If you’re looking for a new front door that combines the security and durability of uPVC with the traditional look and feel of timber, you can’t go wrong with a composite door.

Although they’ve been around for a while, composite doors are still growing in popularity, thanks largely to their solid, sturdy design as well as their stylish appearance.

But what is a composite door, and what material is it made from?

Here’s our short guide to composite doors and why you should consider one when replacing your front door on your home in Southampton.

Materials used in a composite door

Composite doors are actually made up of several different materials which are pressed and glued together under high pressure.

The materials are selected for their different properties to ensure a composite door offers the benefits of other available materials, rolled into one. Materials used in manufacturing composite doors include: 

  • A solid wood core
  • uPVC 
  • Glass reinforced plastic 

What is glass reinforced plastic? 

Glass reinforced plastic is a polymer reinforced by fine fibres of glass.

This makes it extremely lightweight but also strong – stronger even than carbon fibre.

But aside from the strength, glass reinforced plastic is also flexible, meaning it can be moulded into various designs. Because of this, composite doors are available in a much wider range of styles and finishes than the more familiar uPVC doors. 

Benefits of a composite door. 

There are a number of benefits to choosing a composite door for your home, including: 

  • Low maintenance. Like uPVC, composite doors are surprisingly low maintenance, requiring little more than a regular clean with warm, soapy water. 
  • Increased security. As well as being incredibly strong, composite doors are available with advanced secure by design locking mechanisms to help keep your home safe
  • Increased thermal efficiency. This helps to keep your home warm, thereby also reducing heating bills 
  • Range of styles. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or sleek and contemporary, there’s a composite door to suit your home. 

Does your home in Southampton need a new front door? Riverside Double Glazing are suitably placed to offer a range of front door options, including composite doors, available in a range of colours. Get a free online door quote.