Doors

Four Good Reasons To Get uPVC Doors – Other Than The Price

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If you’re considering replacement doors for an existing home, or even new doors to finish off a recently built property, then you’re bound to have come across uPVC doors whilst considering your options.

You may even already know that uPVC doors are an affordable choice for homeowners – after all it’s a fact that’s certainly well publicised.

Yet, the benefits of choosing uPVC doors extend beyond the price tag. With manufacturers upping their game in terms of style and versatility, uPVC doors are becoming a real contender for any property-owner who is looking to either improve or complete their home.

Want to know four other good reasons to invest in UPVC doors for your home other than the price?

Read on to find them out…

1. Low maintenance:

UPVC doors are made to be fade resistant and can be easily washed clean, which means they are a time-saving dream for busy households and homeowners.

They do not need to be sanded down or repainted to stay in good shape – like wood doors for instance – meaning installing them could end up saving you money and precious hours in the long-term.

2. Environmental friendliness:

Contrary to popular belief, uPVC doors make an extremely environmentally-friendly option for you home and there are a couple of reasons why:

Firstly, uPVC can be re-cycled up to ten times with no material degradation. This means that, through recycling, your uPVC doors could be kept out of landfill for more than 350 years!

Secondly, UPVC doors have an A+ rating for energy efficiency meaning they retain heat. Choosing them for your home may mean you are able to cut back on expensive fuel bills and prevent wasting precious energy, as opposed to aluminium or wood.

3. Security:

You no doubt want to do everything you can to detract unwelcome visitors from breaking into your home and fitting a uPVC door is a step in the right direction.

UPVC is an extremely durable material, which cannot be split or forced like wood. If fitted with multi-point security locks and double glazing, a uPVC door provides a secure barrier between you and the outdoor world so you can relax and rest assured that your property – and everything in it – remains safe inside.

4. Style:

So you now know about some of the practical benefits of fitting a uPVC door, but what about its aesthetic appeal?

Style-conscious home owners will be pleased to know that uPVC doors come in a wide range of styles and designs and it’s even possible to choose your own specification in terms of colour, style and frame.

From various opaque and woodgrain effects to choose from, uPVC doors provide a versatile option whether you are after a contemporary design that is fresh and modern, or a more traditional style to complement an older façade.

The gateway to your home

The doors you choose for your home will be the gateway to your domestic lives – and they have a number of functions to perform because of it.

With so much at stake you’ll need to do some careful research before you make your choice. But, just remember: A uPVC door is able to tick all of the boxes when it comes to versatility, efficiency, affordability and aesthetics.

Contact us today to find out more about adding a uPVC door to your home.  Call Premier Plastics on 01344 304761.

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Four Good Reasons To Get uPVC Doors – Other Than The Price

Choosing The Right Front Door For Your Home

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Even though front doors come in a range of materials, it’s more than likely you’ll end up opting for one of three types made from either wood, uPVC or composite.

To make your job of choosing between them easier we’ve honed our knowledge to identify the material type that stands out as the best across four main categories.

Want to know which type of front door comes up trumps in terms of durability, security, style and price? Read on to find out more…

Durability

Wood doors are hard-wearing but are prone to splitting and warping. To avoid problems, you’ll need to complete regular maintenance in terms of sealing and painting your door if it is to last.

UPVC and composite doors, on the other hand, require minimal upkeep and have a longer predicted lifespan than those made out of wood. However, as composite doors are solid and generally thicker than plastic, our winner of the durability category is composite.

Winner: Composite.

Security

The potential to keep out would-be intruders is usually high on everyone’s list when it comes to choosing a front door for their home. UPVC and composite doors are both good options for security because – unlike with wood – they retain their shape and won’t end up receding away from the doorframe to create problematic gaps and cavities.

Both composite and uPVC doors are very strong, yet composite doors are made to twice the thickness and are finished with a polyurethane outer coating that gives a rock-hard exterior. Considering this, we think composite has to win the security category overall.

Winner: Composite.

Price

A good quality wood door can be expensive to buy and requires regular maintenance to keep it looking its best, meaning its cost can add up over time. Whereas composite doors may not need any ongoing maintenance they are a more expensive option from the outset than a uPVC alternative.

