Page updated on the 5th November 2019 to reflect the prices available for our supply only composite doors.
A composite door is latest type of modern residential door. Composite doors began to grow in popularity as manufacturers initially started to address serious issues encountered with traditional front doors made of singular materials.
Using a combination of hardwood, PVC, steel, and other durable materials, composite doors soon began the leading front door design in the U.K. as they quickly eliminated previous flaws found in timber and unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) doors.
To ensure that all composite doors available in the UK meet the country’s official doorset requirements, their production is closely monitored by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Moreover, all products of this type are ensured to be compliant with the official UK Police flagship initiative called Secured by Design. These accreditations promote safety, meaning you can be sure that your home’s front door is not only safe and secure at all times but also stylish and unique.
How Much Does a Composite Door Cost?
With so many bespoke options available when it comes to composite doors, with door-stop alone you can choose over 900 billion different options for your door, this guide will attempt to lead you through the different price and cost options available and how different features and additions to your door ultimately impact the overall final cost.
All composite doors are custom-made to meet individual customer requirements. Therefore, composite doors do not have a fixed price.
However with online tools that allow you to design your composite door quickly in the comfort of your own home you are able to get a ball park figure as to how much a composite door is likely to set you back. Among the factors to consider in calculating the price are the door style, door colour, and frame style. Below we break each of these factors down and look at how different styles and colours ultimately effect the overall price of your composite door.
With so many styles of composite doors available prices can range between £400 and £600 depending on the design you choose.
The main reason for this price variation is the number of panels that are include in the front door. To give you a better idea, here’s a table consisting of various door styles and their corresponding rates:
|4 Panel 1 Arch||£479|
|2 Panel 1 Square||£510|
|2 Panel 1 Grill||£517|
|2 Panel 1 Arch||£518|
|2 Panel 2 Arch||£534|
External Door Frame Colour
If you want the colour of your external door frame to be either black or white, chances are, there will be no additional cost. However, if you want a different colour, especially if you want it to blend well or complement with the colour of your house, this can sometimes incur an additional fee.
Assuming that you want a Golden Oak colour for the frame of your 2 Panel, 2 Arch composite door, the total cost will be £570. If you opt to go for the Whitegrain colour instead, the total cost will then become £599.
Below is a list of the rates showing the total cost of a popular 2 Panel, 2 Arch glass door based on the colour of the external door frame:
|Door Frame Colour||Price|
|Golden Oak / Mahogany / Cherrywood / Whitegrain||£570|
|Black Brown / Chartwell Green / Cream / Grey||£599|
External Glass Pattern and Design
When buying a composite door, you will be asked to choose an external glass pattern. Amongst the most popular patterns are Satin, Charcoal Sticks, Chantilly, and Everglade. The good news is that this doesn’t matter which pattern you choose the price remains the same, you do however have to pay for the external glass design itself.
There are a variety of glass designs to choose from including, but not limited to, Crystal Bohemia, Zinc Art Clarity, Flair, Classic, and Finesse.
Assuming that you have chosen the Finesse design for your 2 Panel, 2 Arch door with grey frame the total cost would be around £685.
The cost remains the same if you choose the Flair or Classic designs. The cost of the other designs, however do vary. Here are popular glass designs and their corresponding prices:
|External Glass Design||Price|
|Zinc Art Clarity||£704|
|Brass Art Clarity||£705|
|Zinc Art Elegance||£720|
Backing Glass Design
When designing a bespoke composite door you will also be asked to choose a design for the backing glass. However, you will not be charged any fee and this choice should purely be made on personal choice.
The available designs are the same as those available for the external glass pattern above.
Door Knob Design and Colour
In calculating the price of the door knob you want for composite door you have to note that the design price is different from the colour price. For instance, the cost of a chrome split spindle lever is slightly different from the cost of a gold split spindle lever or a black split spindle lever.
Using the same popular example as above a 2 Panel, 2 Arch Mackintosh Rose glass, front door with grey door frame and black letterplate the rates below show the difference in prices between the different lever finishes:
|Split Spindle Lever||Price|
Aside from the letterplate, there are other accessories that you can add to your composite door such as a spyhole, an urn, a security chain, numerals, and a thumb turn cylinder.
Using the same composite door example, here are the rates should you wish to add door accessories:
Using the same example, here are the rates if you wish to add any of the following accessories in the colour black:
|Door Accessories in Black||Price|
|Urn with Spyhole||£744|
|Thumb Turn Cylinder||£729|
Here are the rates if you want any of these accessories in gold:
|Door Accessories in Gold||Price|
|Urn with Spyhole||£751|
|Thumb Turn Cylinder||£736|
Here are the rates if you want any of the accessories in chrome:
|Door Accessories in Gold||Price|
|Urn with Spyhole||£752|
|Thumb Turn Cylinder||£737|
Note that there will be changes in the cost should you opt to get two or more of these composite door accessories.
