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Composite vs UPVC: which door is best?

When you think about keeping your family and home secure, making sure you have a good front door is top of the list. But which type of door is best? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a whole range for you to choose from, and years of experience to help you pick.

When it comes to UPVC and composite doors, there’s a number of features that make them different. These include:

  • Price
  • Security
  • Maintenance
  • Longevity
  • Design
  • Energy efficiency

But before we get into the details…

What are composite and UPVC doors?

Composite and UPVC doors are two of the most popular types of doors on the market today. They are both made from durable materials that are resistant to weather and pests. However, there are some key differences between the two types of doors.

The main difference between UPVC and Composite doors are their materials. While composite doors are made from a combination of materials, including wood, plastic and fibreglass, while UPVC doors are made from a type of plastic called unplasticized polyvinyl chloride.

How much do composite and UPVC doors cost?

When it comes to cost, there is a big difference between composite doors and UPVC doors. Composite doors tend to be more expensive, costing anywhere between £400 and £1,000 for the door itself, plus £300 to £400 for the installation. UPVC doors are great if you’re working to a budget, as they tend to come in at a total cost of anywhere up to £1,000.

How secure are UPVC and composite doors?

In terms of security, both composite and UPVC doors do a pretty good job, but composite doors are the real tough guys.That’s because they are generally two times thicker than UPVC doors and are built using a mix of strong materials which makes them super sturdy and resistant to break-ins. They can even come with additional security features, like multi point locks with two hooks, two finger bolts, deadbolts and anti-drill tech.

That’s not to say UPVC doors are flimsy—they are usually built with toughened glass and can still provide decent security if you have good locks in place. But if you want that extra peace of mind, a composite door is the one to go for.

Do UPVC and composite doors need maintenance?

The maintenance of composite and UPVC doors are fairly similar – give them a wipe down to keep them clean and that’s about it.

How long do composite and UPVC doors last?

Composite doors and UPVC doors are built to last, but their lifespan can differ based on a few things. Generally speaking, composite doors are made to be super sturdy and durable. With proper care, they can stick around for a good 30 years or more. UPVC doors can last anywhere between 20 and 30 years, sometimes longer if you take good care of them.

What to UPVC and composite doors look like?

Composite and UPVC doors have their own styles – it’s up to you which one you like best. Composite doors often mimic the classy look of real wood, replicating the timber with various colour and grain options. They can feature decorative glass panels and intricate designs, making them perfect for both traditional and modern homes.

UPVC doors have a clean, sleek finish and can also come in a range of colours. However, because they are made from plastic, the colour can fade over time, especially if your house sits in a sunny spot.

Thermal efficiency: which one will keep you warmer?

When it comes to keeping the cold out, composite doors will generally do a better job because of their extra thickness. They can also come with weather resistant gaskets and seals, as well as a high density thermal insulating core. This means they tend to be A rated or A+ rated.

That being said, UPVC doors will still do a good job of keeping you warm. If you’re shopping for one, take a look for models with insulating features, like multi-chambered frames and double or triple glazing.

Looking for a home improvement expert?

Home improvements are a big decision, so you’ll need an expert you can trust. From uPVC doors and windows to conservatories with tiled roofs – no matter the job, we’ve got hands-on experience in it all. Whether you’re in Bolton, Bury or the Manchester area, give our team a call and we will give your home the perfect finishing touch.

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