Solid wood/Composite/uPVC door?

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  • raikkyraikky Forumite
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    we recently had a composite door. . we paid 500 plus 100 for fitting. we measured our door. went to this little workshop which looks like only tradesppl use it as it was on some dinky street and the guy built me on. took 2 weeks but very happy. much better than the quote we got from safestyle at 1160.
  • LizlingLizling Forumite
    882 Posts
    raikky wrote: »
    we recently had a composite door. . we paid 500 plus 100 for fitting. we measured our door. went to this little workshop which looks like only tradesppl use it as it was on some dinky street and the guy built me on. took 2 weeks but very happy. much better than the quote we got from safestyle at 1160.

    I tried a tiny local workshop too: quoted £1100 for a hardwood door with no glass, so I got another quote from someone recommended by a friend - £1070. Will just have to bite the bullet if that really is the going rate. I've got 1 last guy to try so I'll ask him to quote for both hardwood and composite and I can compare.
    Saving for deposit: Finished! :j
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  • rainbow12rainbow12 Forumite
    182 Posts
    Raikky, can you say where this little workshop was?
    Furts, any particular companies? I have been given a trade quote online which was pretty much the same as retail price
  • Composite doors are definitely better. They do cost a bit more but its worth it if you can afford it.
  • FurtsFurts Forumite
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    rainbow12 wrote: »
    Raikky, can you say where this little workshop was?
    Furts, any particular companies? I have been given a trade quote online which was pretty much the same as retail price

    It depends where you are in the UK. Try to find out where your local independent window fitters buy from - then contact these.

    Also ask your local builders merchants. They will know where to go to, plus what they can source including specialist and companies such as Jeldwen and Premdor.

    There are manufacturers outlets such as Seven Day Windows. There are others, such as Window Fitters Mate.

    B&Q Tradepoint do a white door for around £420 and had 10% off last Monday. Do not bother with Wickes unless you have a discount vouchers or a promotion.
  • rainbow12rainbow12 Forumite
    182 Posts
    Thanks Furts I'll have a look
  • puddypuddy Forumite
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    i want a composite front door but i want it in a sage green, the ones ive seen so far seem to come in a standard 7 colours which i dont like. i noticed above that the suggestion about spray painting it would invalidate the warranty, is that true?
  • rainbow12rainbow12 Forumite
    182 Posts
    Hi Puddy
    There are a couple of companies now doing a sage green-ish colour called 'Chartwell green'. It costs extra but is a nice colour. I cant remember the name of the companies off the top of my head though
  • :(Sadly our composite dark blue front door has faded and cracked. Having read the information on this forum I have just contacted the supplier as the door came with a 10 year guarantee and I would expect them to fix it.
    Now having looked at the door and the sidelight windows I also find a couple of the lead around the diamond cut and colored glass is missing should the guarantee cover the replacement of that too?
    What rights do we have? Supplier on the phone now and not sure if it is covered but will come out Wednesday to take pictures!!! Is the guarentee with the supplier ? I am a bit worried they will say it is the manufacture and we will end up in an email/letter war over who should repair/replace it!!!! Advise on this would be very much appreciated.
    Thanks j40bat
    Furts wrote: »
    There is a fundamental flaw when front doors are fitted to many homes.

    All timber doors require an adequate porch detail - but this has not been allowed for by builders over the last seventy years. The result is timber front doors are subject to excessive rain and sunlight. They then deteriorate.

    However, if the house is sheltered, or not facing direct sun, or prevailing rain, the door survives longer.

    Look at your door position when making a decision. But be aware a dark coloured composite door without an adequate porch, and facing direct sun, can give problems. This can be with colour fade, distortion and in the worst cases cracking.
  • LeodoggerLeodogger Forumite
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    We are looking at replacing our front door and side window too and my sister has had a composite front door and paid £1100 with 10% off which I thought was expensive but she thought was competitive. I have only had one quote at the moment and they quoted me £13-1400 for the door and side panel which I thought was expensive.

    I have also read that there are two types of composite door, one foam filled and the other wood inside which is supposed to be the superior quality one.

    Does anyone know what the differences are and whether paying for the superior one is worthwhile ?
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