By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Typically, a sliding door that leads to a patio or deck will get a rigorous daily workout. If yours needs replacing, you'll be glad to know that manufacturers have improved the design and construction of these doors. You'll find a good selection, in various sizes and configurations, at window replacement companies, home centers and lumberyards. Don’t go shopping for a sliding patio door with a closed mind. There’s a large selection of styles everything from French to Mission to Traditional designs, and the door you choose can become the focal point of the room. Many of these sellers also offer installation service.
When scheduling the replacement of a patio door, consider the weather, because once the old unit is removed the opening is exposed to the elements. Also take the opportunity to consider if any repair work is needed to the siding, floor or deck or interior trim.
A contractor will charge $2,315 to replace an old 6-foot wide two-panel sliding door with a new one. That includes labor and material. If repair work or additional carpentry is required, the cost will be higher. If you have extensive carpentry experience and tools, you can remove the old slider, buy the new door for $1,400 and make the installation, saving 39 percent. If you have any doubts about tackling the job, don't! Call in a pro.
Jeld-wen, a manufacturer of doors and windows, has more advice about Replacing Patio Doors.
Sound too complicated and time consuming? Here's a link to Home Advisor, a free referral service that matches homeowners with local contractors.
Now you know the average cost to replace a sliding patio door, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020