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In a previous blog post, we looked specifically at how composite doors perform in terms of security. But there are many different materials available for doors at Leeds Windows, each with their own unique properties – from security and durability through to insulation and visual appeal.
Not sure yet whether to go for wood, uPVC, GRP or composite front doors and composite back doors? Leeds Windows wants to help people truly understand what they are buying so they can make the right choice for their needs. In this blog post, we look at the various door materials available, their relative pros and cons, and how we charge customer-friendly composite door prices.
Wood is a traditional choice for both front and back doors, and many people choose timber exteriors for their natural beauty. With such a large range of woods to choose from, it is possible to achieve a wide variety of colours, grain patterns and finishes. However, the porous nature of wood means that it requires regular maintenance with sealant, paint and other treatments to prepare and seal the finish, and to stop it warping, sagging or splitting.
This additional regular cost needs consideration when deciding between wood, uPVC, GRP or composite doors at Leeds Windows.
Dense hardwoods like mahogany, oak and jarrah are a common choice for exterior doors due to their durability and strength. It is these properties that make wood a valuable component for doors where security is a concern – and composite front doors and composite back doors often have a wooden core for this reason.
Because a composite product delivers all of the benefits associated with wood and more, the composite door prices at Leeds Windows ensure optimum value for money.
Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (more popularly known as uPVC) is the most commonly-used type of external door material. As a good all-rounder, uPVC doors rank highly for both durability and thermal efficiency. The reinforced uPVC door models perform well in security tests, and they achieve excellent ‘A’ ratings for energy efficiency when installed correctly with the right double glazing, casings and glass.
They also offer outstanding acoustic performance as external doors by reducing traffic noise inside Leeds and Yorkshire homes.
uPVC front doors provide great value with a much lower initial cost when compared with wooden or composite doors. They don’t require any of the regular costly maintenance associated with wood. The versatility of uPVC as an external door material means that it is an excellent choice on a standalone basis, for patio doors and for conservatory doors.
In fact, uPVC is one of several materials found in composite front doors and composite back door at Leeds Windows.
As a material often used on the hull of ships, and built to withstand crashing saltwater waves, fibreglass is a resilient material that can easily stand up to the tests of the notorious British weather. Also known as fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP), this material, easily produced and therefore effective in cost, resists corrosion, has high tensile strength and is highly durable.
Because it is composed of resin and glass fibre, GRP will mirror the seasonal expansion and contraction movement of the glass fitted into it. It is therefore a great choice of material for external doors.
Composite doors are the most recent addition to the market and an extremely popular choice because of the excellent properties they have when compared with doors made exclusively from other single materials. Composite door prices at Leeds Windows may be a little higher than wood, uPVC and GRP alternatives but our customers receive a product that truly delivers on performance and value.
Composite front doors and composite back doors provide the “best of all worlds” as they have a design comprised of a wider range of raw materials, each chosen for their unique properties to make them the best types of doors available.
A standard composite door construction is usually one with a solid wood core for added security and insulation, fused and compressed together under high pressure with a plastic outer casing such as uPVC or glass-reinforced plastic (GRP). This arrangement of materials creates one of the strongest, most secure and most durable doors available from Leeds Windows.
Another benefit of composite doors is the huge range of customisable designs and colours available. Unlike uPVC, which has a standard white plastic finish, there are no restrictions. Whichever style you want for your home, composite front doors and composite back doors allow you to create a unique, bespoke design to match your vision.
It is clear to see why an increasing number of our customers are asking us for composite doors. Leeds Windows stocks a broad range of different styles, colours and brands, and our composite door prices frequently beat those charged by our competitors. Let us help you to choose your perfect new front door!
Whichever material you choose for your exterior needs, cost-effective uPVC front doors or stylish composite back doors, Leeds Windows can help. Our team of experts is available to discuss your requirements and to find your ideal new door.