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Replacing the exterior doors of your home is a straightforward and efficient means to enhance your curb appeal. The first step is to estimate the cost to replace exterior door so that you're prepared to take on the home improvement project seamlessly.

The average front door replacement cost can be anywhere between $450 to $1,900. Most homeowners spend around $1,500 to $5,000 for an entry door installation depending on the type of door it is, the door material, the complexity of the door installation, etc. For instance, high-end French sliding glass doors cost as much as $4,500.

The total cost for replacing a door takes a number of factors into account, such as the door material, the type of door, the installation company, the scope of the renovation, your zip code, local labor costs and the finishing details - to name a few.

Here are some important factors that can affect the cost to replace exterior doors:

Labor cost

  • Labor typically makes up about 30% to 35% of the total cost.
  • Door installation professionals charge between $30 to $90 per hour, depending on their experience and the project's complexity.
  • General contractors or handypersons are more budget-friendly, usually charging around $30 to $40 per hour.

Door materials

  • The type of door material significantly affects the cost.
  • Hollow-core composite wood doors are the most affordable, ranging from $40 to $120.
  • Solid wood doors with custom designs are pricier, costing approximately $200 to $500. They come at higher prices for durability and aesthetics.
  • Fiberglass doors, mimicking wood's appearance, range from $250 to $2,000, and offer increased durability.
  • Steel doors are highly durable and cost between $100 to $1,000. However, some homeowners may argue that such doors lack aesthetic appeal.
  • Aluminum doors, lightweight and easy to install, can range from $100 to $2,000.
  • Wrought-iron doors offer unique aesthetics with custom designs but come with a higher price tag, typically ranging from $1,500 to $7,000.

Door size

Opting for a standard-sized door with popular dimensions, such as 30, 32, or 36 inches wide and 80 inches tall, generally has a modest impact on the overall cost. However, larger doors necessitate additional materials, slightly raising the price. Conversely, choosing non-standard door sizes may require custom frames and hardware, and in some cases, even the door itself must be tailor-made to match the entrance size. These deviations from standard sizes increase the project's complexity and, consequently, its cost.

Custom builds

A custom-built front door comes at a significant cost. The expense of custom door installations ranges from $500 to $10,000. The amount is contingent on factors such as the materials, installation process, and any distinctive aesthetic elements, such as engravings and cutouts. Custom-built doors almost always necessitate a specially crafted frame, in addition to various hardware components.

Extra door features

Beyond a standard door installation, you should anticipate increased costs for extras such as adding a smart lock, constructing a portico above the door, fitting side windows or a window above the existing framing, a transom window, or implementing a security system, among other possibilities. Each of these add-ons contributes to the overall cost of the project.

Door parts and hardware:

Pre-hung doors often include many necessary components. Depending on the door type, you may need additional components such as door knobs, door locks, jambs, hinges, handles, and deadbolt locks.

And, slab-style doors may require jambs and hinges, and even prefabricated models often need knobs and locks.

You need to consider the size and weight of your door when selecting hardware, as larger and heavier doors may require more hinges and jambs.

A door installation may come with certain additional services that will cost extra.

Old door removal

When installing a new door, the old one must be removed. This involves detaching the old door from its hinges and disposing of it. The cost for this task typically ranges from $40 to $200, depending on the complexity of the removal process. If you're confident in your DIY skills, you can tackle this step yourself before the contractor arrives, potentially saving some money. However, there is still the matter of proper disposal, which typically costs around $60.

Wall modifications

If you're installing a door, say French doors, in a completely new location, not merely replacing an existing one, you'll need to budget for additional expenses such as removing sections of drywall or brick and making adjustments to utility services such as plumbing and electrical wiring. These tasks often require hiring professionals other than a door contractor.

Drywall installers and electricians typically charge between $50 and $100 per hour.

Plumbers have a wider hourly rate, ranging from $40 to $200 per hour.

If you're relocating the door, expect to spend between $500 and $2,000 to patch up the resulting wall opening.

Door frame repair

If the frame for your front door is rotting, splitting or warped, the added repair work will add to your door installation cost.

Door permits

While replacing a front door is not as complex as major structural projects like replacing a roof, you may still require a building permit. Doors are integral to the home's structure, so ensuring compliance with local building codes is essential for long-term structural stability. Permit costs for door installation can range from $30 to $200, depending on your location and the extent of the necessary work.

