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Composite you ask? What is that? And why is it highly recommended for front doors?

There are various types of front doors to choose from these days — timber, aluminium, composite fiberglass, steel, etc. You may know what you want from an aesthetic standpoint, but what about from a material standpoint. Do you know which materials hold up best in harsh climates, for example? How about which materials are most subject to damage? Although price is certainly a consideration when you’re shopping for a new front door, it’s important to look at the cost from both a short-term and a long-term perspective. After all, you may save money initially when you buy a less expensive door, but if you end up needing a replacement it in a few years because it doesn’t hold up, you could end up spending more than you would have by simply choosing a more durable option to start with!

Researching different materials prior to purchase is the best way to cover yourself and save money in the long run! You’ll want to look at what options are available in terms of materials, and what their vulnerabilities are as well as their strengths. Only then can you determine which material will best fit your budget and your expectations.

Read on for our 10 well explained reasons for choosing the composite door for your home!

We’ve got 10 very good reasons for feeling biased towards a composite door…

1.  They’re customizable.

2. They’re engineered to last, making them more durable in harsh climates and overall a sturdier door.

3. They can be produced to look like timber but without the added cost and movement!

4.  They’re available in a wide array of colours and styles.

5.  They’re filled with insulating foam, making them far more energy-efficient than a timber door. (In fact, a windowless composite door has 5 times the insulating value of a typical solid timber door.)

6.  You can paint them, which means you can change them every few years if you want a new look.

7.  They resist denting (which is a real problem with more affordable Aluminium or metal doors.)

8.  They’re low-maintenance (because who needs another home maintenance chore to deal with?)!

9.  They’re easy to repair if damaged and can return to their original self.

10. They won’t rust, buckle, warp, peel or bubble!

Let’s examine a few of these benefits a little more closely …

A Composite Door That Looks Like a Real Timber Door?

Really? A composite door which is the spitting image of a timber door? Sure is! There’s a technology that can accurately duplicate the grain of real wood. Many  door manufacturers now use it, and even door experts aren’t always able to tell right away whether the door they’re looking at is actually timber or a composite door.


Concerned with Security? A Composite Door is Super Secure!

When installed properly, a composite door is more secure than other door materials. Add in the fact that composite doors don’t deteriorate or weaken over time like timber or metal doors can, all of which adds up to a very secure front door — provided you also install a good lock mechanism, of course!


The Price Factor

We won’t lie. Most high-quality composite doors are going to cost you more up front than other front door options. But again, when you factor in the fact that they far outlast doors made of other materials all while saving you time and money on maintenance and repairs, they typically are worth the initial higher cost.


An Eco-Friendly Alternative?

Many composite doors are manufactured without CFCs, so you end up with a door that won’t harm the environment. (Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are made up of methane, ethane and propane, and are heavily regulated by some governments because of their destructive effects on the Earth’s ozone layer.)


Average Lifespan

If you look at the average expected lifespans of front doors manufactured from timber, aluminium and composite, you’ll find each can last for decades. However, of the three materials, only composite doors will do so without requiring periodic maintenance and repairs.


You Be the Judge

To be fair, there’s nothing wrong with a beautiful timber door. Many people love the warm look of a timber door so much that it’s the only thing they’ll consider for the front door to their home. In fact timber doors do have many good qualities, they’re easily repaired, have a warm homely feel, natural appearance, making them an extremely popular choice in front doors. But as the only catch is… as wood is a natural material, it’s vulnerable to the elements, it can be damaged by moisture and is prone to warping, insect damage, and wood rot – some things that just wouldn’t happen if a composite door was ordered in the first place!

If, on the other hand you’re just as concerned with things like energy efficiency, low-maintenance and durability as you are with simply having a door that looks great, then you really owe it to yourself to explore some of the magnificent composite front door options that are available in the Parkwood range.

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