What is a PVC Door?
Last Updated Jun 21, 2011 · Written by Rob Schneider
We are all familiar with the term, "PVC" and understand that it is used in manufacturing a wide range of products. When we are introduced to the concept of a PVC door, though, we are often confused. What is a PVC Door? Why would I choose to buy a PVC door instead of a good old fashioned timber door? When you learn more about what PVC is and the benefits of PVC over other materials, you will probably agree that it makes a lot of sense.
What Is PVC?
PVC stands for Polyvinyl chloride. That in itself is not very helpful unless you are a chemist. If you do have some background in chemistry, you will know that this particular type of material is very durable, has great insulating properties and under normal conditions does not emit any harmful chemical fumes. Its chemical composition can be altered to make it very flexible, as in an inflatable swimming pool, or very stiff and strong, as in a PVC door. We see PVC everywhere in our world, from waterproof workboots to electrical extension cords. We see it everywhere because PVC has proven itself to be one of the strongest, most useful materials in the modern world.
Benefits of PVC Doors
Because of its unique chemical structure, a PVC door provides better insulation and therefore better energy efficiency than a traditional timber door. When used as a door frame, PVC is actually three times more energy efficient than its aluminium counterpart. It is also virtually maintenance free, never requiring stripping or repainting. Just wipe the surface clean occasionally and it is as good as new. While a timber door frame will warp, shrink and expand over time, a PVC door frame remains perfectly stable because it is 100% waterproof. While other types of materials fade or discolour when exposed to direct sunlight, PVC is highly UV resistant and remains looking new throughout the life of your door.
Types of PVC Doors
What type of door are you looking for? Odds are, there is a PVC door to match your needs. You can get French doors, sliding doors, bi-fold doors, tilt and slide doors or even ordinary hinged doors in PVC. And yes, you can get windows to match. The most popular colour is gleaming white, but many other colours are available, too and if you want the timber look without the timber hassle, you can even buy timber grain PVC doors.
PVC doors have been widely used throughout Europe, the U.K. and the U.S. for over 50 years, but have only been available in Australia for about 2 decades. There has been a tremendous upsurge in interest in them in our current, environmentally conscious era as homeowners look for more energy efficient ways to insulate their homes. PVC doors are also an economical choice, being inexpensive to buy, maintenance free and very long lasting. In short, the PVC door is the door of the 21st century.