French Door Prices
The installation of a French door can add both architectural appeal and functionality to almost any room in a home. The panes are offered in either half view or three-quarter view up the grid. Half view is commonly found in single front doors and includes an element of privacy as well as the ability to adapt standard curtains to the frame. The versatility and classic appeal of a French door also provides a large variety for almost any purpose. French doors are also versatile in their ability to swing inward or outward. Pocket French doors can also be converted to standard French doors with additional conversion kits for smaller rooms and closets.
Minimum average cost $350
Maximum average cost $4,000
Basic French doors with wood or clad construction start out at approximately $350 for the material with additional cost for labor. These are usually fashioned out of a basic whitewood or clad vinyl. Architectural French doors that are developed for curved mouldings and transoms can cost up to $10,000 for custom models and approximately $4,000 for pre-designed custom doors. The maximum material to use for French doors is fiberglass. The higher costs are usually associated with architectural mouldings added to the French door assembly later on.
French door costs are relative to the style, function and material used for construction. When it comes to function, the least expensive French doors are interior doors for bedrooms and closets. Many use a basic wooden base with shatterproof glass in the panes.
Patio doors fall in the middle range of pricing of French doors. There are several options to choose from and usually are the most available in terms of selection. The most expensive French doors are architectural doors that match the period style of the home. An older Victorian home may require a new transom and 14-lite French door to a room. The moulding will need to match the rest of the home in addition to the previous door. This will require master craftsmanship and a custom product to fit the home.
Solid wooden doors range in price substantially. This is particularly true for front doors with heavy-leaded glass panes. Wooden doors are fairly easy to repair and can offer a warm aesthetic feel to the room with the real wood grain.
Wooden doors are not without their limitations. Painting and prepping is the most important process of maintenance with a wooden French door. The patina of the wood can peel or fade if it's an exterior product that faces the sun on a daily basis. It can also be damaged by moisture. Wooden doors will need extra maintenance in preserving the wood base as well as creating a waterproof surface to resist warping.
Steel French doors are heavier and offer a solid fit into door frames that require a measured level of security. Steel French doors are better equipped to resist break-ins or similar damage to the structure. Steel doors may also include a combination of materials for aesthetic or tactile strength.
Many of the qualities of rust prevention will need to be addressed for untreated doors. Paint prep is a factor similar to wooden doors. The steel French door will need to be purchased pre-painted or have adequate priming and curing to prevent the flaking of paint in the future.
Aluminum offers similar benefits to steel with a reduced weight load and cost. Many sliding glass patio doors have an aluminum core to increase the long-term strength and durability of sliding open daily. Aluminum also has an insulating capacity with the addition of thermal blocking in the panes. The doors are tough and low maintenance.
Aluminum doors may require additional maintenance to maintain an exterior look as well as reducing the potential for rust.
Fiberglass French doors have become increasingly common in recent years. Fiberglass has tactile flexibility to fit more obscure openings. Full modification of a door frame may not need to be done, and the frame can often be shimmed to fit a new door. Fiberglass doors may be more expensive than aluminum but offer the additional benefit of reduced wear from warping, scratches and environmental weathering. Fiberglass can also match the finish of wooden doors or other textures for a realistic faux look. They also offer up to five times the insulating ability of wooden doors.
Clad doors are coated with additional materials over a wood surface. Vinyl and aluminum clad doors are the most commonly found doors in big box stores and supply stores. The offer pleasing aesthetics with the additional wear and tear strength of vinyl and aluminum. The difference is that the core base of the door is made of wood. Special distinction will need to be made with choosing doors based on the type of wood application. A poplar core may be excellent for an interior door but lacks the weather strength found in cedar or redwood.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Before a French door is installed, it is particularly important for a homeowner to realize the advantages and limitations. One of the major advantages of a French door is the ability to open up a room or expose exterior light into a room without sacrificing insulation quality. Light also has the ability to filter through glass-paned French doors to make rooms feel brighter and less closed-in. The French door also has the ability to close a room off for a more intimate setting. Dining rooms and home dens benefit from this extensively.
French doors offer some unique challenges to homeowners as well. Security may be an issue for French doors leading into the home due to glass panes that can be easily shattered. Heavy-duty framing and glass will need to be considered. Architectural French doors may also prove to be much more time consuming and costly than standard doors or room dividers. Transoms may have to be installed or additional framing to support the added weight of the door.
Last updated on Jan 20, 2016
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