What is the difference between uPVC and composite front doors?

With so many confusing choices on the market, most homeowners just simply want their door to keep the cold out and look good doing it. Some doors do the job better than others.

Two of the most popular doors on the market are uPVC and composite doors, but which one is best for you?

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Black composite door

uPVC doors vs composite doors: design

uPVC has shaken the “white and cheap-looking” reputation of days gone by. It’s a durable and reliable material that stands up well even against the worst the British climate has to offer. Advancements in manufacturing methods over time have seen the uPVC door’s thermal efficiency improve drastically.

Composite doors are a combination of materials, but not all these doors are designed the same. Our composite doors are crafted with a solid timber core, taking advantage of wood’s excellent natural insulating property. The outer skin of our composite doors is coated in a thermoplastic player and the door as a whole is 10% thicker than other competitors, providing additional protection from the elements.

uPVC doors vs composite doors: maintenance

Both uPVC and composite doors don’t require a lot of maintenance. It’s worth noting that you should be careful when cleaning these doors. Using heavy-duty cleaning products and sponges may cause scratches or discolouration. Giving the door a clean with a non-abrasive sponge and soapy water occasionally will do the trick. The estimated lifespan of a uPVC door is 20 years, with composite doors lasting up to 30 years.

uPVC doors vs composite doors: security

This metric is entirely down to the company you’re purchasing the door from. uPVC doors are known for their strength. When combined with a high-tech locking system, as is included in the range of uPVC doors from Landmark, they offer reliable protection from intruders.

Our composite doors pass all security checks, including Secured by Design and PAS24, with flying colours. The doors come with the Ultion lock, the UK’s best and most secure lock guaranteed, as standard. This lock engages a hidden lock automatically when it detects an attack, ensuring that nothing gets past it.

uPVC doors vs composite doors: looks

Pretty even when it comes to the door’s aesthetic. Every element of both the uPVC and composite doors can be customised to your liking. Choose from a varied range of colours and hardware to match any home from any era.

White stable door with astragal bars for a traditional look
Red composite door close-up

Composite and uPVC doors and much more for your Devon or Cornwall home

Landmark Window Systems has been assisting homeowners with their home improvement needs throughout Devon and Cornwall. Our varied range of products includes windows, doors and conservatories that can be customised to suit any home or personal taste. For more information on any of our products or services, give us a call on 01752 283 834 or contact us online.