How Much Does It Cost To Install Exterior Steel Doors?


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Exterior Steel Door Costs

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Doors that are exterior facing must close against weather and intrusion. Steel is a common low-maintenance choice for exterior door material.

You will find that the cost to install average exterior steel doors depends upon material and finish grade, size, structural preparation and special needs, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.

Exterior door replacement: remove and dispose of existing door, install new door; include costs for all material, equipment, and waste.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Steel door set: 36" wide x 80" tall x 24-gauge painted galvanized steel, polyurethane foam core; prehung, with standard lockset, all trim, hardware, and touch-up. $352 each 1 $352
Upgrade: additional cost for full-lite glass in nickel caming trim, super wood-grain texture, security lockset, and other trim upgrades. $220 each 1 $220
Remove and dispose: existing door; include transport and non-hazardous dump fees. $45 per CY 1 $45
Material Cost $617 each 1 $617
+ Labor Cost (remove) $32 per hour 2 $64
+ Labor Cost (replace) $38 per hour 4 $152
+ Labor Cost (upgrade) $38 per hour 1 $38
Total Cost $871 each 1 $871

Other considerations and costs

  • These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Exterior entry doors bear critical responsibility for security and weather sealing.
  • 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 suitable for DIY with carpentry skills, unless of a critical deadline.
  • Partial DIY of removal and disposal tasks are possible for the prepared DIY.


  • 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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Cost by city

(exterior steel door replacement)
  • New York, NY$985
  • Bronx, NY$809
  • Brooklyn, NY$674
  • Philadelphia, PA$841
  • Washington, DC$730
  • Atlanta, GA$661
  • Miami, FL$601
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$629
  • Minneapolis, MN$738
  • Chicago, IL$860
  • Houston, TX$887
  • San Antonio, TX$596
  • Austin, TX$674
  • Denver, CO$570
  • Phoenix, AZ$601
  • Las Vegas, NV$660
  • Los Angeles, CA$743
  • San Diego, CA$675
  • San Jose, CA$815
  • Seattle, WA$597

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