uPVC Vs Composite Doors How are Composite Doors different From uPVC?
Un-plasticised Polyvinyl Chloride, more commonly known as uPVC, is one of the most popular types of materials used when installing outside doors.
In comparison to other popular types of materials like timber and metal, uPVC tends to be the cheapest material available. Its cost effectiveness is one of its greatest attributes.
Cost aside, another advantage is that uPVC don’t require much maintenance. It won’t rust, rot of flake and generally only needs to be wiped down with a cloth to keep it clean. Being one of the most durable of materials on the window and door market, is also favoured for its strength and security.
How do composite doors differ from uPVC
Rather than a uPVC door which is made from a singular material, composite doors are made from a multitude of materials. They are more expensive than uPVC and these type of doors essentially bridge the gap between traditional wooden doors and modern uPVC.
Like uPVC doors, composite doors have their own advantages. If you want a door that looks like wood but isn’t wood than a composite door is an ideal choice. Due to their wood grain GRP skin these doors not only benefit from an authentic timber appearance they also have a similar feel to them.
Other benefits of uPVC and composite doors include:
- They don’t require painting or sanding and are practically maintenance free. It won’t chip or flake and the colour won’t fade.
- They are aesthetically pleasing.
- They feature the same high security multi-point locking system that uPVC doors have.
- Composite doors are very solid and sturdy and are highly resistant to bowing, warping and dents.
- They are available in a range of colours, styles and glazing options.
- Composite materials offer better insulation compared to a timber door.
Spoilt for choice
Whatever your style and colour requirements, there will be a uPVC and composite door to suit your taste and budget . Most door firms stock a wide ranges so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
And with many of these companies offering package deals of supply and installation, you’re likely to get a better deal by buying the doors from the same firm that installs them for you. Of course, there are companies that can simply supply the doors. Most firms that offer full installation packages will also sell you the products themselves without the fitting service included.
But if you opt for the complete package – namely supply and fit – most firms will offer a discounted price. There could even be packages that run alongside uPVC double glazing offers too. Mounting a uPVC or composite door, as well as removing the existing door if relevant, is a job for a professional and can usually be carried out within a day.
Repairs and maintenance
uPVC and composite doors are strong and durable. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll have to repair the structures themselves, although damage to door hinges, internal mechanisms and handles are fairly common.
Manufacturers offer warranties on their products and in most cases doors will be guaranteed against colour-loss, swelling and de-lamination for a period of 10 years.