Traditional wooden entrance doors are being replaced with modern, high performance doors that offer good looks, durability, added security and low maintenance. But which should you choose – a composite door or a uPVC one?
What is a composite door?
You may have heard of the term composite door, but what exactly does it mean?
A composite door is made of multiple materials:
- A combination of PVC and steel
- Hardwood to reinforce the frame
- Polyurethane foam for added insulation
- A Glass Reinforced Plastic skin
- Sometimes fibreglass is used
It has a wooden appearance ingrained into the door, making it appear natural and authentic so requires no painting and little maintenance. Available in a range of colours or natural wood finish, you can choose a style and colour to suit the age and style of your house.
If you are looking to buy a new front door because your existing one has failed somehow, is letting in water or draughts, you’ll want a replacement that is strong, will not weaken or buckle, and will maintain a snug fit within its frame for years to come. A composite door retains its strength and position, shielding your home from the weather, retaining the heat to deliver energy efficiency.
A composite door will last up to 35 years, withstand the weather and will not warp over time or swell in the heat of the sun. It will remain attractive and look ‘as good as new’ for years after installation. It also looks solid, so deters intruders from attempting a break-in.
Composite door styles
Whilst composite doors are ‘off the shelf’ products, you do have the freedom to choose frame and door style and colour, whether you’d like side panels and fanlights, patterned, bevelled or stained glass and a multitude of designs once you have chosen your glass. Then add your door furnishings and accessories.
Choose a high quality lock (link to door locks blog) for maximum security, and letterbox and doorknocker to suit your individual tastes.
uPVC doors are stronger than traditional wooden doors and offer better protection from the weather. They won’t warp or lose their shape over time so will be easy to open and close whilst retaining a snug fit. Like composite doors, they require very little maintenance, other than a little oil in the hinge mechanisms and the locks to that they continue to operate freely.
If you suffer from noise pollution, perhaps you live near to a main road or transport network, you’ll benefit from the noise insulation that uPVC doors offer. They also help to retain the heat, keeping heating bills down and contributing to a more favourable energy efficiency rating for your home should you wish to sell the property in the future.
uPVC doors have an internal layer of galvanised steel, preventing them from being penetrated or forced open. The mere presence of uPVC doors is often enough to deter an intruder as they know that they are extremely difficult to break into.
If you are looking for an economical, solid, long lasting, good looking front door that wears well over time, a uPVC door could be just right for you.
We recommend visiting our door showroom so that you can see, touch and feel both composite and uPVC doors together, then decide for yourself which best suits your tastes and what will look great in your home.