External doors obviously need to be solid and endurable but they also need to be attractive and most timber merchants and the larger DIY stores have combined the practical aspects of the timber with its natural beauty to produce some stunning doors. Look at those on display here.
External Oak doors come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. Glazed or unglazed the timber needs to be protected against the elements to give you a lifetime of continued use.
Oak external doors come with either mortice and tennon or doweled joints for strength and the usual thickness for an external door is 44mm.
Glazed openings are supplied with beads and glass can be sealed with silicone, glaziers mastic or putty for weather proofing.
The range of hardwood doors from different companies includes Acacia doors, Alicante doors, Carolina doors, Colonial doors, Elizabethan doors, Richmond doors, Victoria doors, Carlisle & Kendal doors.
External hardwood doors should carry a ten year guarantee but be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions for decorating, to the letter, for this guarantee to be valid.
Hardwood folding doors are becoming very popular and fully glazed external oak doors have a long life span if looked after correctly. See our project on preparing timber for painting.