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Composite Doors Pros And Cons

What is a Composite Door?

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Composite Doors Pros And Cons

A Guide To Composite Doors Pros And Cons

Buying a new front door for your home is a task that really only needs to completed only once but choosing the correct type of door will determine if you will end necessitating to do this more than once. Nowadays, there are various types of doors available to purchase as a front or back door, including the composite door.

What is a Composite Door?

The composite door uses a glass-reinforced plastic with authentic wood grain effect. The technical precision of the door is second to none, and it often increases the curb appeal of the building. Of course, identifying whether the composite door is ideal for your home requires certain consideration. Today we will look at pros and cons of composite doors.

The Pros of A Composite Door Structure

1. Looks Like Wood

When observing a composite door, you would assume that it is a traditional wooden door because of the authentic wood grain effect. The effective is so prominent in the design, that it is easy to make the mistake.


2. Highly Durable & Secure

One of the primary characteristics of composite doors is its durability. The door will last a long time through lots of rough weather. When you lock it, it is unlikely that a person will be able to force entry because of its durability and toughness. Furthermore, the locking system is typically integrated into the solid stainless steel frame which will eliminate the chance of intruders forcing the door open.


3. Reduced Maintenance

Regular exposure to external weather conditions can result in doors appearing dishevelled, and many people will need to perform time-consuming maintenance to return it to its original state. Composite doors, however, require little maintenance as you will not need to sand the door, paint it, or perform any similar tasks. All you need to do is take a wet cloth doused in soapy water and wipe away dirt or grime.


The Cons Of A Composite Door?

1. More Expensive Than Other Door Options

While it is near impossible to find the drawbacks to purchasing a composite door, there is a significant disadvantage to this option – the price. A composite door is far more costly than the average UPVC door. If, however, you consider the value for money over a long period, the composite door can be considered a long-term investment.

Final Words On The Matter

As can be seen, composite doors are beneficial options based on their high durability, reduced maintenance, and strong curb appeal. However, if you take the cons mentioned above into account, you can determine if the composite door is the most suitable option for your needs. Read more about composite doors here

Get the latest 2018 Upvc Door designs from Virtuoso

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Get the latest 2018 Upvc Door designs from Virtuoso

We have just added the latest 2018 uPvc door collection to our site. You can now get the latest in door designs with the brand new Scaven and Tummel design a beautiful and long lasting collection that enables you to choose the style that will enhance the look of your home and be confident it will stand the test of time.

We have still kept the widly popular Doon and Orrin designs for you choose from for those that wish love that amazing look.

Check out our brochure below and give us a call today 0191 482 4187

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What Causes Condensation In Windows?

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What Causes Condensation In Windows?

Condensation on windows and in conservatories, and the damage it does to paintwork, curtains,wall coverings and window fittings, are problems frequently encountered in all types of building.

In many homes, traditional open fires have been replaced by sophisticated heating systems, ill-fitting doors and window frames have been provided with draught excluders, floors have been completely covered by fitted carpets, while ceiling heights have been lowered and the space between loft joists filled with insulating material.

These modern aids to home comfort have created rooms which are warmer but which often have less ventilation and fewer air changes. The result is that the water vapour produced by normal living activities is no longer able to escape up the chimney or through door jambs, window joints and other outlets.

failed double glazing unit

Some examples of where the water vapour comes from:

Breathing: Two sleeping adults produce 11⁄2 pints of moisture in 8 hours, which
is absorbed as water vapour into the atmosphere.
Cooking: Steam clouds can be seen near saucepans and kettles, and then seem
to disappear. The clouds have been absorbed into the atmosphere.
The cooker itself may be a source of water vapour; eg. an average gas cooker
could produce approximately 11⁄2 pints of moisture per hour.
Washing up: The vapour clouds given off by the hot water are rapidly absorbed
into the atmosphere.
Bathing, laundry, and wet outer clothing: These are often the major sources
of water vapour in the home.
Heaters: A flueless gas heater can produce up to 2⁄3 pint of moisture per hour.
Paraffin heaters produce nine pints of moisture for every eight pints of fuel burned.
Indoor Plants: A frequently unrecognized but nevertheless significant source of
water vapour.
New Property: The bricks, timber, concrete and other materials in an average
3-bedroomed house absorb about 1500 gallons of water during construction.
Much of this is dissipated into the indoor atmosphere during the drying out period


How double glazing helps?

