What is the difference between uPVC and Composite Doors?

The battle has been raging for quite a while now between uPVC and Composite doors. The determination of which is the better contender can be decided by considering aspects of both the doors.

uPVC doors are made purely with plastic, whereas composite doors are made from a number of different materials which are compressed and glued together in high pressure conditions.

Composite doors defeat uPVC doors in thickness at 44mm as they are only 28mm. A quality composite door can be made from superior materials which makes them strong, secure, durable and weather resistant.

Composite doors are threatening the existence and influence of uPVC doors and are gracing the entrance of many family homes and are slowly becoming the ultimate ‘door of choice’. For years, uPVC doors were preferred owing to their affordability, attractive appearance and easy-cleaning.

However, owners of uPVC doors have discovered many apparent flaws in their purchase and it is becoming more and more evident with each passing day that composite doors are on the verge of becoming the next big thing.

The comparison below should give you a fair idea of which one is a better for you in the ‘battle of the doors’:


It is a widespread assumption that uPVC doors are the most durable in the market. However, this is not the case at all. While they are robust when compared to wood, they lag behind when considering the life span of composite doors. uPVC doors are easy to maintain and clean, however you can lose up to five years off the life of one of those doors if you do not keep up the minimal maintenance routine. A composite door can stand strong for up to 35 years and 33 years without any kind of maintenance at all.


Composite doors are two times thicker than uPVC doors and comprise of a polyurethane core which becomes rock hard.

Speaking of uPVC doors, they have a Styrofoam core which is very flimsy. Composite doors are the more sturdy and safe option for a home. It is to be noted that bad weather quickly weakens the frames of uPVC doors, making them vulnerable and easy to get past.

Variety in Choice

All uPVC doors look alike and are white when newly purchased, although they tend to fade over the years and can look rather unattractive. On the other hand, composite doors are available in an extensive range of colours and designs. You can choose what you want from this range and you can select something that compliments the theme of your home.

multiple composite doors

Value for Money

uPVC doors are comparatively cheaper than composite doors, but they are not as efficient. You can extract your money’s worth by investing in a composite door which is more energy efficient which means that for a life span of 35 years, they are comparatively cheaper than uPVC doors. Also, you are more likely to replace a uPVC door than a composite one.

Appearance and Experience

With composite doors you get the chance of being more flexible with its design, to match the door to the other décor features of your home’s exterior, or even interior. Depending upon the style in which your house has been constructed, you can choose a traditional or more contemporary style to go well with your exact requirements.

Summarisation of the Comparison

  • Composite doors are more attractive and can add to the overall appearance of your property. They are available in a number of colours and designs which means that the design of your front door can be tailored according to your personal taste and requirements.
  • Due to their super strong structure, composite doors provide a high level of security and make it extremely difficult to break into. In addition, they have a laminated glass finish which adds to it sturdiness.
  • Composite doors are easy to maintain and inexpensive to look after. Minimal maintenance is required comprising of an occasional wipe over and oiling of hinges from time to time.
  • Composite doors are weather resistant, and robust, adding to their life span and making them less prone to any kind of damage.

If you need any more information regarding uPVC doors or composite doors, we will be more than happy to talk through your options or provide you with our services. Simply contact us today to make an enquiry.