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?
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.
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.
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.
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
When your pockets don’t have much wriggle-room, uPVC doors are a very affordable option compared to composite doors.
Similar to composite doors, uPVC doors require relatively little maintenance with them only needing an occasional wipe down.
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.