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Composite vs uPVC doors – what’s the difference?

Posted: Wednesday 21st April 2021 |Author: Alistair Sales
composite vs uPVC doors

One of the first things someone does when passing your home is they take quick glance at your front door. It can say a lot about a house. A front door is often the centre point of any home, so it’s worthwhile you make the correct choice. It can make or break someones first impression of your home.

At first sight, a front door might seem like any other door you come across, but depending on which style you choose, there’s a lot more going on under the surface than you might think.

Buying a front door is an exciting time and can make a world of difference to any home. The front door is the main entry point to your home and makes a home secure and safe from intruders. There are many different types of doors on the market today, and it can be almost impossible to choose the right design with perfect fixtures and fittings that best compliments your home.

In general, you’ll find that a composite door will nearly always come out on top when facing a head to head battle between composite vs uPVC. These advantages come at an extra cost, of course, and can be a significant purchasing factor. If you’re wanting great style and build quality, a composite door is for you. If you want good value for money, then pick a uPVC door.

Composite Doors

Composite and uPVC doors have one significant difference: the materials used in the manufacturing process. uPVC doors are mainly made from plastics, while composite doors comprise several materials combined in a high-pressure setting.

Composite doors come in various styles and colours, offering a range of different fittings, such as additional door handles or doorknobs. You can view the different styles of composite doors Elglaze offer here.

uPVC Doors

While a composite door is more advanced in terms of materials used and style options available, many people still decide to go with a uPVC door. As mentioned previously, the main factor that may deter someone from choosing a composite door is the price – uPVC doors are cheaper, yes, but there is a limit on choice and design.

However, if your budget allows you to, we recommend going for a composite door over uPVC. They are more secure, thermally efficient and durable. And of course, they look beautiful!

The main difference between composite vs uPVC doors

uPVC doors and composite doors are different because of the materials used in the manufacturing process. Because a uPVC door is a single layer of material, it doesn’t provide as much protection, nor is it as durable as a composite door.

Advantages of composite doors:

  • Provide high-level security.
  • Have a long lifespan.
  • Energy-efficient.
  • Highly Secure Composite doors are highly durable, making them just about the most secure option for your new doors.
  • Low maintenance.
  • From classic to contemporary, you have the freedom to choose a style that is right for you and your home.
  • Composite doors offer a high level of detail, giving the appearance of a handcrafted finish.
  • Available in both single and double sizes, all with smooth, effortless opening and closing.

Advantages of uPVC doors:

  • Extremely long lifespan.
  • Available in a variety of distinctive colours.
  • Ultra-light yet sturdy frame.
  • Good value for money.
  • Using the latest multi-point-locking system makes it much harder for intruders to break in and keep your home secure.
  • Low maintenance – the only upkeep required is using a clean cloth to prevent staining.

Composite and uPVC doors at Elglaze

The most noticeable difference between these two styles is price. uPVC is undoubtedly the cheaper of the two, but for a good reason. The difference in manufacturing processes and styling options has a heavy influence on price.

Take a look at some previous installs in ourĀ Standard Doors gallery to feel for the styles and colours we can install.

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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