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    Trying to find out how much a new front door costs? In this article we look at front door prices for different materials and sizes, and the cost fo hiring a door fitter for installation and replacement.

    Average Cost of a New Front Door:

    Depending on the complexity of the job, it usually takes: 2-5 hours

    £1000

    How Much Does Replacing a New Front Door Cost?

    Your front door acts as the first impression of your home to any visitors or passers-by. It’s also the first thing you see when you arrive home yourself. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to get a new front door if your current door isn’t looking its best.

    The cost to replace a front door in the UK can differ greatly depending on the type of door that you are installing, your location within the UK, and the complexity of the job. On average, you can expect to pay somewhere between £500-£2500 for a standard front door and somewhere between £2000-£4500 for a custom-made door.

    If your front door is looking a little bit grimy or faded, then it may not be absolutely necessary to completely switch to a new front door.

    That is unless you are trying to create a completely new look for your home with a new aesthetic. Sometimes just a simple, fresh coat of paint is enough to completely transform your door if it is a wooden one.

    Unfortunately, uPVC doors can’t be painted, so it’s most likely that this type of door will need to be replaced if it’s starting to look a little shabby.

    If you are experiencing issues with the door, for example, if it isn’t opening or closing correctly or if there are large gaps between the door and the frame then it might be a simple case of hiring a joiner to fix these issues.

    However, if the door has become misshapen or warped, then it is a good idea to get it replaced as soon as possible.

    New Front Door Prices

    Below is a list of new front door prices based on the most popular types of front door in the UK. The type of door you choose to have installed will depend on your personal preference, the aesthetic that you are trying to achieve, and your personal budget.

    Door Type Door Price Labour Costs
    Composite door £400-£2000 £50-£150
    UPVC door £250-£500 £50-£150
    Solid oak door £500-£1300 £50-£150
    Mahogany door £400-£1200 £50-£150
    Pine door £150-£800 £50-£150
    Custom-made door £1000-£4000 £50-£150

    Labour Costs and Timescales

    The cost for labour of fitting a front door will usually fall somewhere between £50-£150. This will depend on your location and the complexity of the job.

    Those located in London can expect to pay around £20-£60 more for the overall cost of labour than those located in the North of the UK.

    The job may take longer if you buy a door that’s a slightly different size to your old door, or if you require having a post box fitted to the door, or if the door you’ve purchased doesn’t come with a handle already installed.

    Fitting a front door will usually take around half a day but could take slightly longer if the job is more complex than a simple door removal and fitting. On average, a front door fitting should take around 2-5 hours to complete.

    Additional Costs

    There are a number of additional costs that may arise when it comes to having a new front door fitted. Below is a list of additional costs that you may need to consider when having your new front door fitted:

    • Extra finishes on the door - £100-£200
    • Letterbox - £15-£30
    • Door handle - £20-£35
    • External lighting - £10-£200
    • Front door canopy - £25-£800
    • New porch build - £3000-£5000

    Cost Factors of New Front Door

    There are a number of factors that can affect the cost of having your radiator moved.

    This can include things such as the number of radiators that need to be moved, the size of the radiator, the type of radiator, whether any extra plumbing work needs to be done, the location of your property, and whether you are moving an existing radiator or buying a new radiator for the new location. Below is a list of each of the cost factors that can affect the overall cost of the job.

    There are a number of things that may affect the overall cost of having your new front door fitted. Below is a list of things that may affect the cost of having your new front door fitted:

    Type of Front Door

    The type of front door that you have installed at your home can greatly affect the overall cost of the job. A uPVC front door price is usually on average anywhere between £250-£500 whereas the average cost of a composite door is usually somewhere between £400-£2000.

    So with this in mind, you can see that the type of door you choose to have installed has a great effect on the price you’re going to pay for a new front door fitting.

    Location of Property

    The location of your property can have an effect on the overall cost of the job. People located in London can expect to pay around £20-£60 more for the overall cost of labour than those located in the North of the UK.

    This means that the overall cost of the job will be more for people located in an around London in comparison to other regions in the UK.

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    Custom Fitted Doors

    If you need a custom-sized door or if the type of door you want isn’t available, then you may need to have a customised door specially made for your home. You can customise the size, accessories, locks, type of glass, material, and colour of a custom door.

    Some customised options are more expensive than others, and so custom doors can cost on average anywhere between £1000-£4000. With this in mind, a customised door can really increase the overall cost of the job.

