By Gene and Katie Hamilton
The front door of a house is its focal point, so replacing one can make a dramatic difference to its appearance. It also improves security, an investment that pays back in the future. You’ll find a wide range of styles, shapes and designs at a door and window store or home center. At this manufacturer's site you'll see videos and can download instructions for the job http://www.thermatru.com.
To remove an existing door and install a new pre-hung fiberglass door, a carpenter or door installation contractor will charge $662, which includes the door and installation. You can remove the old door, buy a new one and install it for $425, the cost of the door, assuming you have basic carpentry skills and tools. A pre-hung door is mounted with hinges on a jamb that surrounds the door, which is predrilled for door handles and locks so they line up properly. Many have reinforced steel plates behind the locking mechanisms for added security. A door opening is usually built with double studs on both sides; if the opening requires additional reconstruction or repair work, budget more time and money, and reconsider whether you should do it yourself.
Sound too complicated and time consuming? Here's a link to Home Advisor, a free referral service that matches homeowners with local contractors.
While you’re planning a facelift for the front of your house with a new entrance door, don’t forget to paint the door jamb and trim around it. You’ll get the best looking results (without drip marks) if you schedule the painting after you’ve removed the old door and before installing the new one.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to replace an entrace door you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.