There are many factors to consider when choosing which uPVC doors are best for your home or business, TWG can offer advice on the technical aspects of the door, door frame, locking, and installation. One of the many reasons for replacing your existing doors with a uPVC door is the excellent safety and security features offered by the very latest advanced door systems.
Early uPVC frames offered very little in the way of resistance to potential burglars, with poor locking systems, external beads and frames without reinforcement. Thankfully things have moved on and True Window and Glass Centre would suggest that your new uPVC door should have the following:
• At least 70 mm frames (the thickness back to front) that add improved stability and strength to uPVC doors
• Internally glazed doors (sealed units installed into the frames from inside rather than outside) so that the glass is more difficult to remove from outside, without breaking it.
• Multi-point, shoot bolt and hook bolt locking systems to deter or severely delay entry by a burglar. Euro cylinder locks should be anti-snap, anti-bump and anti-drill certified. TWG recommend fitting at least a 3 star Kite marked Euro Cylinder lock to provide true resistance to snapping.
• Doors should be fixed into the house walls with proper screw fixings, not just fixing foam, otherwise, the whole frame could simply be cut away from the surrounding brickwork.
• Door panels should be reinforced to prevent forced entry, Twg use reinforced panels as standard – (some companies do not so please check!).
When considering the purchase of any door the main factor will inevitably be the cost of the materials. When it comes to pricing uPVC is usually cheaper than aluminium, timber or composite, but uPVC can mean quality and value with relative cost effectiveness being a bonus that makes a difference.
An appealing feature of uPVC doors is they are remarkably low maintenance, aluminium is resilient but still needs attention every now and then. On the other hand, uPVC never rots, flakes, rusts or fades. Apart from a quick wipe with a damp cloth to keep it clean, uPVC requires virtually no maintenance making it very convenient and time-saving.
Due to its resilient and robustness, uPVC is known to be very reliable and trustworthy when it comes to security. Modern doors have frames constructed to the utmost hardness and the True Window and Glass Centre fit a reinforced panel at no extra cost, making it extremely difficult to break through or damage. Whilst aluminium is generally more secure due to its strength -uPVC is not far behind and we also offer an upgrade to anti-snap, anti-bump, and anti-drill 3 star Euro lock to prevent lock snapping.
PVCu is a very competent insulator providing heat and energy insulation with the ability to keep heat in and sound out.
All our uPVC doors come with optional Part M compliant easy access low threshold option, ideal for wheelchair users and family homes as they create less of a trip hazard and make an easy access ramp for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
What is the difference between uPVC and PVCu?
The simple answer is it is the same thing – most European languages place the noun (the word PVC in this case) before the adjective (U) giving the term pvcu, ‘uPVC’ is more common term within the UK.
uPVC, also known as rigid PVC, is extensively used in the building industry as a low-maintenance material and is available in a range of colours and finishes, and is increasingly used as a substitute for wooden window frames and sills when installing double glazing in new buildings. Other uses include fascia, and soffits and guttering. PVCu is known as having strong resistance to chemicals, sunlight, and oxidation from water.
Door Repairs and Spare Parts
TWG specialise in supplying hardware and replacement parts for PVCu doors – handles, hinges, locks, keeps, key cylinders, multi-point door locks and door furniture such as letterboxes, door knockers, door restrictors, door hinges, etc. We are often able to supply and source parts for older doors fitted over the past 25+ years.
We also stock hardware for aluminium windows, doors and patio doors.
TWG–The Wise Choice for uPVC Doors