You might be thinking a door is a door right? However, when searching for a new front or back door or even a living room door many factors come into play including style, material, and security. As you start to research your new door, you might start seeing a few keywords appearing – two of them being Composite doors and uPVC Doors. So what is the difference between composite and uPVC Doors?
The difference between composite doors and uPVC doors is in the materials they are created with and the level of durability and security they provide. Made from a number of materials pressed and glued together under high-pressure conditions, the composite door blows uPVC out of the water in terms of strength and resilience.
Below you can find the positives and drawbacks of uPVC and composite doors. After considering these, you’ll be a better position to choose a door that’s right for your home and clearly understand the difference between the two.
WHAT IS A UPVC DOOR?
Polyvinyl chloride is a flexible, lightweight plastic that you might find in certain sorts of figure-hugging items of clothing. When it lacks a plasticising agent, however, it’s a great deal more rigid, and so suitable for creating items of furniture and doors.
Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, or uPVC, is the name given to this material. Most uPVC doors aren’t entirely made from plastics, however.
uPVC doors are, by-and-large, more affordable than composite doors. They also demand very little upkeep – the material is capable of withstanding most weather conditions and once installed they require very little maintenance. Any troublesome stains can be simply wiped off.
WHAT IS A COMPOSITE DOOR?
Composite doors are built from several different materials, including uPVC, steel, glass, and wood. The exact make-up of the door varies between manufacturers, however, one thing remains consistent: composite doors command a higher price than their uPVC counterparts,
since their construction requires more sophisticated and costly materials and techniques.
So what advantages do these higher price tags get you? The first and most obvious is that composite doors look better than their uPVC counterparts. They’re therefore the more popular choice for front doors. There are many, many colours to choose from – and this colour will persist for years, in the face of all weather conditions.
While they might mimic the appearance of solid-wood doors, composite doors will not warp in the same way. Warping occurs when a length of wood is exposed to changes in moisture and temperature over a long period of time – causing it to expand and contract according to the grain. Since a composite door is made from a mix of materials, this warping is almost entirely negated – which means that gaps won’t form around the edge of the door, and that cold draughts won’t find their way in.
Composite doors are also especially effective at keeping warmth inside the home and are extremely difficult for an intruder to break through. Tough materials, a bespoke outer frame, and state-of-the-art locking systems combine to create an extraordinarily secure door.
The Pros and Cons of uPVC and Composite Doors
Now, that we have gone through the difference between a uPVC and Composite Door, lets breakdown the pros and cons to each door type.
The Pros and Cons of uPVC Doors
Advantages to uPVC Doors…
- uPVC is extremely water resistant
- Low maintenance and doesn’t need to be treated
- It’s a durable material
- uPVC is recyclable
Disadvantages to uPVC Doors…
- It’s not particularly unique or original
At the end of its life it can be discoloured and brittle
The Pros and Cons of Composite Doors
Advantages to Composite Doors…
- Extremely tough and secure
- Low maintenance
- Long lifespan
- Range of styles
Disadvantages to Composite Doors…
- More Expensive Than Other Door Options – While it is near impossible to find the drawbacks to purchasing a composite door, there is a significant disadvantage to this option – the price. A composite door is far more costly than the average UPVC door. If, however, you consider the value for money over a long period, the composite door can be considered a long-term investment.
While composite doors might command a higher price than their rivals, it’s worth bearing in mind that the energy savings they confer, and the reduced risk of burglary, might offset that price in the long-term. It’s also worth considering the effect an attractive, composite door might have on the price of your property should you come to sell – if you’re leading would-be buyers through a door that looks fantastic and feels sturdy, you might find them far more willing to splash out!
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