What are UPVC doors?
One of the most common types of doors you will find in the UK is UPVC doors. Standing for
‘unplasticized polyvinyl chloride’, these doors are generally seen as a more affordable alternative to
composite doors, without sacrificing the quality.
UPVC is a low-maintenance plastic that is often used for door and window frames. Due to its rigid
nature, the solid material has proven to be stylish yet durable option for many homeowners. By
wrapping an insulated steel frame in UPVC, the final product is strong and thermally efficient,
meaning that heat is trapped and stopped from escaping like with some other materials. Similarly,
these doors are a great option when it comes to soundproofing, as they are able to significantly
reduce the level of noise travelling either in or out of your home.
This material is also not effected by exposure to any of the natural elements, resisting any damage
from rainfall, wind or any other extreme weather conditions. Additionally, there are regulations that
require all UPVC frames to ensure they are made from materials that reduce the risk of spreading
Due to the manufacturing process, UPVC doors are much cheaper than composite doors. Despite the
lower cost and lighter frame, UPVC doors are still considered to be very secure and a safe choice to
prevent any attempted break-ins. This is because of the multi point lock system they use.
There are various methods that can be used in order to improve the security of these doors further,
such as by adding hinge bolts or door chains. Hinge bolts offer extra protection to any door that has
its hinge exposed, making it much more difficult for anyone to knock the door off its hinge.
Additionally, door chains allow you to open the door fractionally whilst still being secured to the
wall. This allows owners to see who is at the door without allowing them to enter. It should be noted
that door chains on their own is not an advisable security setup, as they are best when use