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Difference Between PVC and Composite Doors

Difference Between PVC and Composite Doors

There are lots of doors on the market, but the two you’ll see mentioned the most are Composite doors and UPVC doors. We explain here the differences between both types of door, so that you can find the style that best suits your home…

What are Composite Doors?

‘Composite’ is defined as ‘made up of several parts’. Composite doors are, as you may expect, made up of several different materials, layered together, to create the strongest, possible door.

These layers are pressed and glued together under high pressure. Most are made from glass reinforced plastic; the material used to make boat hulls, which is testament to its strength! Composite doors are about 48mm wide.

What are UPVC Doors?

UPVC is an acronym for Unplasticised Poly Vinyl Chloride. It’s a synthetic plastic polymer and is often found in cheap window frames – the plastic-y looking white installations you may have in your own home, or have seen on others.

UPVC doors are about 28mm wide, so considerably less dense than composite.


Aesthetic Choice

The UPVC fittings that you’ll see on properties are normally white as standard. You can, in some instances, choose from other colours, but most providers are budget options and so there’s just one colour available.

Composite doors come in a much wider variety of colour and aesthetic options, including grey, cream, chartwell green, white, black, blue, red, green, oak and darkwood; with frames in white, mahogany, Cherrywood, oak, white grain, brown-black, grey, cream and chartwell green.

That’s all before you even get to the hardware such as letter boxes, locks and door handles!


UPVC doors are not unsafe, but they do not offer the same security protection that composite doors provide.

The structure of composite doors and their layers of material mean that they’re incredible difficult to break. Where included, the nature of the reinforced glass within composite doors also means that although the glass could technically crack and shatter, it would stay in place and not fall through.

For easy removal, the glass is in cassette form, so can be simply slid out, and replaced if, and when, required.

Hinge edges on composite doors are fit with a PVC edging that’s custom-cut to fit your doorway, and a 4mm thick power-coated aluminium lock strip gives unbeatable protection.

Value For Money

Whilst UPVC doors are a budget option, they don’t always offer the best value for money long-term.

Composite doors last about 35 years, and undoubtedly give the most security assurance for your property.

The maintenance of them is low too – just a wipe over will clear away any dirt, whereas UPVC doors can become stained from residue or the sun.

Composite doors should be installed by an expert technician who can fit the door perfectly to your home and advise you on any upkeep required.

The Home Logic team are happy to chat and give you advice so that you can be confident in the door choice for your home. Contact them today for a free, completely no-obligation quote.