New Door: Which Material to Choose?


External doors are generally available in four types of material; aluminium, timber, uPVC and composite materials. Traditionally, doors were made from wood, usually pine or oak. Timber doors are still popular today, and classic period styles can be replicated using traditional joinery methods; both other materials come with different advantages, and often at a lower cost. 


Due to advances in technology, the high performance doors available on the market today can offer much better security, strength, energy efficiency and lifespan than older doors. 


Aluminium Doors

Elegant and strong frames, sleek design and they are incredibly low maintenance. 

Aluminium is a very physically strong material that will never rust or corrode; as such, it is used in structural glazing and other construction projects such as glass walls and towers. Aluminium frames are able to support larger glass areas, therefore wider windows and doors are possible in the home. 

Thanks to advancements in design, aluminium doors are no longer incredibly cold to the touch, with an insulating plastic section which stops the conduction of heat - this results in doors that are just as warm as uPVC. Aluminium is also naturally weather-proof, and will only require mild cleaning methods to keep it looking in good condition. 

These days, aluminium doors can be fairly indistinguishable from uPVC, with similar designs, glazing and colour options. 


Timber Doors

Traditional looks, classic style and a naturally warm and secure door. 

Timber is a natural insulator, which makes it a brilliant choice for a front door. Solid wood doors offer a high level of energy efficiency when compared to other door types. Whilst they do look amazing, they require a lot of maintenance to stay looking their best.

These doors have been around for centuries, but the manufacturing process has changed over time; panels and frames are still made from solid wood, but timber used in construction is now engineered to be much stronger. Knots are removed from the wood, before layering different grain directions and bonding - resulting in a much stronger and more stable door, with no risk of warping or bowing. 


uPVC Doors

Long lasting, low maintenance, great value and performance. 

uPVC doors are very popular in modern homes as it is a good all-round material which offers exceptional value. With a smooth and naturally weather-proof finish, there’s no danger of the doors degrading, and they are virtually maintenance free. uPVC is also naturally insulating, and the frames and panels are designed to offer high levels of energy efficiency. 

Modern uPVC doors create a great first impression, with clean, simple lines and a unique design.


Composite Doors

All the benefits of aluminium, uPVC and timber rolled into one smart-looking door. 

Composite doors combine the benefits that come with the use of different materials, creating a door which ticks all the boxes. As well as excellent weather-proofing, composite doors offer the convenience factor of other materials; they don’t require the same level of maintenance as wood - no need to worry about sanding or painting. 

They are available in a wide range of heritage and bold colours, as well as the option to have a timber effect finish. Match this with different glass designs and furniture for a smart looking and unique entrance door. 


Get in touch with the team here at AA Conservatories today to discuss how we can help you choose your perfect new front door. 


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