    Company or Local Contractor

    The cost of the job can also be affected by the type of contractor that you hire to complete the job. Local tradespeople tend to charge a lot less than larger national companies.

    With this in mind, you can save a lot of money by hiring a local tradesperson, plus this has the added benefit of supporting local business.

    What's Involved in Replacing a New Front Door?

    The following guide explains all of the steps involved in installing a new front door:

    Tools Required

    • Hammer
    • Spirit level
    • Set of screwdrivers
    • Metal snips
    • Tape measure
    • Caulking gun and caulk
    • Saw
    • Utility knife
    • Pry bar
    • Drill
    • Nails
    • Pencil
    • Shims
    • Casing
    • Screws
    • Drip edge flashing
    • Waterproof membrane

    Removing The Old Door

    The following steps need to be taken to remove the old door:

    • Using your utility knife, you need to cut a line between the wall and the casing for the door. Be sure to separate the paint and ensure the door comes out cleanly
    • Pull the casing out of the wall using your pry bar
    • Unscrew the existing door hinges and pull the door out of the frame
    • Now that the door has been removed, you can pry away the frame from the opening
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    Install Your New Pre-Hung Door

    • Before you begin, you should ensure that the flooring underneath the door is level and at the correct height. Alter the floor height as needed
    • Use a waterproof membrane to cover over the sill, corners, and top of the rough opening so that these areas are shielded from any moisture
    • Cut some drip edge flashing and make sure it’s to the size of the opening. Then, slide it between the weather barrier and the exterior finish
    • Once you’ve completed the above steps, you’re now ready to put the door in place. Pre-hung doors are much easier to install than any other types of doors. Tack the tapered shims to the surface of the door frame. Then, place another shim on the floor to rest the jamb on.

      Place the frame and the door into the opening and then make sure every part lines up. Tack the frame into place with your finish nails, but don’t drive them all the way in just yet

    • Working all the way around the door, make sure that the latched jamb is flush with the face of the wall and that the top jamb is horizontally level. Once each piece of the frame is in the correct position, tack it into place using nails
    • Once you are satisfied that your door frame is in the correct position, and your door can open and close successfully, cut the shims back on the interior part of the door and then drive the nails all the way in to secure it in place
    • Fill any gaps between the frame and the rough opening using foam insulation
    • Install the door casing on the interior and fit any of the remaining hardware
    • Run a bead of silicone caulk all around the outside area of the door frame. Additionally, apply caulk between all of the joints and underneath the threshold. Be sure to fill every little gap to prevent moisture from penetrating the door.

    For a professional-looking finish, touch up the paintwork and cover all of the nail holes with liquid wood or putty

    Can I Replace a New Front Door Myself?

    Replacing a front door is one of the easiest DIY home improvement projects provided you have some basic knowledge on how to go about replacing a door.

    There are quite a lot of steps required in order to ensure that the door works properly once it’s been installed. It’s also important to ensure that the door seals tightly to save energy and that no water or moisture can enter your home from the outside.

    A professional with a lot of experience of installing a new front door will have the knowledge and skills needed to handle any potential hazards or issues that may arise during the process of the job. They will also have knowledge of all different door types and the best ways to go about installing each one.

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    A professional will usually be able to fit a new front door within half a day. However, installing a door as a DIY project can take a full weekend, especially if the person doing the job has little knowledge or experience of installing new front doors.

    If you regularly perform DIY jobs around the home, you may already own a decent amount of tools. Keep in mind that if you don’t have all of the relevant tools needed to complete the job, you will have to purchase new tools which can really add up.

    It’s worth looking at whether it would simply work out cheaper to have a contractor fit the door for you than if you were to do it yourself.

    Types of Front Door

    There are various types of front door to choose from composed of different materials. We've created a list below to help you decide which door is best suited for you and your needs:

    uPVC Front Door Cost

    uPVC doors are one of the cheaper front door options and are a common favourite among homeowners. uPVC doors cost between £250-£500.

    PROS

    ✔ No maintenance needed.

    ✔ Won’t warp.

    ✔ Will last 35 years.

    ✔ Very weather-resilient.

    ✔ Cheaper option.

    CONS

    ✖ Not very aesthetically pleasing.

    ✖ Can discolour.

    ✖ Dangerous to the environment (unsustainable resource).


