At Doors & Windows (Exeter), we are very proud of our extensive industry expertise and we make it our priority to share this with our customers for them to understand exactly what we have to offer. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about our Solidor composite doors.

With no complicated terms, industry acronyms, or long sentences, we have simplified the language to make it as easy as possible for you to understand.

What is a composite door and what are they made from?

Duck egg blue composite front door

At Doors & Windows (Exeter) we offer only the best composite doors in the market – the Solidor composite door.

The Solidor composite range is one of the most durable, long-lasting hardwood premium composite door ranges available. Boasting the beautiful appearance of timber yet harnessing the modern low maintenance materials of uPVC, our composite doors definitely have the “wow-factor”!

What is even better is that you can design your dream door online and choose from four different composite door styles: traditional and cottage doors, Italia collection, stable doors, or French doors. There is a design to suit your needs, and of course to match the style of your windows too!

Can I paint an old composite door?

Chartwell green composite front door

Great question! Our composite doors can be painted; however, this may damage the finished look and feel of your door so we would strongly advise against it.

Instead, you may be thinking “well, what is the best colour for a front door?”. Why not replace an older front door (whether it’s composite or not) with a strong Solidor entrance door? Our composite doors can be designed in a variety of colours; whether you would like to have a timeless black composite door or, perhaps you would prefer a grey composite door, we cater to every personal taste and preference so there should not be a need for you to paint your door.

Is a composite door prone to warping?

This is a common question that we get asked by our customers. “Do composite doors expand in the heat?”, “are they resistant to fading during the summer months?”, “do they crack overtime?”.

The answer to all these questions: no. Due to the materials that they are made from, our composite doors are exceptionally weatherproof as well as highly resistant to fading, warping, bending, and cracking.

Is a composite door energy-efficient?

Yes! Offering unparalleled strength, our composite doors are energy-efficient, boasting insulation levels six times higher than traditional timber doors.

What does achieving the ‘Premium Installer’ status mean for me?

Being granted ‘Premium Installer’ status by Solidor gives peace of mind and reassurance to our customers that all composite doors sold by us have been manufactured by Solidor and approved to their very high-quality standards.

If you require any further information, or you have a question we haven’t answered here, don’t hesitate to contact our team of skilled professionals who will give you a free, no-obligation quote. We look forward to helping with your door replacement project.

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"Nick and his team fitted some new doors and windows at the back of our lean to. The service from start to finish was excellent and the new doors and windows make the lean to look like a new room! Would highly recommend."

- Mark F. 5

"Cannot fault customer service in anyway from this firm we called in reference to get a quote to replace some windows. Nick came out the same day was very helpful with ideas and suggestions of what types of windows that would suit and with 24 hrs a quotation was waiting in my inbox. We shall be almost certainly be putting an order in shortly. Cannot recommend this company more highly to anyone thinking of new windows or doors should definitely give Nick a call."

- Terry Bowen 5

"Brilliant local company. Installed a new door for my father (after a recommendation by a friend). Great product, great price, but (& I can not stress this enough) their kindness & care dealing with an elderly gent, especially regarding the guarantee (so both myself as his son & he could have a copy) was amazing. I genuinely did not believe service like this existed any more. Lovely people to do business with & a company I can thoroughly recommend."

- Ashley D. 5

"Excellent delivery of service and installation (11 windows and 1 door). Thank you Tom for a job well done! Clean and very efficient. We were recommended by word of mouth to use Doors and Windows and would not hesitate to recommend this company ourselves. Many thanks."

- David G. 5

"Through a recommendation, I popped into the office to see if they could help me source a new door handle. Nick was extremely helpful and ordered one for me through a company they use. I will certainly recommend the company to family and friends and I will use them for replacement windows and doors in the future. Many thanks for the free tin of silicone spray!"

- Sue M. 5

"Doors & Windows ( Exeter) have provided a first class service from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble and when it came to a small problem it was sorted immediately without any hesitation. I would thoroughly recommend Nick, Rob and the team. It’s so pleasantly refreshing to find a company who put their customers first. Thank you."

- Lisa S. 5


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  • 7 Ashton Business Centre, Ashton Road,
  • Exeter, EX28LN
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