Range of Composite Front Doors
There are three main types of door used in homes today. To answer the question in full, it is important to review each type of door.
Wooden doors are the earliest type of door used in homes and have varied in design and style over the years. Despite having been around the longest, the traditional appearance of wood remains highly desirable, especially over the plastic appearance of uPVC. The timber of front doors & internal doors can be matched in any style & have a look that cannot be matched by either plastic or composite doors & the popular entrance people now desire is for contemporary style living hence the reason for the rise in poularity for contemporary wooden external & internal doors . Also with wooden doors now being engineered & with over veneers in real wood, there is less chance of warping twisting or defects which has increased their popularity
uPVC doors are more modern take on wooden door designs and are popular for several reasons. One of the main reasons is that uPVC doors are more competative in price to wooden doors. They also have other benefits in comparison, such as they have a higher resistance to weathering and require less maintenance in general.The down side is they do not look as beantiful as real wood & the styles are quite restrictive
Composite doors are the newest type of door used in homes. Composite doors have been designed taking into consideration the common flaws experienced in singular material doors, i.e UPVC doors. Using a combination of materials which have been selected for their beneficial properties, composite doors allow for the old flaws to be effectively 'designed out'.
The composite door is more expensive than the UPVC & is still restricted with regard to contemporary design front doors
Composite doors are made up from a variety of materials, including PVC, wood, insulating foam and GRP (glass reinforced plastic). The combination of materials result in a door that is very strong and secure.
Composite back and front doors have a high resistance to weathering and will not react to seasonal changes like a singular material door. Composite doors have a higher thermal resistance than wooden doors, due to the insulating foam core.
A composite door is designed to appear as a wooden door, with an attractive wood grain, & does not require any maintenance beyond wiping with a damp cloth if it gets dirty.
In short, composite doors are exceptionally well-designed modern doors made from several materials. Their superior quality sets a new high standard within the door industry.
Will a Composite Door protect my home against the elements?
Yes - all Composite Doors are fitted with 3 weather seals (the industry standard is 2) to protect your home against the worst of the elements. Rain deflectors are fitted to every door too, to divert any rain running down the surface of your front door away from your home.
Not only this but all Composite Doors boast a U Value of 1.6 or less. The U Value is a measure set out in the Building Regulations which demonstrates the heat loss through a material - the lower the U Value the better.
The minimum requirement set out in the Building Regulations for doors is 1.8 - some styles of Composite Door have a U Value of just 1.0.