    Composite Front Door Cost

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    Composite doors are becoming very popular as they’re a very secure and safe front door. Composite doors cost between £400-£2000.

    PROS

    ✔ More modern and contemporary appearance.

    ✔ Noise reduction.

    ✔ No maintenance needed.

    ✔ Strongest door available.

    ✔ Energy-efficient.

    ✔ 30 years lifespan.

    CONS

    ✖ Can be expensive.


    Oak Front Door Cost

    Oak doors are a classic and popular option if you’re looking for a more natural look. Oak Doors cost between £500-£1000.

    PROS

    ✔ Stylish and traditional.

    ✔ Natural.

    ✔ Can change the colour easily.

    ✔ Can resize easily.

    ✔ Environmentally friendly if from a sustainable source.

    CONS

    ✖ Can become worn by weather and warped.

    ✖ Needs a lot of maintenance.

    ✖ Not as long a lifespan as composite or uPVC.


    Mahogany Front Door Cost

    Mahogany doors are a natural material, yet they tend to be hardy and resilient. Mahogany doors cost between £400-£1200.

    PROS

    ✔ Can be re-painted.

    ✔ Natural.

    ✔ Aesthetically pleasing.

    ✔ Resistance to decay and insects.

    CONS

    ✖ Needs to be periodically re-stained or resealed.

    ✖ Not very environmentally-friendly as some mahogany species are endangered.

    ✖ Expensive.


    Pine Front Door Cost

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    Pine doors are another timber material, but because they’re a soft-wood, they don’t last as long as some hardwood doors. Pine doors cost between £150-£800.

    PROS

    ✔ Can repaint to change colour.

    ✔ Cheaper than other timber.

    ✔ Can sand and repair easily.

    CONS

    ✖ Sensitive to weather.

    ✖ Dents easily.

    ✖ Shorter lifespan, 10-20 years.

    ✖ Some species of pine are endangered so they’re not a sustainable resource.


    Cost of Removing a Front Door

    You may want to remove your front door to replace it with a new one, and contractors usually charge £40-£180 to remove a front door for you. You can dispose a front door at a local skip or even resell it if it’s in a good enough condition.

    Hiring Someone for Replacing New Front Door Checklist

    Below is a checklist of some things that you should consider before choosing someone to install your new front door:

    • Be sure to obtain at least 3 separate quotes for the job so that you can ensure you’re getting a good price
    • Ask for a breakdown of costs on the quotes so that you can be certain that you’re getting a good price for each different element of the job
    • Be sure to get the quote in writing so that you know exactly what you can expect to pay once the door installation is complete
    • For any payments you make, always get a receipt
    • Ask around for recommendations on good contractors in your local area
    • Find out how much experience the contractor has of installing new front doors
    • Find out what materials the contractor will be using for their work – you don’t want to skimp out on quality to save a bit of money upfront. This may result in you having to spend more on repairs in the future, or you may end up having to get a new front door installed much sooner than if you were to use high-quality materials
    • Make sure the contractor you hire meets all of the certifications, licensing, and training requirements as needed to install a new front door

    FAQs

    What type of front door is best?
    The most secure type of front door is usually a composite door, and so this is often considered to be the best type of front door. A composite front door costs around £400-£2000.
    What is a standard front door size?
    The most common standard size of front door in the UK is usually 82.5 inches in height and 38 inches in width.
    What is a composite front door?
    A composite front door is made up of a variety of materials, including PVC, insulating foam, glass-reinforced plastic, and wood. This combination of materials results in a door that is extremely secure and strong.
    How long does it take to fit a new front door?
    The installation of a new front door usually takes no longer than half a day. Depending on the type of door and the complexity of the job, on average, it takes 2-5 hours to replace a front door.
    What is the best wood for a front door?
    Mahogany and oak are the best types of wood for external doors. This is because they are hardwoods and are much less likely to dent or rot over time.

    Sources

    http://www.sarahinwonderland.co.uk/2020/03/how-much-does-it-cost-to-replace-a-front-door-in-2020
    https://www.vibrantdoors.co.uk/news/?p=231
    https://precisionkc.com/home-tips/home-improvements/should-you-install-an-exterior-door-yourself
    https://www.sdmdoors.co.uk/understanding-front-door-sizes-in-the-uk
    https://www.compositedoorshop.co.uk/faqs

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 19th August 2020.

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