To begin with, timber doors would offer immense durability and security, but as time progressed and when continuously exposed to the elements, the wood’s initial strength would gradually dwindle.
It was to the relief of some that in the middle part of the 20thCentury, the UPVC door was developed which very quickly overtook the timber door as the favoured door type for properties.
Much of its popularity could be put down to the exceptional energy efficiency it provided, plus it required a tiny fraction of the upkeep demanded by a wood-based door.
However, a UPVC door still struggled to match a timber door in terms of resilience.
The world awaited a door solution that combined the best assets of timber with the finest qualities of UPVC.
First launched in the 1990’s, a composite door is comprised of a number of materials, rather than just one, including UPVC and wood.
When buying a composite door you can expect it to provide the following throughout its lengthy lifespan:
A key element of the composite door is the GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) skin on the outer layer of the door. This helps it to resist any scratches and really emphasises the colour of the wood-grain finish.
Also, right at its core is a high-density polyurethane foam which is responsible for its outstanding strength and thermal efficiency.
Place a timber door and composite door side-by-side and you can barely tell the difference in terms of how they both look as they’re very alike in appearance, performance-wise though, a composite door beats it on every level.
Another thing in its favour ahead of a UPVC door is the depth of finishes available when buying a composite door. They can be coated with virtually any RAL colour, leaving you spoilt for choice.
Come see our extensive composite door range and find out why it will transform your home forever at your nearest Clearview showroom.
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