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PVCu Residential Doors – a door to suit every home
By PVCu residential doors, we are referring to the standard front or rear access doors to your home. Whilst most householders would install a fairly plain but functional rear access door, a stylish PVCu or composite door, is the perfect way to make an entrance and a warm welcome at the front of your home. Well specified and properly installed double glazed PVCu residential doors can offer style with security.
In most situations PVCu residential doors to the rear of your home will lead into the kitchen and will generally be half glazed with a solid panel in the bottom half and clear or obscure glass in the top half to provide maximum light into a working kitchen. Where existing windows don’t offer sufficient ventilation in a kitchen, PVCu residential doors designed as stable doors should be considered. There are several ways of manufacturing these and it is an ideal way of creating extra ventilation whilst leaving the door closed to keep children indoors and pets outside for example.
PVCu residential doors as front doors however, often with a combination of side panels and / or fanlights are generally more ornate to create a feature entrance. They are often specified with less glass than a rear door in order to provide more privacy from the public highway but this shouldn’t be at the expense of a darkened hallway.
PVCu Residential Doors
Typical double glazed PVCu residential doors designed as a front entrance door normally have a reinforced PVCu outer frame fixed to the brickwork of the house with a hinged door sash. The door leaf will then be fitted with a decorative PVCu panel which, though can be solid, could have up to six double glazed, shaped panels set within it. Front PVCu residential doors can be fitted with clear glass but they would generally have obscure glass panels for privacy or for a more decorative appearance, leaded designs, Georgian or Astragal bar, coloured lead or bevelled glass designs could be installed. Additional design features include acid etched or sandblasted glass in a variety of designs. Some companies even offer bespoke decorative glass patterns and the author remembers from twenty years or so ago, a large and extremely elaborate coloured glass design of a peacock in a front entrance door for – yes, you guessed, a Mr Peacock.
A wide choice of door furnishings for PVCu residential doors complete the picture with a choice of handles, letter plates, door knockers, spy holes and thresholds in white, black, gold, brass and both polished and brushed chrome.
A typical range of White PVCu residential doors, with a selection of obscure, stained and bevelled glass
PVCu residential doors – Composite doors
The word composite simply means two or more constituent materials within the same product and a composite door is just that. Composite doors are manufactured from thermoset GRP (glass reinforced polyester, compression moulded under heat) to give a highly defined panel design with the appearance of timber. This GRP skin is bonded to door stiles and rails composed of a water-resistant polymer and filled with an insulating core of CFC-free polyurethane which provides excellent heat and sound insulation. As a result, they should not expand or contract. Composite doors also have a laminated timber frame (separate lengths of timber with the grain at 90º to glued together), to avoid twisting and warping. Composite doors tend to have mortice locks rather than the shoot bolt systems seen on PVCu double glazed doors.
Typically, between 15 and 25 door styles are available, with 1,000’s of glazing combinations from a completely solid door, clear or obscure glazing, leaded or Georgian designs, to stained or bevelled glass. Some manufacturers also offer optional enclosed mini-blinds inside the sealed units of half glazed doors to provide excellent light control, privacy and to reduce Ultra Violet light.
Other choices can include doors which split in half horizontally to act as a barn door or stable door and low thresholds to allow easier disable access.
A typical range of coloured composite doors, with a selection of obscure, stained and bevelled glass