As well as being an affordable product, if fitted properly, uPVC doors have a long lifespan. This makes uPVC front doors an attractive choice if your budget is tight and they therefore top the list for us in terms of price.

Winner – uPVC.

Style

If you want your front door to make a great impression then there are really only two main contenders for the style category: wood and composite.

Wood not only enhances the look of your home with a natural, elegant finish, it also gives you the option of changing your mind with regards to colour and door accessories at a later date – even after it’s installed.

Although you won’t be able to add accessories such as door knockers or letter boxes once a composite door has been manufactured, they can be created to emulate the beauty of wood in terms of its look and texture. They can also be created to spec to satisfy just about any taste and effect.

So, when it comes to offering timeless style that you can update over a time, wood gets our vote; but for the sheer range of finishes and textures available composite wins hands’ down.

Winner: Both wood and composite.

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How to Keep Cool with South Facing Bi-fold Doors

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When it comes to modernising our homes, bi-fold doors are a popular choice. They invite more light in during the darker months and give us beautiful, framed views of our gardens once spring has sprung.

Yet, if you’ve already fitted south facing bi-fold doors into your property then you’ll know that your living space can at times heat up to unbearable proportions on sunny summer days.

So, why exactly does this happen and what can be done about it?

Solar gain explained

Windows let in short wave radiation from the sun and this phenomenon is called ‘solar gain’. You may already know about the greenhouse effect. Well, solar gain is the same thing.

Short wave radiation from the sun passes through the glass in your bi-fold doors, trapping the heat inside and not letting it escape. As well as creating an uninhabitable living environment in your home, the UV rays can actually melt floor adhesives and the intense light can even fade your carpets, wallpaper and dyed furnishings!

Thankfully, there are things you can do to reduce the effects of solar gain even if you already have your doors installed.

Here are the most popular options:

Solar film

Solar film is an inexpensive product that is designed to block out more heat than light. It reflects the radiation and literally bounces the heat back off the windows and out of your home. It’s easy to install. Just cut the film to size, wet the glass and then apply the film to the window before smoothing out any air bubbles. Simple.

Overhangs

Building an overhang will shade the sun’s rays in mid-summer when it’s at its highest in the sky, whilst still letting in enough of the sun’s glow in the winter.

You can also buy retractable awnings and pergolas, which allow you to create the shade you need when you most need it by easily rolling out a weatherproof fabric covering. Very versatile.

Curtains and blinds

There are a vast range of blinds, panels and curtains to choose from, to suit all interior design tastes.

As well as cutting out heat and light, curtains and blinds also have the added benefit of offering complete privacy at night. Great if you want to create a more homely feel inside.

Ahead of your installation

Yet, if you are still in the planning stages of your bi-fold doors, then now is the best time to really think ahead:

Triple glazed glass

For instance, you can temper the effects of the sun with your south-facing bi-fold doors by opting for glass that is triple glazed rather than double. This can reduce solar gain by a further 10%.

Tinted glass

Otherwise, opting for a tinted glass will reduce both heat and light into your property. As well as reducing heat build, tinted glass also helps avoid the premature fading of soft furnishings, keeping the colours you choose for your home fresher and more vibrant for longer.

Between glass blinds

Finally, doors come with ‘between glass blinds’. This involves the manufacturer installing blinds of your choice between the two panes of glass in your double glazed doors. They are a genius solution for cutting out light and injecting state-of-the art style into your home.

All the benefits of bi-folding doors

It pays to know how to manage solar gain, whether you already have – or are planning to install – south facing bi-fold doors.

Managing excessive UV light will mean you’ll be able to modernise your property with a cutting edge look and enjoy an ‘outdoor in’ atmosphere within your home all year round – whichever way your garden faces.

For help with selecting and customising the bi-fold door of choice for your home, call Premier Plastics. As Berkshire’s premiere supplier and installer of high quality, cost effective uPVC and aluminium bi-fold doors we’ll be happy to provide you with our expert advice and free no-obligation quote.

 

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How to Keep Cool with South Facing Bi-fold Doors