UK: UPVC Doors: UPVC Door Manufacturers & Suppliers
ABOUT UPVC DOORS
UPVC stands for Unplasticized Poly Vinyl Chloride. It is widely used as a low-maintenace building material, for doors and windows, cladding, gutters and downpipes. Unlike timber or steel it requires no painting. Entry UPVC Doors are available in wood-grain texture and in a wide range of colours include wood-effect colours. They may include double or triple glazed glass panels. French UPVC Doors are glazed and fitted in pairs. They may have Georgian glazing bars for a more traditional look. Patio UPVC Doors are fully glazed sliding doors, usually with one fixed and one sliding panel. Leading UK suppliers of UPVC doors are profiled below the panel of sponsored links.
CHOOSING UPVC DOORS
UPVC doors are used as exterior entry doors. In homes, they can be used as front, side, or back doors. They are also widely used as external doors in small public buildings such as schools and clinics.
UPVC doors are often used as replacement front doors on post-war houses. The original timber doors will have deteriorated after decades of exposure to the elements, and UPVC doors are an economical and practical alternative to timber. They look somewhat cheap and artificial compared to a well maintained and regularly painted timber door, but they do have the practical advantage that they need no painting. They are also draught-proof, and are normally provided with secure multi-point locking systems. Originally, UPVC doors were available only in white. A wide range of colours is now available, include wood effect doors with grain texture.
The key thing to look out for when by a UPVC door is the quality of construction. Some UPVC doors are flimsily constructed, with hollow or lightweight foam core. These can easily be kicked through by a burglar. Good quality UPVC doors have a solid core chipboard or medium density fibreboard. This makes them more durable, gives a good weighty feel, and makes them more secure against intruders. We strongly advise that you go for a good quality UPVC door, supplied by a well known manufacturer.
A high quality alternative to a UPVC door is the GRP (glass reinforced polyester) door. Like a UPVC door, a GRP door has moulded outer skins which are bonded to a solid core. GRP is more durable than UPVC, and in its wood-look versions more closely resembles the grain of painted wood. Indeed, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between a good quality GRP door and a well-painted wooden door.
All UPVC and GRP front doors are available with glazed panels, which may be of simple plain glass (usually double-glazed) or of antique-style leaded glass. We advise keeping the design of any glass panel very simple; an antique-style glazed UPVC or GRP door has a tendency to look rather fake.
LEADING UPVC DOOR MANUFACTURERS & SUPPLIERS
Everest: UPVC Doors. Everest, headquartered in Potters Bar, is a leading UK manufacturer of home improvement products including UPVC doors and windows. Everest UPVC doors are organised into four product ranges: Entrance UPVC Doors, Cottage UPVC Doors, French UPVC Doors, and Patio UPVC Doors. The Entrance and Front Doors are available with our without glass panels. The glass panels may be obscured coloured, or with traditional leaded patterns. They may be double or triple glazed. Everest Cottage UPVC Doors are fully glazed, with glazing bars producing a Georgian look. The glazing bars can be spaced vertically and horizontally in any positions the customer prefers. The bars and edges can be smooth or classically contoured. French UPVC Doors are fitted in side hinged pairs. They are fully glazed, with single glass panels or, if preferred, with cottage-style Georgian glazing bars for a more traditional look.
Safestyle: UPVC Doors. Safestyle, headquartered in Bradford, West Yorkshire, is a leading manufacturer and fitter of UPVC double glazed windows and doors. Safestyle makes all its UPVC doors at its Bradford facility, and has forty branches around the UK through which fitting is provided. Safestyle UPVC doors are available in white, or in a choice of two wood effect finishes - Rosewood or Oak. The spacer bar that runs along the inside edges of the glazed unit is available in four colours: Silver, Brown, Gold, or White. Safestyle UPVC doors have a multi-point locking system, and offer a ten year guarantee. The handles are made from stainless steel, with attack-resistant cylinder, in accordance with the Police 'Secured by Design' standards. Safestyle offers a choice of 18 designs of obscure glass, and three designs of etched glass. Coloured and leaded glass can also be provided.
Anglian Home Improvements: UPVC Doors. Anglian, established in 1966, is a leading UK maker of home improvement products including conservatories, double glazing, and UPVC doors. Anglian will survey the premises and will apply for planning permission if necessary. All UPVC doors carry a ten year guarantee. Anglian UPVC doors are available in five finishes: White, Golden Oak, Rich Mahogany, Rosewood, and White Woodgrain. Dual finishes are available, which combine Golden Oak, Rich Mahogany or Rosewood UPVC on the outside with white UPVC on the inside of the house. Anglian UPVC doors are fitted with a centre lock; the locking lever launches a steel shoot bolt deep into a strong metal keep. Four steel mushroom-headed bolts secure the sliding door into the frame to help prevent it being lifted off its tracks. The toughened glass is made to conform to British Standard. Discreet tricklevents provide night ventilation without sacrificing security.
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