Frequently Asked Questions
Let us answer some of your home improvement frequently asked questions and help you decide how to best improve your home.
Are composite doors expensive?
Like with most things, you get what you pay for with doors. Simply being called a composite door does not guarantee a certain quality, and as such prices may vary from as little as £900 through to £3,000. The cheaper end of the market tends to use the cheapest lock, a thin and brittle skin (prone to cracking warping and is far more vulnerable to break-ins) and will not be as thermally efficient as higher-end options. Remember, the bitter taste of poor quality will last far longer than the sweet taste of a low price!
What are the benefits of replacement doors?
There are many things to consider when buying a replacement door and doing so can provide several benefits, including improved energy efficiency, enhanced security, and a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Additionally, if your door is damaged or worn out, replacing it can help ensure that your home is as safe and secure as possible.
Are composite doors better than uPVC?
Composite doors are made of two or more materials, while uPVC doors are made entirely of plastic. This makes composite doors stronger and more durable than uPVC doors. Additionally, since they’re made of different materials, composite doors are less likely to warp or fade in colour over time than uPVC doors. Doors such as the Solidor brand are solid timber, unlike the majority of composite doors which contain foam.
Do I need to obtain building regulations in order to replace a front door?
You will need to consider building regulations as well as planning permission and make sure the work carried out to your home meets them. A door is defined in terms of a “controlled fitting” in building regulations, therefore it must adhere to certain restrictions and standards when used as a front door on your property.
Can I keep the existing frame and just have a new door?
New doors need to be coupled with a new frame. This is because the frame needs to ‘accept’ the protruding locks from the new door, which will never be in the same position as your old door. In addition, you’d be compromising guarantees and longevity of the product by aiming to keep the existing framework