Overview of decorative panels for exterior doors/ 25.04.2018
Overview of decorative panels for exterior doors
External door has to be practical in the first place. Its purpose is to make the house safe against burglars and to limit heat loss to a minimum. This does not mean, however, that they should not be aesthetically appealing. The appearance of a door should perfectly match the architecture of the building, and should even emphasise its style. Decorative panels are particularly suitable for this purpose. Take a look at our guide and find out about most interesting options for decorative panels.
PVC/ALU decorative panels
These days, panels made of these materials are is the most popular and recommended solution. PVC/ALU panels combine outstanding strength with a wide range of decorative options. With this, almost everyone can find a panel that matches architecture of the building. It is also an excellent way to distinguish a house from those of the neighbours.
Naturally, the choice between a PVC panel and an ALU panel depends on the preferences of a customer. Aluminium is much more suitable for modern buildings with simple design. PVC can provide a door with a wood-like appearance, which makes it an excellent choice for house with a traditional architectural design.
PVC panels can be painted in any RAL colour. The safest choice is a colour that matches that of the windows – particularly if the windows are in the same facade as the door.
Differences between ALU and PVC
As the name suggests, ALU decorative panels are made of aluminium sheet with a thickness of 2 mm.
Between the sheets there is a 20 mm thick polyurethane foam layer. Standard panel sizes are up to 1000x2000x24/36mm. Thus, the decoration matches most common door types.
The maximum available dimensions of PVC panels are 900x2100mm. Standard panel thickness is 24 mm, and can be increased up to 48 mm. A panel consists of an inner layer made of ABS plastic and a 2 mm thick outer layer made of PMMA.
A decorative panel can be an effective insulation of the door.
A PVC panel can also be reinforced with so-called “D core” comprising a two-layer board made by coextrusion of ABS and PMMA. This increases the panel's thermal resistance. This solution is recommended if the purpose of a panel is to provide the door with a wood-like appearance.
Give your door a unique style
The possibility to choose a solution that will perfectly match both the style of the building and the preferences of the owner is a great advantage of decorative panels.
Aikon Distribution BESTSELLERS
We have a wide range of door panels available in both PVC or ALU versions so that you are free to choose the right model and match it to any building. A wide range of combinations of decorative surfaces, matching colours, finishing accessories, and decorated glass will satisfy even the most individual preferences.
The 2018 BESTSELLERS series is a collection of 8 door panel models offered at special promotional prices: with a discount of up to 12% cheaper. The offer includes both modern and traditional models suitable for houses and commercial buildings.