Cost of Replacing a New Front Door
Costs associated with replacing your home's first door: Hidden costs you might not have considered.
Replacing a new front door can completely transform the look and feel of your home. It will instantly enhance the curb appeal from a distance. Whether you are planning on selling your property in the near future, or simply are tired of the dated doors and windows, a new front door will instantly enhance the home's appearance.
Replacing the front door of your home is not only going to enhance the appearance, but will also serve as an added security feature for your home. Durable, sturdy, well-built uPVC doors are one such example of doors which will protect your home, and keep unwanted guests out. They also help improve the insulation (keeping colder air out, and maintaining comfortable temperatures throughout).
uPVC doors are a "plastic" solution to replacing your front doors, without having to worry about security or durability. These doors are solid, reinforced, weather-resistant, and have an expectancy of up to 25 years when properly cared for and treated. Most also come with a warranty of up to 10 years (sometimes more), making them a durable, and affordable solution to replacing your home's door. Add in the security of the multi-point locking system, hooks, latches, and deadbolts you can install, and you never have to worry about your family's safety.
Costs of Installing a new uPVC front door for your home.
Things to consider when replacing your front doors.
There are several factors to consider when it comes to replacing your front doors. First and foremost, is the type of door you will be replacing it with. uPVC doors come in double or triple-glazing finish. Depending on which is chosen, these doors can run anywhere from £250-£380 in cost.
Another area of consideration is whether the new doors have to be custom-fitted. In these cases, labourers will have to: shave/cut the doors to be installed, remove and install new framing, add glass, and have doors delivered, based upon colours chosen when having them installed. Each of these aspects will not only increase the price of your project, but will also increase duration. A simple replacement which would typically take 1-day (to remove and install a new door), can easily extend to up to 1-week in cases where custom fitting and design work is involved.
Who should you hire? Yes, this is something you should hire a carpenter or trades-person to do. Although it seems simple enough, when the new door doesn’t quite fit in where the hinges meet the frame, what are you going to do? A trade-person not only knows how to resolve this minor issue, but also how to deal with other setbacks or delays as they unfold during the process.
Your budget is a major area of consideration. Most homeowners simply think replacing a door is as easy as taking off the old one and installing a new one. Sure, for more modern homes, or those which are well-kept, this might be the case. But, when there are issues with the siding of the home, hinges are broken, if the frames need repair or replacement, and other issues arise, how much will this cost you? All factors should be considered, and you should over-budget to play it safe, especially when it comes to older homes.
Ultimately, replacing and installing new uPVC doors on your home is a simple task; this however, is when you have a specialist doing the work. So, before you consider a simple DIY job over the weekend, really take the time to consider all areas of removing and installing new doors, to ensure you have the budget, time (if you choose to do it yourself), and resources, if issues arise during the process.
Doing it Yourself
Ultimately, this is a job best left to a trades-person or carpenter. If however, you decide to do some things yourself, there are a few things to consider. Let’s review them below.
The area/dimensions – Make sure you properly measure out spaces. Not only the current door, but also the frame. Make sure you have the right-sized hinges. Make sure you measure (and re-measure) to avoid doubts. If it is a custom-fit door, leave it to a professional.
Choose the right materials – Make sure the right materials are chosen. Not only a double or triple-glazed door, which is well-built, but also the smaller items, such as hinges, glass, and detail-pieces. You don’t want to compromise on quality, to save some money.
Do other work first – You don’t want to get stuck with doing siding work, or other tasks like fixing a gutter after you install new doors. So, do an assessment of your property beforehand. If there are areas you can improve upon, or if there are small tasks you can do before installing new doors, it is best to do them now.
When you choose to incorporate several small tasks or projects at once, a trades-person or carpenter will typically offer a discounted price. So, if possible, it is best to do all yard work, siding, or gutter repairs/replacement, at the same time you are replacing the front doors.
Otherwise, if it is a DIY job, the biggest factor to consider, and one you shouldn’t take lightly, is properly measuring the frames, door, and surrounding spaces. Even a small deviation on either side, can throw off the entire project. And, with custom doors, this can end up costing you greatly. So, don’t rush through the small details, make sure you consider all aspects when performing these projects.
Hiring a specialist: What should you look for
- Licensing: Make sure they meet all licensing, certification, and training requirements, to install/repair front doors.
- Their area of specialisation. Make sure you hire a trade-professional who specialises in replacing/sizing front doors.
- Materials used for the project. Don't skimp on quality to save a little money on the front-end.
- Duration. How long have they been in the industry/trade?
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
What type of doors should I choose?
Is installing the new doors a job I can do on my own?
Is it worth paying more for triple-glazing?
Need 2 doors put up and a few little jobs around the house.
Submitted by Shaun
Need 2 doors one fitted bathroom bedroom.
Submitted by Margaret
I have a back wooden door I would like replaced with a all glass double glazed door I don't have the new door as I'm not sure where to get one and I haven't got the measurement. Thanks.
Submitted by Tina
HI THERE, CAN I PLEASE GET A PRICE TO FIT AN EXTERNAL DOOR WITH FRAME AND 2X CHUBB LOCKS AND A YALE LOCK? THANK YOU.
Submitted by Stuart
A mid-terraced Victorian house requiring supply and fit of the external front door plus the door frame. This includes all the door accessories including security locks, hinges, places, letterbox. Currently considering the composite door but am open to a wooden door too. Not yet decided on the pat...