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Published on November 24, 2023 4:46 PM

At Colin’s Sash Windows we’ve selected what we think are the best composite doors available. We stopped offering uPVC composite doors because they are prone to colour fading and warping in the hotter temperatures we experience these days. These aluminium composite front doors are a very similar price but are much better quality. If you’re looking for a secure composite back door these are your go to choice.

Redefining Entrance Doors with Aluminium Composite Technology

As a result of extensive research and design Smart Signature Doors are redefining what homeowners can expect from composite front doors. Made in Britain, these aluminium composite doors blend aesthetic elegance with robust performance, making them suitable for a wide range of home styles, from traditional to ultra-modern.

1. Advantages

  • Enhanced Security: Offering superior protection with advanced locking systems and a £4000 guarantee.
  • Outstanding Performance: Weather-resistant, energy-efficient, and low maintenance.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Wide range of colours and finishes, including a unique textured powder coat for lasting beauty.
  • Durability: Resistant to warping, fading, and wear, ensuring long-term performance. Unbeatable 25 year guarantee on the paint finish. With a thickness of 60mm (compared to 44mm for GRP composite doors) our aluminium composite door leaves provide superior strength and security. They present a powerful visual and physical deterrent to potential intruders. 6.8mm laminated glazing fitted as standard…..virtually impenetrable.
Signature composite aluminium doors
Signature aluminium doors
  • The unique textured powder coat paint finish gives every door a stunning lustrous finish. The high quality, UV-resistant surface won’t fade or crack. With a high resistance to scratches and scuffs, it will also stand up to the rigours of everyday life, maintaining its fantastic looks for decades to come. Unlike PVC and GRP composite doors, our doors and their frames are made from exactly the same material and painted in exactly the same way to guarantee a perfect, lasting colour match, every time.

2. Customization Options

  • Colour Choices: Extensive colour palette with options for door, frame, and accessory matching.
  • Hardware Options: Variety of handles, letterplates, and knockers in different styles and materials.
  • Glazing Options: Choices between clear and satin finish for door surrounds, side lights, and top lights.

3. Unique Features

  • Thermal Insulation: Enhanced thermal barrier and weather seals for improved home insulation.
  • Security Innovations: Multi-point locking systems, anti-snap, anti-bump, and anti-drill cylinders.
  • Guarantee: Industry-leading guarantees on paint finish, manufacturing, and hardware.

4. Environmental Commitment

  • Made in Britain: Part of the Made in Britain network, emphasizing local manufacturing success.
  • Sustainable Materials: Aluminium is infinitely recyclable, and all materials are responsibly sourced.

5. Maintenance and Support

  • Easy Maintenance: Simple cleaning and occasional oiling of moving parts.
  • Comprehensive Support: Detailed maintenance guides and customer support for any inquiries.
Signature aluminium doors
Signature aluminium doors
Comparing aluminium composite doors, like Smart Signature Doors, with uPVC composite doors involves considering various factors such as durability, security, aesthetic appeal, and cost. Here’s a detailed comparison:

Aluminium Composite Doors

Pros:
1. Durability: Aluminium is renowned for its strength and resilience, making these doors highly durable. They are resistant to warping, fading, and weathering. Smart Systems Signature doors have a 25 year guarantee on the marine grade paint finish compared to 10 years on uPVC composite doors.
2. Security: Aluminium doors often feature advanced locking mechanisms and robust construction, offering superior security.
3. Aesthetic Appeal: They offer a sleek, modern look with a wide range of colour and finish options, including textured coatings. They’re going to give your home that all important kerb appeal that can increase the overall value. There’s also great design options for your composite back door.

4. Eco-Friendly: Aluminium is infinitely recyclable, making these doors an environmentally sustainable choice.
5. Energy Efficiency: High-quality insulation in aluminium composite doors can enhance thermal efficiency.
6. Low Maintenance: Aluminium doors are easy to maintain, requiring only occasional cleaning and lubrication of moving parts.

Cons:
1. Cost: Typically, aluminium composite doors can be more expensive than cheaper ranges of uPVC doors due to the material and manufacturing processes involved.

uPVC Composite Doors

Pros:
1. Cost-Effective: uPVC doors are generally more affordable than aluminium composite doors, making them a popular choice for budget-conscious homeowners.
2. Low Maintenance: Like aluminium, uPVC doors require minimal maintenance, primarily just cleaning.
3. Good Insulation: uPVC has natural insulating properties, contributing to energy efficiency in homes.
4. Variety of Designs: Available in various styles and finishes, including wood grain effects, to suit different home aesthetics.

Cons:
1. Aesthetic Limitations: While uPVC doors come in various designs, they might not match the sleek, modern look achievable with aluminium.
2. Durability: uPVC can be prone to expansion and contraction with temperature changes, potentially leading to warping over time.
3. Environmental Impact: uPVC is a plastic and not as environmentally friendly as aluminium, especially concerning recyclability.
4. Security: While uPVC doors can be secure, they generally do not match the superior security features offered by high-quality aluminium doors.

FAQs for Smart Signature Aluminium Composite Doors

1. What are Smart Signature Aluminium Composite Doors?
• Smart Signature Doors are advanced aluminium composite doors known for their durability, security, and aesthetic appeal. They blend the strength of aluminium with the insulating benefits of composite materials.

2. How secure are these aluminium composite doors?
• These doors are extremely secure, featuring advanced locking systems, anti-snap, anti-bump, and anti-drill cylinders, and a £4000 security guarantee.

3. Can I customize the colour and design of my door?
• Yes, Smart Signature Doors offer a wide range of customizable options, including a variety of colours, finishes, hardware styles, and glazing options.

4. Are aluminium composite doors environmentally friendly?
• Yes, aluminium is an eco-friendly material as it is infinitely recyclable. These doors are also energy-efficient, contributing to a reduced carbon footprint.

5. How do I maintain my aluminium composite door?
• Maintenance is minimal, requiring only regular cleaning and occasional lubrication of moving parts.

6. Are these doors suitable for all home styles?
• Absolutely. Smart Signature Doors are versatile and can complement traditional, contemporary, and modern home designs.

7. What is the warranty or guarantee offered with these doors?
• These doors come with industry-leading guarantees covering the paint finish, manufacturing defects, and hardware.

General Composite Door FAQs

1. What is a composite door?
• A composite door is made from a combination of materials, such as wood, PVC, insulation foam, and glass-reinforced plastic, to enhance performance and durability.

2. How do composite doors compare to wooden doors?
• Composite doors generally offer better insulation, security, and require less maintenance compared to wooden doors. They also tend to be more durable and weather-resistant.

3. Are composite doors energy efficient?
• Yes, the insulating core of composite doors makes them highly energy-efficient, helping to reduce heating costs.

4. How long do composite doors last?
• Composite doors have a long lifespan, often lasting 30 years or more with proper maintenance.

5. Is it possible to repair a composite door if it gets damaged?
• Yes, repairs can be made on composite doors, although the method depends on the type and extent of the damage.

Have a look at our affordable aluminium composite front doors here.

Colin Greenslade
Written by Colin Greenslade
I'm the founder of Colin's Sash Windows. I disrupted the sash windows market in the UK in 2014 by introducing fixed prices for uPVC sash windows in the UK. Before this they were generally only available at very high prices through window installers. Today our business is one of the market leaders in supply only windows, doors and roofs in the UK.

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