Your exterior doors serve two key purposes; to act as a focal point for the exterior of your property and secondly, to provide greater security and energy efficiency. But with so many options out there, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly which material is right for your tastes, needs and budget.
So; what are the benefits and drawbacks of the main options available?
uPVC doors are a low-cost option, providing excellent value for money, in addition to increased security, insulation and longevity in comparison to wood. With multi-point locking systems and reinforced panels as standard, our uPVC doors provide excellent home security.
We also offer a wide range of designs, colours and glazing options to complement your property and add character. A key benefit of uPVC doors is the reduced need for maintenance. Unlike wood, which quickly loses its polished finish and requires frequent attention, uPVC looks great for years to come.
A composite door combines the aesthetic quality of wood with the strength of non-organic materials. Composite doors are constructed using a number of different materials, including uPVC, steel, glass, and wood.
The structure of composite doors means that they offer the highest level of protection. To increase this secure effect, all of our doors also come with multi-point door locking systems as standard.
In addition to providing enhanced security, composite doors also have the added benefit of improving insulation. The composite materials lock in the warmth; boosting energy efficiency, driving down your heating bills and reducing environmental impact. The insulating effect of composite also reduces exterior noise from busy roads, bars and neighbours.
From a style perspective, it can be virtually impossible to tell a wood and composite door apart. The outer skin of a composite door mimics the classic finish of natural wood, without the need for regular repainting and maintenance.
Although the cost of composite doors is generally higher than that of wood or uPVC, the savings in terms of lower maintenance, greater longevity and enhanced insulation make it a cost-effective option in the long term. Composite doors are also known for providing a bespoke, high-end effect, which can really enhance the overall design of your property.
Which One Is Right For Me?
Ultimately, the answer to this question depends on your own personal preferences. Wood looks great and is popular amongst traditionalists, but it also has some key drawbacks. Meanwhile, uPVC doors lack the aesthetic quality of wood, but provide excellent security and energy efficiency at a relatively low cost. If you’re looking for the high-end look of wood, but also require low-maintenance and the highest levels of home security and insulation; then a composite door could be the way to go.
Still not sure which door material is right for you? Get in touch with our knowledgeable team, who will be happy to discuss your requirements and offer expert advice.