When shopping for a new door, a common dilemma you will most likely face is choosing a composite or wooden door. Composite or wooden is a debate that has homeowners divided, with both sides feeling strongly about both types. 

Composite doors are made up of a combination of materials, chosen specifically for their individual qualities. Whereas, a wooden door is made up of single wood material. 

In this article, we take a closer look at both door types and their benefits and drawbacks so you can decide which type of door is right for your home.

Composite or Wooden Doors?

Composite doors:


  1. Safe and Secure 

Your front door is the first line of defense against intruders. 

You cannot put a price on peace of mind but with a composite door, you can relax knowing your home is well-protected. 

Composite door offers a high level of security thanks to its durability and strength. It also usually comes fitted with the latest door locking system for extra protection. 

  1. Durability 

Another reason why people often opt for composite doors is their durability. Composite doors are extremely strong which means they are not prone to damage. 

  1. Low Maintenance

With composite doors, you don’t have to put in a lot of work to keep them at their best. They are very low maintenance, the occasional wipe down and oiling is all that is needed to keep them looking and working like brand new. 

  1. Well-designed 

By combining different materials for their individual benefits, a composite door allows flaws to be effectively ‘designed out’, not possible in single-material doors. 


  1. Price 

The main reason homeowners are put off by composite doors is because of their expensive price tag. A composite door will cost you considerably more than other material doors. 

Whilst costing more initially, a composite door can be considered as an investment due to its low maintenance and long lifespan. 

Wooden doors:


  1. Aesthetics 

A wooden door offers a traditional look and charm that is hard to match with other door materials. It will fit right at home in a period or traditional property. Wooden doors are also aesthetically pleasing and versatile as they are available in a variety of styles to fit your specific requirements. 

  1. Long-lasting

Made from a natural material, if looked after, a wooden door will stand the test of time and will offer a long lifespan.  

  1. Highly insulative 

A key benefit of a wooden door is that wood is highly insulative, as it only allows a small amount of heat and cold to enter your home.

This means that a wooden door will help to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.


  1. High Maintenance

A significant drawback of a wooden door is that it needs regular attention to ensure that it looks its best. 

Wooden doors are vulnerable to fading meaning you may need to keep giving them a fresh lick of paint. They also need to be treated to prevent wood rot. 

Which is best? 

As you can see, both composite and wooden doors have their benefits and their downsides. So, which is best? 

This is really dependant on what you’re looking for in a door. 

A composite door is perfect for a modern home, whereas, a wooden door is more suited to a traditional or older property. Whichever door type you choose, it is important that you choose a trusted supplier so that you get a quality product. 

At Dauntsey Building Plastics, we are focused on delivering each of our customers with products of exceptional quality. Each of our doors is carefully designed and built to last. 

If you’re looking for a new or replacement door in Wiltshire, why not get in touch or see the range of doors that we provide? 

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