Vista’s head social media co-ordinator Lauren Barnes tells us why we should put our faith in composite doors as the nights turn darker and colder.

A home is a place we should feel warm, cosy, and safe – a retreat from the stresses and strains of daily life. Without this, it’s just a building with four walls and a roof. The humble front door plays a pivotal role in making you feel safe and protected from intruders, come rain, shine, or snow.

Composite doors are ultra-secure

One of the benefits of a composite door is that they come with enhanced security features as standard. As a Mother to three young girls, feeling safe and secure in my home is a top priority and with an XtremeDoor composite door, I feel just that. Another reason to upgrade to a composite door is it will also help to keep your energy bills down and your house warmer.

Composite doors will save you money on your energy bills

A draughty front door leaks heat and lets cold enter your home. Having the heating on only for it to escape through your door is wasting energy and costing you money. Not to mention paving the way for damp to creep into your home!

Our composite doors come hung in a triple-sealed outer frame which has two brush gaskets and a bubble seal, so when the door is locked closed, it is weathertight. It keeps out driving rain and wind which is something we’ll see plenty of this autumn and winter.

We put our Xtremedoor through some tests at the University of Salford’s Energy House. They went up against timber doors and timber core composite doors to see how much better they performed. Against a timber door our GRP (glass reinforced plastic) composite was six times more thermally efficient or 19%, and against the timber core it 17% more thermally efficient.

The XtremeDoor is made up of a number of materials such as its 4mm GRP outer skin to give it strength against any impacts, but inside is a high-density foam just like the insulation you’ll find in floors and ceilings, this keeps the heat in your house and works the same on your door without comprising security.

Stay warmer with a composite door

Without getting too technical, the door also has thermal inserts in the outer frame and edge banding down the side all of which add to the door’s thermal performance and improves its U-Value. U-values are calculated from the thermal resistances of the parts that make up the door. We put these in the brochure so those clients that want lower U-Values can pick a door with the lowest, such as a solid composite door with no glass.

Changes to regulation Document L

In June 2022 new rules come into force aimed at improving the thermal energy performance of our homes. The changes are part of the Government’s wider push to achieve zero-net carbon emissions by 2050. They will directly effect doors by bringing down the U-Value of a door from 1.6Wm2k to 1.4. Here at XtremeDoor we have worked with our component suppliers to fall in line with this new Part L standard. All replacement windows and doors must comply to this and you should ask for proof from your door installer if you are not sure. Rest assured though if you have made the right choice and purchased an XtremeDoor it will be covered and the accreditation is on our website to read up on.

Invest in an Xtreme composite door

So as well as our doors giving you that curb appeal and helping you feel safe and secure, they will also help you to keep on top of your energy bills which is something we all have an eye on these days. To find out more contact the team at XtremeDoor call 0151 608 1423