Bowalker Doors advice: Can you paint a composite door?

Posted on 13.05.2024

If you’re looking for a new front door that’s both stylish and functional, composite doors are well worth considering. We sometimes get the question ‘can you paint a composite door?’ from customers keen to give the exterior of their home a fresh pop of colour, but there are significant reasons why this is not the best idea!

What is a composite door?

Our composite doors are made from a combination of PVCu, wood, insulating foam, and GRP (glass reinforced plastic). With a low-density timber core, this door type provides high levels of thermal efficiency. This combination of materials creates a strong, durable and weatherproof door, with an authentic timber look.

Can you paint a composite door?

When a composite door is created, the finishing colour is incorporated into the plastic skin or professionally surface painted. This stops the colour from chipping or cracking, reducing the need for regular maintenance. If your door is still within its warranty, painting it may make it void, so it is worth checking if you want to keep this protection in place.

The door you chose originally may not suit your home’s current colour scheme or you may simply want a change, so painting your composite door could be a cheaper option than buying a new one. However, there are various things to consider when planning to paint your composite door to ensure you’re making the right decision.

Composite doors are built to last for at least 30 years, with minimal maintenance and upkeep needed. Most often a composite door will last beyond this, especially if no damage is done to it, which is why we don’t recommend painting your composite door, as the original colour will never fade. The combination of materials creates a strong and durable door, designed to withstand weather and everyday use, keeping your home safe and secure.

When painting a composite door, you’ll need to choose paint that is made for composite materials, otherwise you may not get the finish you wanted and may need to do the job twice, which could further damage the door. Sanding the door will help the paint stick properly, but this may reduce some of the properties a composite door has.

Up to 35% of heat gets lost through a poorly insulated door, which is why composite doors are designed to keep your home as comfortable as possible. The low-density timber core stops cool air passing through the door into your home, keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer. The GRP skin of a composite door is resistant to water absorption, meaning rot and mould won’t affect it. These doors are also resistant to UV and scratches, so stripping and painting the door may have a negative affect and weaken the original door.

Choose composite doors from Bowalker Doors

Composite doors are a popular door style and whether your home has a classic, traditional or modern look, we have a door to suit you. There’s no need to paint your door when we have 15 stunning door styles with a range of colours available, so you can design your dream door which will last for years to come. At Bowalker Doors, we also offer Compdoor and Hallmark entrance doors to give you a variety of designs to choose from.

At Bowalker Doors, we offer exceptional service from start to finish, so you can have full trust in us to help you find the perfect composite door for your home. Get in touch with us today for more information or to request a quote. You can also visit our showroom to see your new composite door in person.

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