Composite Doors

Are composite doors better than uPVC doors?

Posted by | August 17, 2020

If you are looking for a good quality front door for your home, you may be choosing between uPVC doors and composite doors. 

You will want to purchase a resilient front door that can stand up to our harsh Scottish winters and last for years to come. 

What's the difference?

uPVC has always been a popular choice and is well known for being a cost-effective option for a front door. 

Composite doors are a newer product that has been designed and engineered for exceptional strength, security and durability. Though more expensive than uPVC, composite doors excel their uPVC counterparts in a variety of ways. 

Here, we share 5 key ways in which composite doors have the edge on uPVC and make an excellent investment.

  1. A combination of material and layers imparts strength to composite doors. As the name suggests, composite doors are manufactured from a variety of materials which each contribute to the strength of the finished door. Layers include:
  2. Solid timber.
  3. Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP)
  4. Galvanised steel
  5. Polyurethane foam

Using specialist adhesives, these materials are glued and compressed together to form a strong solidified door that has superb durability compared to uPVC that is made up from plastic and metal alone. 

  • A solid timber core means you enjoy the benefits of timber without the maintenance. Timber frame doors are known for their strength and longevity. With composite doors, the solid timber core provides the benefits of real wood without the need for repeated sanding, painting and varnishing that comes with a timber front door. 
  • Integrating extruded steel adds to the security of a composite front door. Thick steel cladding means that your door is heavily reinforced. When this steel is combined with the most advanced locking systems, a composite door will offer exceptional resilience against forced entry.
  • Excellent thermal performance. Composite doors have been designed to keep heat where it belongs - inside your home! The combination of materials that make up the door is highly insulating, which is reflected in low U values of these doors. 
  • GRP coating provides a hard-wearing and low maintenance finish that adds to the longevity of your door. This versatile coating comes in a variety of colours and textured finishes that can transform the appearance of your home's exterior. GRP has none of the maintenance needs of wood and looks its best after being simply wiped down with warm soapy water. 

Rounding up.

It's clear that composite doors deliver a range of benefits to homeowners who want to invest in a front door that provides strength, insulation and security, with an outstanding finish that will hold up for decades. Composite doors have all the features of a good quality uPVC door and so much more. In addition, this novel door design lasts far longer than a uPVC door will, meaning you will enjoy an excellent return on investment in the years to come, despite a higher initial up-front cost.

If you would like your home to be measured for a composite front door, contact our team to arrange a visit. We will be delighted to assist you in selecting and installing one of these superb front doors. Call or email us today.