefore extremely susceptible to break ins. In the modern day, doors hinges are often hidden within the door so this isn’t as much of a security risk but with old style doors it enabled a higher level of security to be achieved by opening inward.

Weather Protection

An outwards opening door would be a nightmare to open if it snowed heavily and could leave you trapped in your home. Other issues such as wind can cause an outwards door to swing open at a rate of nots that could damage the door or your property itself. Britain is known for how windy it gets and you would be furious if you had to fork out on repair bills because your door got damaged because of the windy weather.


Opening a door inwards is so much more practical than an outward opening door. Imagine carrying your shopping into the house and having to open your door outwards rather than walking straight in, it would be such a pain. Another example is if you open the door to someone and it swings outwards you’ll be knocking them out of the way which isn’t very welcoming at all. These are just a few examples but we are sure there are many more that you can think of.

If you really desire an outward opening door, you can have it and we won’t stop you, but we would advise against it.

Take a look at the front and back doors section on our website by clicking here – and if you see anything you like feel free to email for some advice or a free no-obligation quote. We look forward to hearing from you.

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