What is a composite door?
A composite door is a contemporary alternative to both traditional timber and standard uPVC.
While uPVC is the most popular and widely chosen material for many different home improvement products, composite doors are made up of a mixture of different fibres and natural and man-made materials to enhance its durability and hardiness.
Its mixture of natural fibres, glass, uPVC and other materials are wrapped around a solid core, often made of timber, which makes it incredibly tough and difficult to breakthrough.
Because of this, composite doors are incredibly thermally efficient and will last for years against outside force and exposure to the elements without showing any outward signs of wear and tear.
Composite doors can be installed as exterior front and back doors, as well as interior doors if you want to help keep the individual rooms of your house warmer.
Modern composite doors
Timber is a highly sought after material for windows and doors because of its traditional appearance that complements a period or classic style property.
However, when compared to uPVC and composite doors, timber is not very thermally efficient and can be far easily be broken through with force.
Because of this, manufacturers have developed ways of making the more modern door designs look more like a traditional timber frame without suffering from the same weaknesses.
Modern composite doors are designed to replicate the appearance and the feel of a traditional timber door.
A woodgrain finish gives your door the appearance of a classic wooden door for an authentic look.
You can choose from a wide rangee of natural colours that mimic the look of different kinds of wood, from pine to mahogany.
uPVC doors are also able to come in a realistic wood-grain and natural colours, but composite doors are far sturdier and long-lasting.
What is the difference between a uPVC door and a composite door?
Both uPVC and composite doors have their advantages and disadvantages, but when making the decision between them it can be difficult to pick.
So what exactly are the differences between the two?
uPVC, standing for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, is a hardened plastic resin that has been an incredibly popular home improvement option for years.
uPVC doors often have large sections of the door being taken up by double-glazed glass, letting in large amounts of natural light.
However, these doors can also be made predominantly from uPVC panels without as much glass. While they are hard-wearing, they can often clash with a traditional properties pre-existing period features.
Composite doors are, however, made of a mixture of different materials, including uPVC, natural fibres and even glass reinforced plastic.
Because of this, they are far more long-lasting, thermally secure and hard-wearing than uPVC doors, being able to survive years of daily use and exposure to the elements without any outward signs of wear and tear or any loss in performance.
Are composite doors warmer than uPVC?
While uPVC is made of a singular material, uPVC, composite doors are made of a range of different materials. Because of this, many of the disadvantages with individual materials are cancelled out with the advantages of another, making composite doors far more thermally efficient.
Strategic air pockets placed throughout the body of the door and the frame trap pockets of warm air inside the door, acting as a thermal barrier that prevents any cold air from getting in from outside, or any warmth escaping from inside.
While uPVC doors also have these air pockets, the thickness and solid core of a composite door makes it far more thermally efficient and hard for cold air to get inside; also, its longer lifespan means that your home really does stay warmer for longer, helping you decrease your heating bills, paying for itself over time, and even helping you to lower your carbon footprint.
How long do composite doors last?
Exterior doors should be able to last for a long time, in both efficiency and overall appearance; and with a composite door, you will get at least a good thirty years of service out of it.
However, this can be extended with minimal upkeep, as well as making sure that it is installed to a high quality by a reputable installation company.
For the most part, the only upkeep a composite door will need during its lifespan is an occasional wash down to get rid of any residual dirt or grime that may have built up over the years.
Timber doors can begin to show their age a lot sooner, often needing repainting and sanding every few years to keep their appearance.
uPVC doors can begin to show their age after about 25 years, whereas composite doors can retain their high-quality appearance for up to 45 years.
Do composite doors fade in sunlight?
Timber and uPVC doors are known to fade after years of prolonged exposure to sunlight, with timber doors needing repainting every few years in order to keep their appearance.
While uPVC doors aren’t known to fade for years, they can also suffer from warping, cracking and general wear and tear after years of daily use.
Composite doors, however, are designed to ensure that their appearance and colour do not fade even after years of exposure to the best and worst of the British weather. Composite doors are available to come in a range of different colours, including white, black, green, blue and traditional woodgrain, with options also available to have the inside and outside of the door coloured differently so that it matches both your property’s exterior appearance and your internal decoration.
No matter what colour you choose, your composite door will be designed to still have a traditional woodgrain feel to it, replicating a painted timber door without any of the additional upkeep. For more information on colours, speak to your chosen installer.
What are the advantages of a composite door?
So, what are the advantages of getting a composite door over uPVC and timber doors?
As mentioned above, composite doors are the longest lasting exterior doors on the market, with a lifespan of up to 45 years with minimal additional upkeep and maintenance; while timber will often need repainting and varnishing every few years.
Because of their combination of different materials, composite doors are also incredibly durable.
They are able to keep their high levels of thermal efficiency and security even after years of daily use and exposure to the elements.
Wrapped around a solid core, often timber, composite doors are also incredibly secure and can withstand excessive external force from anyone trying to gain entry to your home without your permission.
Most composite doors come fitted with a high quality, multi-point locking system fitted as standard, so for more information on the security features of your new composite door, please speak to your chosen installer.
Composite doors fitted
Getting a composite door fitted onto your property is actually incredibly quick and easy, with an installation time of around 2 – 3 hours, although this can vary on the size of the door, how many you are having installed and whether you are getting an entirely new door frame fitted as well.
Because of this, the labour costs of composite door installations are incredibly affordable, especially when compared to the installation length of other external doors.
Patio and bi-fold doors, which can often take days to weeks of hard work.
For more than one composite door, however, this can take between 1 – 3 days, depending on the number of doors you are having installed.
For more information on the installation and fitting of your new composite door, please speak to the installation company you have chosen, who will be able to give you a more personalised estimate on the length and price of your composite door installation work.
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