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uPVC vs Composite Doors – The Buyer’s Guide

29th January 2021

Your front door is generally the first thing people see when visiting, or walking past your home, so it is important that it gives the right impression. It should be the focal point of the exterior of your home. 

Therefore, the type of door you choose is also very important in reflecting the aesthetic you want to convey. However, it is not always easy to know which style of door to pick.

uPVC and composite doors are among the most popular types of front doors for homeowners concerned with the appearance of their home. But when it comes to uPVC and composite doors, which is best? 

In this article, we will take a closer look at these two types of doors so you can decide which is right for your home. 

uPVC Doors

Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride, better known as uPVC, is a type of plastic that is more robust than its plastic counterparts. Despite their plastic look, thanks to their durability, uPVC doors are one of the most popular materials used for external doors. 

Benefits of uPVC doors 

  1. Affordability 

As mentioned, a real draw of uPVC doors is their relatively low price tag -especially compared to composite doors. So if you’re on a tight budget a uPVC is the best choice. 

  1. Low maintenance 

Keeping your front door looking its best all year round can be a challenge, especially with the UK weather. However, uPVC doors make the cleaning process much easier. The occasional wipe down is all that is needed to keep them clean. 

  1. Security 

We all want to feel safe in our homes and your front door is usually the frontline of defence against burglars. This means that front doors need to be made from tough stuff. Built with a galvanised steel core, most modern uPVC doors are extremely difficult to break into. So you can rest assured that your front door has you protected. 

Drawbacks of uPVC doors 

  1. Not suitable for all homes 

When it comes to uPVC doors, it is usually the case that you get what you paid for. In terms of design, uPVC doors are more suitable for new homes than traditional and period properties. 

  1. Discolouration 

uPVC doors are also susceptible to discolouration over time to the point when they will need to be replaced. This, therefore, means that what you save in their initial price, uPVC doors may cost you more in the long-term. 

Composite Doors

Unlike a uPVC door which is made from a single material, composite doors are made from several materials – designed to utilise the benefits of the material used. 

Benefits of composite doors

  1. Security 

If security is a top priority then a composite door will not disappoint. The multi-layered method of their design makes a composite door perfect for home security and ultimate peace of mind. 

  1. Fully customisable 

Choosing a front door is down to personal taste. Whatever the look you are trying to achieve, thanks to their versatile design, composite doors are available in a range of colours, finishes and even the hardware ranging from timber-effect to state of the art locking systems. 

Thanks to their multi-material construction, composite doors are able to design out the flaws of their single material counterparts. 

  1. Practically maintenance-free 

Most composite doors are weather-resistant which means come rain or shine, your door will not rot, warp or discolour. This makes composite doors relatively maintenance-free and long-lasting. Therefore, this type of door is perfect if you’re looking for a door that requires minimal effort to look their best. The occasional wipe down with a damp cloth is all that is needed. 

Cons of composite doors 

  1. The price 

The only real downside of a composite door is that they are considerably more expensive than other materials. Despite this, thanks to their numerous benefits and longevity, composite doors can be considered to be a worthwhile long-term investment which will save you money in the long run. 

uPVC vs Composite Doors – Which Is Best?

So with all things considered, which is the best – uPVC or composite? 

Well, there is no real clear-cut answer to this question as this really depends on many factors such as your budget, your personal preference and the style of your home.

 If you’re looking for a door that has a lot of flexibility in their design and finishing then composite doors are the best choice. However, if you’re looking for a secure door which looks great on modern homes and doesn’t break the bank then uPVC may be the one to go for.

Regardless of whichever you choose to go for, not all doors are created equally and, therefore, it is important to choose a trusted door supplier. 

At Classic PVC, we are dedicated to providing all of our customers with products that they can rely upon. We have been a leading double glazing specialist in Wales for the last 20 years.

 We offer a range of composite and uPVC doors so you’re bound to find the right door that perfectly complements your home. If you’re looking to install a composite or uPVC door in Cardiff, Swansea or the surrounding areas, get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to talk about in more detail. Or, if your mind is made up, use our online tool to design your dream front your way and receive a free quote today.