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Front Doors: Upvc vs Composite

Posted on December 14, 2011 by Rodney Hewitt

The Front Door is often described as the centre piece of your house, so choosing your front door is obviously a big decision. While we might all choose something different in terms of style and design, there a basic option open to everyone: Upvc or Composite.

Upvc Doors have been manufactured for over 20 years; they use a pvc frame & leaf and are then glazed with your choice of glass or panel. To give an idea the cross section looks something similar to this:

Composite doors are relatively new to the market place, they make use of a pvc frame, but the door leaf is very different. It uses a GRP (glass re-enforced plastic) skin, which is sealed over a laminated timber frame-work as seen below:

So which is better ?

Well first we should point out that a Composite Door is more expensive, typically it can cost over £200 more than an equivalent Upvc door.

So what do you get for your money?

The composite door actually offers no more security, but it’s designed to look and feel like a solid timber door. When you knock on a Composite Door, it feels solid. When it closes, it sounds solid. Composite Doors also come in an attractive range of colours, like the impressive Black Composite Door we have on display in our showroom:

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