Both composite doors and un-plasticized polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) doors are very popular options for the front door of your home. They’re both stylish, welcoming and durable doors that should invite your guests in. However, they’re made of entirely different materials, have different constructions and serve slightly different purposes. How do you know which one is best for you?
It’s highly likely that your home and your lifestyle will be better suited to a composite door more than a uPVC door. In today’s article we’re going to discuss some of the fundamental differences between the two. By the end of this blog post, you’ll know why composite doors are more durable, secure and fashionable than uPVC doors.
One of the most important differences between composite doors and uPVC doors is the materials which both doors are made from. We’ll start with the more straightforward first: uPVC doors. These doors are made mostly from plastic in a simple manufacturing process, and have a steel frame.
Composite doors are a little more complicated. Instead, these doors are made from a number of different materials and those materials are combined in an intricate manufacturing process. The process used to combine these different components counteracts some of the more common flaws found in uPVC and other single-material doors.
First of all, composite doors will have a steel frame. The core will be constructed from timber, and there will also be an insulated foam layer. This is likely to be glued and enforced with glass reinforced plastic. Composite door composition ensures that these doors are resistant to all types of weather, and that its structure remains strong.
That being the case, is the door made from more advanced materials the most secure between the two? In fact, it is. Composite doors are seen as more secure doors because of their glass-reinforced plastic core. But that doesn’t mean that uPVC doors aren’t secure – far from it.
uPVC doors still have a strong, durable outer frame. When this is combined with a reliable multi-point locking system, uPVC doors are still very strong. A high-quality composite door, however, will still be more secure than a high-quality uPVC door. The reality is that breaking through either of these doors will not be easy either way.
Variety & Appearance
In a similar way, more materials mean that composite doors are much thicker than uPVC doors in size. The uPVC door, although noticeably thinner, is however still a resilient entry door.
When it comes to style and design, unfortunately uPVC doors are no comparison to high-end composite doors. As a result of the materials used to create them, uPVC doors have a plastic appearance, with a slightly shiny, sheen finish. Composite doors, on the other hand, appear as timber doors and fit in with the design of any home.
There is a great range of styles, designs and colours available with composite doors, but that doesn’t mean that uPVC doors can’t be stylish! These are also available in a range of colours with a style to suit every home.
Price & Value-for-Money
When it comes to performance, composite doors are also the winners. uPVC doors will still perform admirably when insulating heat, but composite doors are better performers. Their high-pressure layers and more advanced materials mean that they’re better designed to keep cold out and heat in.
Composite doors will also last longer than uPVC doors. You can expect a quality uPVC door to last for around 20-25 years when they’re properly maintained. Contrarily, composite doors can last up to an astonishing 35 years with the correct maintenance.
So why wouldn’t you go for a composite door every time? Well, that’s where your wallet comes in. With more layers, more advanced materials, more design options and longer-lasting products, composite doors also come with a higher initial cost. They’re a better-performing and more secure door, but those benefits come at a price.
However, we believe that the price is definitely worth your investment. Yes, you may have to pay more up-front, but you’ll benefit from this up-front expense in the long run. Composite doors will reduce your energy bills during their 30+ year lifetime, have lower maintenance costs than uPVC doors and if you’re planning to stay in your home for the foreseeable future, then they can last 10-15 years longer. They’re a high-quality and stylish door, perfect for your home.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of composite doors, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.