Open the door to cost savings
Everything these days seems to have some form of grading referring to energy efficiency, we have become used to seeing A-G listings for electrical goods but for doors? A door is an object to allow access into a property and requires to be strong, sturdy, resistant to wether and attractive but thermally efficient? Really? The answer is yes really, when you can lose a lot of heat through draughts at doors and windows there is a huge benefit in having thermally efficient doors – they may not eliminate all of your heat loss but they certainly will help, particularly when headlines like those below are again commonplace
What can you expect as a cost saving with a new front door – that really depends upon the condition of the door which you are replacing as we are all only too well aware, very little if anything in our world lasts forever and doors are no exception to this rule, they grow old and tired and when they do so not only does their appearance show the signs of age but their performance generally deteriorates, older doors are rarely insulated or adequately draught-sealed therefore they become a great source of heat loss, up to 11% of the overall heat loss in a typical home can be lost through a door. That is where the bad news can end and the good news can begin if you purchase a new composite front door from Global Door, not only are our doors stunning to look at, every one of them comes complete with its own Energy Rating Certificates just like the ones shown above, it’s a pretty simple equation if you can stop the heat going out through the door you are guaranteed to experience cost savings in your energy bills, all of which makes a new front door an excellent investment.
Why should your first choice be a composite door – the simple answer is that they have all of the benefits of a solid timber door but a lot less of the cost and maintenance requirements (an occasional wipe with a damp cloth and a little lubrication of locks and hinges and that’s it and your door could last circa thirty years) – the doors are factory pre-engineered under stringent quality managed conditions and are supplied as a door set (the door is already set in the frame during the manufacturing process) which means that the draught proofing is part of the factory installation and as these door sets are pre-assembled the risk of twisting and warping during extreme weather conditions is substantially reduced. The reason they are called “Composite” doors – as they say the answer is in the name, they are not manufactured from a single component i.e. timber, UPVC , aluminium etc but are in fact a composite of a number of products –
- a reinforced hardwood frame
- a solid thermally insulated polyurethane foam core slab
- a 2mm thick durable GRP through coloured skin to prevent warp, twist bow etc
- a thickness of 44mm which adds to the strength and creates a strong secure door.
- a steel reinforced UPVC frame
With a composite door, it is not only the draught proofing that reduces the heat loss, the solid polyurethane core has high thermal insulation qualities and every glazed panel used is a double-glazed panel which all add to the thermal insulation benefits of the door.
Save energy and increase your property value
To be cost effective your new door must be durable enough to function smoothly for years to come, tough enough to withstand everything our climate can throw at it, constructed in a manner that will improve both insulation and heat loss qualities and strong enough to allow your family to sleep safely secure in the knowledge that your door is as resistant to “break in” as is possible.
To increase your property value , your new front door may be thermally efficient but you will also want it to look good too and appearances do matter – when it comes to reviewing properties it is frequently the “first impression” that makes or breaks a property sale and that process invariably starts at the front door- take for instance the four stunning examples above any of which would look good on any home and these represent only a small selection of those available on the Global Door web site.
If you are looking for a door which gives the maximum energy saving within a realistic budget whilst also giving access to the maximum range of door styles and colours and you want a door that has passed all the necessary accreditations and certifications with regard to energy saving and thermal and sound insulation qualities your choice has to be a Global Composite Door.
Here at Global Door we are pretty sure that there will be a door within our range that will grace and add value to your home while providing you with the benefit of both long-term cost savings and added value to your property.