How to choose the right composite door
For many years, homeowners often prioritised the wrong things when it came to choosing an entrance door for their homes. More often than not, people would favour the look and style of their new door over other aspects such as the security features and thermal efficiency of the doors.
Since the late twentieth century, this has been turned on its head and now homeowners have begun to realise the importance of a high-quality functional entrance door for more reasons other than just aesthetics.
Whilst all doors are required to open and close, there are some huge differences between certain types of entrance doors, whether that be composite, GRP, Timber or PVC-U in terms of security, thermal efficiency, cost, style and more.
In this guide, we are going to discuss the things that you should look out for when it comes to choosing a composite door.
View the Rockdoor range of composite doors
The Rockdoor range of composite doors comes in 28 composite door styles, available in 13 different door colours. So no matter if you’re looking for new front doors, back doors or even double doors, French doors or stable doors. There’s a wide range of Rockdoor composite doors available to compliment the look and style of your home.
Quality and security
When choosing a composite door, one of the main things to consider is the overall quality of the door, and this is dependent on the type of material used to manufacture your door.
Timber doors are known for their traditional and classy designs, but wood isn’t the toughest of materials to break through; PVC-U doors are a cost-effective option, but again aren’t resistant to breaking; GRP doors are a more security-conscious method than both, however, are extremely prone to weathering, resulting in draughts, leaks, discolouration and fading.
Composite doors are the only option that will confidently defend your home from everything mentioned above, with Rockdoor boasting the most secure door locks on composite doors in the UK. Typically, a Rockdoor is around 35% stronger than a standard GRP door, thanks to our unique inner core, which even outperforms composite doors that use timber in their core!
Making use of an aluminium reinforced inner frame, 3mm thick PVC-U skin, steel hooks, a PU foam core, multipoint locking system and optional wire mesh reinforcing, it is no wonder we are the strongest composite door around.
Check the door’s accreditations
Another equally important part to look out for when buying a composite door is the accreditations that come with it. This could be in the form of certifications to prove that the door you’re looking at meets rigorous industry standards and has been tested to prove this.
BSI Kitemarks are a great way to make sure the door you are looking at is the real deal. First created back in 1903, this accreditation is becoming increasingly more recognised year on year, in line with home security testing standards improving and PAS24 becoming the main focus for new builds back in 2014.
Here at Rockdoor, we currently hold all of these certifications listed, as we consistently strive to excel in home security, in order to keep you and your family safe, updating our certifications as soon as possible from when they become available.
We are also part of the Police backed ‘Secured by Design.’ In fact, we were the first ever manufacturer to achieve Secured by Design status for our French doors, as well as currently being able to offer accreditation for all of our door styles.
Guarantees to fall back on
Nobody likes having to deal with problems that you haven’t even caused, especially when they aren’t covered by a satisfactory guarantee or financial assurances.
This is one of the main things you need to consider when it comes to buying a composite door, as it can be the difference between hundreds if not thousands of pounds in the near future!
When looking for an installer to fit your door, you should always check what the guarantees that come along with their services are. Has the company outlasted its guarantee period? – Like Rockdoor has almost 3 times over!
Still need some inspiration?
We understand that choosing your dream door can be quite daunting, which is why we have a huge photo gallery, featuring a number of our expertly installed Rockdoor composite doors, to help you just that little bit more!
When you’re choosing from our range of unique door styles and colours, along with our extensive range of glass designs and furniture options, we’re sure you will always find something to suit your home.
Choosing the right brand of composite door
Here at Rockdoor, we have over 25 years of manufacturing history of composite doors and have tried and tested them for over a generation.
With over one million Rockdoors manufactured since we set out on our mission to create the UK’s most secure and thermally efficient composite door, it is no wonder we are loved by homeowners all around the country.
If you are interested in our fantastic range of A-C rated doors with industry-leading security measures and a reputation focused on style, security and efficiency then why not check out our 3D door designer and create your dream door. Or if you already have a design in mind, you can find a local installer in your area today.