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  • Exterior Door & Frame Sizes FAQ Delivery Information Privacy Policy

    Deliveries are ground floor only and to level sites.

    Please check first that you have the correct size and design of door as per your Invoice and that there are no damages to any of the packaging before signing as 'received in good condition.'

    Remove the protective packaging and inform us within 72 hours of any visual defects, the doors should then have a protective treatment applied once unwrapped (see 'EXTERNAL DOOR CARE' and 'INTERNAL DOOR CARE' below)


    All timber internal doors still require protection from the atmosphere e.g. Central heating/ Kitchen and Bathroom Humidity. Remember; there is moisture in the air, and as soon as you unwrap your door it is exposed, even if it is inside your garage or home, so treatment must be applied as soon as the door is out of it's protective wrapper. Please read the instructions that are supplied with each door inside the wrapper, if by any chance there are no instructions please telephone the Sales Office.
    Both faces, all 4 edges and any cutouts for hardware must be treated:-
    If you intend keeping your door a natural wood colour:- it will still need treating with at least *2 coats of a good quality solvent based treatment such as Sikkens TSI, 3 coats for steamy areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and shower rooms. Treatment must be applied to all faces and edges and all cut outs for latches/locks and hinges.
    Waxes or Oils are NOT suitable for engineered internal doors. But please telephone the sales office if you wish to use OSMO DOOR OIL as this is the only oil suitable solely for use on our 'SOLENT' OR 'COTSWOLD' RANGES ONLY. You will need to speak to one of our sales advisors to establish that your door is from this range BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO USING OSMO DOOR OIL. Do not assume that if the door design you have appears in our website under the named range, that is the door you have purchased. We have many different ranges and suppliers with the same design of door.
    Where a pre-finished door has been purchased, it is only the two face edges that are coated, so all 4 edges will need treatment as well as any cutouts as described above*.
    If painting:- your ready primed door it may need to be lightly sanded, if very smooth, to give a suitable surface for your solvent based undercoat and top coats. If unprimed, a good quality solvent based Aluminium Primer for Hardwood must be used, which will seal the natural resin in softwood and hardwood that can spoil your finished paintwork. Then a good quality solvent based undercoat and top coat must be applied, as recommended by the manufacturer, with a brush (we do not recommend rollers).
    Maximum 3-6mm trimming to each edge for standard doors (check the door lipping before trimming to make sure that at least 2mm of lipping remains after trimming) FD30 fire doors only 3mm to each long edge and bottom edge, no trimming from the top. FD60 doors please check with a member of the sales team.


    To validate your warranty and preserve the appearance of all external doors and to give long and trouble-free service, our recommended treatment must be used on **all our External Doors, which is a minimum of: 2 coats of ‘Sikkens HLS’ base coat and at least 3 coats of ‘Sikkens Filter 7’ top coat.
    **Any door from our Cotswold range of external doors has a recommended treatment from the importer XL Joinery - please ask for details.
    All external doors must be fitted with a timber or metal weather bar regardless if purchased from Doors of Distinction or not.
    It is of paramount importance that all faces edges and cut outs of external doors are completely sealed from moisture ingress before exposure to the elements. Remember; there is moisture in the air, and as soon as you unwrap your door it is exposed, even if it is inside your garage or home, so treatment must be applied as soon as the door is out of it's protective wrapper.
    If a door is fitted before any treatment or protection, it will be ruined within a few hours when exposed to the elements. All timber doors must be finished in accordance with BRITISH STANDARD CODE OF PRACTICE. BSS 8000 PART 5 1990 Each finishing coat must be applied to all four edges, to both faces, inside all cut outs for locks, letter plates and hinges, inside all glazing rebates and around beading. Pay careful attention to all
    exposed end grain including tops and bottom stiles and the fielding of raised and fielded panels. These finishing applications must be made strictly in accordance with manufacturers instructions. Maintenance coats need to be applied to the door once a year or at the first sign of deterioration of the finish, whichever is first. Remove dirt, and sand lightly to remove flakes, then recoat with 1-2 coats of top coat as originally used.

    WATER BASED PRODUCTS OR CLEAR VARNISHING are NOT SUITABLE for Exterior doors, they must have some colour pigment to protect them from UVB/UVA rays
    IF PAINTING YOUR DOOR: Solvent based Aluminium primer for Hardwood must be used, which will seal the natural resin in hardwood that can spoil your finished paintwork.
    The same brand and type of finishing product must be used on all faces and edges of the door as recommended by the manufacturer, and not mixed with a Sikkens treatment to one side and painting to the other.

    . Continued below 'EXTERNAL DOOR FITTING' .......


    A) Reduce doors to fit equally from both sides, but not excessively, e.g. 5-12mm from each side depending on lipping size, a minimum of 10mm lipping must remain after trimming. Sidelights can be trimmed UP TO 60mm each edge, please check with your sales advisor.
    B) 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.
    The number of coats advised by the manufacturer is usually a minimum, it is therefore wise to exceed this if possible.
    C) Fully seal glass rebates and backs of glazing beads prior to glazing on models supplied without glass.
    D) It is essential due the English climate to apply a bead of clear silicone to the glass where the glass meets the timber, before your final coat of ‘Sikkens Filter 7’, even on ready glazed doors.
    E) Never fit mortice locks etc. at rail joints as this may seriously weaken them, use a minimum of three 4” hinges.
    F) Always fit with a suitable weatherboard/bar regardless of frame cill type fitted, to prevent droplets of moisture hanging from the bottom of the door
    G) To test the final finish you have applied to the door, spray with water, and if finished with 'Sikkens' products correctly as above, water droplets appear and just run off the door.
    H) It is also essential to protect your door from direct sunlight and rain by means of a porch, canopy or similar construction.

    This advice is to be read in conjunction with the treatment advice leaflets that will be inside the wrapper of your door.


    A timber door must not be exposed to extremes of temperature or humidity prior to protection with recommended treatment.

    Doors must not be hung or stored in damp or freshly plastered rooms, all new plaster needs at least six weeks drying out period.

    All doors need finishing and must be sealed or primed prior to hanging.

    This advice is to be adhered to to uphold the guarantee and should be read in conjunction with the treatment advice leaflets inside the wrapper of your door.

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