Black Composite Door with side panel

Composite Doors – Why are they more expensive?

Published: Thursday 6th May 2021 | Categories: House & Home
The price of composite doors can seem overwhelming high at first sight. But in almost every case, paying that little extra money is worth it. It can pay dividends to the look and feel of your home. The other alternative to a composite door is a uPVC door that doesn’t offer quite as much. You’ll be missing out on a range of styles, insulation options, and greater security for your home.

Composite doors first came to the market to find a better solution to single material doors such as uPVC. A composite door allows for better security and provides better weatherproofing properties. By investing in composite, you’re giving you and your family peace of mind.
One more advantage of composite doors is you open up a world of customised styles and frames. It’s possible to build a perfect door for your home. There are many customisation options available: colour, other woodgrain effects, textures and finishes.
Elglaze doors offer a low maintenance front door solution for your home. You have a choice of ten different styles that enables you to design a door that is personal to your home. From classic to contemporary, you have the freedom to choose a style that is right for you. You can view our range of composite doors here.

How are composite doors made?

A selection of materials make up a composite door and have timber cores. There are uPVC components, glass-reinforced plastic and steel reinforcement to help structure. Each material serves a purpose and is what makes uPVC and composite doors different. Manufacturers then fuse materials in a high-pressure environment.
Every door requires a frame which is usually a steel or timber reinforced uPVC frame. There are various colours and styles to customise frames. Cill or thresholds are customisable to ensure wheelchair access is possible. This is usually Part M compliant to meet building regulations.
A door leaf (in other words, the main door!) – is the most common type of door and is any door featuring a single panel that fills a doorway. Duh!
The chances are that most of the entries in your home are single leaf. These panels usually contain a CFC-free PU foam or a laminated hardwood core set within the frame. Below is a simplified outline of the entire process.
  1. The first step is the construction of the door frame. Machinery cuts the door to the exact specification then reinforced with structural parts.
  2. Next, a hardwood or uPVC inner frame needs laying to fit the outer frame.  It may also have other reinforcing materials added for extra strength at this point
  3. The next step is securing the locks, hinges, and latches to the solid frame.
  4. The front and rear faces are then added. At this point, the door begins to take shape.  A durable uPVC or GRP are the constituents of these.
  5.  Polyurethane foam is then injected between the faces at high pressure, penetrating the door structure. This adds both strength and insulation, keeping the heat in on even the coldest days.
  6. The final steps include finishing the door by hand. For example, cutting and fitting the windows, installing the letterbox and any door furniture.
  7. After the quality inspection, the door is only then complete and ready for delivery.

How much do composite doors generally weigh?

Weight can vary and is dependent on the size of the door and the space it needs to fill. If you choose to have glazing as an optional extra, then this may also increase the weight. This all might sound obvious, but composite doors are lighter than you might expect. It is typical for a composite door with heavy glazing or extra fittings to weigh less than 30kg.

Doors at Elglaze

Our range of composite doors provides you with a comprehensive choice of 13 traditional and five contemporary styles in various glass and colour choices.

Installation is quick and hassle-free, and we leave your property exactly as we found it.

Talk to our team today to find out how Elglaze can improve your home with a standard uPVC or composite door.


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