How Much Does It Cost to Install or Replace Patio Doors?
$1,200 - $10,000
$1,200 - $10,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated June 1, 2022Written by HomeAdvisor.
Installing a patio door costs between $1,200 and $10,000, with most homeowners paying an average of $2,500. That price includes professional installation, which costs between $70 and $120 per hour. A typical job takes between three and five hours to complete.
Patio doors are unique because they need to both insulate your interior and offer a broad opening for exterior living space. Exact project costs depend on the materials and type of door you choose. Hiring a professional can help you get the job done quickly, safely, and correctly the first time.
|Cost Type||Expected Price|
When installing or replacing your patio entrance, the door typically costs between $400 and $5,000. Standard patio doors are 80 inches tall and basic options are 72 inches wide. Many people prefer larger doors at 96 or 108 inches tall, while larger openings may require widths between 96 and 120 inches. Depending on materials that range from vinyl to wood, expect to pay:
|Type of Frame||Average Standard Cost||For Larger Sizes|
|Vinyl||$300 - $800||$800 - $1,200|
|Aluminum||$600 - $1,000||$1,000 - $2,000|
|Fiberglass||$800 - $1,800||$1,800 - $3,500|
|Wood||$1,500 - $2,500||$2,500 - $5,000|
The type of glass also affects total door cost. Custom options, like impact-resistant glass to withstand storms, decorative glass, built-in blinds, and built-in grids will increase patio door costs between 10% and 30%.
Patio doors are available at most major home improvement stores as well as directly from the manufacturer. When hiring a professional, doors, materials, and glass are included in the project quote.
A sliding patio door costs between $1,000 and $2,600. This option slides open left to right or vice versa, or multi-sliding, and is especially beneficial for areas with limited space surrounding the opening. Depending on required space, options range between two and four glass panels.
|2-Panel||$300 - $1,500|
|3-Panel||$700 - $3,000|
|4-Panel||$2,000 - $5,000|
French patio doors cost between $500 for low-end options and $4,000 for large, pre-designed, or custom alternatives. They are hinged to open at the center, swinging in or out on both sides to connect interior and exterior living space. Oversize models require either custom doors or additional glass panels in the opening that do not swing open.
Telescoping patio doors cost between $1,500 and $5,000 or more in some cases. They feature three or more panels that slide past each other, widening the opening between the interior and exterior. The lack of a single, fixed panel also means more flexibility to open the patio door on either side.
Bi-fold or accordion-style doors tend to be the most expensive option at a price between $3,000 and $10,000. They allow for the widest opening, folding open all the way to the wall on one or both sides. Expect to pay between $500 and $900 per linear square foot.
Andersen Windows and Doors sells french, hinged, and gliding patio doors in an array of materials like wood, composite, vinyl, and aluminum. They can be purchased at big box stores like Home Depot and typically range in cost from about $1,500 to $3,500.
Hiring a professional to install your patio door typically costs between $400 and $1,400. Here are the various factors that contribute to your total project price.
Most contractors begin the project by evaluating the site and giving a quote. The conditions and size of the project will determine door options and the materials to be ordered.
Delicate or custom materials don't necessarily always cost more, but they may require additional labor if an entryway needs to be expanded or structurally reinforced. Pre-hung doors are more expensive but decrease the installation price.
Trim molding frames your new patio door on the interior and exterior of the wall. Trim can be coordinated to complement the door's style and is available in various materials, styles, and finishes. It can be bought in casing kits to fit standard patio door sizes.
The best way to prepare for a door installation is to move any furniture and lay down drop cloths around the interior if you have carpeting or want a simplified clean-up after the door’s installed. Anything space features that may add to the amount of time that the contractor requires to install a door, could possibly increase the labor cost.
While different door set-ups or manufacturer guidelines may have varying requirements, these are the general steps of a patio door replacement and installation:
Remove the existing door. This entails removing the door, followed by the hinges and the frame.
Place and secure the new frame.
Install the new door in the frame.
Check to ensure the door is level, fits snugly, and operates according to its design.
Seal and insulate the door.
Replace trim or add new trim.
Installation can range from 2 or 3 hours to a full day, depending on the door’s design and the surrounding wall structure.
Disposal of installation waste and other debris is typically included in the price. If it’s not included, the average disposal cost runs about $100 to $600 per truckload and can be handled by a junk removal pro near you.
A full patio door replacement generally costs an average of $2,500, but the cost can be as low as $1,200 and as high as $10,000, depending on the scope of the project. Pricing can also vary depending on whether you need to replace the entire door or only certain parts. The replacement cost generally includes the disposal of waste and existing materials, which averages $100 to $300.
