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Typical Range: $507 - $1,691

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Updated: September 7, 2021

Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Home Building & Remodeling Expert.
Written by HomeAdvisor.

Cost to Install Exterior Door

Installing an exterior door costs an average of $1,095. Most surveyed homeowners report paying between $507 and $1,691. Many new, standard single styles cost $150 to $600 for materials alone, but they can easily reach into the thousands. Pre-hung styles are about $50 to $200 more than slab varieties but reduce labor and frame installation costs by 30 to 50 percent.

the average cost to install an exterior door is $1,100, or $200 to $4,000.

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2. Entry or Front Door Prices

Steel$150-$1,400
Fiberglass$150-$2,000
Wood$500-$3,000
  • Steel is the least expensive option, though less popular because of the harsher metallic look.
  • Fiberglass is a popular option that achieve a wood-like look with increased durability and minimal maintenance needs while providing excellent insulation value.
  • Wood: is the most traditional and customizable option, but one that requires active maintenance to prevent warping and rot.

a. Back Door Prices

Back doors generally range from $300 to $1,200 to install. They're priced lower since they don't need to be nearly as ornate as a front entry. They rarely have things like sidelights and transom windows. They often don't even have a window. They are usually cheaper steel, engineered wood or fiberglass models that mimic the front style when painted.

3. Labor Cost to Install Exterior Door

Labor rates run anywhere from $40 to $90 per hour with an average of about $70 per hour. It only takes 2 to 3 hours for a pre-hung door installation vs. 6 to 7 hours for a door with a frame.

a. Additional Entry or Front Door Installation Costs

Depending on your circumstances, you may need to factor in these additional considerations when installing a door:

  • Structural integrity: when cutting through supporting walls, you'll need to install new headers. Costs here can vary greatly so it's best to hire a structural engineer for $100 to $150 per hour at an average of $500 for the project. Most municipalities require a permit for this type of work.
  • Framing: Framing costs $7 to $16 per square foot. Expect the higher end of that range when installing a load bearing header.
  • Waterproofing & Sealing: Exterior varieties require proper flashing, house wrap and waterproofing membranes to keep moisture out. This is usually part of the rough frame work. The door itself needs proper sealing for an additional $80 to $200.

Front Door with Sidelights

Sidelights add an additional $500 to $2,500 to a standard install. Custom work can push the price higher. Sidelights are slim matching windows installed next to the front door and run from the top to the bottom of the frame. The pros and cons of each are the same as listed in the materials sections above.

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4. Average Cost to Install an Exterior Door by Type

Total Cost to Install Exterior Doors by Type
TypeMaterialLaborTotal Project Price
Single$150 - $3,000$80 - $630$230 - $3,630
Double$750 - $5,000$500 - $1,000$1,250 - $6,000
Screen$50 - $450$75 - $150$125 - $600
Storm$100 - $550$75 - $150$175 - $700
Fire-Rated Steel$100 - $500$300 - $800$400 - $1,300
Patio$300 - $4,000$200 - $500$500 - $4,500
Sliding Glass$400 - $4,500$200 - $500$600 - $5,000
French$400 - $4,800$500 - $1,000$900 - $5,800
Accordion or Folding Glass*$4,000 - $12,000+$600 - $1,800$4,600 - $13,800+
Multi-Slide or Telescoping*$6,000 - $16,000+$600 - $1,800$6,600 - $17,800+

*per linear foot for a 6 - 12-foot opening.

a. Double

For entryways, most double doors start out at $700 to $5,000. Because of the size, labor tends to be slightly higher at $500 to $1,000 per installation. Lower end varieties tend to be steel and composite with panels and no windows. Mid and high-range pricing types include both wood and fiberglass with more ornate designs, glass and even wrought iron.

b. Screen

Screen doors cost slightly less than the sturdier storm variety at $50 to $450 with labor coming in at $75 to $150. The average screen installation runs $275.

