You may think that all doors are created equal. But when it comes to security and life span, the top choice you can make for your home is a composite door. Although still a relatively new alternative to traditional front doors such as just wood, composite doors are growing in popularity for a number of reasons, one of which is the level of security they offer.
Composite doors compared with wooden and uPVC alternatives?
When looking for a front door for your home, composite, wooden and uPVC will more than likely be the three types of door considered most. To help you discover the differences between each type we have broken them down below.
Wooden Front Doors
Wooden doors look good as front doors and provide a homely yet sophisticated appearance. However, they are generally expensive and require high maintenance to keep their initial fresh look. This means you be required to repaint them from time to time, as well always being aware of the threat that direct sunlight and rain can cause, this is to prevent them from warping, twisting, or peeling, and an extra worry most home owners just don’t need.
uPVC doors are the cheapest option you can find on the market today. They are fairly durable and require minimal maintenance. They are easy to clean and do not need to be repainted. They can also be set up with a multi-point locking system. However, one of the major issues associated with uPVC doors is their strength and security. While they may last for several years, they can be easily broken or damaged when a multi-point locking system is not installed. This may pose danger to you and your household.
One of the main reasons most households prefer composite doors over the available alternatives is because of the security they provide. Composite doors are a mixture of durable, high quality materials that are pressed and glued together under very high pressure. The result is a highly durable door that can withstand all weather conditions and cannot be easily broken down. They are made to look like a wooden door, but they can be taken apart by the composite doors’ multi-point locks. Composite doors do not require repainting and will not warp over time.
Recent years has seen a number of tests carried out surrounding the security of composite doors. In a series of BSI tests, they directed six liters of water at the door every minute to see how it can withstand continuous rain.
Composite doors have also been placed in pressurized chambers to imitate gusting winds, as well as simulating hurricane within test chambers to see how these doors withstand even the harshest of weather conditions. The composite door passed with flying colors.
Composite Door Security Features
To gain a deeper understanding of what a composite door actually is, read our in depth guide here, while you can find out more about the security features they offer below:
Yale Magnum Cylinder
The Magnum cylinder has passed extensive tests and has proven itself to be the most secure cylinder there is on the market today. Its cylinder design gives it its anti-snap and anti-bump properties. It is resistant to picking, drilling, tampering, and applying torque or force. It is not possible to saw through it or wrench it out of place meaning the most determined intruder will not have the ability to corrode or burn it. And to top it all, the cylinder has a lifetime warranty.
The cylinder’s locking system has achieved the highest rating of the BS EN 1303:2005 standard. It has the Kitemark certification mark by The British Standards Institution (BSI). Kitemark is awarded to products with paramount safety properties such as flood defenses, smoke alarms, and crash helmets.
The glazing unit allows you to welcome natural light into your home while still offering privacy and security. You can choose from a wide range of glazing units, even customizing them based on a particular design that you like. As well as being easy to clean glazing units are fully insulated to the composite door and fitted from the inside with reinforced covers for added security. It is triple glazed with the design glass sandwiched between two clear glasses, thus creating the overall structure.
The composite door has a multi point locking system that has passed the PAS24 and BS6375 approval. A series of tests have been carried out to check how secure it these types of locking system are and passed with flying colors. It has received the highest grade in door security and weather resistance.
Electronic door locks are also available and recommended for an extra layer of security needed for modern homes.
Steel Dog Bolts
Dog bolts are installed alongside the hinges of the door. As the door is closed, the bolt secures the door to the frame. This is especially useful for doors whose hinges are exposed and those with inward opening as they are prone to kicking and barging. With dog bolts, possible intrusion is avoided.
Yale Locking System
The Yale Locking System offers the highest security standards that consist of 2 deadbolts, 2 rollers, 3 hooks, and 1 latch. All of these are installed in a composite door. It is virtually impossible for intruders to enter your house through composite doors because of the added security features Yale systems include.
Laminated External Glass
This type of glass is what is used in a car’s windshield. It can take a hard blow and will not fall apart easily compared with a tempered glass. Even when the laminated external glass is broken, it still provides an effective barrier that will prevent intruders from unlocking the door from the outside. Laminated glass consists of a sheet of plastic packed in between the glass sheets, allowing the glass to remain intact even after a hard blow.
A security chain will allow you to open your door without having to expose yourself to a lot of vulnerabilities. You can talk to another person on the other side of the door or pass small packages without having to fully open your front door.
Spy holes will allow you to see who the person is on the other side of your door without opening it. This gives you the option not to open the door if you see possible danger outside.
With all the security features a composite door has, it is simply the best among all other types of front doors in terms of functionality, style, and safety. Today, no other door on the market can match the security and durability that composite doors provides.