Double glazing is an insulator, designed to reduce the loss of heat by conduction from the inside to the outside of a building. Under average exposure conditions, and provided the room is heated, the room side surface temperature of the inner glass will be higher than would be the case with single glazing. The likelihood of condensation occurring when warm moist air in the room comes into contact with the surface of the glass is thereby reduced. It must be remembered, however, that double glazing is an insulator and not a source of heat; nor does it control the amount of water vapour in the air. When rooms are inadequately heated and there is little heat to retain, double glazing cannot fulfill the purpose for which it was installed.

Condensation on the room side surface of the inner glass means that the temperature of the glass surface is too low given the water vapour content of the atmosphere in the room.

Condensation within the cavity of an hermetically sealed unit denotes a failure
of the seal.


Can I Replace Just The Glass Of My Window?

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Can I Replace Just The Glass Of My Window?

Can I Replace the Glass in Double Glazing Windows When It Breaks or Mists Over?

In as much as a windows salesman may try to convince you that you need to replace the entire window frame be aware that you could for a much lower cost simply replace the glass unit saving yourself £100’s if not £1000’s. Besides the advantage of creating better temperatures in living spaces, double glazing also provides extra protection as security, while it also helps to deaden noise. All these advantages get lost when the glass in the pane breaks, or if there is a defect in the sealing of the air gap. In both cases, it becomes necessary to replace the double glazing. The most common problem that indicates a breakdown in the glazing efficiency is noticed when the glass mists over or presents a cloudy appearance.

misted double glazing

Given the nature of double glazed windows they are made as a unit. (A double glazed window is essentially a window that has glazing in the form of two panes of glass separated by an air gap. The glass itself can be standard glass or special energy efficient glass. The two glass panes are separated by spacers, and the combined unit is sealed, while it is common to fill the gap with an inert gas or to create a vacuum.) The units are fitted into window frames in different ways, and this can depend on the original frame, having this glazing done from inside or outside. To replace the glass in any double-glazing unit, the entire unit will have to be taken out. These units can then just have the glass replaced in them, but it would be necessary to reseal the assembly afterwards and this is often not satisfactory. It is far more advisable to get a new double-glazed unit made of the same size so that it can be fitted back within the window frame.

making double glazing

We highly recommend that when possible any double-glazing replacement or repair should be carried out by the original installers, or another professional windows installer as they would have with them the various tools and expertise needed for a proper replacement and repair.

If, however you are Considering doing it yourself keep these points in mind:

• It is essential that proper measurements be taken of the opening in the frame after the original double-glazed unit is removed.

• The existing fixing arrangements must also be reviewed so that when the new glazing is installed, the proper fixtures and fittings are used.

• Care must be taken to ensure that the new glass in the replacement unit be of the same thickness as the original, as any changes can affect the thickness of the unit, and its ability to fit into the window frame with the original arrangements made.

Fix Glass Yourself

A properly replaced glass in double glazing should be able to give you the same thermal efficiency as the original installation.
So as to answer your question it is possible to replace just the actual glass however it not recommended. However, you could always have the actual glazing unit replaced with no need to have to replace the entire frame and at a much lower cost to yourself.
Here at Ace Windows NE we replace all kinds of glazing units and can change the kind of glazing you have in your window to self-cleaning or obscure glass. we offer you a huge choice of patterns and privacy levels.

Visit our glass-and-glazing-hardware page for our latest brochure to choose your new glass Now