In some climates, a storm door may not be necessary, and a less-expensive screen can take its place. They mount directly to the jamb on the exterior portion. They are popular additions to patio and other entrances where air flow is desirable while keeping insects out of the home.

c. Storm

Storm doors cost $100 to $550 depending on type and setup. Labor is an additional $75 to $150 each. A typical installation runs an average of $350.

Traditionally used to protect the delicate nature of wood, these types serve several purposes. They add extra insulation to a home, offer airflow management, and enhance security with a second lockset. They are available in full-view, mid-view and high-view with several other features including retractable screens, beveled glass, pet entries, Low-E glass, and more.

d. Fire-Rated Door Cost

Fire-rated steel costs $100 to $500 plus $300 to $800 for installation. Fire rated types are a specific type used to conform to building codes for businesses or enhance safety in residences. Because of their function, they often come with heavier hardware and specialized parts that cause them to close automatically.

They can contain a fire for anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours depending on the rating and local code. Installed between the garage and home by building code requirements, they work alongside a home alarm system.

e. Patio Doors

Patio doors cost anywhere from $300 to $4,000 with an additional $500 to $1,000 in labor to install. Though once a hallmark of luxury homes, diverse types of wide patio types in a variety of designs and styles fit into most modern homes at an affordable price.

Besides the front, the patio entry is one of the most common functional design elements in a home. It leads to a backyard patio or deck while visually joining the yard with the interior living spaces and letting in enormous amounts of natural light.

f. Sliding Glass

Sliding glass doors cost between $400 and $4,500 though most fall below $2,500. Labor is an additional $200 to $500. With a more modern design and considerably more size diversity, sliding glass patio styles are likely the most popular type in homes today.

Preferred for patios because of their contained design requiring no floor space in any room to open fully. In addition, they not only fit standard 6-foot double-openings but the multi-slide variety can extend even further.

g. French Doors

French doors have a wide range of prices from $400 to $4,800 with an additional $200 to $1,000 in installation fees. French refers to any types with a full-view or top to bottom window. They can be single or double and both interior or exterior. Offering an elegant, classic look, it is easy to design architectural elements around them.

h. Multi-Panel Folding Glass & Multi-Slide Telescoping

Multi-panel types are the most expensive exterior doors available for $700 to $1,300 per linear foot or up to $17,400 for a 12-foot opening. Labor runs about $100 to $150 per linear foot though it will vary by location and installer.

They're a much more modern design than traditional two panel sliding glass or double French patio styles. Homeowners can have folding or telescoping panels designed to suit their space, allowing them to create the effect of a removable wall between the indoor and outdoor areas of their homes.

  • Folding: $700 to $1,000 per linear foot. Either fold like an accordion or open and then slide. It can extend as far as a homeowner desires and the building will support. Its main advantage is creating an extended opening to unite indoor and outdoor living.
  • Multi-slide: $1,000 to $1,300 per linear foot. A subtype of the sliding glass style, a telescoping patio style consists of three or more glass panels that slide past each other. It uses multiple tracks for customizable opening options.

5. FAQs

a. How much is a walkout basement door?

Installing a walkout basement door runs from $2,500 to $10,000 or more depending on a few factors.

  • Digging and cutting. For walkouts, the exterior needs to be level with the bottom of the basement. Plus, you'll need to have the concrete wall cut the appropriate size.
  • Framing: $350 to $800 including a header. Most municipalities require a permit for this type of work.
  • Materials & Labor: most use a double patio style for $500 to $4,500 including labor.
  • Patio installation: $1,750 to $4,750.

b. What is the Best Exterior Door for Direct Sunlight?

The best exterior type to get the most sunlight while keeping your home insulated is a patio style with two or more doors with full-view triple pane low-E glass. It'll cost anywhere from $600 to $3,000 depending on material choice, size and style.

c. What Does It Cost to Close Up an Exterior Door?

To close up an exterior door you'll need to frame in a wall, insulate and install siding and drywall. New wall installation costs an average of $1,800 though expect to add an additional $600 for siding and painting.

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