How to Fit an External Door

Front door to cottage
(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

Although fitting an external door is similar in many ways to installing an internal one, there are a few major differences — mainly due to the comparative weight of external doors, any glazing involved, and the fitting of locks, security devices and extra door furniture such as letterboxes and escutcheons. In addition, there will be thresholds and weatherstrips to consider, as well as choosing a primer and finish suitable for withstanding the elements.

Before you begin work, you should be aware that replacing a frame and external door is considered a ‘controlled fitting’ under Building Regulations, so you’ll need to notify Building Control of your plans if you’re not using a ‘competent person’ to undertake the work.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.