How Much Does It Cost to Install a Door?
Have you planned your budget only to find out installing a door costs way more than you had anticipated? We’ve talked about budgeting projects before, but today we’re going to give you a break down of door installation costs.
At the time of this writing, The Home Depot listed that the average cost of installing interior doors ranges from $149 to $348 to start depending on where you live. That does not include the cost of the door, hardware, delivery, paint, or haul-away and removal of your old door. Why is there a range?
Interior door installation will vary depending on a few different factors.
1) Pre-hung vs Slab
2) Door Type (i.e. pocket door, barn door, sliding door, swing doors)
3) New opening vs Retrofit
4) Door opening condition
Each of those factors can increase the time it takes to install your door and therefore your cost.
Cost saving tip
The cost per door decreases the more doors you have installed at one time. Why?
It takes time and money for installation companies to come to your home, set up their tools, and get started. Therefore, it is easier and more cost effective to install more than one door.
At the time of this writing, Home Advisor reported the national averages ranging from $500 to $2,000. Those are labor prices only. Why such a large range in pricing?
Exterior doors must be properly weather sealed, often have decorative features, and usually require a bit a more labor-intensive demolition process. Front doors will usually cost more than side doors. Double doors will cost more than single doors. Eight-Foot doors will cost more than your average 6 ft doors.
Cost Saving Tip
Unless you’re a trained licensed professional, don’t try to install your doors yourself. It will cost you twice as much for an installation company to fix your mistakes.
Also, if you have a security system make sure you let them know you’re having a new exterior door installed. Then arrange for them to adjust or replace the door censors soon after installation.
We’ve talked a lot about labor costs and really haven’t mentioned material costs. You can usually save money by choosing a different door or hardware style. Talk to you’re local designer or contractor to see if there are options similar to the style you’re interested in.
Choosing a deferent medium can also reduce the cost of the door. Fiberglass is more expensive than wood or steel doors. Hollow core interior doors are less expensive than solid core.
Remember, the longer you put off a project the more that it will cost. Usually door companies raise their prices about 1 to 3 percent each year. This year (2021) door companies have increased material costs 7 to 15 percent depending on the product and company. Expect door installation costs to increase as well in the new year.
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