Entry doors are identified as the doors on the front, back, or side of the house side used to enter your home from the exterior. The cost to replace an entry door varies by style, materials, hardware, and installation factors.
These doors are a statement and the focal point of your home’s exterior so it’s important you choose one you like. They also provide security and insulation for your home, which means you always want to choose a quality door.
While you may feel confident in your ability to install a door yourself, entry doors should be installed by a professional to ensure proper security and protection from the elements. There are many steps involved in installing exterior doors, and it’s vital they are completed properly.
While the actual installation is complex, replacing a door with an experienced door installer is actually a simple process and a great way to upgrade your home.
Whether you want to refresh your decor or simply seek to boost curb appeal, this blog will help you budget for the project by breaking down the potential costs associated with exterior door installations.
Average Cost to Replace an Entry Door By Material
The cost of an entry door installation will fluctuate depending on the style of door you choose. Keep in mind that the material, glass type, construction, and hardware of the door will impact the cost.
There are many options to choose from and we will go over them all below.
Wood is a classic but outdated choice for exterior doors and is usually the type of door most homeowners know of.
However, wood doors do not offer great durability and they require regular maintenance to continue looking their best over the years. Many wooden doors made today are more for luxurious homeowners who do not have a budget as they can get very expensive.
A pure wooden door should not be used for an exterior door, because a wooden exterior door needs to have multiple sealant coatings and engineering involved for a manufacturer to keep a warranty on an exterior wooden door. This drives the expensive pricing. Wood will normally warp, rot and deteriorate over time from the outside weather without the proper care or yearly maintenance by a homeowner.
Fiberglass doors are a great alternative to traditional wooden doors.
Not only are they easy to maintain but they offer excellent durability, insulation, and versatility in appearance and style. Fiberglass doors are made of reinforced composite material that is made to imitate a wood door look. If you want the wood door look without having the disadvantages and maintenance of a pure wooden door, a fiberglass door is your best option.
You can choose from various stains, wood grains, and much more. Fiberglass doors tend to be less expensive than wood doors but more expensive than steel doors. Fiberglass doors may require some maintenance but not as much as a wooden door. You may only have to put on some touch-up paint now and then or re-stain the door over time.
Steel is the most popular choice for exterior doors since it provides superior security and weather resistance.
A well-made steel door should never rot, warp or deteriorate and will last a lifetime. It will function the same on day one as it does 30 years from now. We recommend steel doors over fiberglass because it is a stronger material, the most weather-resistant, and maintenance-free.
Steel doors are also available in wood grain textures but will not have multiple grain or stain options like fiberglass or wooden doors. Instead, you can choose from almost any color paint you could want and various designs with steel entry doors.
Example Pricing for Entry Door Installation
At Unified we recommend homeowners choose fiberglass or steel doors. Your choice of material will have the greatest impact on the amount you will spend. Fiberglass is more expensive than steel however if you want a wood look to the door fiberglass is the best option for your home.
A standard fiberglass door with no glass can range anywhere from $3,000–$5,000. Since some glass, hardware, and construction options are more expensive than others it is all based on what you’re willing to spend and what styles you like.
A steel door with no glass can range from $1,000–$1,500, and depending on what glass, hardware, or construction options you want the price can increase from $2,000 to $4,000.
Glass options are all based on the type of glass (clear, obscure, or designer) as well as the amount of glass on the door. The more glass on the door the more expensive it will be.
Clear glass is the most economical option followed by obscure glass which means you can not see through it. Designer glass is the most expensive and there are multiple options to choose from and the price will vary depending on the complexity of the design.
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Average Cost Of Door Parts & Hardware
When budgeting for a new door for your home, you also need to consider door parts and hardware. There is a large price range for these components depending on what you choose.
Here are the common door parts and hardware pieces you may need:
Knobs and handles are all based on personal preference. Some are manufactured with stronger materials and available in more designs which will be more expensive. When you go for name-brand locks like Baldwin or Schlage the price will increase dramatically.
Hinges are standard and inexpensive unless you need specific hinges for the door you want. For example, if you want your door to swing outward or away from your home the manufacturers need to specially make those hinges and that will increase the price.
The sill and threshold of your door will be similar to your jamb. The jamb of the door is the space between the door and your wall. This can sometimes be made of steel, wood, or fiberglass. Depending on the material you choose and the size of the jamb will determine the price.
A larger jamb will be more expensive and a wooden jamb would be the least expensive option, however, you will have to paint or stain the wooden jamb and maintain it more than a steel or fiberglass jamb. Fiberglass jambs are best to use when getting a fiberglass door as they will match the door exactly and look beautiful, but this is the most expensive option.
Other door components and construction that may cost extra include capping, header, reframes, molding, kick plates, mail slots, knockers, sidelites, sills, and more. Almost any additional work or features you want on a door installation will cost extra with contractors.
However, at Unified we include the price of installation and include standard hardware in all our pricing, making Unified Home Remodeling a must-use for your next entry door replacement project.
Contact Us Today For Entry Door Replacement
Doors are a great home improvement investment that will boost your home’s value and significantly improve curb appeal. Our door installation experts are current with new door trends and know-how to help you design the home of your dreams.
Contact us today for your Free Estimate, and we will help you find a door that fits your needs, wants, and most importantly budget. Call us today at (888) 631-2131 or contact us online.