uPVC Doors Supply & Installation
Just like windows, doors are a major source of heat loss and draughts in homes. This is especially true with older doors that provide a low level of energy efficiency, something many homeowners nowadays demand. Modern and attractive, uPVC doors are durable and versatile. They also help keep your home warmer and quieter. These doors are also virtually maintenance free.
About uPVC Doors
Un-plasticised polyvinyl chloride or uPVC is a popular material for the building industry because of its low-maintenance qualities. It might also be referred to as rigid plastic of PVC-U. For doors, they are a popular substitute or alternative for wood and metal. They offer a high resistance against damage caused by sunlight, chemicals and water. As a result, they are durable and require very little maintenance. Unlike metal and wooden doors, uPVC doors do not need to be repainted or refinished over time and maintain their surface for several years. They do not rot or rust over time, and the surface does not peel or flake.
Types of uPVC Doors
Available in a range of styles and configurations, uPVC doors are suitable for the front and back of your home. Options include standard residential doors as well as patio and French doors, which are generally best for rear doors that lead out to a lawn, garden or patio. uPVC doors are available with modern and traditional designs. The choice of door will often depend on your budget and the style of your property. Modern and contemporary designs are typically simple with crisp lines and minimal detail. By comparison, more traditional doors may evoke rustic themes and feature period details. Details may extend to other components of the door such as glazing, knockers and handles. Doors will generally include a frame, which is also made of uPVC.
uPVC doors are supplied in numerous colours including finishes that simulate wood. They are also sold with several fitting options such as letterboxes, knockers, and handle styles. The choice of each detail will depend on your individual tastes and style preferences. uPVC doors are also available with glazing. Windows that have double or triple glazing provide additional insulation that prevents heat from escaping your property. Doors with double or triple glazing will help make your home more energy efficient compared to doors with regular single glazing. When combined with an energy-efficient boiler and double glazing throughout the property, these doors can contribute to lower heating bills. They also offer a quieter home thanks to the enhanced insulating properties.
Choosing the Right Contractor
Finding the right company or contractor to supply and install your uPVC door involves research. You should ask potential contractors about their training and qualifications. Check the contractor's references and look at online reviews to get a sense of the quality of their work and service. Look for contractors that are local and visit the company's showrooms to look at door options in person. You should also ask for proof of the contractor's public liability insurance to verify that their work is covered. When selecting a contractor to supply and install your uPVC doors, always get at least three quotes from different companies. This will help you assess whether you are getting a fair price.
Look for contractors that are registered or certified with a government-recognised Competent Person Scheme. Relevant schemes for door suppliers and installers include FENSA, BM Trada Certification, Benchmark Certification, Blue Flame Certification, British Standards Institution (BSI), CERTASS, Certsure (trading as ELECSA or NICEIC), NAPIT Registration, Network VEKA, or Stroma Certification. Being recognised by a Competent Person Scheme means the contractor has the minimum training and qualifications necessary to install and repair the door. Contractors may also be members of a trade association such as the Glass and Glazing Federation and its Window and Door Group, which includes more than 200 of the UK's leading manufacturers, suppliers and installers.