We supply and deliver most of our external doors within 48-72 hours anywhere in the UK.
New external doors are all at once a statement and a barrier to the outside world. But in addition to being stylish and sturdy, they should also create a welcoming first impression.
From bright, bespoke exterior doors, to contemporary white PVC front and back doors, you have an opportunity to add your own unique look to your property.
A new external door is all about form and function. Designed for safety and security, these doors also retain warmth and add aesthetic - and monetary - value to a building.
At Direct Doors, we know doors - inside and out - and on this page we’ll help you:
- Find great quality doors, at the right price;
- Get to know our huge product range;
- And understand how to measure doors before ordering.
With over 30 years of sourcing and installing doors under our belts, we can advise you that choosing a new door will almost always come down to quality and style, rather than price (although, if you’re looking for the right price, you’ve come to the right place).
We understand that choosing a new external door is a very personal choice, but we’re here to help should you have any queries.
Right Product - Right Place:
The first thing you must bear in mind is the actual location of your new external doors. Now, this might sound fairly obvious, but have you considered just how much inclement weather the external door will encounter on a daily basis?
If you live somewhere that gets its fair share of rain, then your choice of material is very important. For instance, oak external doors should have a canopy fitted in order to provide extra cover and protection.
Ask yourself this: When was the last time you had your wooden front door decorated (that is to say, painted to protect the wood) on the top and bottom edges? Chances are it was either a very long time ago, or it’s never been done.
Decoration of the wood is critical to prolonging the lifespan on your external door.
We recommend that you take the time to have the new outside door decorated in full (on all faces and edges) prior to installation so as to avoid any issues further down the line.
You should also consider the fact that, even if it’s not actually raining, untreated external timber doors will still act like a sponge by drawing in the moisture in the air. This can lead to the veneer being compromised and the wood swelling and sticking on the frame.
Find it - Fit it:
On this page you’ll find over 30 categories in which to browse our huge range of external doors.
And with a selection of materials, finishes, and compatible fittings - including hinges, handles, and locks - we have something for everyone.
You have the option of choosing an unfinished door if you wish to decorate it yourself, or an external PVC or fully prefinished door if you’d rather avoid any further work once the door has been fitted.
In this section, we’ll briefly cover some of the key features of our product range.
These days, virtually all external doors are over-veneered. But this doesn’t mean the door is inferior.
The construction methods, the inner core, the edge fitting, and the veneer lamination have all evolved over the years to produce incredibly robust and reliable doors.
And our made to measure doors are the only ones that are one piece component sections, made in the traditional manner, one at a time, with mortise and tenon joints. Meanwhile, some of our standard doors are dowel jointed, and others are morticed and tenon jointed. The difference in quality is minimal, but the price points can differ, with the dowel jointed doors looked upon as being slightly more affordable due to the speed of construction as a mass-produced item.
Our standard size external doors are available in oak and mahogany, and our made-to-measure doors are also available in a southern yellow pine.
The mahogany doors, while not as hard as the oak, are still as durable, and are likely to last as long as an oak door. This makes them the ideal choice if you’re looking for a hardwood door, but your budget won’t stretch to oak.
Fire & Fsc:
Fire safety is a primary concern for a number of our customers, and installing external fire doors can be an important requirement for landlords and business owners.
As part of our range of interior doors, we supply a small selection of half hour (FD30) and one hour (FD60) fire-rated doors.
If being green is important to you, then we can confirm which of our wooden exterior doors are FSC-certified.
This registration results in a safe chain of custody to guarantee the controlled sourcing of materials supplied in the manufacture of those doors.
If you have an eye for detail then you’ll love our range of hinges, handles, and locks to complement your new external door.
With an extensive range of items, from modern, contemporary handles to antique-style doorbells & knockers - not to mention letterboxes, draught excluders, and locks and latches - you’re bound to find the perfect finishing touch to your new door.
Do it right:
First, we must advise that if you’re not an experienced DIY enthusiast, you may wish to seek the assistance of a seasoned joiner to help you measure and fit your new external door.
A helpful note: The DIY advice provided on our website is only a guideline for the installation of exterior doors. We cannot accept liability for any mishap, injury or damage caused to you, your property or a third party while following this advice.
Our unrivalled experience in fitting external doors means we can advise on which doors in our product range can be cut, and by how much, in both height and width.
If you’d like more information on the entire measuring and fitting process, visit our Help Section.
Measuring and Fitting Exterior Doors:
Most outside doors are available in a range of sizes, including:
When measuring your exterior door, ignore the current door size and follow the advice below.
Width: Measure the door between the frame at the top, the middle and the bottom.
Select a door that fits the widest size. This is because the widest size can be adjusted by you to suit the narrow area of any part of the opening without compromising the stability or affecting the look of the door.
Height: Measure from the floor covering to the underside of the timber lintol.
Thickness: Now and only now do you measure the door to find out how thick it is at present.
Whichever external door you choose, you must make sure you fit a minimum of 3 good quality hinges, while some of the heavier oak doors will benefit from 4 hinges, due to the size and weight.
- Tip: Try using a little bit of soap on the screws you’re fitting to the door. It will make go in that little bit easier, and will also prevent the screws from breaking.