What’s the difference between uPVC and composite doors?

What’s the best material for a front door? Deciding between timber, uPVC and composite doors can pose a dilemma. uPVC doors tend to be the cheapest option, but they are less secure than other types of front door. Many people like the idea of a timber front door, but they are often expensive and require more maintenance to keep the door from peeling, bowing or rotting.

Composite doors offer the best of all worlds. Our composites are manufactured from a compressed wooden slab enclosed within a highly durable plastic edge banding and two thermo plastic door skins. They are cheaper than timber, while being more secure, thermally efficient and durable than uPVC.

Advantages of composite doors

Composite doors are a popular choice and have significant advantages and benefits over alternative entrance doors.

  • Stronger and sturdier
  • Thicker, more thermally efficient
  • Low maintenance
  • No need to paint
  • Longer lifespan, almost twice as long as uPVC
  • Coloured laminated coating doesn’t fade, unlike uPVC doors
  • No warping, twisting or cracking
  • Realistic timber look
  • No unattractive gaskets/black seals around the door edge

Benefits of our doors

Solidor composite slab with Kommerling greenline outerframeComposite doors can be manufactured from a mixture of many different materials. However, we only use the best quality materials in our composites, including a 48mm timber core, compared to other doors on the market, which normally only reach a thickness of 44mm.

At 48mm, our composite door fits its Kömmerling outer frame like a glove. This uPVC frame complements the energy efficiency of the door slab, minimalizing heat loss and eliminating draughts. Composite Door Network doors also have a 100% colour match with the frame and don’t need to be painted.

Read more technical information about our composite doors here, or to speak to a member of our team, get in contact with us today.