Good quality doors are an essential element for both landlords and tenants. Tenants need to know that themselves and their treasured belongings are safe in the property and landlords need the peace of mind that their property has adequate protection from unforeseen damage and that the door will not deteriorate quickly. As a landlord, you are responsible for the repair of defective internal and external doors as well as external hinges, locks and handles, which means that it is wise to choose a good quality door to reduce the number of ongoing repairs that are needed.
When it comes to choosing a high-quality front door that meets your needs, there are a number of different options. Here we will review the three main types of door: composite, uPVC and wood.
What Is The Difference Between UPVC, Wood and Composite Doors?
Wood doors are full of character, thanks to their natural wood grain and traditional appearance. Woods doors are a statement door that gives your property a rustic and charming look, that can be custom made to fit any size doorway.
uPVC doors are comprised of plastic and are one of the most common types of door that you’ll find. uPVC doors are not typically attractive. However, its low cost and minimal maintenance can outweigh its appearance.
Composite doors are made up of a variety of materials, including PVC, hardwood, glass reinforced plastic and insulating foam. Composite doors take advantage of a wood effect appearance while having the durability and resistance to the elements that a uPVC door has.
As a landlord, you want a door that will stay functional for as long as possible. Solid wood doors have the longest life span (if choosing high-quality) however, they only last a long time if they are properly maintained, stained, varnished and treated. Wood doors are susceptible to the weather (rain, cold, humidity) which can cause the door to shrink, expand and crack which means you may be left with a dishevelled door very quickly unless you have the time to maintain it.
UPVC doors are not susceptible to the elements and will not warp, and a high-quality uPVC door can last up to 35 years. However as it is plastic it may fade, discolour and become brittle. Once it has reached this stage, it is no longer repairable, if you have heavy-handed tenants, you may find uPVC doors do not last long at all.
Composite doors are strong and do not warp or require repainting. Unlike uPVC doors, the coating will not fade, and it won’t crack. Composite doors are likely to last twice as long as uPVC and will need much less maintenance than any other door.
For protection of your property when it is vacant and for the safety of your tenants, composite doors are by far the most secure as the have multi-point locks as well as a cylinder lock. Composite doors have superior strength that resists physical attack and lock picking. Due to the structure of uPVC doors, you will not be able to fit additional locks to your doors, although most uPVC doors come equipped with a three-point locking system, however, do not have the strength of a composite door. Wood doors can be vulnerable and a less stable option, although extra locks can be fitted retrospectively.
As with all landlord expenses, it is worth considering the long-term cost rather than the initial outlay. uPVC doors are by far the cheapest option, however, they will not last as long as other doors and if damaged, they are difficult to repair, which means replacing.
Wood doors can vary greatly in price, depending on the quality of wood you choose, however, the extra considerations will need to be the cost of regular maintenance and fitting additional locks for security.
Composite doors are a slightly more expensive option. They will last much longer than uPVC and will maintain its appearance and strength with minimal maintenance. In fact, it will never need treating, painting or require additional locks fitted.
For the investment and security of your property, it may be wise to spend a little more to begin with, that will save you money and stress in the future.