So, you’re in the market for a new door but with so many options out there it’s hard to choose which type of door is right for your home. A common argument that comes up when choosing a door is which is better, composite or uPVC? 

In this article, we will be answering the questions:

  • What are composite doors?
  • What are the pros and cons of composite doors?
  • What are uPVC doors?
  • What are the pros and cons of uPVC doors?
  • Which is better?

Composite doors

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What are composite doors?

Composite doors are doors made up of a blend of different materials which are compressed and later glued together in high pressure conditions. Materials are chosen specifically for their beneficial properties.

Pros of composite doors 


Composite doors are very well-designed, consisting of materials chosen for their specific properties. The shortcomings of single material doors are able to be designed out.

Extra durable

Due to its insulating core surrounded by a thick outer frame, composite doors offer you resilience and strength that is not matched by other doors.    

Low maintenance 

Composite doors require little effort and don’t need costly maintenance to keep them in perfect shape – one of the reasons why they have become so popular. 

Composite doors tend not to warp or crack and don’t need repainting. 

The occasional wipe with a damp cloth is all that is needed.

Cons of composite doors 


Composite doors however, come at a price and depending on the design you choose, it could be a hefty one, compared to uPVC doors.

uPVC doors 

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What are uPVC doors? 

uPVC doors are made up of unplasticised polyvinyl chloride which is then encased by a steel frame which creates a seal unit. 

uPVC adopts a more plastic-escque look. 

Pros of uPVC doors

Cost friendly 

When your pockets don’t have much wriggle-room, uPVC doors are a very affordable option compared to composite doors.

Low maintenance 

Similar to composite doors, uPVC doors require relatively little maintenance with them only needing an occasional wipe down.

Highly secure 

Built with a galvanised steel frame and fitted with sophisticated locking system, uPVC doors are a burglars’ nightmare.

Cons of uPVC doors

Discolouration and wear 

It is known that over time, uPVC doors are prone to discolouration and wear which, in some cases, can be so bad that a replacement door is needed, costing more in the long-term. 

Lack of choice 

uPVC doors are usually mass produced and, therefore, are limited in the colours and shapes that are available.

uPVC vs composite doors

So, who wins: composite doors or uPVC doors? 

Well, both have their advantages and disadvantages with composite doors offering higher security and, arguably, better design than uPVC doors but uPVC trumping composite doors on cost. 

Truth is, there is no clear winner.

Both doors are good products for different applications. 

Quality composite and uPVC doors 

Whether it’s composite or uPVC you choose, it’s important to choose a quality service and product. 

Looking for a new door?

Here at E&A Windows, our passion is ensuring our doors are manufactured and installed to the highest quality possible. 

With over 30 years of experience to draw from, we have been providing homeowners across Watford and Hertfordshire. 

We are masters of our craft and we take great pride in our work.

We believe that our customers shouldn’t settle for anything less than perfect. Why not see our full range of composite and uPVC doors?

What our customers say

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Hullsky75 HullHullsky75 Hull
18:23 20 Jan 22
From the first moment when Arthur came round to advise, measure-up and quote for the job we felt we were in good hands. And his team of installers provided the best service. I always think that the best test is if something needs further attention and in this case they returned promptly to fix a small issue and nothing was too much trouble. Our new doors have transformed the back of our house and we highly recommend this company for work of the highest quality. Thank you Arthur and team!
Debbie GilbertDebbie Gilbert
15:01 14 Jan 22
They have fitted a new back door, front door and front room and kitchen window. Great service, price and quality. We are very happy!
Cat KienwaldCat Kienwald
19:14 08 Jan 22
We got our back and front doors replaced by E&A Windows and we couldn't be happier with the job they did. Erez was so helpful as took the time to come to our home to give us a quote, explaining all our options thoroughly and clearly without being pressuring in the slightest. The quality of both doors was fantastic and Adrian’s installation was fast and completed to a very high standard. He was also very helpful. We would highly recommend E&A Windows and will definitely use them again for any future double glazing needs. Thanks so much!
James NymanJames Nyman
22:48 04 Nov 21
Very professional service! During my initial consultation, I was fortunate enough to deal with the owner of the company. He visited my property and spent a few hours talking me through design options and his recommendations. His recommendations were very insightful and ensured my build looked elegant and modern while retaining the functionality required for an active family of 4. The build process was equally professional with the construction team arriving when they said, treating my property with respect and cleaning up after they finished each day...something not often done by today's tradesmen. I've recommend this company to my parents.
Sammy lakhaniSammy lakhani
09:11 01 Oct 21
I have just had new windows installed by E&A Windows and I must say I was very impressed. Arthur the owner of the company was so helpful and supportive throughout the process. I don't know much about windows so was skeptical at first, but I felt at ease very quickly. The guys who came to fit the windows (John, Christie and Peter) were absolute legends. They were extremely friendly and so so helpful, and the respect they gave me, my elderly parents and our home was exceptional. They took care of our home as if it was their own. I have never come across such professionals, not only did they do a fantastic job , but they went well beyond, seemed like nothing was impossible. They were with us only for 3 days but my parents were actually sad to see them go. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to fit new windows.