Installing a new exterior door can complete your home’s design theme or provide an important security or efficiency upgrade. A number of installation techniques apply for various door styles; your contractor can determine the most effective method for fitting your new door, whether it is a new installation or a replacement.
Installing Exterior Doors in Homes and Businesses
Door types are often distinctly different between residential and commercial properties, since requirements for security, accessibility, and aesthetics vary with different buildings. Though a wide selection of door sizes and styles exist, installing a typical exterior door in a home costs an average of $276. Exterior doors in apartment and business buildings are often larger or require specialized equipment and locks for operation and security. The added requirements of installation carry average project rates of $314 for apartment buildings and $408 for businesses.
Installing New and Replacement Exterior Doors
Preparation and installation methods differ for new and replacement exterior door installations, since the door site may need substantial alterations. Installing a door in new construction is generally simple, since the door opening should be prepared—or easily modified—to accommodate your door at the appropriate phase of construction. Fitting an exterior door in new location on a finished building is a substantial job, however. Since installation requires the removal of siding, insulation and drywall to create a new opening, and my involve re-routing some of your home’s wiring, prices for the job average $427. Installing a replacement door in an existing opening is much simpler than creating a new location for a door, and costs about $218, nationally. Installation rates may be affected by the size and style of doors, and whether and alterations or repairs are needed to prepare for the job.
Front Door Installation
The front door of your home is generally a significant design element, and may be larger or more ornate than other exterior doors. Styles range from solid doors with transoms to partial glass doors, double entry doors, and door units with coordinating side lights. Installation rates range from $156 to $247, since methods are similar for most front doors, though the size and material of the unit may affect the complexity of installation.
Installing a Commercial Door
Like residential doors, commercial doors are available in a number of styles, from swinging glass units to solid wood doors and metal security gates. Door sizes and materials play an important part in determining installation costs, as well as the material and condition of the installation site. Commercial door installation generally costs between $263 and $518, with rates also influenced by the integration of special wiring, automation, and security systems.
Fire Door Installations
Fire doors are available in standard sizes and are constructed of metal and other materials designed to reduce the spread of fire. Installation methods are similar to standard exterior doors, though integration with an alarm system of the inclusion of specialized hardware, gaskets, controls, and door closers may add a few steps to the process, which typically costs from $214 to $368.
Installing Patio Door
Patio doors provide convenient and attractive access to outdoor living areas, and are often made mostly of glass to improve lighting and appearance in any room. Techniques for installing a patio door may vary slightly depending on whether the door is a slider, French door, or a swinging patio door with stationary panels. With rates also affected by door size and the condition of the installation site, you can expect to pay between $336 and $512 to fit a patio door.
Mounting a Screen Door
Screen doors are often mounted directly to the jamb or trim of an exterior door, requiring minimal preparation. Adding automatic closers and other hardware to a screen door may increase installation costs, which generally range from $78 to $132.
Security Door Installation
Solid wood or steel security doors are resistant to damage from impact and are installed in the same manner as standard exterior doors. Surface-mounted security doors resemble storm and screen doors, but have integrated grates and sturdy steel or aluminum construction to offer a higher level of protection for your home than standard screens and storms. Security doors are available in traditional hinged models as well as sliding, expandable, and roll-up options. Depending on the style and mounting requirements of your security door, installation may cost between $97 and $254.
Installing a Storm Door
Storm doors are mounted in a manner similar to screen doors and some security doors, though a few additional parts and steps are required to improve insulation and weatherproofing at the door site. Depending on the level of preparation required, it may cost from $86 to $147 to install a storm door.
Planning Your Exterior Door Installation
Installing a new exterior door can be an important upgrade to the security, safety, efficiency, and appearance of your home. Consider the condition of the installation site and the size and style of your door as you plan the project with your contractor.