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Choosing the right front door is an important decision for homeowners, one that affects not only the look of your home but also its security, thermal efficiency, and overall value. When it comes to deciding on the right type of door, there are several factors to consider if deciding between composite or wooden styles.

At Emereo, we know the key differences and drawbacks of both materials so we’ve put together a guide to help you make an informed decision and ultimately show why we believe composite doors are often the better choice.

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What are the Benefits of Wooden Doors?

There’s no denying the timeless charm of a solid wood door. Wooden front doors have been a staple in homes for centuries, admired for their natural beauty and classic feel. Available in a range of types of wood, including mahogany, oak, and pine, wooden doors can be customised to match the aesthetic of any home.

Pros of Wooden Doors:

Aesthetic Appeal:

Wooden doors offer a warm, natural look that can’t be easily replicated. Each wood door has unique grain patterns, adding a touch of elegance to your entryway.


They can be painted or stained in any colour, and the type of wood can be selected based on personal preference.

Natural Insulator:

Wood is a natural insulator, helping to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.

Cons of Wooden Doors:


Wooden doors require regular maintenance to prevent rot, warping, and discolouration caused by weather conditions. This includes painting, staining, and sealing.


Despite their strength, wooden doors can be susceptible to damage from moisture and intruders meaning they might not offer the longevity you’re looking for.


High-quality solid wood doors can be expensive, and the ongoing maintenance adds to the cost over time.

What are the Benefits of Composite Doors?

Composite doors have gained popularity since their introduction to the UK in the late 1990s, particularly in areas like Halifax, Dewsbury, and Huddersfield. These doors are made from a mixture of materials, including wood, PVC, and glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), which combine to offer exceptional strength, security, and energy efficiency.

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Pros of Composite Doors:


Composite doors are highly durable, resistant to warping, rot, and moisture. The reinforced GRP skin on products like Distinction Doors ensures they can withstand harsh weather conditions without deteriorating.

Low Maintenance:

Unlike timber doors, composite doors require very little maintenance. A quick wipe-down is usually all that’s needed to keep them looking their best.


Composite doors are incredibly secure, featuring modern multi-point door locks and advanced Ultion cylinders as standard. Options for Secured by Design and PAS 24 upgrades are also available.

Energy Efficiency:

Composite doors offer outstanding insulation, with some models like the Hallmark Doors achieving U-values as low as 0.8 and A++ energy ratings. This can lead to significant savings on energy bills.

Aesthetic Variety:

Composite doors come in a wide range of styles, colours, and finishes. Whether you prefer a classic woodgrain look or a modern design, there’s a composite door to match your taste.

Cons of Composite Doors:

Initial Cost:

Composite doors can be more expensive upfront compared to some wooden doors, but the long-term savings on maintenance and energy bills often make them a more cost-effective choice in the long run.

Are Composite Doors Worth the Extra Money?

When considering the initial investment versus long-term benefits, composite doors often come out on top. Their added durability, low maintenance, and excellent insulative properties make them a practical and economical choice for many homeowners.

The advanced security features provide peace of mind, knowing that your home is well-protected.

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Making the Switch with Emereo

At Emereo, we supply and install fashionable composite doors from industry-leading manufacturers such as Solidor, Hallmark Doors, and Distinction Doors. Our composite doors not only offer chic personalisation and excellent strength but are also designed to maximise performance and minimise waste.

With a comprehensive 10-year insurance-backed guarantee and a wide selection of styles and colours, Emereo makes it easy to find the perfect new front door for your home. From classic cream to modern Anthracite Grey, our authentic woodgrain panels ensure your new door will impress friends, family, and neighbours alike.

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While wooden doors have their charm, composite doors provide superior benefits in terms of durability, security, and energy efficiency. For homeowners looking for a long-lasting, low-maintenance option that doesn’t compromise on style, composite doors are the clear winner.

Ready to upgrade to a composite door? Contact Emereo today to find out more and request a free quote. Let us help you boost the look and security of your home with our high-quality, expertly installed composite doors.

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Nothing pleases us more than happy customers. So, here are just a few reasons why we remain the first choice for savvy homeowners, trade installers, and builders in Huddersfield and Yorkshire.

We are delighted with our new windows and doors. The lads from Emereo were punctual, polite and efficient.  The work took two days to complete and the Emereo staff left our house clean and tidy both days. We are so impressed with the blinds in our french windows. They are so neat and unobtrusive, whilst giving us the privacy we require.

We have already noticed a difference to the warmth in the house and a distinct lack of draughts that we experience with our old windows and doors.

I would not hesitate to recommend Emereo to friends and family.  Andy runs a great company with well trained staff and high standards from start to finish.  I cannot thank them enough.

Highly recommend. Efficient, excellent workmanship, clean up after themselves. No decorating required afterwards. Finished mine in a day. Brilliant job – thankyou.


Amazing job today, polite, clean and amazingly efficient.


Spot on from initial quote to install. Entire house refitted and windows look amazing. Impressed with how clean and tidy the house was after all the work the lads put in. Cannot recommend enough.


I love my new doors thank you. The lads have done a great job.

The white interior of the inner door and the choice I made for the glass with your help makes a huge difference to the light coming in. It’s really lovely thank you.

It’s also great having the same key for both doors.

Thanks for all your help Andy and I will definitely recommend you to friends and family. Very friendly and supportive – great customer service


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