Door Costs

Doors that are exterior facing must close against weather and intrusion as well as satisfy personal taste. Door choice can help reduce energy usage, increase comfort, and increase security.

The cost to install average doors depends upon type, material and finish grade, number of units, preparation and special needs, and the labor rate.

Material and cost summary

The common material choices are shown in the following table. The Cost relationship is based on the average door of the material indicated.

MaterialProsConsCost
AluminumNo paint, no rustHigher thermal transferLow or lowest

Thinner frameLubricating maintenance

Lighter weightDifficult color matching
VinylNo paint, no rustWider frameLow or lowest

Low/no maintenanceDifficult color matching

Scratches do not show

SteelGalvanized no paintOr paintedLow

Low/no maintenanceHeavier
FiberglassNo paint, no rustLower availabilityHigher

Low/no maintenance


Scratches do not show

WoodStylish appearanceSurface maintenanceHighest

Best color matchingOrganic material rot

No rust


Type and cost summary

The common type choices and their typical cost per single installed 48” wide x 48” tall (except Bay Window) wooden unit of good quality products with insulating glass include:

TypeProsConsCost
ScreenVinyl no paint frameAdding doors$182

Bug rejecting

StormVinyl no paint frameAdding doors$439

Rain rejecting

SecuritySteel durabilityMaybe painted$555

Galvanized no paint

ExteriorFiberglass no paintPlain version$679

Storm door function

Fire-ratedCode compliantNo window$679

Galvanized no paintMaybe painted
Patio sliderAluminum no paintEasier break-in$960

Large glass area

Overhead double garageGives car accessPainted$1,644

Steel durability



Other considerations and costs

  • Typical upgrades and accessories are reviewed in the related Cost Guide.
  • These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • During contractor inspection the homeowner should be informed of any repair concerns like rot, and the cost to adapt the existing door-opening structure.
  • A project to replace more than 2 doors should enjoy a unit price discount.
  • There may be local or national subsidy for energy efficiency improvements.

DIY considerations

  • This project may not be suitable to an able and prepared DIY person with typical contractor’s tools.
  • Skillful carpentry is required, and a critical closure deadline is common.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.


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