When deciding to replace your doors, the decision to choose either composite or uPVC can be difficult. Here at Total Home Improvements, we have broken down some of the differences between the two materials.
The costs of the materials definitely vary; composite doors are more expensive than a similar uPVC door- often being up to 60% more expensive. This is due to how they are made and manufactured, the choice of materials and techniques used to create the door. Both uPVC and Composite doors are excellent choices in their own way, both having a high level of energy efficiency and security. Composite doors due to their slightly higher quality and design often end up more expensive. Both uPVC and Composite doors are of higher quality than your standard timber door, so whatever is your budget, we can get a door to suit you.
uPVC Doors are often the more commonly door found here in Northern Ireland due to their high security features but composite doors due to their strong structural frames and extra layers of lamination. The choice of single rebate and double in Composite doors further increases their security. Upvc doors however still have super-strong outer frames with multi-point locks, combining to create an extremely strong and secure entrance. If security is important to you, then both doors are a great option.
The main difference between uPVC and Composite doors is their finishes, uPVC will always have a slightly plastic-sheen finish to them, whilst composite doors exude an authentic timber appearance. If you would like your new door to have a timber look, without the disadvantages of a traditional timber door, composite is for you. In terms of colour, both composite and uPVC offer a wide range of colour options. Composite doors offer a slightly wider range of colour and finish options but we still over an extensive 30 colourways in our uPVC doors.
The maintenance of both uPVC and Composite doors is very easy. There is very little difference between how they should be maintained, both requiring a simple wipe down with a damp cloth and they will be back to looking their best.