Which is better for my home, uPVC or Composite?

Doors

A common question since the introduction of affordable composite doors and windows is, Which is better for my home?
A simple answer would be that they are both just as effective for the home, with different advantages and disadvantages. We can give you a guide to help you make an informed decision and our team of experts are happy to answer any remaining questions you may have.

Durability

The projected lifespan of your doors and windows can help to make the choice significantly easier, considering how big of an investment they can be. However, when we tell you that both our uPVC and composite collections have a minimum projected lifespan of 30 years, it may not make the decision easier for you.
When it comes to the durability of the colour of your windows and doors, firstly this can be dependent on the positioning of your home. For example, the south-facing side of your house will show increased discolouration first. One of the benefits of choosing composite over uPVC when looking at coloured doors and windows is that it retains the colour without the need for treatment or painting.

Efficiency

Again, efficiency can be a big deciding factor for when you choose where to invest your money. Both the uPVC and Composite that we use here at Salop are a minimum on A-rated. Ensuring that we can help you to bring the costs of your heating bills down for the lifespan of your windows.

Security

Security is a big factor for many people when it comes to choosing new doors and windows. From living in bustling cities, to quiet country villages, there has been an increase in the requirement for increased security.
uPVC doors and windows are commonly manufactured with a steel core, ensuring that they have an impenetrable core, that cannot be kicked or cut through. Meanwhile, Composite is built with a timber and aluminium core, which also makes them impenetrable. Combine either of these with modern locking systems to ensure the best security for your home.

Design

The appearance of your home can be greatly changed when you fit new doors and windows, so if this is the deciding factor for you we have some differences.
Whilst modern technology means that uPVC windows and doors are now available in a range of colours and styles, including woodgrain effects there is a significantly wider range available in composite. Our Solidor collection boasts a range of 23 colours, which can be applied to each of their effects.
The colour of composite remains the same throughout its lifetime, whereas, coloured uPVC will begin to fade and may require further treatment and potentially paining further down the line to hide age related marks and fade.

Pricing

We know that new windows and doors are a big investment in any home, so pricing can make a big difference if you are working on a budget. Due to still being a relatively new technology and the manufacturing process, composite doors and windows are still the more expensive of the two choices here. With uPVC being significantly cheaper. However, depending on which benefits you view as being the most important, you may want to consider both options. Here at Salop Glass, we are happy to quote for both options, allowing you to make an informed choice.

For more information about our Composite doors or windows, or our collection of uPVC doors and windows, please contact us, our team of experts will be more than happy to assist you.