Pvc doors, Composite doors or Timber doors?
Pvc doors are likely to consume less of your time with maintenance but always have that ”narrow” look to them due to the pvc sash (frame) that forms the door which in turn is then fitted to the actual pvc sub frame.
Composite doors go some way to overcoming the Pvc problems of narrowness by being manufactured as a “slab”, ie; the full width of door but then the slab is fitted in to a Pvc frame, both the Pvc and the Composite usually end up with the doorway being made narrower than if a traditional wooden door is fitted, traditional methods are sometimes hard to beat.
How Much to Pay Pvc doors are supplied for DIY fitting from starting at £400 + vat but including delivery anywhere on the UK Mainland, it should be remembered that you may also have the costs of a concealed timber sub-frame and also pvc trims as well as silicone sealants.
Composite doors, good quality ones...... are generally fitted in the same way as pvc doors as described above and start at £700 + vat. Both the Pvc and the Composite doors arrive at the customer with the door hinged in its own frame and both include any glass, locks, handles or letter plates.
Wooden doors vary greatly in price from Mahogany doors starting at just over £100 + vat and rise to over £750 + vat and more for Bespoke Oak doors, if you are also fitting a new bespoke frame you can add quite a bit more but there are new cost saving deals right here, it should be remembered that the upside is that you can transfer all your locks, hinges etc if you so wish, if not you must also allow part of your budget for locks, handles, hinges, draught excluders, decoration etc etc.
Decisions may be helped by the conclusions as set out below.
Wood: Pros – When treated correctly exterior wooden doors will last for more than 100 years and are beautiful to look at, with a natural texture. Wood can be adapted in size and repainted in different colours.
Door furniture may be easily changed.
Cons – Wooden doors are vulnerable to the elements need to be treated and maintained and can be prone to twisting and warping. Cheap wooden doors can come apart at the joints and may rot if not sealed correctly.
Laminated or stabilised timber (small sections glued together) offer greater stability.
uPVC: Pros – uPVC doors are low maintenance and require no painting or staining.
They are well insulated, more stable than timber and usually come with multipoint locking.
Cons - Doors tend to have a ‘narrow’ appearance due to the thickness of the uPVC frame. It will be difficult or impossible to change the size or colour of a door once it has been fitted, or to change locks and door furniture with ease.
Composite: Pros – Composite doors are made from a mixture of materials, such as glass fibre, which is pressed together and glued under high pressure.
These are then clad in an outer skin which can be made to look like real wood but are far stronger, will not warp or require repainting.
Virtually indistinguishable from wooden doors, they are highly insulated and are often supplied with multi point locks.
Cons – Composite doors tend to be more expensive than other options