You can choose glass for a storm door or a hollow core door for the kitchen or bedroom, but an entry door needs to be strong and durable for safety reasons. When it comes to choosing the material for a front door (or even an interior door), homeowners have the following options:

Door Material Appearance Pros Cons
Solid Wood Natural beauty, classic appeal Timeless, customizable, good insulation Prone to warping and cracking, relatively expensive
Fiberglass Can mimic wood, various finishes/styles Durable, low maintenance, energy-efficient More expensive than some wood, less authenticity
Steel Sleek, modern appearance Extremely durable, low maintenance, security Heavy, lacks warmth, can dent
Aluminum Lightweight, contemporary look Resistant to corrosion, easy to install Less insulation, not as robust as steel
Hollow-Core Veneer-covered, lightweight Affordable, lightweight, suitable for interior Less durable, not for exterior use, limited insulation
Wrought-Iron Ornate, decorative designs Unique aesthetics, high durability, security Expensive, heavy, may require professional installation

As the name suggests, an entry door is used to get into the house and can be placed on the front, back or side of the house. Apart from letting people enter a home, it creates the first impression of the house and its inhabitants. A well-installed door easily becomes the focal point of the exterior of a home, making a beautiful statement.

A new front door is one of the most satisfying ways to give your home a remodeled look; it instantly modernizes your house's facade and lends a polished look without a massive time or cash investment.

Once you make the commitment to build a stylish front door, you need to know how much of an investment you need for this home renovation.

An estimate helps you organize the home improvement project and effectively manage milestones and price ranges.

Acquiring a free estimate for your entry door installation price will help you create a realistic budget and get you quality work at a fair price. It's also the best way to ensure that you don't stumble across any unwelcome surprises during the execution of your project.

What's more, a carefully planned remodeling project can greatly increase the value of your property in the home buyers' market.

The ROI on your home sale can be up to 70% of your total investment as long as you do the right groundwork - and use the right methods and materials.

Getting an estimate through Kukun's exterior door installation price estimator is easy. Just follow the steps below to get your confidential address-based estimate in minutes!

  • Choose whether you want a single or a double front door
  • Enter your property details, including zip code, home size in square feet, and the approximate home value

And there you go! An estimate for your front door installation cost is ready! You can customize the cost estimate according to the finish you desire.

With this estimate, you can analyze your finance options or hire a professional to get started on the work right away.

We are happy to offer you options for professional remodeling contractors who have worked in your neighborhood and who have been vetted by your neighbors and your city. You can explore each contractor's profile, check out their online reviews, view all their previous permits, and then ask around in your area about whether you should hire them.

While it can be tricky to figure out when you need a new front door, you can look for these warning signs:

  • Doors should open and close easily. If you're struggling to push or pull your door, it's a clear sign it needs replacing.
  • If your door makes creaking sounds when you use it, it's a sign of trouble.If your door makes creaking sounds when you use it, it's a sign of trouble. Squeaky doors suggest problems like worn-out hinges or damage from moisture. While lubrication can help temporarily, it won't fix the underlying issues.
  • A drafty entryway can lead to higher energy bills. If you feel cold air seeping in around your door, it means the door is no longer sealing properly.
  • f you can see light coming through cracks or gaps around your door, it's a sign of significant structural problems. While you can try to patch up obvious cracks, it's often better to replace the door if the issue persists.
  • Doors exposed to extreme weather conditions may start peeling, warping, or cracking. These structural issues make your door less effective and don't look good either. Consider replacing it if it's weather-worn.

It's very important that you plan to install an exterior door well in advance. Here are some tips to make the process easy and quick:

  • Set a realistic home remodeling budget. Always include leeway for some surprise costs. Experts advise adding 20% extra to your existing budget.
  • Check your local building code for any permit requirements. If your entry door installation affects the structural integrity of your house, your local codes will probably require a permit and that you work with a contractor.
  • Work with expert door contractors. A professional finish goes a long way in adding beauty and curb value to your home.
  • Remember to install or replace your entry door in good weather. As the old door is removed, there'll be a time when the opening is exposed to the elements. Until the new door is in place, you don't want to be inconvenienced.
  • Measure your door size accurately before browsing through all the available options.
  • Decide whether you want a slab door or a pre-hung door (which includes both the door and the door frame).
  • Understand the types, materials, number of doors required, and pros and cons of the doors you are choosing from.
  • Know that you have the option of choosing single door, double doors, doors with sidelights or transoms, etc..
  • Decide early on whether you want extra security (chain lock or a stopper) if your door swings inward.
  • Be sure to get a warranty or guarantee from your contractor.
  • Get a written contract from your contractor. The document should detail the complete schedule, deadlines for milestones and payment process.
  • Maintain a timeline in order to manage a seamless door installation.

These steps will help you avoid unexpected hassles and issues and make your front door installation project go much more smoothly.

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