There are lots of elements to consider when choosing the right doors for your home. External doors need to be tough to withstand a range of weather conditions, from harsh sun to hailstones. Internal doors need to be able to withstand heat and regular use and need to look appealing to stay in keeping with the aesthetic and style of your house. While there are many different materials you can choose to have your doors made from, uPVC is one of the most durable, versatile materials available, and it is easy to personalise to them to your individual tastes. If you are looking to replace your existing doors, here is all you need to know about the benefits of uPVC, as well as the different types and styles of uPVC doors which are available to you in 2019 and how much do UPVC doors cost.
Benefits of uPVC doors
Composite doors are composed of a number of different materials, which are pressed and glued together under high pressure, whereas uPVC (un-plasticised polyvinylchloride) doors are made entirely from plastic. So what is it that makes uPVC the ideal material for doors and frames?
While it feels relatively lightweight, uPVC is also known as rigid PVC due to its durability and robustness. The material is perfect for doors as it is incredibly resistant to wind, rain and chemical erosion, as well as other types of harsh weather. As the weather so frequently changes from warm to cold in the UK, this sturdiness and resilience are essential to avoid weather attrition and warping. On top of this durability, the strength of pure plastic doors is vital for the security of your home, and it is important to note that the higher grade of door you choose, the more secure the door will be. Unlike wooden doors, plastic doors are not affected by pests such as termites, which can cause infestations in not only your entrance ways but throughout your home if they spread.
uPVC doors are considered to be the higher performance option compared to other materials and offer robust insulation against the elements. Excellent insulation is crucial for your home retaining heat in the winter, and staying cool in the summer; this allows you to save money on your energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and keep your home at a comfortable temperature whatever the weather. The superior insulation properties of uPVC also mean that you’re less likely to be faced with condensation forming on the windows of the door.
Another attractive element of uPVC doors is that they do not need to be cleaned often, and when cleaning is necessary, it is quickly and easily done with warm soapy water, reducing the need for specialist substances to remove dust and dirt. uPVC is perfectly safe and non-toxic, so long as it isn’t burnt, and its production is regulated for quality control to ensure they do not cause any harm.
Unlike wooden doors, uPVC is much harder to ignite, and therefore helps add an extra element of fire safety to your home; they are also much more durable, as they don’t rot or warp in the same way that wood can. This also makes them a lot cheaper to maintain than wooden doors, as well as the benefit of reduced upfront costs. Additionally, they block out more noise, come in a wide variety of styles, and uPVC can be recycled as often as 10 times, making them much more sustainable than other materials. For all of these reasons, uPVC doors are the perfect choice for homes, offices and commercial buildings.
Types of uPVC doors
uPVC doors can be used as both internal and external doors for all entrances to the home, and in addition to traditional doors, there is a range of door types which are available in the rigid plastic. Sliding doors can be made with two individual panels of glass which sit within uPVC frames. The function and easy access of sliding doors can add a lovely design element to any home, and maximise the ease of flow in and out of the home. Sliding doors are particularly good for back entrances to the home, as they can be left open to bring the outdoors in, opening up the space in summer for entertainment purposes. As sliding doors have large glass panels, they also allow a lot of natural light into the room, as well as an all-year-round view out into your garden space.
Equally, Patio doors also provide a stylish addition to the home, as they provide a large access point to open up the house, which is great for parties and family functions. Additionally, the numerous window options for French doors allow for an increased view, allowing even the smallest interior to feel spacious. The versatility of these doors also means that they can be used for interior spaces as well as the external entrance ways, allowing you to separate off rooms when necessary, or open them up into one larger space. Alternatively, you might find bi-fold doors to be a great addition to your home, as they tend to be much more budget-friendly than French or sliding door options. In particular, bi-fold doors are great for separating off rooms or using in closets and storage spaces.
If you are looking to gain more uniformity in the look and style of your household, windows and window panes can also be made from uPVC, allowing you to match your window and door styles with ease. For example, you can choose the same colours for the window frames, and whichever variety of glass you have chosen for your doors will often be replicable in your windows if that is what you would prefer. Overall, this makes uPVC a much more versatile option when designing your home, and gives you a lot more autonomy over the exact features you would like to choose from.
Style choices and options
uPVC doors offer a great deal of curb appeal and allow you to express your individuality both outside and in your home. Whereas wooden doors need to be painted to change up their appearance, this isn’t necessary for uPVC. Most people think that uPVC only comes in white as standard, but there is actually a range of colours and textural options available for doors in 2019. This makes it much easier to coordinate the looks of your doors to the rest of your home.
For example, if you prefer the look of wooden doors, but would like to have the durability and low maintenance costs of uPVC, then you could opt for a wooden grain finish; this will give doors the look of timber while being lower cost with a sleeker finish. While adding colour or design to your doors may slightly increase the price, it will still be a more affordable option than some other materials. While it is not necessary to paint these doors due to the versatility of their styles, if you were to purchase a uPVC door and decided to paint it, then it is entirely possible to do so, as long as they are prepped correctly. However, it is important to note that this may void any warranties or guarantees you have on your purchase.
Furthermore, as well as changing the colour of your doors, you can also customise the number of window panes and styles of the glass. Clear glass tends to provide a more affordable option, but if you prefer something more aesthetically pleasing you can also choose from bevelled or etched glass which offers more ornate designs. Frosted or obscured glass blur the view through the windows, while still letting in light, which provides a little more privacy; this is perfect for doors at the front of the house, in order to stop people at the door or passers-by on the street from being able to look straight into the house.
You can also personalise some of the smaller features of the doors, such as the door handles, knockers, spy holes and letterboxes. These come in a range of colours, sizes, shapes and materials; for example, you can choose from a silver, gold, chrome, stainless steel or coloured finish. This enables you to select a look which most suites the period, style, architecture and design of your home. For instance, older houses from more traditional periods might better suit silver or brass finishes over coloured or stainless steel.
Like any doors, uPVC doors also come in a range of efficiency ratings, the most efficient being an A++ grade, and the least being an E. The more insulated and strong your chosen door is, the more it will cost you in upfront prices; however, you may save money over time on higher efficiency grades by reducing the amount of wasted energy loss from your home. Therefore, you may want to consider choosing a sturdier door choice which costs a little more upfront, and avoid using cheaper uPVC which, while more durable than other materials, may eventually warp over time.