Many people assume that composite doors are cheap and flimsy. They don’t consider the full extent of their strength. Composite doors are made to be strong, and while they’re made to be lightweight, they’re not “weak”. In fact, most composite doors are among the strongest and most durable of all doors. It’s just the salesmanship of some companies that make them appear so.
One common misconception is that you can’t find quality composite in a store. That’s simply not true. While it’s more difficult to find high-end composite doors, it’s no harder to find low-end composite. You just need to know where to look and what to look for.
Quality: There’s no substitute for a solid door made from high quality materials. The weight and strength of your composite doors should speak for themselves. While some manufacturers try to mask lower quality doors by using fancy paint colors or fancy decorative trim, there’s no substitute for real wood doors. Keep in mind, though. Some cheap composite doors will be extremely light and therefore won’t hold up as well as real wood doors. Keep that in mind when looking at prices.
Looks: If you’re trying to impress prospective home buyers, look at the way your composite door looks. Do the windows look like they’re properly aligned? Is the finish of your composite doors reflective? Do the panels look uniform in color?
Fit: Another big misconception is that you can’t get good fitters for composite doors. There are however good fitters. A good entry installer will know how to take measurements, including any modifications needed to allow for doors that open and close. With a little bit of work, your doors will be a perfect match for your entryway.
Maintenance: Another big reason people have misconceptions about them is because they think they need to be maintained very heavily. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Composite doors can be kept very clean. All that’s needed is a good washing with soap and water and a thorough dry-clean. There’s no need to put special coatings on doors – their surface is so smooth and shiny that regular dry-cleaning with soap and water will do just fine.
Performance: Another frequently misunderstood factor is that the performance of doors is supposed to be superior to wooden doors. In fact, they’re not much better. It’s just that entry and exit conditions need to be more efficient with composite doors. That means a smoother transition from one room to the other and a faster transition during cold weather.
Overall, when it comes to composite doors, most homeowners would do well to compare the good with the bad. Composite doors are more durable and much more energy efficient than their counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they’re perfect. Composite doors require some maintenance and should be regularly cleaned. But when compared to the price, they’re a great deal. Hopefully, this article has provided a realistic view of what to expect when choosing new composite doors for your home.
But what should you realistically expect when entering or leaving your house? If you want to achieve an aesthetically pleasing look, a single-ply door might be your best option. They’re inexpensive and look about as good as glass. The double-ply doors on the other hand are a bit more expensive, but they offer more insulation and are far more durable.
If you’ve been inside, then you’re probably used to the fact that these doors can be quite noisy. This isn’t a big issue most of the time: it depends on the type of door you have. Some doors are made of fiberglass, which will naturally insulate better and are therefore less noisy. Others, however, are made of wood and will thus generate more noise. Still others are made of plastic and thus don’t generate any noise at all.
Another thing you should take into consideration is the fact that composite doors are, as a general rule, much harder to repair or replace than other types of doors. This is due primarily to the material they’re made from, but also because these doors are more easily damaged in stormy weather. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, for example, then consider getting storm windows instead of composite doors, since they’re more durable and are less likely to get damaged.
Overall, then, the reality is that while composite doors might not be as “perfect” as you might like them to be, they’re still pretty damn good. They’re much easier to install, require less maintenance (and in some cases no maintenance at all! ), and require little in the way of replacement costs. That’s not to say, however, that you shouldn’t take them into consideration when making your purchasing decisions. It’s important to know exactly what you’re buying before you go ahead and make the purchase!