Composite vs UPVC

Composite vs UPVC

Because it’s such a focal point of your property and meant to offer enduring resilience, you need to get your decision making exactly right when buying a new front door.

Householders have never been so swamped with choice in terms of the breadth of replacement external door designs there are available nowadays; a market that’s dominated by UPVC and composite door offerings.

It’s very difficult to advise you to buy one door material over the other as they both have many exceptional qualities. Instead, it’s best that we give you a summary of how they fare in certain factors.


We will openly admit that composite doors cost more than UPVC doors, but don’t let that put you off.

They contain Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) and it makes them incredibly durable, not that a UPVC isn’t tough too. It is, but a composite door is a stronger solution and virtually impossible to force open.

Both come with the very latest secure mechanisms such as a multi-point locking system that gives you immense peace of mind when locking up.


If you placed a brand new timber door alongside a composite door, you will see that they look virtually the same as a composite door has a very distinguishable woodgrain effect- it partially consists of wood which explains this.

UPVC stands for Unplasticized polyvinyl chloride and therefore has a more plasticky appearance than a composite door. You also tend to have a narrower choice of coloured finishes, but there are still plenty of them.

UPVC doors have a plastic-like sheen to them and are typically available in fewer colours than composite doors which may influence your thinking if you have a specific, unique colour in mind.


You will see that a composite door is very dense and this volume of thickness is due to various materials being meshed together to create the frame.

A UPVC door doesn’t quite match a composite door for its strength, but it will provide far better security than your existing ageing door that’s for sure.

Lifespan wise, UPVC doors have a life expectancy of 20-25 years, whereas you can expect to get around 30 years out of a composite door.

Assess them both at Hazlemere Windows

A visit to either of our showrooms will definitely help if you are struggling to choose between the two. We have a number of UPVC and composite doors on display and our consultants will be happy to provide any assistance you may need.