When It Comes To Doors You Have Endless Choices

Doors can be made in many types of material such as hardwood, softwood, composite and uPVC. For many years, uPVC that stands for “unplasticised polyvinyl chloride” has been the favourite choice of homeowners, in particular for external doors.

There is a huge range of uPVC doors to choose from so we trust that you find this guide to be of assistance in purchasing one.

Appearance

Probably the first thing a visitor notices about your home is the front door as they ring the bell. Therefore, you will want it to look appealing and be of excellent quality. In addition to front and back doors, you can also get the likes of French doors, Bi-folding doors and Patio doors in uPVC. So, if you are considering replacing not only your front and back door but also any of the others we have mentioned, you will probably want to make sure that you can get them all in the same style.

When looking for a uPVC door, you will find that there is a wide selection of styles of door, sizes and colours to choose from. Many people decide to go for white but there are numerous other options including various shades of brown, red, green and blue to name but a few. You can also select a door that has some form of glazing built into the design giving you numerous options and providing extra light in your hall. You are certain to find one that fully meets your requirements.

Where to buy a uPVC door

There are numerous places that sell such doors. For example, some of the major DIY stores have a stock of them as do double-glazing firms. In the first instance, you may wish to search on the Internet.

Maintenance

uPVC doors are very easy to look after. All that they need to keep them looking as good as new is a wipe/wash clean. They will never need painting and should retain their colour. They are not affected by bad weather such as rain, frost and snow nor should the colour fade in strong sunlight. The door will not warp due to a change in the air temperature and moisture as a wooden door does.

Security

You will want a door with a multi-point locking system that includes locks at the top, middle and bottom of the door and acts as a deterrent to burglars. Also, most uPVC doors have a core of galvanised steel that, combined with the hard plastic, make them extremely hard for a thief to break down. Your door should be crow-bar resistant so the edges and seals should be flush with the door/frame.

Buy a uPVC door with a British Standard PAS 24-1. This means that the door and frame as well as the locking mechanism have successfully gone through several physical tests.

Insulation

The door should be well insulated to stop the cold getting in and the heat getting out of your home thus making them very energy efficient. If you have glazing in the door it should either be double or triple glazed.

Another benefit of being well insulated is that they should reduce noise levels inside your home if you happen to live in a street that is busy with traffic passing by. A good indication that your door has a quality seal is that when you close it shut it should do so with a good solid feel.

Cost

You will no doubt have a budget. You should find that a uPVC door is less expensive to purchase than a composite door and although they may sometimes be more expensive than some hardwood doors, you will not have the expense of periodically having to re-paint or re-varnish the later over many years. Do bear in mind that, due to the excellent insulation properties, they should reduce your energy bills.

Summary

As you can see, there are many features to look out for and consider when looking into buying a uPVC door. All the things that we have mentioned are important factors that you need to be aware of.

The great thing is that there are so many companies that manufacture and sell uPVC doors that you are likely to be spoilt for choice. Take your time in making your selection, making sure that the things that we have mentioned above are features of the door you eventually decide is suitable for your needs.

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