PVCu Doors


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Styles of PVCu Doors

There are several different styles of entrance and exit doors designed for residential properties and we will deal with them in the following categories: –

PVCu Doors - Green Composite Door Residential door is the term given to ordinary single doors, including PVCu doors, timber doors and composite doors and generally refers to the main front or rear entrance / exit door.  Residential PVCu doors often have one or more fixed side panels or an attached ‘flag’ window 

PVCu Doors - Light oak French doors Double PVCu doors are often referred to as French doors and can be manufactured to open either inwards or outwards.  They have a main (first opening) door and a secondary door.  For wide ‘brick to brick’ openings one or more fixed side panels need to be included in the design

PVCu doors - PVCu sliding patio doors Two types of patio PVCu doors are available.  Tilt and slide patio doors offer ventilation by tilting the door inwards without having to slide the door open whereas an in-line patio door only offers the slide function.  Both types of patio PVCu doors can be manufactured in 2, 3 or 4 sections

Hardwood bi-fold doors Bi-fold doors can be manufactured with as many as seven sections or door leafs, each up to one metre wide.  This means that bi-fold doors provide the widest opening of all door styles.  They can also be designed so that some or all of the door sections move to one side or the other

What is PVCu?

PVCu is the abbreviation of Un-plasticised Polyvinyl Chloride and is exactly the same product as uPVC.  In day to day use the terms have become interchangeable but officially PVCu has been used since the late 1980’s, bringing the UK into line with the rest of Europe.  This is simply because in most European languages the noun (PVC) is placed before the adjective (unplasticised).

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How many different types of PVCu profile are there for PVCu doors and how do I tell which is the best for me?

The term PVCu profile refers to the cross section (shape or profile) of the various extrusions and there are hundreds of different types of PVCu extrusions for windows and doors. The more common ones being manufactured by Deceuninck™, Duraflex™, Rehau™, Synseal™, Profile 22™, Network VEKA™, Plastmo™ and Kommerling™. Each manufacturer of PVCu doors has a number of different product ranges to serve both commercial and residential customers and within each range there are individually shaped profiles for doors and windows. Breaking it down even further, different shaped extrusions are required for window and door outer frames, sashes, casement vents, door leaves, glazing beads, bay poles, sills, mullions and transoms


Safety and Security of PVCu Doors

One of the many reasons for replacing your existing doors is the excellent safety and security features offered by the very latest advanced PVCu door systems. Old wooden doors tend to have poor locking systems and glazing which is fixed into the frame with either putty or an external quadrant bead held in with panel pins. Even the early PVCu frames offered very little in the way of resistance to potential burglars, with poor locking systems, external beads and frames without reinforcement.

For the best in safety and security, the latest PVCu doors should all have: –

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