How Much Does it Cost to Install or Replace a Door?
$470 - $1,595
$470 - $1,595
Updated September 3, 2021Reviewed by Cati O'Keefe, Expert Home Building & Sustainability Contributor.
On average, door installation costs $1,025, with most homeowners spending between $470 and $1,595. Framing an opening adds another $485 on average. Prices vary based on the size and any structural changes in load-bearing walls.
Replacing interior types in an existing frame typically runs anywhere from $100 to $1,000 but may reach as high as $1,500 or more if you need to replace the frame. Entryways run upwards of $5,000 or more depending heavily on the material.
Other cost factors include location, type, and framing needs. Most projects require hiring an expert for proper installation.
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|Typical Range||$470 - $1,595|
|Low End - High End||$100 - $6,200|
Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 18,842 HomeAdvisor members.
"In addition to using a professional to install your exterior door, spend a little more money for a high-quality door that has a well-built, weatherproofed jam. Also, minimize the use of glass if the entry isn't covered or protected to help keep the elements at bay."
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New installations have a variety of costs including labor, materials and supplies. Combined they average between $400 to $900. Some contractors discount larger projects with multiple installations. Contractors supply the tools necessary for the job. The homeowner is responsible for the price of all supplies and materials. These include all mounting hardware, hinges, screws and threshold.
A standard interior door costs about $375 to $1,125 or more. An exterior doors costs an average of $525 to $1,700 with some installations exceeding $10,000. Exterior types take a beating from use and weather while also holding in heat and looking good doing it. Because of this, they require special framing considerations, such as flashing to keep water out and the use of load-bearing headers with additional framing. These requirements increase the total cost of installation.
|Interior||$375 - $1,125|
|Exterior||$525 - $1,700|
Removing and replacing an existing door can require more work than a new construction, and can cost more, depending on the condition of the frame. Labor for replacing a door in an existing gram can be as low as $100. The project can reach $1,500 or more if reframing is required, especially for exterior openings. Though the type and materials you choose make the largest impact on project pricing, consider these factors when budgeting.
Fitting a door to an existing opening averages $900 for installation. An existing opening means there is already a fitted hole. However, even with an existing hole, a door needs about 1 inch of space between the rough-in and frame for proper alignment on pre-hung types. Get at least three professional quotes before proceeding with any projects that include framing.
Enlarging or modifying an entryway requires reframing at a rate of $7 to $16 per square foot or more. It also entails working with siding, house wrap, insulation and electrical rewiring. Expect to pay an average of $75 per hour or more for an electrician.
Labor runs between $40 to $90 per hour or more with an average of about $70 per hour for a licensed contractor. Handyman rates are slightly less on average, or about $30 to $40 per hour. Your location will dictate final hourly costs. Contractors in areas with higher costs of living charge as much as $120 per hour or more.
|Line Items||Average Cost Range|
|Labor||$150 - $300|
|Slab||$50 - $400|
|Supplies||$100 - $300|
|Jamb & Stop||$150 - $300|
|Frame Construction||$200 - $650|
|Total Cost||$750 - $2,000|
A door frame will cost you $150 to $250 if it's created on-site. Many replacement doors come as pre-hung doors with the jamb already installed.
If you need to make structural changes to your wall, add $7 to $16 per square foot in wall framing costs.
|French||$600 - $5,800|
|Double||$750 - $5,000|
|Single Entry||$500 - $2,000|
|Entry w/ Sidelites||$2,000 - $6,500|
|Patio||$500 - $4,500|
|Bifold||$150 - $500|
|Fire-rated||$400 - $1,300|
|Bilco/Basement||$1,100 - $6,000|
*These prices represent average costs. Some extreme examples and custom work may fall outside these ranges. Labor will vary by market.
The kind you choose will affect the installation price. With thousands of door choices, prices will vary greatly from project to project. Despite the type you go with, labor costs will remain fixed at about $200 to $1,000 for most projects - more for custom work.
French doors cost $600 to $5,800 to install. French refers to any type with full-view windows. Inside the home, they are often single doors with a window, or multiple windowpanes, from top to bottom. Homeowners often use this style as double exterior throughways at patios and porches.
Entry doors with sidelights run anywhere from $2,000 to $6,500 though some installations can reach $20,000. Sidelights (or sidelites) can double or triple the price of an entry installation. Add a transom window? Budget for triple the price.
Steel fire-rated doors run between $400 and $1,300 installed. Building code requires a fire-rated door between any garage and living space. Ratings run from 45 minutes to 3 hours of fire resistance.
Patio door installation costs between $1,200 to $10,000 with an average price of $2,500. On average, sliding glass door costs range between $1,100 and $3,150 including interior doors, which run $2,000 on average.
Bifold doors run from $150 to $500. Most often installed in closets, larger ones that use multiple bifolds can run upwards of $2,000.
