Is Composite Or UPVC The Right Front Door For You?

Is Composite Or UPVC The Right Front Door For You?

For many reasons, one of the most important but often overlooked features of homes is the front door.

Because it is the main entrance to the house, the front door becomes the focal point of any visitors coming to your home and it is essential to the security of your property.

If you believe that your front door is no longer leaving the visual first impression your home deserves and that its best days are behind it, then it is time to invest in a replacement door with either composite or UPVC.

UPVC stands for un-plasticised polyvinyl chloride which is a material used to wrap an insulated steel frame creating a UPVC door. While most homeowners are familiar with UPVC, they may have less knowledge of composite doors.

What makes up a composite door?

Just as its name implies, a composite door is made up of different materials to create one product, which is a composite door. They are constructed by combining foam, wood, uPVC and wrapping them with a Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) skin.

Although the GRP skin that envelopes the composite door creates a compelling wood grain appearance, a composite door is far firmer, more durable and watertight than a traditional timber door.

One of composite doors’ best assets is their strength, and our composite doors at Trent Valley Windows are as strong and thermally efficient as you will find anywhere.

The different components of a composite door

How does a composite door differ from a UPVC door?

UPVC doors are constructed solely with plastic whereas a composite door is made with a variety of different materials. Because composite doors utilise different materials in their composition, they are inherently thicker than UPVC door frames.

Composite doors tend to cost more than UPVC doors because of their more complex construction process with multiple materials.

Although UPVC doors are less costly than composite doors, it does not mean that they are an inferior product as they also have excellent security features and thermal efficiency.

A composite and UPVC door side by side

What is the best way to maintain a composite or UPVC door?

It is important to avoid using abrasive materials and solvent based cleaners to clean your door – simply fill a bucket with warm soapy water and wipe down the doors once every four months or as needed.

An annual check of the hardware including the hinges, locks, handles, and door furniture for lubrication will keep your door operating at its full potential.

The draining holes and threshold should regularly be checked for debris and cleaned if necessary in order to keep the seals from taking in water. This is especially important during bouts of bad weather.

An oak effect door

A new front door may just be the revamp your home needs. Come visit your closest Trent Valley Windows showroom and explore our UPVC and composite options.

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From French and patio to bi-folding, we offer an incredible variety of doors inlcuding the latest front and back door designs, all of which are made to measure for the perfect fit to your home.

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