Your house’s front door is an essential part in the creation of a striking exterior. It is one of the first things that your friends and other visitors notice before entering and finding the right fit for your home is an important part of any renovation you may carry out to your property.
Choosing the right door is important because it creates either a good or bad impression of your house. It is not only the appearance that must be considered when getting the perfect door, but also the quality it provides and the added security and other advantages that come with a well-made front door.
Composite doors continue to grow in popularity in the UK for a number of reasons including their durability, security features, and the variety of designs and styles to choose from. Another reason is the fact that composite doors do not require much maintenance, being made from stronger materials compared to other door types.
In the UK there are four main composite door manufacturers – Permadoor, Truedor, Door Stop, and Solidor and below we review each manufacturer in detail helping you to find the perfect supplier for your front door.
Door-Stop is the leading composite door manufacturer in the UK having been established in 2008. In that short time Door-Stop has grown to become the largest manufacturer of composite doors and should be your first option when looking for your next front door.
The main reason for Door-Stop’s growth and domination of the industry is quite simply down to the fact the company has made composite doors more accessible and easy to buy for consumers.
Door-Stop has their own 1 minute, 5 step online ordering system that allows customers to order a tailored and bespoke composite door and get it shipped nationwide in just three days. This convenience that sets Door-Stop apart from other leading manufacturers of composite doors is also available right here on Composite Door Experts by visiting our composite door design page.
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Door-stop is a supplier that prides itself on simplicity and cost efficiency. The company also offers a wide range of custom options – hardware, door color, frame, side panels, and a lot more – to suit the client’s style, all of which you can view here. Door-Stop also uses GRP skins for manufacturing their doors making them more durable and low maintenance.
Door-Stop’s composite doors are also thermal efficient, meaning a sustainable approach and concern for the environment is considered through the whole manufacturing processes. They also use a calcium based compound for their front doors because it is more environment friendly, and their doors are CFC-free. The company’s products are also energy efficient and have a lifespan of over 30 years making them extremely cost effective and saving you money further down the line with no need to worry about replacing your front door in a couple of years’ time.
Door-Stop’s delivery process and installation are yet another step the brand has made very simple, making them by far the most attractive for consumers looking for composite doors in the UK.
Permadoor was the first composite door supplier in the United Kingdom, manufacturing front doors since 1989. They have produced over a million doors since then and are still considered a leading supplier in the industry. The company’s long lasting formula for success has been providing low maintenance, superior quality front doors while also taking into consideration a sustainable development program.
Permadoor offer a wide range of products to choose from – thermoplastic, GRP, fire door, communal and outhouse doors as well as disabled access and stock doors – with their custom option allowing clients to choose their preferred hardware, glass, cill and toplight. Their products are energy efficient and also provide better insulation for your home.
Permadoor’s GRP doors offer extreme durability and are highly resistant to dents, twists, slips, warps and bows. They are also peel, flake, crack, fade and scratch resistant ensuring they are long lasting and will not need replacing any time soon. Their thermoplastic doors have similar qualities as the GRP option. The doors also come with choice of different lock types to fit client’s needs, with digital door locks continuing to grow in popularity. They also have a recycled frame option, allowing customers to take part in their commitment to sustainable development.
As already outlined above, Permadoor’s products are low maintenance as well as long lasting, making them very cost efficient. Permadoor’s composite doors offer versatility and security and cater to each individual customer’s taste and style without having to compromise product quality making them a leading UK composite door manufacturer for over 25 years.
Truedor’s and their tagline – “so much more than a great looking door” is another composite door manufacturer that offer a variety of high quality products as well as giving their consumers the option of bespoke design. You can personally customize your door design online, as their website provides you with the frame, door, color, glass and accessory options that you mix and match to find your ideal style.
Their doors are made from GRP composite that are high performance and low maintenance. The products they manufacture are all designed with a high attention to detail, weather resistant and secure. They are warp, split, and rust resistant and can be made to look like other non-composite doors, like timber without any of the disadvantages.
The company also consider environmental sustainability when manufacturing their products, promoting the recycling of their doors when possible and comply with environmental regulations that make them a leader in the industry.
Security is often one of the main concerns any buyer has when it comes to choosing the right door, and Truedor claims to offer some of the leading high security locking systems for composite doors in the UK. They also offer options for your security system, adding another layer of protection and these features include the dog bolt system which has two sets of triple hinge bolts, or the ‘split spindle’ which locks the latch once the door is closed and requires a password to open it from outside. Their doors are not only of great aesthetic but also of excellent quality making them of the best composite door suppliers around.
Solidor, established in 2004, is a composite door manufacturer that takes pride in their product’s quality and style. They offer a large selection of door color options, with over 11,000 to choose from, ranging from Rich Aubergine to Irish Oak. They have an extensive amount of accessories to choose from – hinges, handles, letter plates, and door knockers, modern or traditional – all to fully tailor your composite door to your bespoke style.
Solidor emphasises its excellent security system as it partners with Ultion lock. The system automatically releases a hidden lock once it detects a break-in attempt, and stays secure even when your key is left inside the lock. Solidor also has other lock system variants, like the Avantis lock, key wind up, keyless digital lock, and the AV2 Heritage Door Lock.
Another feature that Solidor takes pride in is its 48mm composite door design which is thicker than its competitors by 10%. Its core is made from solid timber, making it more durable and secure than similar products.
They also advocate environmental sustainability which they called their “Green Promise”, and they manufacture lead additive free products. Installation companies also offer Solidor composite door products. Solidor installers are very accessible, because their website provides an area where customers can type in their postal code to find an installer nearby and communicate directly with them.
Composite Door Slab Manufacturers
With the growing demand of composite doors, composite door slab manufacturers have also emerged. Composite door slabs were first introduced by the supplier Distinction Doors. One of the famous manufacturers in the door slab industry is Nan Ya. It is praised for its stunning aesthetics, being able to apply some effects that give the door slab a wonderful finish.
Aside from the physical beauty they bring, door slabs also contribute to the overall door’s thermal efficiency. The materials used to make the door slab can also add to the door’s security features. Nan Ya’s composite door slabs are said to be the most durable in the market. The composite door industry is definitely expanding and it is a challenge for every manufacturer to create something unique to be able to offer more to consumers then they have done in the past.
That completes our round up of the best composite door manufacturers in the UK. We hope the reviews offered above allow you to find the perfect supplier for the type and style of front door you’re looking for. As well as the four leading manufacturers described in detail in this guide there are also independent manufacturers of composite doors that can be considered but their lack of online design options and lack of nationwide coverage means they may not be suitable for all consumers.