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    • Frank99
    • By Frank99 14th Feb 18, 11:44 AM
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    Composite Door Rip-Off!
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    • 14th Feb 18, 11:44 AM
    Composite Door Rip-Off! 14th Feb 18 at 11:44 AM
    Are Composite doors worth the money, the last door i purchased was solid oak and lasted 44 years and is still going strong, it cost £150 and £70 fitted however, i now need a back door and i'm faced with these new composite doors with fitting in excess of a grand££.
    Anyone have any advice on this please?
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    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 14th Feb 18, 11:50 AM
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    Are Composite doors worth the money, the last door i purchased was solid oak and lasted 44 years and is still going strong, it cost £150 and £70 fitted however, i now need a back door and i'm faced with these new composite doors with fitting in excess of a grand££.
    Originally posted by Frank99
    £220 in 1974 would be about £2500 today. You could get a door made and fitted in solid oak for that.

    edit - Interesting that you are complaining about a new door being 40% of the price it was in 1974 in real terms though. I agree that composite is not the best option (better than PVCu though), but it depends how much you want to pay.
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    • Typhoon2000
    • By Typhoon2000 14th Feb 18, 12:02 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 12:02 PM
    They have advantages and disadvantages.
    They require less maintenance to look good, don!!!8217;t expand and warp like wood and as it comes with the frame the sealing in much better and keeps draughts out. Can cost more than a basic wooden door though.
    • Frank99
    • By Frank99 14th Feb 18, 12:02 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 12:02 PM
    Old Fashioned!
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    • 14th Feb 18, 12:02 PM
    I am probably stuck in the past but these new doors feel full of hollow foam to me, so i would have hoped for a better price. I'm struggling to get solid oak versions as everywhere i look i'm faced with PVC vs Composite.
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 14th Feb 18, 12:34 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 12:34 PM
    try contacting a local jonery company and get one made, you probably won't get one off the shelf
    • Furts
    • By Furts 14th Feb 18, 1:54 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 1:54 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 1:54 PM
    There are composite doors made with a solid core, so if this is what you want then that is what you specify. They are readily available - even my non- favoured DoorStop have started to manufacture them.

    I avoided solid core doors for my home because I am not convinced they are a step forward. Those with long memories in the building industry may remember when solid core external doors came on the market. A flawed concept because the core could take up moisture and swell/distort. With micro porous paints and stains this was alleviated, plus sealing all edges. However a composite door has a fibreglass skin. Thus any moisture entering will not be able to evaporate away. Not a good scenario!
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