External Door- Extra Care!

We strongly recommend that you employ the services of a good joiner to fit your new door.

Please take note of some extra precautions when fitting and treating external doors.

  • You may need to reduce the size of the doors to fit. You can do this by shaving off equally from both sides, but not excessively, e.g. maximum of 6mm from each side.
  • Seal the door with two coats of treatment before your first fix, then remove the hinges, take off all ironmongery and coat every surface liberally with your top coats, including all the cut outs before refitting. Pay special attention to treatment of the underside edge of the door.
  • Fully seal glass rebates and the backs of glazing beads prior to glazing on models that are supplied without glass.
    It is essential due to the UK’s climate to apply a bead of clear silicone to the glass where the glass meets the timber, before your final coat of your chosen protection such as ‘Sikkens Filter 7’ or other good quality product.
  • Never fit mortise locks etc. at rail joints as this may seriously weaken them. Also, use a minimum of three good quality 4” hinges.
  • Fit the best quality lock(s) you can, for your security and protection.
  • We recommend you fit a good quality weather board/bar for added weather resistance.
  • For further general advice see also our guide ‘Door Care’.

With proper treatment, weather protection, fitting and maintenance your new external door can last for decades and will certainly add a touch of beauty to your home.