How to Choose a Composite Door

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Since composite doors are becoming more and more popular these days, many door manufacturers have sprung up, all offering these types of doors for the most selective customers. But this is where it gets a bit tricky – because of the array of choices available today, it becomes even more important to choose your doors wisely.

With the proliferation of composite door manufacturers out there, it pays to know what you should be looking for. But first, you have to determine what type of door you need. Do you need a front or back door? Do you need to replace an existing door, or install an entirely new door? You can answer these questions with the help of professional door manufacturers and installers and base your decision on the expert’s recommendations.

When choosing a composite door for your home, ask the manufacturer whether the outer skin of the door is made from glass reinforced polyester, or GRP. If the outer skin is GRP, then the door will have more of the look and feel of traditional hardwood doors, which are inherently more attractive than plastic or metal. Some manufacturers even offer a bevy of designs and colours for the finishes for you to choose from to make your door look more attractive and fit better with your overall theme and design.

Also, ask the manufacturer how the finish will be applied. It is better to have the finish applied right through the outer skin so that it will last longer and there will not be any need for the door to be re-touched.

If you are looking to customise your door even further, then you should enquire from the manufacturer whether they can do this or whether they allow this. A good manufacturer should be able to give you more options for customisation, such as hardware and glazing options.

How functional and secure is the door?

Functionality is obviously a big factor when choosing the right composite door for your needs. The door needs to be completely functional and able to withstand everyday use. The good news about all doors made from composite material is that they are less likely to break down with constant use, and will not need to be replaced every few years. In fact, they can last for a very long time indeed, making them a good investment.

But along with functionality comes security. Look for a door which can be outfitted with more advanced and secure locking systems and mechanisms, such as lock plates and full face hinges. Another aspect to a door’s functionality is its efficiency in keeping out the cold. In this regard, look for a composite door which offers better thermal efficiency with a good quality foam core and reinforced uPVC frame. This will enhance the door’s insulation capacity and result in lower energy bills for you as well.

If you are concerned with environmental friendliness, then ask the manufacturer regarding their methods for creating their doors. Some environmentally-conscious manufacturers make use of recycled materials as well, and this goes a long way in saving the environment (and relieving your conscience).

When choosing composite doors, it is in your best interest to look for a manufacturer such as Safe Doors which can answer all your questions and give you complete peace of mind knowing that you are making the right choice.

 

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