UPVC front doors have now become commonplace and just about every homeowner will know what you are talking about if you informed them you were looking at buying a new uPVC door. What most people don't know is that there is an alternative to a standard wooden door which is gaining popularity at a phenomenal rate. The Composite Door is rapidly becoming the principal pick for the discerning homeowner.
In comparison with with an uPVC door that became the virtual standard for new homes during the 1990's, it is not until you stand it next to a Composite door side by side that you can see the external differences.
In fact a composite door will give a more 'natural' appearance especially if you like your door to look like wood. Modern technology allows composites to be more lifelike than previous materials and the days of only being able to choose a white coloured non-wooden door are long gone. Composite doors can look and feel like natural wood and can come in either a wood effect or multitude of UV stable colours.
The most significant differences between a composite door and an uPVC one is what's at the core. A typical uPVC door will be a shell that is filled with polystyrenes. This is to keep the heat in the home and the cold out, but is not that secure when it comes to determined intruders. Composite doors however contain a solid interior, mostly made from reinforced materials. Typically this means you get greater security than even a solid wood door, keeping your insurance company happy.
Composite doors are so strong that they wont buckle, warp or dent, in other words they are designed to look better and provide more security for longer, yet they are not really more expensive than your standard white UPVC door still sold by the majority of door suppliers.
Modern composites assert advanced properties that guard your door from the elements to ensure you get a door that lasts for decades not just a few years. The skin is often made from a glass reinforced polymer (GRP) material and will never fade or discolour, whereas a typical uPVC door may discolour over time to a pale yellow colour.
Having a natural looking door is not the only cosmetic benefit. Due to the increased door strength you have a huge range of door furniture and glass designs to choose from. One of the most popular add ons is a spyhole with a low cost camera or device attached that automatically stores pictures of callers! A choice of solid frames made from real wood or even reinforced eco-friendly recycled materials means it can handle heavier handles and other furnishings without the risk of screws becoming loose after a few months of use. You also get that feeling of weight when you open these doors, which is a psychological (and very real) boost to feelings of security.
Of course your front door is the invitation to your home and it is often the first thing any visitor will set eyes on. Even estate agents will inform you how important a good quality front door can be to present that good first impression to help sell your home. We must not forget the benefits of having a composite door at the rear or side also. This is where the majority burglars will attempt entry and combining a composite door with a police-tested lock could be the solution for many homes.
Not all front doors are the same, so before you buy a new front door, why not check out the composite option.