5 Reasons Why You Should Buy a uPVC (Vinyl) Exterior Door
Traditionally, you could buy doors made from wood, steel, or fiberglass. Each had their strengths and weaknesses, but recently vinyl, or uPVC has made its way into the scene – taking on the dominant materials and presenting a very reasonable alternative to the more traditional products. Taking a look at uPVC or vinyl exterior doors we wanted to present 5 reasons why you should consider it for your next project. uPVC may not always be the best choice, but there are definitely plenty of reasons why it should be considered.
1. Can Look Like Wood, But Costs Less
A uPVC or vinyl exterior door can really mimic the look of wood. By using modern manufacturing techniques, these doors can be manufactured so that they resemble a wood door with an embossed design and even a simulated wood grain pattern that is embedded directly into the vinyl itself. Vinyl or uPVC doors can also be built with raised moldings that simulate a real wood door style with real trim panels. It can also have this without having to include separate glued or nailed pieces of trim that can break off or come away from the door.
2. Extremely Weather-proof by Design & Construction
While the last point may not seem like a big deal, it’s this seamless design that contributes to the extreme durability of a uPVC door. When your door can take on the shape of a panel door – but without the actual assembled panels – it means that your door is, quite literally, a solid piece of vinyl and impervious to liquid penetration. This means that no water is going to be absorbed by the surface or come up through the bottom. Now you no longer have to deal with the number one issue with wood doors – swelling and rotting.
So What is uPVC?
uPVC is unplasticized polyvinyl chloride. It’s also called rigid PVC or… um, just vinyl and is frequently used in construction due to its tendency to be a low-maintenance material. uPVC is durable and the latest iterations resist shattering more than older versions of vinyl (particularly with respect to vinyl siding). The material comes in a range of colors and finishes, including a pseudo wood finish, and can be used as a substitute for painted wood, mostly for window frames, sills. fascia, and weatherboarding.
3. Low Maintenance
One of the best characteristics of a uPVC or vinyl door is its near-zero maintenance. While we love wood doors – and they will indeed last a very long time, they have trim pieces and paint or stain that can flake or break off, leaving the surface able to absorb moisture and change shape. Scraping and maintenance is a regular periodic event with those types of doors. Even just priming and re-painting is a task that will need to be performed every several years. All of that is gone with a uPVC door – the color goes straight through the vinyl surface and doesn’t fade over time. In fact, the only maintenance you can expect to perform on a uPVC door is to occasionally wash the surface with soap and water to get it clean.
4. Secure and Compatible with Standard Locksets and Accessories
While the lockset you choose is going to be an important consideration for your door, using a uPVC door won’t limit you in any way. The vinyl or uPVC door is perfectly compatible with any system you choose. What’s cool is that there are specific options likereinforcing rails and even multi-point locking mechanisms that will engage with the master frame at several points along the door’s structure and deliver maximum protection.
5. Great Insulation and Weather Resistance
The final reason why we love uPVC doors is that they really deliver an extra level of insulation, keeping out both heat and cold from penetrating into your home. Because uPVC doors are so good at this, they definitely help to lower your monthly heating and cooling bills.
So there you have it – five reasons why you should consider using a uPVC or vinyl door on your home. It may not be the right solution for every application, but there are serious reasons why you’ll want to consider it as you shop for a new exterior door.