Composite Door Cracking Problems

22 October 2019
Updated 20 April 2023

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night to loud cracking or creaking noises? The sound can be quite disruptive as you may think someone is trying to break into your home.

Now before you go to grab the baseball bat to scare off the intruder (or whatever your weapon of choice may be), take 5 minutes to read this article to realise that it’s actually your composite door cracking.

We’ll answer some of the most common questions:

  • How can I stop my composite door creaking?
  • Do composite doors expand in the heat?
  • How long do composite doors last?

And we’ll help you solve the problem of having a creaking / cracking front composite door.

How can I stop my composite door creaking?

Whilst there aren’t any “home remedies” you can do, getting a professional installer to come out and assess the door would be your best option.

Composite doors crack and creak due to the frame being too tight to the door. Therefore, increasing the size of the door frame should stop the noises of the door, as it contracts due to the temperature.

What we would recommend is finding an installer local to you, to come to your home to see the composite door cracking problem. They will instantly be able to tell you what you should do and give you a few options on how to solve the cracking problem.

Do composite doors expand in the heat?

Composite doors crack and creak due to the hot and cold temperatures of the weather.

During the Summer, composite doors will expand making them harder to shut and open in some cases. This is simply due to the plastic expanding and in turn, it creaks or cracks. 

Once the door begins to cool down, the reverse effect happens as the door “returns” to its natural size and still makes a cracking sound in the process.

So it’s the expanding and shrinking of the door within the frame that causes the door to “pop” “creak” or “crack”. 

How long do composite doors last?

The average lifespan for a composite door is (minimum) 30 years. Hence why they are often a go-to for many homeowners. Boasting longevity as well as durability, withstanding many weather conditions for years to come.

And with many energy-saving benefits, it’s not hard to see why composite doors are one of the more attractive doors for homeowners who want a stylish door as well as energy-efficiency benefits.

Are composite doors worth the money?

We’ve spoken before about why composite doors are a good investment. And from this list, it’s easy to see why they’re popular in many homes.

But ultimately, it really depends on what criteria you have for your front and back doors. You may find that a residential door is more what you’re after or potentially a french door.

It really comes down to personal preference and what benefits you want in a door.

For the most part, however, a composite door is a safe bet as the features and benefits far outweigh the cons of owning a composite front door.

Ready to purchase a composite door?

Use our online quote tool to get an instant, visual representation of your composite door, designed the way you want in a range of colours and hardware.

Then, find an installer to come to your home to fit your new door, or to give you advice on your current composite door and what the best plan of action would be to stop the composite door cracking problems you may have.
Want to speak to an advisor? Get in touch with us today, our friendly team are on hand to help advise in any way possible.


Do composite doors expand in the heat?

Yes they do. As the door gets hotter the materials expand and contract. Once they do, they will begin to pop, crack and creak.
As the door begins to cool down and return to its natural size, the same occurrence happens, the door will crack and creak back into position.

How long do composite doors last?

Generally, the minimum amount of time a composite door will last before it needs swapping is 30 years.
It is for this reason why homeowners are willing to spend a little extra to invest in a door for sustainability and energy-saving benefits.

Are composite doors worth the money?

Due to their longevity, durability and energy-saving benefits, composite doors are more of an investment than a short-term purchase.