Our Range of External Doors
The Vivid Doors External Doors Range
We offer many different styles of door. Choose from imposing oak or hardwood doors with solid frames. Grand, ornate frames with sidelights are some of the most popular choices in our collection. We also stock external doors with glazed panels featuring ornate designs. Our range also includes stained glass style doors with a number of patterns on them. Select from bevelled, glazed, frosted and leaded glass, as well as double and triple glazed clear glass entryways.
We offer a selection of hardwood double glazed doors and stylish composite entrance doors to suit most budgets. Whatever you choose and no matter how much you have to spend, you can be confident that you will get something durable and attractive, which will last for many years to come. Save time and choose from pre-finished products. If you’d prefer, you can select one of our unfinished options. These allow you to stain the door to suit your windowsill, garden fence, or other decorative elements.
Why Wooden External Doors?
External glazed wooden doors are enjoying a resurgence in popularity as more and more people are moving away from uPVC. For many years, plastic was a popular option because it is easy to clean and fairly hard wearing. Yet, wooden doors have a higher quality appearance and, if they are properly treated, they can last for many years. Wooden doors also offer high security and good insulation. With double or triple glazed panels they can allow lots of natural light into your home while still remaining a secure option.
Wooden doors and window frames:
- Are more environmentally-friendly than doors made from uPVC
- Often have negative global warming potential. Over their estimated 60+ year lifespan they could actually reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere
- In the case of window frames, have a useful life of more than twice that of uPVC
- Can be painted and redecorated should you decide to change the colour scheme or theme of your house
Choose from single exterior doors or double ‘entranceway’ configurations. Our basic wooden external doors start at just over £150. We offer a range of styles, designs and materials to suit most budgets. We also have a selection of sidelights with leaded and frosted glass, to help you create a traditional, elegant look for your porch.
Our external doors and window frames are good for the environment and are far less ‘high maintenance’ than you might expect. They are designed to be carbon neutral and we look to source them from FSC certified suppliers. We want to make sure that you can shop with confidence when you buy from us. You can have a clear conscience knowing that you are doing your bit for the environment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our External Doors
How do I choose an external door?
We recommend that all our customers consider the following when shopping for a new front door:
1) Door construction
All external doors are manufactured from engineered solid timbers, with other materials such as high-density foam to assist with thermal performance.
Our doors are no different. We offer:
- Traditional stile and rail - which consist of vertical and horizontal rails secured by panels and,
- Composite Doors - which consist of solid timber at its core and are dressed with other materials such as laminate.
If you’re looking for a front door that’s incredibly low maintenance then we highly recommend opting for a composite.
2) Door style
There are three style choices you can choose from when you shop with us:
- External flush doors - This style is a popular modern trend. We stock a range of flush wooden and composite front and back doors with stylish designs.
- Stile and rail - Are assembled using mortice and tenon joints or other modern manufacturing techniques to create a frame for the door. Either glass or panels are then fitted into the frame at the factory to complete the look. This kind of style is most popular for homes with traditional-looking exteriors.
3) Door glazing
There are a variety of construction methods and stylings when it comes to external door glazing. If you are looking for a door with glazing to encourage natural light flow in your home, you can choose from:
- Clear glass - Which you will be able to see straight through.
- Decorative glass - For an added vintage touch.
- Frosted - So you can still get some light through but won’t have to worry about passers-by seeing into your home.
How do I know what size exterior door to buy?
You’d have to take accurate measurements at home to ascertain what door size you’ll need. You can do this easily by following these steps:
- Measure the width of the frame into which the door sits.
- Next, take measurements at the top, middle and bottom of the external door frame. It’s important to take all of these measurements because the sizes will differ ever so slightly and accuracy is vital.
- Taking the widest of the three measurements, deduct 4mm in total to determine the width of your new door.
- To measure the height, start from the top of the sill (into which the external door closes) and measure down to the underside of the head of the door frame. Again, it’s important to take three measurements at the top, middle and bottom of the door.
- Using the largest measurement, deduct 4mm to gauge the correct door height you need.
- Finally, you need to measure the thickness of your exterior door. Please bear in mind that these doors close up to the weather seal so make sure you measure up to this point.
- A mistake commonly made is measuring your old external door instead of the frame.
- If you’re measuring a door with an aluminium threshold make sure you note where the existing door closes, and then measure from the threshold up to the head of the frame.
- You should always measure in millimetres to ensure accuracy. This will help you select the correct door size and help us give the best advice possible.
- Traditionally, most external doors were 44mm thick, however, in more recent years they have increased to 54-58mm thick. While it’s unlikely you’ll be replacing these thicker doors yet, unless you’re looking for a different style entirely, we still recommend taking accurate measurements.
- Thanks to the lipping (a solid piece of timber running around all of the edges), all exterior doors can be trimmed by a certain amount to ensure they fit properly within the frame. Although, please be aware that the engineered construction of most doors only allows a certain amount of trimming. After trimming you still need enough of the lipping material left to allow you to fit hinges and locks, so the bigger the lipping, the more options you have for trimming.
Can I hang my external door straight away?
As soon as your new door arrives, you should lie it flat on two bearers until they are about to be installed.
If you store your door by leaning it up against a wall, the material could twist or bow, so it's essential that you lie it flat.
We recommend leaving the door in its packaging until it's ready to be decorated and hung. Leaving your door in its packaging ensures all edges are sealed and that no moisture seeps into the material.
- Timber external doors will need more attention than most other doors. You’ll need to decorate all of the cut faces and edges, including any letterbox aperture. You’ll also need to decorate underneath the hinges and up to (even slightly onto) any glazed areas.
These are the weak points on a timber door, therefore a minimum of four coats, (prime, undercoat, and two topcoats) must be given to protect the door from moisture ingress.
- If you’re looking for a front door that’s easier to hang, we recommend a composite door. The faces are waterproof and aside from any trimmed edges that need to be sealed, are particularly easy to manage.
How do you finish an oak front door?
The actions you will need to take before hanging your new front door will depend on precisely what you’ve purchased. For example, if you’ve ordered an unfinished oak external door, you’ll need to apply a coating or varnish suitable for outdoor weather.
Products like Sadolin or Sikkens multi-coat systems will seal your door well with a nice satin finish. These products create a waterproof barrier to prevent moisture from entering into the wood in an uncontrolled fashion which can lead to rot and decay. These are the products we regularly recommend to customers who have purchased an oak external door from us.
These coatings can also be used to touch up areas of damage after fitting, so you don’t have to worry if you knock or scrape the door slightly during installation.
When can I expect delivery?
Our external doors are usually delivered to most mainland locations (unless specifically stated on the product page) within three-to-seven working days (excluding weekends, shutdowns and Bank Holidays) for our in-stock items.
However, we will keep you up-to-date at all times. After processing your order (no longer than two working days after), we will contact you by phone or text to advise on the delivery date. You will need to be in attendance to sign for your doors on delivery.