PVCu Door FAQs

What are Hurst uPVC door panels made from?

Hurst PVC-U door panels are manufactured using advanced technology that bonds two PVC skins to a variety of reinforcing materials ensuring the integrity of the panel against heat and moisture. For additional security we also offer a choice of reinforcing materials.

The PVC is BS 476 Classified, recyclable and inert. It contains no CFCs or HFCs and is a flame-retardent thermoplastic, i.e. it extinguishes itself after the source of the flame has been removed.

What are the benefits of a Hurst uPVC Door?

Hurst PVC-U doors are affordably priced and provide great value for money, especially considering their durability. Their lightweight nature makes them quicker and simpler to install than other doors and PVC-U is also a completely recyclable material. A full list of product benefits can be found on our Overview page within our PVC-U Collection section.

What is uPVC/ PVC-U?

uPVC stands for “unplasticized polyvinyl chloride,” and it is a type of plastic material that is rigid and resistant to ultraviolet (UV) rays, making it suitable for outdoor applications like doors and windows. uPVC is known for its durability, low maintenance requirements, and thermal insulating properties.

Are uPVC doors energy-efficient?

Protected by Heat Reflective Technology, Hurst uPVC door panels have a heat reflective skin which when combined with an extra high-density core, provides excellent insulation. uPVC doors are known for their good thermal insulating properties, which can contribute to energy efficiency in your home. The material itself has a low thermal conductivity, helping to reduce heat transfer between the inside and outside of your home. However, the overall energy efficiency of a door also depends on other factors like the quality of installation, the type of glazing used, and the overall construction of the door.

What do you clean uPVC doors with?

You can clean uPVC doors with a mild soap or detergent mixed with water. Avoid using abrasive or harsh chemicals, as they may damage the uPVC surface. Additionally, you can use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe the door gently. Regular cleaning will help maintain the appearance and extend the lifespan of the uPVC door.

What colours are available?

Although white remains our most popular PVC-U door colour, we offer a range of colour and woodgrain options, from Anthracite Grey and Chartwell Green through to Oak and Rosewood.

When should I replace my uPVC door?

The decision of when to replace a uPVC door depends on its condition and overall performance. If your uPVC door shows signs of significant wear, damage, or has become less energy-efficient, it might be time for a replacement. Additionally, if your door is old and approaching its expected life span, it may be a good idea to consider replacing it. Always consult with a professional to assess your door’s condition and determine if replacement is necessary.

Where can I purchase Hurst uPVC doors in my area?

To locate your nearest Hurst PVC-U door installer please use our locator tool.

What is the average price of a uPVC door?

The average price of a uPVC door can vary based on factors such as size, design, glazing options, and the supplier. As a trade only supplier Hurst Doors cannot provide pricing details to homeowners, however one of our network of over 1,800 independent retailers will be able to help. Simply go to our ‘Locate an installer’ page, select PVC in the type of door and enter your postcode to find a door installer local to you.

Which is better, uPVC or composite doors?

The choice between uPVC and composite doors depends on individual preferences and specific requirements. uPVC doors are generally more affordable and low maintenance, while composite doors are known for their higher security and better insulation properties. Ultimately, the best option will depend on your budget and priorities. For more information, our useful blog on Composite Doors vs uPVC Doors may answer some additional questions.

Can you paint uPVC doors?

Yes, uPVC doors can be painted, but it is essential to use the correct preparation process and right type of paint that is specifically designed for uPVC surfaces. Painting uPVC doors can be a cost-effective way to refresh their appearance or change their colour, however seeking the help of a professional is strongly recommended for best results. Alternatively, with a large selection of uPVC door colours, we can help you find the perfect door colour for your home.

What is the difference between PVCu and uPVC?

When it comes to PVCu vs uPVC, there is no difference. The terms are often used interchangeably and refer to the same material – “unplasticized polyvinyl chloride.” In the UK, the term “PVCu” is more commonly used, while “uPVC” is more prevalent in Europe and other parts of the world.

What is the life expectancy of a uPVC door?

The life expectancy of a uPVC door can vary depending on factors such as the quality of the door, installation, usage, and exposure to environmental conditions. However, a uPVC door can last for approximately 20 plus years if maintained correctly.

Are uPVC doors fire-resistant?

Whilst Hurst uPVC door panels feature a fire-retardant core material with no CFCs or HFCs, the uPVC door is not designed for fire-resistant purposes. You will need to specifically look for doors that meet fire safety standards if that’s a requirement for your home.

What finishing touches can I add to my door?

If you really want to tailor your door to your particular taste, check out our range of patterned and coloured glass. You can even take personalisation to the next level by digitally printing an image of your choice onto your door glass. We also offer a range of door furniture to complement you chosen style of door.

How do I maintain my uPVC door?

PVC-U doors are low maintenance and can be kept looking brand new with nothing more than the application of warm soapy water (washing up liquid is suitable) with a lint-free cloth, dried clean with a soft, clean cloth.

We also recommend that you oil moving parts every six months. Please ask your installer for details.

Is there anything I should avoid applying to my uPVC door?

Please do not:

  • Use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads
  • Use pressure washers or steam cleaners
  • Apply any type of bleach or solvent
  • Apply any adhesives of any type or tack

Can I request a brochure?

Brochures can be downloaded from our website but if you would prefer a hard copy, please complete our contact form and we’ll pop it in the post.

What if I can’t find the door style or glass that I want?

We only show a selection of our standard door styles and glasses in our brochure, so if there’s something you’ve seen elsewhere or if you’re looking for something in particular, simply ask your installer to speak to us – we’ll do everything we can to help you find the perfect door for your home.

Who should I contact if I have any questions regarding my new door?

If you have any questions regarding your new door, please contact your installer who should be able to help you.