Which is better? composite or upvc doors?

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Which Is Better? Composite or uPVC Doors?

Your front door says a lot about you, from it’s colour right down to the style. But it isn’t just the form you’ll need to consider but also the function. Ironically it is more than just a door especially when you consider the material and type. Which is more important and often we’re asked: which is better? Composite or uPVC Doors.

Composite Doors

Composite doors are made from a selection of materials including wooden or steel cores, glass reinforced plastic (GRP), foam as well as uPVC. This is so the end user can enjoy features including:

The Pros of Composite Doors

  • Security – a sturdy door frame and tough materials to form the door make for a rigid entry system. There are multiple locks at various heights of the door making it a more uniform lock, i.e. secure locking. The strong combination of materials means they don’t dent or
  • Looks – you can have a range of colours and even a timber grain if you desire it. Plus, it will stay that colour thanks to being largely resistant to weathering. The great thing is, there will be no need to repaint a composite door, which is usually guaranteed to last 10 years.
  • Insulation – formed using a combination of materials, composite doors also include a layer of insulation. This means that less energy can escape and heat stays inside, keeping your home warmer.

The Cons of Composite Doors

  • Price! Being a developed product with numerous benefits, it wouldn’t be unusual to have to pay a little more for it. Whilst the benefits and usefulness should pay for themselves over time, do expect a decent outlay at first.

uPVC Doors

uPVC are made from plywood, polystyrene and of course plastic.  Some now include a steel core for improved rigidity as well as increased security.

Pros of uPVC Doors

  • Price – prices are good with companies competing for business. The market is established now so expect good deals, particularly when combined with new windows for your home. A uPVC door will generally be cheaper than a composite door.
  • Maintenance – uPVC requires minimal maintenance year by year. Whilst a wooden door would require painting, your uPVC is good to go and should last a good 10 years plus (backed by manufacturer’s warranty), with a simple wash down only required every now and again.
  • Simple installation – thanks to their lightweight nature, the installation process for a new uPVC door should be straightforward and require minimal fuss. Plus, there is no preparation needed for the door itself, as would be the case with a wooden door.

Cons of uPVC Doors

  • Limited colour choice – white or wood effect are the two options available in the UK making for a more limited choice. Should you be the type to neglect your door for years, there’s a possibility you could experience discolouration, where that bright white becomes a grubby yellow.
  • Recycling – a uPVC door is a large slab of plastic. Once you are done with it, it will need to be disposed of properly as it will not degrade away as wood or other natural products would. Arguments over whether this is a simple job remain due to the fact it is difficult to disassemble a uPVC door to claim the separate parts.

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