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What Does the Average Door Installation Cost?

Different types of doors are installed to perform a specific function or to create a desired style and make an impression. Doors provide safety and security, but the wide variety such as French doors, swinging doors, accordion doors and mirrored doors can also enhance the interior or exterior decor. While doors can vary greatly in price, it is also important to keep in mind the amount of labor needed to replace the door.

National Install a Door Costs

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National Install a Door Costs
Average reported cost $813
Number of Cost Profiles 8803 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $58
Maximum reported cost $2,244
Most homeowners spent between: $546 to $905

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Prefabricated, wood-composite interior doors are generally relatively inexpensive to purchase and install. These doors can be found at any major hardware store and come in various sizes. Installation for this type of door usually doesn't cost more than a few hundred dollars. Prehung doors are another low-cost option that are relatively easy to install. These types of doors can be purchased as assembled, partially assembled or knocked down. A major drawback would occur with improper calculations for the door's dimensions, which could render the door unusable.

There are certain instances where the material costs of doors can increase significantly. Many people look at their doors as much more than dividers between rooms but as decorative accents as well. A quick internet search or trip to a hardware store will offer many options for decorative doors for the inside of the home. Greatly varying in design, finish and function, these doors will naturally be more expensive but can really add a sense of individuality to a home.

The installation of an exterior door to your home is a slightly more complicated process, that can possibly add both labor and material costs to your job. Because exterior doors are exposed to the elements and are subject to warping and shrinking, they must be much thicker and better insulated. Often the process involves the installation of more complex locks and proper sealant, which makes the labor much more intensive.

There are a wide variety of exterior doors in a range of prices. The most common material for a front door is wood, but fiberglass and steel are alternatives. Exterior doors come in many decorative options, such as glass panes, that can increase price. Consider screen doors or storm doors as well when budgeting your costs. Having one in addition to your front door can reduce energy costs and increase the longevity of the door.

Doors in the rear of the home can vary greatly. Sliding glass doors with a screen is common, although this setup can be rather costly. If a regular door frame is in place, a generic outdoor door can be used to cut costs. There are other factors to consider such as the addition of screen or storm doors. A locksmith may be needed as well. The costs of paying more than one contractor can change the price by hundreds of dollars.

Last updated on May 24, 2016

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