For our final post in our entry door series, we’ll tackle what many homeowners would say is the most important factor that drives any home improvement project: cost. It’s important that when you begin looking for your new entry door, you have an idea of your budget and a realistic view of what options that budget will get you. So, let’s take a look at the factors which will drive the price of your new entry door.
Entry Door Pricing Basics
You can expect to encounter a wide range of prices based on the features you’ll choose for your entry door, but in general, wood doors will be the most costly, both up front and through the life of the door (see our post from last week to get an idea of the maintenance you can expect for each type of door). A steel door, on the other hand, is the most inexpensive option. Fiberglass doors vary in price, but are generally less expensive than wood doors and a bit more costly than steel.
In terms of total cost, you should expect to pay at least $1500 for a basic complete install of a new door. But Garret Kelly, writing for Angie’s List, notes that entry door installs can average closer to $2000-$5000, depending on the materials and features you select.
Entry Door Features
The features you choose will play a large role in the cost of your new entry door, but one feature, in particular, will drive up expenses much more quickly than others: glass. The addition of glass inserts on the door itself or sidelights or transoms around your door will certainly add beauty and style, but they will add to the price, too. As the folks over at HomeAdvancement.com note, “Due to the range of options available to homeowners, prices range from as low as $1000 to as high as $10,000 depending on the complexity of glass and the different materials used.”
Because glass inserts introduce a potential for your door’s safety to be compromised, companies often offer double- or triple-paned glass. This will increase costs. Additionally, remember that glass inserts can interfere with your door’s energy efficiency, creating a smaller but still significant energy cost over the life of your door.
Entry Door Warranties
When estimating the cost of your new entry door, think beyond the initial cost of the door and installation. While maintenance costs can add up, so can the cost to you as a homeowner if you choose a door with a shorter warranty. We’ve reviewed many of the advantages and drawbacks of different entry door options; warranties are another consideration to add to the list.
As we touched on last week, wood doors are going to carry the shortest warranties. All of the potential for warping, shifting, swelling, and fading added to wood doors’ inherent susceptibility to the elements means that these doors will be out of warranty more quickly than other options.
Fiberglass and steel doors carry longer warranties–some even extend to cover the years you live in the home in addition to the home’s next owner, as well. Be absolutely sure to review the warranties offered by the companies you’re considering, and factor this into your calculations regarding the long-term cost of your door.