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Wooden vs Composite Doors – What’s The Best Pick For Your Home?

If you are searching for a new living room, back or front door, you should get a good handle of factors such as material, style, and security. Most homeowners stand somewhere in-between wooden and composite doors.

The main difference between these two types is the material used, while both require maintenance for the best performance, longevity, and security. We guess you are on the hunt for something resilient and strong, so make sure to consider the following differences beforehand making a final choice.


Cost and Maintenance

A composite door requires a slightly higher initial investment. On the other side, wooden doors include less initial costs but require ongoing maintenance. Failing to keep wooden doors well-maintained results in peeling, swelling, or warping. Composite doors don’t involve regular maintenance, which ticks the boxes for some homeowners.


Life Expectancy

Wooden doors are expected to last for up to 30 years, depending on the type of wood they are made of, as well as the weather conditions they are exposed to. Regular repaints (every 2 to 5 years) will expand a life expectancy of a wooden door.

A composite door can last up to 35 years when the hinges and other moving parts are oiled yearly.



Both composite and wooden doors perform well when it comes to security. When fitted with the right locks, it’s hard to break in. Yet, general weathering and poor maintenance deteriorate wooden doors, which is not the case with their composite counterparts.


What Are Composite Doors Made Of?

A solid timber, glass-reinforced polymers, and high-density foam are used to make composite doors. The newest technologies used with composite doors make them resistant to warping and discoloration. All this contributes to better energy performance, higher durability, and superior acoustic.



Some people may think it’s almost impossible to replicate the original look and feel of a wooden door. Afforde Doors offers numerous options when it comes to finishing effects and grain structure of composite doors you can easily fit into any home style. Make sure to check our selection and book an appointment thereafter.

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