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With the vast number of composite doors available on the market today, it can be confusing trying to compare them all to decide which is best. It is important to understand that not all composite doors are the same and will all have different specifications.
As experts of the window and door industry, we have over 15 years’ experience of working with several different composite door manufacturers, so we know exactly what makes a good composite door. Read below our guide on what you should be looking for when buying a composite front door for your home.
Your top priority for your front door should be that it is secure. No matter how good it may look, the door is nothing without a reliable locking system. There are a range of lock types available on the market, some with higher security than others, so be sure to not compromise on safety and check what is being offered to you.
As standard, our composite doors come with an ABS three star rated lock, which are approved by the Police security initiative ‘Secured by Design’ and is recognised as the highest security standard UK locks available.
With gas and energy bills on the rise, it is important to make your home energy efficient. Choosing a composite front door with a good energy rating, will help you do just that. To do this, you should only choose a composite door made up of the most thermally efficient materials like a solid timber core. Many composite doors will come with a solid timber core, however cheaper alternatives may be foam filled, so this is an important thing to check.
At Emerald, our composite doors have a 1.4 u-Value, which complies with the changes made earlier this year to building regulations. Our composite doors also come with a unique 48mm solid timber core, which is 10% thicker than our competitors. Not only this, but all our composite doors come with an industry-first triseal frame, which offers better weatherproofing and reduces draughts.
The price of your front door will differ depending on many things, such as size, glass, handle choice etc. It is still possible to get a great door with a smaller budget, but it is helpful to know what aspects can increase the price, for example, a long bar handle or decorative glass, could add hundreds of pounds to the quote.
It is important to gather at least two quotes from separate companies so that you can compare them and make sure you are getting the best deal. Whilst it may be tempting to go for the cheapest price you have been given, you should ensure you have done your research into whether the door you are getting is of high quality.
Our composite doors start from roughly £1300 supplied and installed. For those who want to spread the cost, we have a range of finance options available that help. Our finance options include buy now pay later, pay nothing for 12 months, or 24 monthly payments to spread the cost, all with just a 10% deposit with interest free options available.
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If you want your front door to last for 30+ years, it is crucial that you choose a made to measure door, rather than one that is pre-made or ‘off the shelf’, as it will not be the correct size for your opening. You may come across some companies online that display their doors with prices, which is probably the case that they are already manufactured to a standard size.
At Emerald, all our doors are made to measure and completely bespoke to each individual customer’s requirements.
The fun part, designing your door. It is no doubt that composite doors today are highly customisable, with hundreds of combinations possible thanks to the wide range of styles, colours, glass, and hardware choices. Be sure to take your time in exploring all your options and choose a colour and style that is in keeping with your home.
Our composite doors can be tailor-made to suit any home style. Why not try out our online door designer, and create your dream door, with the option to receive a free emailed quote.
When spending a lot of money on a door, you want to be confident that it will last for years to come. With this said, you want to be sure you are receiving a high-quality door, that will be installed to a high standard.
Be sure to read the reviews of the companies you are getting quotes from and see how other people have rated the workmanship. As well as this, you need to have a guarantee with your door, so if anything were to happen, this is covered by the installers. Most companies will offer a 10-year guarantee with their doors.
For your peace of mind, before placing your order, why not check that the company in question has a showroom you can visit, so you can see and feel the product yourself.
Here at Emerald, we have over 650 reviews on independent sites, that have been left over our several years of trading. Because of this, any potential customers can read some of the feedback that has been given by previous customers and feel reassured that they will receive the same service if they were to choose us. We also offer a 10-year guarantee on our whole product range, including composite doors.
Our Swindon showroom has several different composite doors on show, and we always welcome our customers to visit before making the decision on their door, so they can be sure they have made the right choice.
Now you too are an expert on what makes a good composite door, you can make an informed decision on where is best to purchase the door from.
Here at Emerald, we are with you every step of the way, from the initial quote through to our aftercare. As always, we are eager to help with any home improvement ideas you may have.
With a head office in Swindon, a short trip from the motorway, we are ideally located to offer our services across Wiltshire, Reading, Bath, Bristol, Marlborough, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, and other surrounding locations.
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Emerald windows have just installed a new composite front door to our property. We are very pleased with the product and the installers were polite, professional and have carried out...