First impressions can have a big impact on visitors or even potential buyers. Improving the front of your home using greenery, trendy paving or even a fresh coat of paint are ways that many real estate agents recommend to add value to your home. Replacing your door with a shiny, new entrance door could be the cherry on top! But which door is best for you: uPVC or composite?
uPVC vs composite: security
This is one of the more important factors when considering a new door for your South Wales home. uPVC and composite doors from The Monmouthshire Window Company are tested to and exceed PAS24, which is the minimum British Standard for security in a door. Generally, composite doors are thicker in structure than uPVC alternatives.
Both options offer highly secure multi-point locking systems, expertly designed to keep even the most determined intruders at bay. Composite doors also have the security benefit of an additional layer of glass reinforced plastic. For additional peace of mind, you can opt for a composite door that is Secured by Design (SBD) accredited. SBD is an initiative that was set up by the police to reduce crime and improve home safety.
uPVC vs composite: personalisation options
Both door options can be customised to your liking to harmonise your home with its surroundings or to stand out from the crowd and make a statement. Every part of the door can be modified with a variety of styles, handles, glazing options and patterns, letter plates and side panels allowing you to inject your personality into your home’s entrance.
uPVC and composite doors are available in a wide choice of colours, including woodgrain finishes which are ideal for home’s looking for a countryside aesthetic. With our dual colour option, you can select one colour to match the exterior of your home and a different one to complement its interior.
uPVC vs composite: energy efficiency
uPVC doors have come a long way since their early days. Modern uPVC door frames are crafted to feature multiple chambers. These chambers trap large quantities of heat, making it difficult for air to pass through and ensuring the doors offer excellent thermal efficiency.
Composite doors have a dense polyurethane foam core, making it almost impermeable to the cold and providing outstanding thermal efficiency. Both door designs provide reliable resistance from the worst that the Welsh climate can throw at you.
uPVC vs composite: maintenance
The design of modern uPVC doors makes them durable and very easy to clean. The aforementioned glass reinforced plastic finish on composite doors provides outstanding durability and little-to-no maintenance requirements. Both doors require a simple wipe with warm, soapy water. We’d recommend using a micro-fibre cloth for the best results.
These cloths will remove even the most stubborn of muddy marks without scratching or damaging the door. Unlike some entrance doors materials, maintenance wouldn’t extend the lifespan of your uPVC or composite door. The working life expectancy of a uPVC door is around 20-25 years, with composite doors expected to last over 35 years.
uPVC vs composite: price
A composite door will generally cost more than a uPVC alternative. The lower price tag attached to uPVC front doors is not an indication of poorer quality, as they are beautifully made and loaded with quality features.
Despite paying more upfront, composite door’s longer life expectancy and better energy efficiency would provide better value in the long run.
Improve with a uPVC or composite door in Cardiff and throughout South Wales
Operating throughout the entirety of South Wales for over 20 years, the Monmouthshire Window Company team have a wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure that your new entrance door will be fitted to the highest degree possible. Don’t settle for anything less than the best and make a true style statement with our range.
Pop into our Caldicot or Raglan showrooms to see our products for yourself. Alternatively, give us a call on 01291 430 353 or send us a message online today to find out more about how our doors, or any other products from our range including conservatories and windows, can help enhance the front of your home.