Composite doors are the latest solution for improving energy efficiency and security for your home. The sophisticated doors combine the materials of traditional wooden and uPVC doors and provide the benefits of both whilst overcoming the limitations.
Like hardwood doors, composite doors are extremely thick and sturdy. This type of build and material help to reinforce security measures. However, wood takes a lot of upkeep to protect it from the weather.
UPVC doors, on the other hand, require very little maintenance other than cleaning. The material is highly water resistant, robust and weatherproof so has longevity on its side. However, because uPVC is flimsy, they do not offer the same level of protection as hardwood.
What is a composite door?
Composite doors are manufactured with several materials including a wood core, glass reinforced plastic, insulating polyurethane foam, aluminium inserts that add strength and structure.
As a result, composite doors provide the durability, security and insulation of woodgrain timber whilst a range of glass patterns are aesthetically pleasing, weatherproof and low maintenance.
What’s more, a standard composite door is about 44mm thick – slightly more than standard solid core doors which are between 35-40mm thick and significantly deeper than a typical uPVC door which is usually about 28mm.
The Benefits of Composite Doors
The reinforced structure of composite doors makes them a safe, sturdy and robust line of defence for your home.
The additional insulation materials in composite doors help to retain heat and keep out the cold during the winter months so you won’t need to keep the heating on for long.
Composite doors have the reverse effect in summer by deflecting sunlight thus keeping your house cooler. You won’t feel the need to crank up the air conditioning or fan as often providing your windows are shaded.
If you live on a busy street or noisy neighbourhood, composite doors can reduce the noise outside. The reinforced depth helps to muffle noise and keep outside disturbances to a minimum so you can enjoy the peace and quiet of your home.
Unlike hardwood which requires sealing with varnish or paint every few years, composite doors require very little upkeep. They are more akin to uPVC doors, so other than a wipe down with a damp cloth and once over with the duster, and a squirt of WD40 on the hinge every now and again, there is little else you need to do.
Value for Money
Although composite doors are understandably more expensive than standard front doors, they are longer lasting. They are more resistant to wear and tear and resistant to warping, chipping, scratching, and discolouring. You can expect a lifespan of between 30-35 years.