Replacing your entire door costs between $600 and $5,000 including labor, depending on the style and size of the entrance you intend to install. A professional might be able to work around your existing frame and opening, reducing labor and material costs.
Replacing the glass in your patio door will cost between $150 and $1,000. That price includes labor, which ranges between $150 and $300 per project. Most standard options feature Low-E glass, which insulates the opening and prevents harmful UV rays from entering the home.
|Single-Pane||$150 - $300|
|Low-E||$250 - $450|
|Energy Efficient||$350 - $600|
|Tempered||$400 - $600|
|Hurricane-Rated||$700 - $1,500|
Replacing a single sliding panel on your patio door will cost between $450 and $700 in most cases. That price includes both labor and disposal of your existing, broken, or unusable panel. Once you replace more than one panel in a three or four-panel door, installing an entirely new door may offer a better ROI.
Replacing your door roller costs between $20 and $40 for the part itself. Most products come with an installation kit and detailed instructions, helping you complete the job on your own. Professional labor adds another $75 to $130 to bring the total project cost to a range between $95 and $170.
Most patio door knobs and handles cost between $40 and $100. Professional labor could add $75 to $150. Total cost to replace your knob is between $120 and $250, with added costs depending on locking mechanisms.
In addition to labor and materials, other factors can affect the total cost of your patio door installation or replacement project:
Added insulation: $300-$600. Helps reduce energy bills.
Security: $30-$300. Dual point locks or locking systems.
Other cost factors are less exact and similar to exterior door installation. They include access difficulty, reusing part of the old frame where possible, treatment and painting of wooden doors, and any structural concerns related to the door opening.
Retractable models for the patio come in two essential varieties. The first features a soft frame that you can zip to close. The cost to build a patio enclosure of this kind ranges from $4.50 to $6.50 per square foot, assuming that you already have a patio or porch base and cover.
For other styles that offer a hard frame that you can pull open and close, or motorized options, you may expect to pay as much as $400 per unit. Patching can function as a temporary fix for ripped or damaged mesh. But, replacement often serves as the best way to keep the material looking its best. Installation for this service sits around $50 to $75 per hour and may take an hour or several hours, depending on the size and number of screens.
Several window and door manufacturers also specialize in patio entrance solutions. Prices vary depending on the type of door and materials. Below is a list of some of the most popular options, arranged by general price expectations from lowest to highest.
Window World: $ - $$. Sliding and hinged patio doors come with a lifetime warranty. All doors are vinyl, and available in standard sizes only.
Champion: $$. Offers vinyl patio doors in widths ranging from five to 12 feet. Screens are included, as is a limited lifetime warranty.
Andersen A Series: $ - $$$. Offers hinged French doors in wood, vinyl, and fiberglass. Warranties are more limited, at 20 years from purchase date.
JELD-WEN: $ - $$$$. Offers the widest range of doors. All types mentioned above are available, including multi-sliding (telescoping) options. Warranties depend on materials and range from 2 years (aluminum) to 20 years (wood).
American Craftsman: $$ - $$$. The 50 and 70 series specialize in gliding patio doors. Limited lifetime warranty comes standard with all products.
Milgard: $$ - $$$$. In addition to standard doors, Milgard offers accordion-style options for wide openings. Aluminum frames offer extra protection.
Pella: $$$$. The Architect series offers custom, pre-designed French and hinged door options.
Installing or replacing elements of your patio door is a precise process with little room for error. The biggest cost factor will be the door itself. But depending on the state of the opening, significant labor may be required that can add to the cost of professional help.
If the opening to your exterior living space has not yet been created, hiring a pro is essential. Structural implications, along with making sure that no wiring or plumbing lines are damaged, are significant concerns.
Simple knob or lock replacements may not require a professional depending on your level of expertise. Installing or replacing a patio door by yourself will also take considerably longer than working with a contractor, who can complete the project in as little as three hours. The scope of the job will determine whether hiring a door installation professional makes sense for your project, though it is highly recommended in most cases.
If your door frame is in good shape and only the door needs replacement, you can keep the frame. The cost for the sliding door usually runs between $600 and $5,000, depending on the door and the size and shape of the frame. Custom jobs are more expensive than standard doors, and any additional features like soundproofing, hurricane-proofing, or energy efficiency could increase the cost.
If properly cared for, standard sliding glass patio doors can last 20 to 30 years.
Professional patio door installation usually takes between 4 and 6 hours to complete.