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How Much Does a Front Door Cost?

 
low costBasic Front Door: $50-$250 without Installationaverage costMid-Range Front Door: $400-$3,000+ with Installationhigh costDeluxe Front Door: $3,000-$12,000+ with Installation
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A front entry door needs to be functional and secure from both intruders and strong weather.

Typical costs:

  • Door prices vary far more than for most home improvement purchase, and consumers may be quoted widely different prices for the same brand and model door from different retailers. This price variation can be significant, regardless of manufacturer.
  • A plain front door typically costs $50-$250, depending on size and materials (steel is generally less expensive than fiberglass or wood). For example, Lowe's store brand ReliaBilt 36" Wide 6-Panel Steel Door[1] costs about $107-$120 while its Benchmark by Therma-Tru 33.5" White Entry Door[2] costs about $170. With installation, labor and materials for a basic front door can total $200-$700.
  • More decorative and durable mid-range front doors can cost $200-$2,000, depending on size, style, materials, and options like glass inserts (oval, half-circle, rectangle or multiple panes); metalwork; or upscale hardware. For example, Home Depot has the Feather River Lakewood 36"x80" Composite Medium Oak 7-Panel Entry Door for about $420; while a Pella Glass 3-Panel Oval Fiberglass Entry Door[3] costs about $1,500 in a red mahogany finish. With installation a mid-range entry door can cost $400-$3,000 or more.
  • Expect to pay $2,000-$8,000 or more for just the materials for a deluxe front door with double doors opening to the center or with glass side panel (sidelites) and an overhead transom; high quality hardware; decorative art glass and ironwork; and other features. At Home Depot the Jeld-Wen Ascot 36"x80" Prehung White Steel Entry Door with 14" Sidelites[4] costs $2,100 and the 74"x120" Copper Wrought Iron Double Arch Entry Door with Transom costs$4,983. With installation, total costs for a high-end front door can be $3,000-$12,000 or more.
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What should be included:
  • A company representative will typically need to inspect and measure the opening before estimating installation costs. If one company has already measured, others may be willing to give a rough estimate based on those numbers, but would likely need to take their own measurements before giving a firm bid.
  • Most new doors come as pre-hung units; the old frame is removed and then the new one is installed. Depending on the size of the door, two workers may be needed to lift and balance the new door in place. A Lowe's video explains how to install a single entry door and an AskTheBuilder.com video shows how to install a large entry door[5] with fixed glass side panels.
  • Entry doors can be inswing, outswing, left-handed, right-handed and more; Lowe's provides an overview of exterior doors[6] .
Additional costs:
  • Standard entry doors are up to 36" wide; anything wider may be a custom order and cost more.
  • A basic front door knob, lock, knocker or other hardware may be included in a package price; could add $30-$100 for standard hardware; or it might cost $200-$400 or more for upgraded hardware. CMR Interiors in Illinois displays examples of upgraded door hardware[7] .
  • Accessorizing the new front door with house numbers or an address plaque can cost $2-$300, depending on the size, style and materials.
Discounts:
  • A reasonably skilled do-it-yourselfer can transform a boring entryway into an elegant entrance for about $1,000 and a weekend of work, according to ThisOldHouse.com[8] .
Shopping for a front door:
  • Collect examples of attractive front doors. Lowe's offers an inspiration photo gallery[9] .
  • Consumer Reports compares the type of materials used in entry doors, and This Old House provides tips for choosing[10] a front door.
  • Front entry doors are available through local lumber yards; at home improvement centers like Home Depot[11] or Lowe's[12] ; or search for a local door and window dealer through the American Window and Door Institute[13] .
  • An accurate installation estimate can only be done on-site, as measurements need to be precise and the condition of the existing frame and surrounding wall needs to be evaluated. If hiring an installer, verify that the company is properly insured, bonded and licensed[14] ; ask for and check references, and look for any complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau[15] .
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
PRE HUNG DOORS - NO JAMB
Amount: $18.00
Posted by: a user in Greenville, SC.Posted: June 24th, 2013 08:06AM
Type of Door: 3-0X6-8Brand: RECYCLED METAL DOORS
This were basicly discarded doors. The previous owner did not have a jamb for them and the jamb had to be fitted to the door not the other way around. The could not be planned down like a normal door. I used a 2x6 lock side jamb and moved it in and out to with fit the door correctly. It was not an easy installation but the doors were at not cost. I also had to mortise out the hinges.
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