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Timber-built doors used to be your only option when fitting a new replacement door due to the widespread availability of wood and non-existence of alternative door materials.
They had their good points…
Initially, a timber door provided resilience and toughness, plus the natural woodgrain was immensely pleasing on the eye.
And their bad points…
As they aged, timber doors would lose that strength and their appearance would also begin to suffer, that is unless you were willing to put in hours of maintenance to retain their durability and aesthetics.
UPVC doors take over
The replacement door market was turned upside down following the development of the UPVC door which somewhat left the previously dominant timber door in the shade.
The main selling-points that gave UPVC the edge over timber was the fact that UPVC eclipsed it in terms of thermal efficiency and also offered a weather-resistant exterior, that required zero upkeep.
But, where it did fail in comparison to the timber door was on the durability front – a UPVC door frame is tough, but not quite as strong as timber.
If only there was a door option that amalgamated the finest qualities of UPVC and timber into one solution.
Composite doors to the rescue
Composite doors met the brief perfectly. They are manufactured utilising a variety of materials, including UPVC and wood.
Anyone buying a composite door is promised:
• The upmost in strength and security
• Minimal maintenance
• Stunning styling
The last point is an important one. We all want a pretty front door to make a good first impression and the woodgrain finishes applied to the GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) skin are absolutely stunning. They won’t even succumb to scratches as all composite doors are scratch-resistant.
The reason they’re also so tough and thermally efficient is because underneath the outer layer and right in its heart is a high-density polyurethane foam.
When lined up against one another, you would struggle to notice any difference in appearances between a composite door and timber door. But, a composite door outperforms a timber door in every other area.
You’ll also find that you have a greater depth of colours to choose from when selecting a finish for a composite door in comparison to a UPVC doors.
A visit to one of our showrooms will give you a rough idea of the type of finishes you can have applied to your favourite composite door design.
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