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The benefits of choosing composite and how to choose a composite front door panel design

John Collins - Managing Director

Author: John Collins - Managing Director

The front door of a home serves as a symbolic gateway, welcoming guests and setting the tone for the overall feel of your home. Choosing the right front door panel design is a crucial decision that combines aesthetic appeal, functionality, and durability. Among the various materials available, composite front door panels have gained popularity for their blend of style and practicality.

Here, we explore the benefits of composite, and the factors to consider when selecting composite front door panel designs.

Understanding the benefits of composite front doors | Why choose a composite door?

Composite front doors are crafted from a combination of materials, typically including a solid timber core, reinforced with layers of fiberglass or uPVC. The materials used to create composite doors make them incredibly strong and hard wearing. The fibreglass is tough and waterproof, preventing discolouration, marks and general wear and tear. The reinforced frame and core make the door resistant to knocks, bumps and dents.

The outer layer is often textured and finished to mimic the appearance of wood, offering a wide range of design possibilities. Composite doors are often available in many different colours, with a variety of accessories available to complement the design. Visit our full range of composite front doors here.

Factors to consider when choosing a panel design

Choosing the colour of your front door panel design

The colour of your front door panel design plays a significant role in curb appeal. Choosing a supplier that offers a huge variety of colours allows you to match or contrast with your home's exterior. Consider the existing colour palette of your facade and landscaping when choosing a perfect door colour. Classic shades like deep reds, greens, and blues are timeless, while contemporary homes may embrace bold and contrasting hues. For a more understated design, you may want to choose classic colours such as black or white. View our full composite front door range to find out more about your colour options.


Our pick:

Shop Vufold’s traditional composite front door range

Vufolds Traditional Composite Range of front doors - outside view

Shop our Signature aluminium front door range.

  • Thermally Efficient - U Value of 1.4 W/m2K (Energy Rating B)
  • Safe and Secure - PAS 24 in line with Document Q tested
  • Easy Install - full fitting kit included
  • Guarantee - 10 Years.

View our traditional composite front door range.

What panel designs can you choose from?

Composite front doors offer various panel designs, ranging from simple and sleek to ornate and traditional. Consider whether you want a busy or simple panel design for your door. Some designs incorporate vertical or horizontal lines, while others feature intricate patterns. The panel details contribute to the overall character of the door, so choose a design that aligns with your style preferences.

Considering your home’s architectural style

The architectural style of your home should guide your choice of door panel design. Whether your residence is modern, traditional, or somewhere in between - there are composite door designs to complement every architectural theme. Consider decorative elements that harmonise with your home's overall aesthetic.

Choosing glass panels

Many composite door designs include glass panels, adding a touch of elegance and allowing natural light into your entryway. When selecting glass panels, consider the level of privacy you desire. Frosted or obscured glass options provide privacy without sacrificing illumination. Additionally, explore decorative patterns and textures that complement the overall design of the door.

Read more about choosing a new composite front door for your home here.


Our pick:


FROM £1332

Vufolds composite Silverstone front door

The stunning Silverstone offset glazed composite door features a unique LVLF core and GRP skin giving unrivalled security, strength, and efficiency. Silverstone composite front doors are available in a range of standard sizes with and without sidelights.

View our composite Silverstone front doors here.

Why choose Vufold?

Choosing the right composite front door panel design involves considering style, functionality, and practicality. However, it is also important to find a supplier that offers doors with excellent thermal efficiency, and reliable security features. You should also consider aspects such as guarantee, and whether the materials used are high-quality and durable.

At Vufold, our quality composite front doors offer exceptional energy-saving performance for thermal efficiency, enhanced security and 10 year guarantee for added peace of mind.

Do you want to find out more about our composite front door range? Contact our friendly team today.

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of choosing a composite front door with glass panels?

Doors with glass side panels are a popular choice for many homes. The benefits include:

  • Make space feel bigger – enjoy plenty of additional light in your home.
  • Thermal efficiency – high quality sidelights have excellent thermal efficiency to help keep your home warm.
  • Safe and secure – while glazing may not seem to be the best choice in terms of security, the quality and sturdy nature of the glazing within sidelights make them incredibly safe for use on the exterior of your home, especially if you opt for an option including toughened safety glass.

Can I improve the thermal efficiency of my composite front door?

Yes, consider adding weather stripping, installing a door sweep, or applying insulating films. However, for a significant improvement, upgrading to a thermally efficient door, like those offered by Vufold, is recommended.

Are composite front doors better than wooden front doors?

All-round, composite doors offer better thermal efficiency, security, longevity and are much lower maintenance than wooden doors, all whilst providing an identical wood-grain effect that makes wooden doors so popular. However, wooden front doors still offer a range of benefits and are suitable if you have a lower budget. Engineered wooden front doors often offer excellent durability, providing an aesthetic and practical option.

If you’d like further advice or information about our range of composite front doors, please contact our team.

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John Collins - Operations Director


John Collins - Managing Director

About John Collins

John has built Vufold into a unique online door and window company and has spent 20 years bringing innovative products and designs to fruition, recognising niches in the market and placing them in the likes of Wickes and Travis Perkins, he started Vufold in order to sell them directly. John founded Vufold and has amassed a wealth of experience in product design and development, and in particular timber-based products

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