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Hallmark Panels Review: Range Of Composite Doors & Buying Guide

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Hallmark Panels Review: Range Of Composite Doors & Buying Guide

Myles Robinson
Written by Myles Robinson
Updated on 23rd May 2024
Posted on 23rd May 2024

Hallmark Panels Composite Doors

Hallmark Panels Composite Door

Your front door is important for aesthetics, security, and energy efficiency. Upgrading a door is a significant investment, and you need to make a wise choice when selecting your perfect entry point.

When you need a new look for your front entrance, look no further than the UK's No. 1 composite door supplier.

Hallmark Panels Ltd. is a BSI 9001-registered company and an industry-leading manufacturer and supplier of composite doors and panels. They are renowned for creating quality products.

By choosing Hallmark composite doors and panels, you can enjoy peace of mind with both material and manufacturing warranties on their products.

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What Are Composite Doors?

Composite doors are most commonly used as front doors. They are generally built with a variety of materials. These include:

  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Metals (like aluminium)
  • uPVC
  • GRP

They have a high-impact-resistant glass-reinforced polyester (GRP) skin. This protects the door against the elements (like the sun, wind, and rain) while also being aesthetically pleasing. It also protects the door from damage, like dents, scratches and knocks.

They also have a thermally efficient rigid polymer subframe with a high-density CFC-free polyurethane foam core. The subframe helps the door keep its shape, while the polyurethane core helps to insulate your home, keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer. Noticeably, some composite doors have a timber core.

Now that we've discussed composite doors, let's move on to the doors offered by Hallmark Panels.

 

Unique Features

  • Hallmark doors have a built-in 3 mm thermal movement tolerance as part of their anti-bowing technology. The thermal tolerance protects your door as it allows for movement caused by expansion from the natural heat of summer as well as radiator-induced heat.
  • The glass used is laminated to increase its strength and avert intruders. It is strong enough to resist impact as well, so if the wind catches the door and slams shut, the glass won't break. The glass on Hallmark doors can be sand-blasted, bevelled, or coloured with bespoke designs to suit your exact requirements.
  • They have a steel-reinforced outer frame to help them keep their shape.
  • Due to their robust composition, Hallmark doors are very strong and highly secure.
  • Customers who like the look of real wood but do not want the headache of the maintenance that comes with it can opt for a woodgrain finish that looks like real timber.

 

General Features

Hallmark doors come with a set of standard features:

  • They are weather-resistant. Their GRP skin helps them withstand the UK's harsh weather.
  • The GRP skin is resistant to warping, rotting, and fading.
  • The insulation in the core helps reduce the noise coming from outside.
  • You get a bespoke composite door as you choose a unique design with your preferred handles, hinges, knockers, and even a spy hole. There are over 150 designs to choose from.
  • To maintain these easy-to-clean composite doors, you just need to wipe them down with a damp cloth every now and then.

Glazing

With Hallmark doors, you can choose the glazing type, like clear glazing to allow more natural light in or obscure glazing for additional privacy. You can opt for double or even triple glazing for enhanced soundproofing and energy efficiency.

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Your choice could depend on a variety of factors, such as:

  • Climate: In colder climates where you need additional heating, acquiring an exquisite Hallmark door with triple glazing may be well worth it. It could help reduce heating costs.
  • Noise pollution: If you live in an area with a lot of traffic or general noise, having the extra glazing layers will help with soundproofing.
  • Size of the glass: Larger glass areas may be more thermally effective with triple glazing, while double glazing may work with smaller glass areas.

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Sizes

All Hallmark doors are custom-made, offering you a bespoke product. While many doors come in at a standard size of between 810 mm and 910 mm in width and 2,030 mm to 2,100 mm in height, you would need to measure the space to accommodate the door and door frame, as well as any side or top panels. Remember that this would also need to accommodate the threshold.

Colours

There are over 2,000 different colours and glazing options, so you can get the perfect hue for your front door.

There is a standard range of colours, or you can upgrade to the Premium Pro or Deluxe Matte options.