Using modern composite door designers you also have the option to set customized technical data for your front door which may include the following:
Measurement of the addons
- Lock type
- Cylinder type
- Hinge type
- Overall width
- Door height
- Hinge side
Earlier, this guide showed how the colour of your door frame ultimately impacts the overall price, and it this is the same for your front doors primary colour as well.
Assuming that you now have a 2 Panel, 2 Arch composite door with a grey frame to match the exterior of your home and you want the colour of your composite door to also be grey, the total price of your composite door would be around £700.
Here is a list of the rates should you opt to choose a different colour using the same door sample as above:
|Black / White / Red / Green / Blue||£755|
|Chartwell Green / Cream / Grey / Black Brown / Duck Egg Blue / Poppy Red (High Gloss)||£819|
Door Frame Style
Designing a bespoke composite door will also include choosing your preferred door frame style. Note that this will greatly affect the overall cost of your composite door.
Using the same door sample, here are the rates for the different door frame styles to give you some idea of the different prices when choosing one type of door frame style compared to another.
|Door Frame Style||Price|
|Right Side Panel||£1,115|
|Left Side Panel||£1,115|
|Both Side Panels||£1,400|
|Top Box Right Side Panel||£1,235|
|Top Box Left Side Panel||£1,235|
|Top Box Both Side Panels||£1,545|
A composite door which also includes side panels will also meaning choosing the design of those however in most cases, there are no additional charges for the design of the side panels.
We hope this guide has provided a good indication of how much you can be expected to pay for your composite door. However as explained in the intro the price you pay will be different depending on your choice of door and frame style, colour and accessories. Many of the quotes given above are on the high side so when it comes to design a unique composite door for your home you are left with cash in your pocket.
Why Composite Doors are Worth the Cost
It may seem that composite doors come with a much higher price tag in comparison to traditional front doors such as uPVC or timber doors. However, when you compare the many advantages of composite doors with that of the alternatives, they undoubtedly outperform the rest.
Reasons why composite doors are a wise invest for your property could run pages long, for starters they are completely energy efficient. The high density foam insulation cuts heating bills, wipes outs draughts, and augments or maintains heat inside the house effectively.
The stainless steel locks and hinges, cylinder guards, and additional electronic locking systems of composite doors also ensure higher security of residents than those whose houses have wooden or uPVC doors.
When it comes to durability, composite doors also stand head and shoulders above the rest. They are such a low maintenance product that they can be cleaned simply by using a damp cloth.
Composite doors are also proven to maintain appearance and form in spite of harsh weather conditions. They don’t need to be painted as they do not lose their colour. Moreover, as mentioned earlier, this product is approved by UKAS and Secured by Design.
Other Front Door Types
To further help you decide if a composite door is right for your home here are just a few details about other door types:
Timber Doors – As the oldest door type of all, it is known for its durability, and for providing a sense of warmth, a sense of quality, and a traditional appearance of homes.
Being a natural insulator, wooden doors help retain the temperature inside properties.
However, timber doors are prone to moisture-absorption and therefore, can decompose with wear and tear over time.
Prices of timber and purely wooden doors vary and depend on the type of wood used.
Steel Doors – There are people who prefer to buy steel doors over wooden doors due to such factors as cost efficiency, safety against fires, safety against burglars, and protection against natural disasters. Door manufacturers also get to contribute to tree preservation programs by using steel instead of wood in door production. Moreover, steel doors are cheaper compared to timber doors with prices ranging between £160 and £500.
Unfortunately, steel doors also have several disadvantages such as being prone to dents and scratches, rusting, and paint getting easily chipped off.
uPVC Doors – Similar to wooden and steel doors, uPVC doors are durable, safe, and energy efficient.
They are made of light-weight and insulating materials, keeping homes cooler during the summer months and warmer during winter seasons. They are also sound proof, dust proof, and chemical proof.
uPVC doors are known to be cheaper than timber and steel doors. However, they’re not highly recommended to be used as a front residential door due to their light weight design and limited style options.
We hope this guide confirms that composite doors are an ideal product for anyone looking to complete their property with a stylish, durable and affordable front door.
However, one of the many deciding factors that have to be taken into consideration before purchase is of course the price. But without a doubt if you want a high quality product and the best value for your money, a composite door is most definitely the perfect choice for you.