Composite door benefits
Composite doors have been purposely developed to address the common problems of older front doors such as weathering, fading in colour and constant maintenance. So, choosing a composite front door has considerable benefits over timber and uPVC.
Lasts a long time
Installing a composite front door is a solid investment that won't have to be replaced for at least 35 years. Unlike timber, it won't crack or peel paint and unlike cheap uPVC, won't warp, fade or look shabby after time.
Composite doors are stronger than the sum of their parts and the materials used in combination mean that the door is more durable than timber or uPVC. They will stand serious wear and tear, bumps and knocks and the external GRP material is especially resistant to denting, kicks and knocks.
Sturdy and secure
One of the most important features of a door is just how strong and secure it is and composite doors have superior security due to the steel-reinforced frame and the internal solidity of the door. The quality of composite doors does vary, so look out for the Secured by Design standard awarded by the Police that would mean a burglar is going to find it almost impossible to break through that one.
Old doors have problems from draughts and gaps caused by warping and shifting in the frame. Although wood has good thermal properties, it can't compare to the insulating core of a composite door and the precision fit manufacture means the door sits perfectly in the frame to eliminate gusty gaps. Composite doors are A-rated for thermal efficiency and will help to retain heat in the home.
There's no doubt that a beautifully painted timber door looks stunning and can add value to a property. With a specially moulded wood-grain effect surface, the composite door looks just as good as wood but has the benefit of always looking like a freshly painted wood door.
As beautiful as timber looks, wood is a high-maintenance material. The freshly painted look doesn't last long – wood needs care and attention to stop the door from cracking, rotting or peeling. And wood weathers fast. Composite doors look just as good as wood but have the benefit of only needing a quick wash with a cloth to keep them looking their best – you should expect good looks and a long life out of your composite door.