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Difference Between uPVC & Composite Doors – Advantages & Disadvantages

Difference Between uPVC & Composite Doors - Advantages & Disadvantages

There’s a broad range of doors for the home on the market now, from mahogany to pine, but by far the most popular varieties are uPVC and composite doors.

Here, we’re going to take a look at why both varieties are so popular, what their drawbacks are and why you might end up choosing one over the other.

uPVC Doors Advantages

A more rigid, reinforced version of the polymer PVC, uPVC doors are manufactured and designed all across the world for a wide variety of customers. One of the most widely used materials in new homes, they offer a broad range of advantages.

They have significantly more aesthetic variety than other materials, with colours ranging from the classic sheer white to a wood grain look, with customers able to even choose a different design for each side.

Smooth and weather-proof, uPVC doors are remarkably long-lived and don’t score or scratch as often as other door materials, making them virtually maintenance free.

Secured with steel panels and with the hinges and locks securely welded, they are a great security feature, too, being far from weak. Strong as it is, it’s a naturally energy efficient material, too.

Composite Doors Advantages

As the name suggests, composite doors offer a mix of materials and borrow from the strengths of both of them. Aluminium, uPVC, and timber all come together to deliver a door that’s robust, versatile, and even more energy efficient than any of those single materials used individually.

That’s because they are the only kind of door that can feature double rebates. This means the panel overlaps the surrounding frame, decreasing the risk of air leaks as well as making them watertight.

They have a more genuinely wooden appearance, too, meaning they can give a home modern convenience but with all the rustic appeal of natural material.

Like uPVC, they’re long-lived. In fact, even more so, using a skin of glass reinforced plastic, one of the strongest materials involved in door-making. This means they require even less maintenance or management and they won’t warp over time or require repainting or staining as they age.

Like uPVC, composite doors also come in a broader variety of colours and finishes when compared to wooden doors.

uPVC Doors Disadvantage

uPVC is a relatively inexpensive material, which means that you’re able to get any variety that works for you. However, once you’ve made your choice, you had better hope that it’s the best one for you because it’s hard to change or modify the appearance of a uPVC door or the specific lock system.

From the get-go, it’s worth ensuring that you choose your lock carefully and know what level of security you want to invest in. Some might consider that the clean, modern uPVC look lacks a certain amount of character compared to the more natural looking options, as well.

Composite Doors Disadvantages

One of the biggest differences between composite and other door materials is the sheer increase in cost. Technically more demanding to make, using some of the strongest materials on the market, composite doors do require a higher budget than just about any other widely used commercial doors.

However, that’s just about the only practical downside of composite doors compared to the other varieties. There is a slight difference between the heat tolerance compared to natural wood doors, with composite falling slightly behind, but not enough that it would be of any major concern to most homeowners.

Which You Should Choose

The two varieties of doors share a range of characteristic similarities to different degrees. They are both sturdy, hardwearing materials that offer superior insulation to the home and require very little maintenance.

Mostly the choice is going to come down to budget. If you’re willing to pay for a more effective door at a slightly higher cost, composite might come out on top.

Aesthetic plays a large role in the choice at hand, too. Many might prefer the more natural appearance of composite doors, but modern design aesthetics make uPVC a popular choice for many homes as well, offering a cleaner and somewhat minimalist appearance to the home’s exterior.

Both uPVC and composite doors are a brilliant choice for any exterior door for the home. They protect the home with very little micromanagement needed and can even save you money thanks to their energy efficient properties.

There’s a wide range of designs and colours available, manufactured and fitted by Grovewood of Essex, so take a closer look at what we offer and see which fit your budget and your needs.

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