Composite doors and wooden doors are different types of doors that can be incorporated in a home or office. While wooden doors remain the oldest type of doors, composite doors are relatively new. Wooden doors have been desirable throughout history because of their rich look, warm feel, and varying styles over the decades. They are considered a more desirable and effective option over uPVC doors. On the other hand, composite doors have been designed with consideration on the common problems and flaws that single material doors possess. So what type of door is best for your home? Based on the following features and qualities of each type, you should choose one that best suits your home, neighbourhood, and your lifestyle.
Traditional Wood and Modern Composite
Wood in general has been considered for long as an ideal material for homes, but there are several drawbacks with the material when it comes to doors. While wood is attractive and traditional, it can be a poor materialhigh maintenance to use in front or entrance doors. Traditional wooden doors react significantly to different weather conditions. They tend to bend, shift, and warp over time, particularly in humid, moist, and hot climates. This reduces their effectiveness in the long term. On the other hand, modern composite doors are becoming increasingly common in homes around the UK. Composite entrance or front doors come in different finishes in GRP including wood inside, while offering the same performance and properties of uPVC doors. They are designed by incorporating different materials with beneficial characteristics, which makes composite front doors somewhat flawless.
Wooden Doors and Climate
While wooden doors may work like a charm in other parts of the world, in the UK and most parts of Europe, wooden front doors can only mean disaster. They are not an ideal choice as a long term front door based on our climate. Wooden front doors will:
• Warp in hot and humid weather
• Buckle under cold and harsh weather
• Swell with moisture and rain exposure
In a couple of years, you will realize how the performance of your wooden front doors has reduced significantly. This accounts for their short lifespan in varying climates. Poorly installed wooden doors will also compromise security in your home. Hence, choosing wooden front doors over modern composite front doors may leave you at the risk of burglary and crime.
Why Composite Front Doors?
Investing in composite entrance doors can be ideal for your home. They are designed with the look of traditional wooden entrance doors, and employ materials like fibreglass GRP moulds for a fine finish that is hard to distinguish from genuine wood. They also incorporate durable and tough materials that can withstand imperious weather. This allows you to benefit from the high thermal insulation and energy efficient properties of uPVC doors, while giving you the desirable look of a traditional wooden door. In the long term, you can significantly reduce your energy bills with composite doors. They will also have a longer lifespan from wooden front doors.