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When looking for a new external door for your home, you will have a choice between a variety of styles, but none more versatile than uPVC stable doors. Stable doors offer a level of practicality and flexibility which suits the modern lifestyle and works with both contemporary and traditional properties. In addition, choosing uPVC or even composite stable doors will deliver a door that is strong, durable, low maintenance and energy-efficient. What’s more, you can also choose a stable door in a colour and finish to suit both your interior and exterior décor. Here we outline what you need to know about stable doors before you make your final choice.
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Stable doors are similar to standard doors, but they have been split into a top and bottom section. These sections open and close independently, so you can have the top half open without the bottom, or you could open, close and lock them at the same time like a regular door. Many stable doors are designed on a 50:50 basis; for example, the top and bottom sections are equally sized, but this can be adjusted to make one section larger than the other.
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You may be wondering, what is the difference between uPVC and composite? • uPVC is Unplasticised Poly Vinyl Chloride, which is a strong and lightweight type of vinyl often used in windows and doors. A uPVC door usually has vacuum pressed panels and dense polystyrene at the core with an outer UPVC frame. • Composite doors are made from resilient Glass Reinforced Polymer (GRP), which is bonded with a solid core of foam and a timber frame with uPVC banding for the locks and hinges. Essentially, the door is ‘composed’ of several different materials to combine the best qualities of each, hence the name composite. Both composite and uPVC doors offer a range of features and benefits which are appealing to homeowners including: • High energy efficiency ratings • Highly durable with a long lifespan • Wide choice of styles including glazed options • Wide range of colours and finishes, including woodgrain • Effective security features • Easy maintenance with no need to repaint or sand.
This is why it’s often difficult for people to choose which is best option. However, generally speaking, uPVC stable doors are less complex to produce and, therefore, less expensive than composite stable doors. Price is obviously a big deciding factor for a lot of buyers, and as uPVC clearly offers a high-quality finish, it’s not difficult to see why uPVC stable doors are so popular.
Both uPVC and composite stable doors are available in a range of different colours and finishes. The number of colours you can choose from will vary depending on the supplier you choose, but you may be able to select a finish that resembles wood grain for a more traditional aesthetic. Some homeowners even choose to use a different colour on the inside and outside of the door. For example, they may choose white for the interior to blend in with their kitchen while they use a bolder colour on the exterior side. The difference between uPVC stable doors and composite is that colouring is bonded to the surface of uPVC whereas composite doors are made from coloured materials, which can make it more durable.
There are a number of glazing options available with stable doors, and many homeowners do choose to include sections of glass in the design. They may opt for a half-glazed door using plain, patterned, frosted, or leaded glass or a part-glazed door here a shaped section of glass is used, such as a circle or square. Alternatively, of course, you can choose solid panels.
uPVC stable doors can include a range of secure and strong locking mechanisms that improve the security of your home. The most popular choice is the multi-point locks, which mean that the top and bottom sections of the door can lock independently but can also be locked together. While standard doors typically have 2 or 3 hinges, stable doors can also be fitted with a 4 hinge heavy duty to provide extra security when it is closed. In addition, uPVC doors also include a core of galvanised metal to provide reinforcement and an extra level of security. This can also prevent the uPVC frames from warping over time, which is when some people can encounter issues with doors sticking or getting stuck in the frame. Finally, if a section of the door is glazed, you can also include high-security glass within the door design, such as toughened or laminated glass. A glazed section in the stable door can also be beaded internally, which prevents the glazing from being removed from the frame by an intruder on the outside of the door.
uPVC stable doors and composite stable doors are ideal for use as external doors, either at the front of the house or at the back. They are most commonly installed as back doors as they provide homeowners with an easy way to ventilate the home with fresh air. Stable doors can be used as front doors, but this may mean that people who pass by your home or arrive at the front door will have instant visibility into your home. Depending on the security of your back garden, this could also pose more of a security risk than having a stable door open at the back of the home.
If you are interested in installing a uPVC stable door in your home, your next step is to find out how much it’s likely to cost. Get in touch with Double Glazing Funding for more information on how we might be able help with the cost of installing new uPVC stable doors. Simply give us a call or complete our easy funding checker to see if you qualify for any grants, funding, or incentives which are available.
June 12, 2019