Monday, 15 September 2014

The Benefits of Composite Doors

There are many different styles of door that you could choose to install onto your home, however, it is important to remember that they are not all manufactured to the same standards of quality and security, nor are they built from the same materials. There are a number of reasons for these differences in quality, ranging from materials to the overall design. However, it is possible to find a great door that offers style, efficiency, strength and security.

Composite doors can offer the aesthetic charms of more traditional painted and varnished pine doors, however, they are much lower maintenance, with a greater energy efficiency and a much longer life expectancy. One of the most popular materials for composite doors is uPVC as it is very strong, durable and weather resistant, and as a result, it is more likely to stay weather tight and have little need for maintenance.

Rather than being manufactured from a single material, composite doors use a combination of different materials to ensure extra strength and durability, whilst retaining great style. The core section of a composite door can contain wood and insulating materials such as high density polyurethane foam, combined with steel reinforcements for the outer layers. Door skins can then be added to the outer layers of the door to give the aesthetic appearance of a wooden door.

Whereas traditional wooden doors can rot or warp, and will need to be painted or varnished fairly regularly, composite doors are strong, unlikely to warp and require little more maintenance than an occasional wipe over with a cloth and soapy water. However, the main benefits of composite doors are the highest standard of locking mechanisms and heat and sound insulation properties. Due to being made up of a number of layers, composite doors are thicker than most wooden doors and therefore are harder to damage and can withstand knocks and bumps.

As well as being strong, the thickness of composite doors also helps to keep heat inside the home as well as preventing cold drafts from coming in from outside. Understandably, this high energy efficiency helps to reduce energy bills, often to a significant account, as there is less need to turn heating on, or at least not for long periods due to this heat being retained within the home.

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