When it comes to entrance doors or back doors for the home the consumer is faced with a lot of choice. Do you choose from PVCu, timber doors or composite doors?
What you might not know is that aluminium doors can also provide credible options compared to composite doors, PVCu doors and timber doors. If you are currently in the market for new doors there are good reasons why you should consider them in aluminium.
Aluminium doors can be made wider and taller than their PVCu counterparts.
Generally, most aluminium doors can be made much larger than their PVCu counterparts. With most systems doors can be made up to 2500mm high or taller if required and up to 1200mm wide or more with some more sophisticated systems. This means you do not have to have sidelights and toplights added.
This means you benefit from using the entire opening as a door and this could also work out cheaper as adding toplights or side panels to doors adds to the overall cost.
More glass and less visible frames with aluminium doors.
Did you know that aluminium is two and a half times stronger than PVCu? If you opt for an aluminium door you not will not only gain from having a much slimmer door but one that can actually support bigger sizes and more visible glass area.
For you this means a more attractive, aesthetically pleasing door that is more attractive and gives you more glass area with less visible frames.
Aluminium doors give you discrete or even invisible hardware.
The hinges typically used on composite and timber doors are far bulkier and more intrusive than with aluminium doors. This is because PVCu frames found in composite doors and PVCu panelled doors need reinforcement and bulkier hardware to support the weight of the door leaf. This is not the case with aluminium which is slimmer and needs no reinforcement for hardware to have a suitably strong fixing point.
The hinges found on aluminium doors are ultra slim and with some doors such as those made by Schuco, you can even have completely invisible hinges. Such are the advantages of aluminium doors.
Aluminium doors can integrate better with windows.
If you are already having aluminium windows installed in your home or have a porch, screen or other glazed feature that needs both windows and doors, aluminium doors are all designed to couple and integrate with windows. This means you do not need a composite or PVCu door that will look different from your windows. Modern aluminium window and door systems are designed to couple together if needed creating uniform and matching screens.
This is not the case with composite doors where it is a completely different product by a different manufacturer. If you are already having aluminium windows installed you can match their slim lines perfectly with an aluminium door that was designed from the outset to work with them. With some systems you can even have side and rear doors that match your bifolding doors.
Aluminium doors give you more colour choices and colour matching.
Polyester powder coating is the most advanced and durable way of coating aluminium profiles. Not only do you get over 200 colour options but these are further added to with textured, metallic and even different colours inside and out. You can even have wood effect doors in aluminium as well.
If you are considering a PVCu or composite door even in a different colour, as the coating processes between plastic and aluminium doors are completely different you will not get an exact colour match even if the RAL colour references are the same! With powder coated aluminium doors and powder coated windows you are guaranteed an exact colour match.
Aluminium doors provide more design options.
Composite doors and PVCu panelled doors are designed around panel slabs in set designs. Whilst there is a large choice of door designs, did you know with the number of midrails, bottom rails, mullions and transoms available for aluminium doors you can create your own specific design? This will give you the option of designing your own door that is unique to you and not part of a stock range.
Aluminium doors are more flexible.
If for example, you need a cat flap in a front door, this is harder to fix to a solid core or grass reinforced plastic composite door and once done can look out of place. Aluminium doors provide multiple glass and panel options meaning if you require modifications, they can be carried out on order, in the future or even taken out altogether.