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Composite Doors – Traditional style, Modern design

Old buildings such as cottages and old town houses are very desirable with their traditional charm but often fall short when it comes to energy efficiency. Finding a front door that suits the property and offers modern benefits used to be a challenge but not with composite doors. Composite doors come in many different styles, including many traditional styles. They are not made from traditional materials but their appearance mimics that of a smart wooden door. Their outer skin is grained and has a more accurate colouring than uPVC doors, which often stick out as being not quite right.

Although looking the part is important, that is not all composite front doors have to offer. Their modern design uses the latest technology which combines a number of different materials all best suited for their role. They are tough, so not only are they durable but they offer high security. They are given a thermal core that provides excellent energy efficiency. Their frame is rigid and stable, so it will not cause issues over time from buckling or warping out of shape. It is often an issue with wooden doors that over time their exposure to the elements causes them to expand or shrink – either causing the door to stick or creating gaps that allow draughts into the home.

Although you cannot change the colour of your composite door, it does come with the bonus that you do not need to sand and re-paint or re-varnish your door. The only maintenance needed is a quick clean with a damp sponge to remove dust and dirt, and an oil to the hinges to keep them operating smoothly each year.

The hardware used on composite doors is of a high standard, so there is no worry of tarnishing.

The greatest problem with composite doors is choosing which style and colour you prefer!

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What makes Composite Doors special?

 

1) Layers

Most front doors feature one material with additions for the hardware; a slab of wood or some uPVC with a window and a handle. Composite doors are different in that they have layers. These layers are made up of the most optimum material for each job. The outer shell is tough, weather-resistant and looks good. The inner materials provide stability and insulation, to ensure the door keeps its shape and prevents heat from escaping.

2) Modern design

Moving with the times is essential in many cases, especially when it comes to doors. The type of door on your home can affect the first impressions of visitors, the price of your house when it comes to selling, the warmth of your home during winter and therefore the cost of your energy bills, and the safety and security of your family and belongings. With all of this in mind, it is easier to see why modern design is essential. Professional thieves are always learning new ways to gain access to properties. The external door is often one of the major weak points of the home – either because of the overall security of the door or due to the hardware, such as the locks and hinges. A door that cannot be kicked in, has protected hinges and a high security lock provides the best security. Composite doors have been tested against attack to a high level and are police-approved. Not only that, but they look smart and continue looking good throughout their lifespan.

3) Value

Although there are cheaper doors on the market, such as uPVC front doors, price does not necessarily equate to value. A door that is a cheaper by £100 but has half the lifespan and provides less security, looks and thermal efficiency works out to be much more expensive in the long run. Spending the extra money to get a door that saves you money on your energy bills, adds value to your home, protects you and lasts a long time is the best option value-wise.
Composite doors are top-range external doors with a mid-range price label, making it easier for you to choose the best for your home.

The Composite Door Shop is an online composite door supplier based in the UK that pride themselves on offering high quality composite doors at great prices. Whether you need your a front door installed or just a front door delivered for self-installation, the Composite Door Shop can provide. Visit the Composite Door Shop website to design your door easily and get an instant free quote without providing any details. Any questions? Help is just a phone call or email away.

Fire Doors UK

Does Your Front Door Need to be Fire Resistant?
The benefits of using composite fire doors internally are fairly obvious. They can help contain a fire, slow or halt its spread, and give you added protection from fires that have started in other rooms. However, many people do not think it is necessary to use a composite fire door for a front door.
It is true that a fire is unlikely to spread outdoors whether there is a composite fire door in place or not. However, not all front doors lead directly outside. In these situations, high-quality composite doors can be a useful way to increase your home’s fire safety.
Flats and Shared Entrances
One of the most common situations where a front door will not lead outside is when you live in a flat or a home that shares an entrance with other people’s properties. In these cases, using high-quality composite doors for a home’s entrance can be a vital way to ensure it is properly protected against fire. Otherwise, flames may spread into the entrance hall and then onto other people’s property. Apart from the obvious problem of damaging other people’s homes, this may also make it harder to extinguish the blaze and lead to further damage to your home.
Doors Linking to Garages
Sometimes, front doors are used for entrances and exits that connect a home to a garage. In these cases, using a high-quality composite door can be a useful way to protect your garage and the possessions you have stored inside. Many people use garages to store expensive cars. Others use it for storage of possessions they do not have room for in their main home. A study in 2011 suggested that the average value of these possessions is almost £3,500 per household, and they often include items with sentimental value. An ordinary exterior door can leave these items vulnerable to destruction in the event of a fire. A composite fire door, on the other hand, could potentially save them.

The Composite Door Shop supply high quality, FD30 fire doors to homes and businesses throughout the UK.

Improving your home’s sell-ability with composite doors

wood-look composite door

Regardless of the recession, the time of the year or any other external factors that home-owners have no control over, it is always in their best interest to ensure that their home has the highest chance of being sold quickly for the best possible price. With that in mind, steps will need to be taken to make sure that potential buyers are happy with their new investment. Here, we will explore more about how composite doors can help improve a homes sell-ability.

Composite doors can help create a WOW factor

Did you know that the majority of buyers tend to make up their minds subconsciously about a home within the first 30 seconds of seeing the house?
With that in mind, it is imperative that you do everything in your power to make sure your first impression isn’t a bad one. Many sellers choose to carry out what is known as curb appeal improvement, which basically entails making sure the exterior of the home makes a good first impression.

