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Aluminium v Steel v Stainless Steel Communal Doors

Doors 002 resizedWhen selecting a communal entrance door to protect your property, there is a range of materials to choose from. It is important to gain an understanding of the benefits and differences between these, so you can tailor your choice of door to your requirements. The location in which a door is going to be installed can be an influential factor in this decision, for example, if it is a coastal area, then you will need an anti-corrosive doorset so that it does not rust. This guide aims to help you to determine which metal your door should be constructed from, by teaching you about the characteristics of aluminium, steel and stainless steel.


Although aluminium is typically not as strong as steel, it is one-third lighter, and therefore the lightest of the three materials. This makes aluminium doorsets easy to operate, maintain and install. Aluminium is very malleable, making it the easiest to work with out of the three, decreasing the cost of manufacture, and making it the most cost-effective option. As aluminium has a passivation layer, it has a high oxidation and corrosion resistance.


Steel is the cheapest raw material of the three, and is stronger than aluminium. It is easier to work with than stainless steel, but still requires a lot of work to manufacture into doors, making it more expensive and harder than aluminium to construct doorsets from. Steel is not corrosion resistant, making it the most likely to rust out of the three materials, and therefore unsuitable for coastal locations.

Stainless Steel

With high resistance to wear and abrasion, stainless steel is the strongest material of the three. As it is heavier, and more durable than aluminium and steel, it is much less likely to warp or deform under force, weight, or heat. As stainless steel is non-porous, and chromium is added as an agent, it is highly resistant to corrosion. Stainless steel is eco-friendly; it can be recycled over and over again whilst still maintaining its original strength.

Communal Doors

130905beel0041 green 3 resizedNewton offers a variety of communal entrance doors, manufactured from aluminium, steel and stainless steel. Our ClassicAL doors are constructed from aluminium, and reinforced with stainless steel to increase strength and durability of the doorsets, whilst maintaining a low weight. Providing peace of mind, the ClassicAL is LPCB certified to LPS 2081 Security Category B, and is Secured by Design accredited. Manufactured from steel, our Classic2 doors are an economical choice, in terms of value and strength. The Classic2 has been successfully tested by the LPCB to PAS 24, demonstrating its resistance to attack. Our Classic2S doors are constructed of stainless steel, ensuring high durability, longevity and resistance to corrosion.

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With a 1-year manufacturer's warranty on hardware, and a 5-year fabrication warranty, our doors require low maintenance, and provide long life reliability. All of Newton's communal entrance doors are available in a wide range of design configurations, with side and over panels, polyester powder coated in a range of colours with a textured finish, as standard. If you require any assistance in selecting the most appropriate communal entrance door for your property, please contact us via 01294 272667 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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