Your front door is the focal entry point for your property, and as such, it needs to be chosen carefully. With a well-chosen front door made from the right materials, you not only have an aesthetically-pleasing façade, but you also have the benefit of effective security and durability.
Your choice in materials when it comes to front doors
You know very well that there are plenty of materials to choose from when it comes to the right front door for your needs and preference. You have the option of traditional wood or glass, or other materials such as uPVC. Whilst these types of doors have their own advantages, they may have some disadvantages as well.
Take wooden doors, for instance. Wooden doors require heavy maintenance, especially as they age. The maintenance of wood doors includes repainting and varnishing so they can better withstand changes in weather and temperature. Wood is also inclined to rot, crack, twist, and warp, so your wooden door may need to be replaced after some time as well.
uPVC, on the other hand, whilst being strong and easy to maintain, may not look as elegant as other materials. Meanwhile, a glass door, whilst it can look elegant, can be easily broken into, limiting your property’s security.
Composite doors: their benefits
But there is another type of material for front doors which more and more UK property owners are opting for: composite doors. Composite doors are made from a combination of materials, which contribute to their sturdiness, strength, and durability.
What sets composite doors apart is the fact that they combine the best attributes of wood and glass (such as an elegant, aesthetically-pleasing design) with the strength and toughness of uPVC. So in effect, you have the best of both worlds.
Composite doors can also be fully customisable to fit the design and style you have in mind. They also come in a range of colours, and can be made to look like traditional wood with a wood grain finish. And in addition to this, they can be reinforced with a strong uPVC frame, making them even more durable and long-lasting.
The various materials comprising a composite door makes it more resistant to weather changes, and a composite door will not crack, warp, or twist, unlike wooden doors. And, unlike wooden doors, composite doors do not have to be repainted either.
What you can expect to spend with a composite door
There are many composite door suppliers around the country, so your best option is to shop around, do your research, and make the final decision based on what the supplier can give you in terms of service and guarantees. Normally, composite doors can cost from £300 to £600, depending on the frame size, the colour or finish, the design, and additional features such as glass inserts or side panels. But a composite door is a good investment as it normally lasts for more than ten years.
In choosing a composite door supplier, look for one which can give you extra features like multi-point locking systems, improved thermal efficiency (so less heat can escape through your door and no cold draughts can come in), and an accreditation from Secured by Design, such as those offered by The Window Store (you can browse through their selection of composite doors at http://windowstoreplastics.co.uk).
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