Many have decided that improving their front doors is the best way to create a great first impression, and solid wood composite doors or wooden composite doors have the ability to make a lasting impact.
Composite doors are both inviting and practical. So while they initially can create a good reaction, there are also plenty of other benefits that you can point out to potential buyers of the property, which will improve sell-ability. Solid wooden composite doors are very thick, which means not only are they secure, but they keep in the heat as well. Furthermore, due to the materials used, composite doors are extremely durable, which means they are not affected by poor weather.

At The Composite Front Doors Shop, we have a range of fantastic composite doors that could just help put a potential buyer over the edge when it comes to making a positive decision about buying your property.

Composite Doors with a CE Mark

What is the CE Mark for Composite Doors?

If you are thinking of getting a new front door you might have more on your mind than checking for the CE Mark. If you haven’t done your research you may well not even be aware that such a thing exists or why it is important but, when you are buying something like wooden composite doors, it pays to check that they come with this crucial certification.

A new front door with a CE Mark means you are getting what you paid for, a solid quality door that will last for a long time.

What is the CE Mark?

CE Marking has been a legal requirement for the industry since 1st July 2013 and is the Quality Standard for all installed doors. Put simply it demonstrates that the door you have installed will perform in accordance with European Standards. In other words, it says that your wood core composite door will behave as it should.

CE Marking is compulsory – if your supplier has provided one without the mark or certification of conformity to the European Standard they are breaking the law and it should set alarm bells ringing. For instance, with respect to a fire door, the CE Mark provides proof that the door is made of material and thickness that is suitable for such use.

What does the CE Mark mean for composite doors?

When you buy a wood core composite door it should meet certain basic specifications under current EU law. These include meeting the requirements for:

  • Water tightness
  • Dangerous substances
  • Resistance to wind load
  • Impact resistance
  • Load-bearing capacity of safety devices
  • Ability to release
  • Thermal transmittance
  • Radiation properties
  • Air permeability

Together, passing these test standards confirms that your door is safe to install and fit for purpose.

At the Composite Door Shop all our products come with the CE Mark and certification ensuring that your new front door is fire and weather resistant and is built to last. The average life expectancy for one of our doors is 35 years and comes with a 10 year guarantee.

Composite doors are composed from different materials, including PVC, wood, insulating foam and Glass Reinforced Plastic. This gives you a solid door that is very strong and secure and meets all the EU standards needed for the CE Mark.

Our composite doors exhibit a high weathering resistance which means they will not react adversely to seasonal changes in the same way that a normal, wooden door might, for example, by warping in extreme wet weather. As they have an insulating foam core, the doors also provide a higher level of thermal resistance.

Although our front doors are designed to look like normal wooden doors, because of the materials used all you will need to do is give it a wipe down to clean – the surface won’t discolour or fade over the years.

All our composite doors come with a Yale multi-point locking system and 6 pin cylinder which means it will be secure throughout its lifetime.

At the Composite Door Shop, whether you are looking for a bespoke solution to your needs and want to fit the door yourself, or you want to take advantage of our fitting service, you can be sure, with the CE Mark and certification, that you are getting a high quality door that will last for a long time.

Made to measure composite front doors

Just like a suit from a bespoke tailor, made to measure front doors from The Composite Door Shop are not manufactured until every dimension has been thoroughly checked. Our front doors are designed to fit first time and be comfortable for the rest of their lives. In addition, the door is made to survive everyday wear and tear, staying durable and attractive for at least 10 years (see our guarantee).

Front doors made to measure

The composite front door process goes like this: normally within 48 hours of your order being place, one of our surveyors will contact you to arrange a home visit at your convenience. The surveyors will check and double check all of your door dimensions, discuss options and answer any questions you may have. Our made to measure checking process also includes a confirmation order for you to approve to make sure we have everything absolutely correct – then (and only then) do we approve your door for manufacture.

Online door designer

You know your home best, and we pass the majority of the design process over to you with our online door designer.

We have a huge range of options for your new front door including:

  • eight frame styles in a choice of three colours,
  • a door range of twenty styles in a choice of seven wood grained finishes,
  • over forty glazing options,
  • accessories in a choice of gold, chrome or black.

Quality composite doors at a fantastic price

All of our doors are composite doors, factory manufactured to stringent quality control standards and are made up of:

  • a reinforced PVCu frame,
  • a solid thermally insulated polyurethane foam core slab,
  • a 2mm thick and durable GRP skin to prevent warping, twisting or bowing,
  • a thickness of 44mm that creates a strong, secure door.

In order to ensure that our statements about door strength are up to date and correct, we submit them to independent testing authorities to ensure we are providing the product you wish to purchase. All Composite Door Shop doors are tested and accredited to relevant standards, “Secured by Design” and “PAS 23 & 24”.

Easy installation service

We know how stressful front door installation can be so we have pledged to make the process as fast and convenient as possible for our customers. Aiming to offer a full bespoke service from the design to installation, we have partnered with a highly regarded installation company who operate nationwide.

As well as being authorised service providers to the insurance market, our installation team has the depots, network and administrative capacity to fully support our service and ensure that you get the bespoke front doors made to measure, supply and installation service that you deserve!

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