A Modern composite door can be considered as the next “step up” from the very popular UPVC Door. Offering superb styling and visuals, matched with outstanding energy efficiency, security and longevity, buying an exterior composite door is something you are unlikely to regret.
In this article, we look at subjects such as:
To give you a starting point, if you are looking for a cheap front door, this design is not really a low budget item. The average price for a composite front door, if you want it fully installed, will be in the region of £800 to £1,100.Compare Quotes Online
As you can see from the list, there are many advantages to composite doors, but are there any drawbacks?
The only measurable drawback in the “Pros & Cons” list is related to composite door cost. You will find that the average composite door cost is more than that of an equivalent UPVC door. However, it is lower priced than aluminium and around the same cost as something like a top class Oak or Mahogany door.
A minor point to note, is that composite doors are quite thick at 44mm to 48mm. This means that, if you are thinking of just putting a new door into an existing frame that held a 28mm thick door, you will have to make a lot of adjustments on the frame or probably better to replace that at the same time.
Some of the front & back door designs have a completely different appearance due to the way that they are made.
For example, a UPVC front door is made from an outer sub-frame into which the main door panels fit. With a composite door, it is made as a single “slab”. This can sometimes have the effect of making a UPVC door look narrower.
In terms of surface finish, moulded wood-grain effect GRP composites give a much more detailed surface than a foiled UPVC surface. The foiled colour for uPVC doors is only a surface veneer, for GRP composite (not RAL spray paint) the GRP itself is coloured, hence the colour goes all the way through.
Whilst both front & back door designs can feature solid foam insulated cores, composite doors can also feature LVL engineered timber cores, with cross grain laminated wood that gives greater lateral strength and stiffness.
Typical Standards for composite doors:
You can find designs to suit almost any purpose. In other words, if you need an external door, there is a composite design to do the job.
Each design has the full range of colours available, including glossy, wood grain effect and duo-colour (different colour inside & out).
Composite doors do not have the lowest prices, but they do represent an excellent investment that gives real value for money. In our humble opinion, just the look of a top quality wood-grain composite door is worth the price, even without taking into account all the other benefits.
Here is a price guide for a selection of popular composite door types.
|Approximate size (mm)||Basic Specification||Price Range|
|1980 x 762||White Solid Front Door||£800 to £1,100|
|1980 x 762||Part Glazed Back Door||£700 to £1,000|
|2000 x 2100||French Patio Door||£1,100 to £1,500|
|2400 x 2100||Bifold Door||£1,800 to £2,200|
There is quite an amount or personalisation or customisation that you can do. From choosing the colour & finish to handles, locks, cill heights, threshold height, glass type and glazing.
We recommend that you gather at least 3 or 4 quotations from both local and National installers to get the best idea of market pricing. We can arrange for fully accredited installers to provide those quotes to you for free – pop over to our quote request form and send us a few details and we’ll get onto it right away.