Double doors run $750 to $5,000 or more for installation. Price varies due to the style and material rather than labor. However, exterior installation in load bearing walls increase project time and labor rates.
Bilco, a type of basement bulkhead door, runs anywhere from $1,100 to $6,000 or more for a complete installation. It's usually best to install these during the homes initial construction. Hire a professional to install this type. They require careful installation to avoid leaks that could result in basement water damage costs.
Door materials are usually the largest cost factor. Slab and pre-hung types range from basic hollow core styles for $40 to $90 each up to solid oak and beveled glass for $1,000 to $1,400 or more. Extremely high-end varieties - typically double and wrought iron - range from $3,500 to $6,000. Add sidelights - also known as sidelites - and transoms for an added $600 to $2,000.
Wood: Wood is a popular choice with an extremely wide variety of styles, ranging from $40 to $5,000. Unit prices depend on whether it is a single or double, has sidelights, a transom, glass, or internal miniblinds.
Steel: Homeowners can expect to pay between $500 and $1,230 to install or replace a steel entry door. Steel is cheap and long-lasting. It can handle weather almost as well as pricier fiberglass and wood options.
Wrought Iron: Higher-end wrought iron doors run anywhere from $1,500 to $7,000. Most often, these use a steel base, though wood with wrought details, usually in the glass, is common.
Fiberglass: Fiberglass doors cost anywhere from $150 to $5,000 and more though most fall in the $250 to $2,000 range.
Composite Wood: One of the most economical varieties, composite and engineered doors cost between $40 and $500 on average. Composite wood is made from wood particles that are adhered using heat, pressure and glue.
Aluminum: >Most aluminum doors range from $100 to $2,000. This type is popular in both interior and exterior applications such as screen, entry and wardrobes.
Each material comes in a variety of styles including:
Flushed: no designs, good for garages, and back and side entries.
Paneled: can have panels made of fiberglass or wood.
Arched: has an arch-shaped design.
Glass: has glass windows or insets.
Pocket: slides into the wall.
Bifold: folds in half - used mostly in closets.
Bypass or sliding: slides past an adjacent door, like sliding closet or patio types.
Decorative: often with wood or metal scrollwork.
This chart doesn't include specifics for exterior types like sidelights or transoms.
Pre-hung prices include some hardware. Regardless of the type, you'll need to supply knobs and locks. For slab types, you'll need to include the cost of the jambs and hinges.
Jambs: $150-$250 including all labor and materials. Created on-site, custom jambs include the stop, routering and holes drilled for hardware.
Hinges: $2.50-$30. Requires two or three depending on the type. Solid core and entry varieties typically need three hinges because of their weight while lighter hollow varieties only require two hinges.
Knobs & Locks: $10-$300. Often sold in sets. Simple exterior keyed knobs run as little as $30. Interior knobs with no locks are even cheaper at $10 to $30. Entry kits with electric codes and smart locks can run as high as $300+.
Solid vs. Hollow Core: Solid cores average about $50 to $200 more than their hollow counterparts. Labor costs for both remain about the same at $100 to $300 per installation. Solid doors are typically made from wood particles or foam and should not be confused with solid wood.
Basic vs. Custom Doors: A basic installation costs $200 to $1,800. Cust jobs range from $500 to $10,000 or more and may include extras like security systems, intricate transoms and sidelights.
Wall Materials: Installing a door in a new location often requires drywall work, electrical and sometimes plumbing. Consult with a contractor for details on your project.
Using an Existing Jamb or Frame: If it's just a matter of hanging the same size in an existing jamb, it'll cost the price of the door. This is suitable for a DIY install with minimal tools needed.
Removing a door takes a professional one hour at $70 on average. Disposal fees will vary by location but expect at least $25.
Moving a door costs the same as installing a new one with one exception: filling in the hole left by the old door. It'll cost an average of $1,800 to close up the old opening.
Replacing a door frame or jamb runs $250 plus any disposal fees. Jambs often need replacement due to rot and damage from use.
Interior installs can make excellent DIY projects for those with the patience and discipline but even experienced DIYers will find installing a door difficult. The simplest pre-hung types require skill to install correctly so it swings properly and lines up flush with the frame and stop.
For almost all exterior installs, hire a door installation professional. Exterior units need to be weather tight and provide proper security. Improper installations can lead to expensive water damage to the walls, floors and basement.
You can spend anywhere from $1,500 to $15,000 or more installing a commercial steel door. Material prices start at $600. Hinges alone cost upwards of $100 each.
There are many differences between a residential and commercial steel entry. First, the jambs are steel. They are usually a thicker gauge making them heavier but better for security. Commercial costs depend on the location and size, if the jamb is a knock down, and whether the job is done during initial construction of as a retrofit.
Cutting a door into a brick wall runs from $300 to $2,200 not including materials. Expect to pay more for double doors or custom work. Exterior wall work falls on the higher end of the cost spectrum.