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Top 5 signs to buy a new composite front door

Posted on 04.03.2022

Your front door is the first thing that people see when they visit your home so you want to greet them with a welcoming front door. If your front door has seen better days, has cracks, squeaks when you open and close it, or the paint has faded or is peeling off, it may be time to treat your home with a new composite front door.

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1. It’s difficult to open and shut

The main function of your front door is, of course, to open and close properly, keeping your home safe and secure. If your front door is sticking or dragging along the floor when you use it, this can mean that the sash has dropped or the door material has expanded to be too big to fit in the hallway. Doors that are getting old can sag and if you have a timber front door, they can warp or twist which can leave gaps around the frame or make them difficult to open and close. Not only are these bad signs for your front door, but you could end up damaging your flooring in the hallway if it drags every time you use it.

2. Peeling paint on timber doors

If you have a timber front door, that you’re tired of sanding and repainting only for the paint to start cracking and peeling a few months later – you can save time and energy by replacing it with a new super low maintenance composite front door. Modern technology has allowed us to offer impressively weatherproof composite front doors that never need painting and are of the finest quality. Bowalker composite doors have PVCu thermal inserts in their triple sealed frame for the ultimate weatherproofed door, no matter what the unpredictable British weather throws at them. They are unique to other composite doors as they feature a 4mm GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) outer skin, improving on the industry standard of 2mm which helps to prevent colour fading peeling and corrosion.

3. Visible cracks

If you spot visible cracks on your front door, they won’t go unnoticed by you or your visitors. Cracks in your door can also indicate a structural weakness, which could tell potential criminals that will it be easy to break in. improve your household’s security by installing a sturdy new composite front door for ultimate peace of mind. A new composite front door from Bowalker is made from a combination of PVC, wood, insulating foam and GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) creating a strong, durable and weatherproofed entrance and is installed with a PAS 24 accredited multipoint locking system as standard with 5 hooks for unbeatable, high tech security. The doors have also achieved a Secured By Design accreditation, making them the police preferred choice for homes.

4. Draughts

If you find yourself wondering why your house feels cooler than usual your front door could be the culprit, so make sure to double check for cold spots. Ageing doors can suffer from faulty seals and other subtle cracks, which let draughts into your home. Cold air entering your home could be costing you extra money to heat your home too so by simply having a new composite front door installed, you could eradicate draughts and cold spots, making your home more energy efficient, containing heat. Our composite doors have a 4mm GRP outer skin, an upgrade on the industry standard of 2mm. This enhanced outer thickness improves the insulation of the door and includes a panel insulated with rigid foam, giving you a warmer home and saving you money on energy bills.

5. Loose hinges

A squeaky door can be a sign that the door hinges are loose and while this problem can be fixed with simple maintenance, it could be highlighting a more serious problem. If you have loose hinges on your front door, this can indicate poor home security, making it easier for them to be destroyed in a break in. While a slight squeak might not be a major concern at the time, it can get worse, so it’s best to look into it as soon as your hear it!

Buy a new composite door from Bowalker Doors

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With a wide range of composite front doors to choose from including Hallmark composite doors, Bowalker Composite doors and Solidor composite doors, should you notice any of these signs on your current front door, we can work closely with you to choose the perfect fit for your home.

To try before you buy, you can visit our showroom where you can have a walk around and chat to our knowledgeable team for some advice. If you know what you want already, request a quote here and you can get started on improving the entrance to your home.

Doors you can trust

You can trust us with your transformation plans as we’re members of Checkatrade, FENSA and the Plastics Window Federation.


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