You can also choose a different colour for the interior side of the door than the one you choose for the exterior. There is also an option to match the door to your existing window frames.

 

Hardware options

Hallmark has an online system that you can use to design your ideal composite door. Once you have decided on your door design, you can choose from the Hallmark hardware options. There is even an anti-corrosion and mechanical guarantee on some of their hardware, such as the handles and letterboxes. The warranty must be activated online and is held with the manufacturer, not Hallmark.

Handles: Choose from an array of handles with different finishes and colours. From rose gold to satin silver, there will be a handle to complement your door. You can add a Bluetooth Smart Lock for an additional fee.

Bar handles: Bar handles are available in sizes ranging from 550 mm to 1800 mm.

Escutcheons: These fit around the lock cylinder or keyhole.

Letterbox: Add a letterbox to your door so your mail can be delivered directly through your door.

Knockers: You can purchase a knocker that suits the unique style of your door. However, it is important to note that knockers come in a limited number of finishes.

Hinges: Three heavy-duty height-adjustable hinges come standard with your door design, and there is an option to add a fourth hinge.

Cylinders: Doors come with a 1-star cylinder, but you can upgrade to a 3-star cylinder and key. These multi-point locks help secure against thieves.

Thresholds: There are various thresholds available.

These include:

  • 15 mm aluminium
  • 44 mm aluminium
  • 56 mm UPVC
  • Low MDS70Hallmark Black Composite Door with Side Panel
  • Low MDS25
  • Low MDS80
  • Low MXS15

Smart locks: For extra security, you can inquire about a smart lock that can be controlled with your phone or your key.

Aerosols: You can even order a touch-up kit or a matching paint aerosol can in case you need it somewhere down the line.

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The Benefits Of Hallmark Panel Composite Doors

Composite doors come with a range of benefits. These include:

  • These composite doors are U-value compliant and are up to 19% more thermally efficient than doors with a timber core.
  • Composite doors are secure as they are robust and made to withstand a lot of pressure from both the elements and a criminal attempting to break in.
  • A composite door has a long lifespan of between 30 and 35 years, so you won't need a new front door anytime soon.
  • They offer a degree of soundproofing due to their insulating core.
  • A composite door is low-maintenance, unlike timber doors that may require regular painting, varnishing, or repairs.

 

FAQs

Are Hallmark doors hard to install?

When you employ a local installer to get your new front door installed, it should take between two and three hours. However, if you want to save on costs and you already have all the tools you need, you could install the door yourself. It is, however, not easy to install a door yourself, as it normally requires a team to hang and install a door.

Are composite doors worth the money?

If you prioritise security and durability, value energy efficiency and cooling costs, and appreciate low-maintenance upkeep for your front doors, then composite doors are well worth it.

What is better, PVC, wood, or composite doors?

A composite door generally lasts longer (30-35 years) than a PVC door, which lasts between 20 and 25 years. The lifespan of a wooden door is anywhere between 20 years (for pine) and 60 years (for mahogany). A composite door does not rot or sag easily and is more robust due to its composition, therefore making it better than a PVC or wooden front door.

 

Getting a Composite Door by Hallmark Panels

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When you buy a composite door from Hallmark Panels Ltd. it comes with both material and manufacturing warranties.

From their helpful team members to the amazing services they provide, stepping over the threshold will be the easiest step you've ever taken.

By choosing Hallmark, you are acquiring 30 years of British expertise. Hallmark is the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of composite doors and panels, so you know when a local installer puts your new door up, you are getting some of the best composite doors available on the market.

It is said that with quality comes peace of mind, so knowing that you have a beautiful new front door that will last at least three decades of the elements, you can rest easily at night.

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Written by
Myles Robinson
Myles Robinson Marketing Director
Posted on: 23rd May 2024
Topic: Advice

Myles is dedicated to sourcing and fitting the best composite doors and windows. His mission is to offer our customers exceptional deals on energy-efficient composite doors, focusing on reducing costs while making sure the most advanced technology is readily available for installation. This commitment is what motivates Myles in the door industry.

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