Do You Know What are Composite Doors
|When asked “do you know what composite doors are most people don’t know, they only know what they have been told and often ask for composite doors without better understanding.
In this article Carrington Windows will look at What are Composite doors and attempt to advise visits on “what are composite doors”
To start with we will look at the different types of home doors currently used in the UK
1. Wooden Doors
Traditionally wooden doors have been the standard door used throughout the UK for many years, a wide range of styles, colours and including glazed options have not kept this door in line with technology changes. Typically the wooden door is seen as needing regular maintenance and is less secure and energy efficient then its rival doors.
The appearance of wood is highly desirable however the application of wood has its drawbacks.
2. uPVC Doors
uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride ) doors are a more modern solution to the traditional wooden doors. More thermally efficient, wider choice in styles and less maintenance has previously been an attraction to buyer. One of the key reasons that uPVC doors were popular is that uPVC doors are cheap in comparison to expensive wooden doors. They also have other benefits in comparison, such as they have a higher resistance to weathering and require less maintenance in general.
However, its is widely known that uPVC doors have their flaws which are very similar. The use of a singular material limits the design of the door significantly, allowing for certain flaws to be common across both types of door including warping. This is where composite doors offer a wide range of additional benefits.
3. Composite Doors
Composite doors are designed with the latest in door technology and security in mind. Composite doors have been designed taking into consideration the common flaws experienced in singular material doors. Using a combination of materials which have been selected for their beneficial properties, composite doors allow for the old flaws to be effectively ‘designed out’.
Composite doors are made up from a variety of materials, including PVC, wood, insulating foam and GRP (glass reinforced plastic). The combination of materials result in a door that is very strong and secure.
Composite doors have a high resistance to weathering and will not react to seasonal changes like a singular material door.
Composite doors have a higher thermal resistance than wooden doors, due to the insulating foam core.
A composite door is designed to appear as a wooden door, with an attractive wood grain, but thanks to the materials used, it won’t fade, discolour or require any maintenance beyond wiping with a damp cloth if it gets dirty.
Nota composite doors are the same and therefore cost differences can range quite widely, between a typical 44mm composite door slab and a 70mm composite door slab.
Security can be a major concern and if security is a key requirement you should look for a Composite door that is designed to Security by Design standard, secure key and locking mechanism with a multi-point locking system
In short, composite doors are exceptionally well-designed modern doors made from several materials. The aim is to look good, be thermally efficient and offer high levels security. The superior quality of a composite door sets a new high standard within the door industry. And is now the door of choice for most home owners and Door specifiers.
4. Aluminium Doors
As the price of wood increases in the international markets, aluminium is becoming more popular for it’s cost-effective, eco-friendly and aesthetic properties.
Aluminium doors are inherently strong and stable and because they have innate design integrity they are very secure and may resist forced entry far better than uPVC, fibreglass composite or wooden doors.
Traditionally Aluminium doors were aluminium frames around glass, used mainly in the Commercial sector, there is now a strong area of growth in the home owner market as almost any door design can be produced from aluminium door skins.
The latest architectural trend is for homes with big glazed openings and facades. This inevitably means that sizeable front and back doors are required. Because aluminium profiles are slim but very strong, aluminium doors can be made much wider and taller than most other materials and can encompass triple glazed glass units. An aluminium entrance door can typically be manufactured around 30% bigger than a composite door.
Aluminium is one of the most environmentally friendly building materials available as it can be salvaged and re-used many times over.
About Carrington Windows
About Carrington Windows, Derby: We have a wealth of experience in installing uPVC Windows, double glazing and triple glazing throughout Derby and Nottingham, we are considered the local uPVC Windows and Composite Door experts for quality window and glazing technology and we’re more than happy to answer your questions.
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