Door Trim Cost

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Installing new door trim may be necessary with a new room construction or to upgrade outdated trim. It can improve the look of a door immediately and modernize it.

Decorative moldings run along the top of walls and can hide the transitions where the walls connect to the ceiling and improve the appearance of a particular room.

Installing door trim can sometimes be performed as a DIY project, and if that is the case you will save on the labor costs mentioned below. It is always recommended to hire a professional to ensure that the job is done right. Wood is the most popular material for door trim.

The example of the cost of materials and installation for one standard sized door is used for this guide, which is 80”x36”. For crown moldings 1, the example of a 12’x16’ room is used, which is the standard size for a family room.

Cost breakdown

  • Door trim is usually charged per door by a contractor, the cost can range from $100-$300 per door including installation and depending on the material used for the trim.
  • If labor is charged hourly and separate from material costs, carpenters normally charge $70/hr. for labor. It takes approximately one hour to install door trim for each door in a home, or $70.
  • Wood trim is between $2-$5 per linear foot if it is purchased separately depending on the quality of the wood. A standard sized door is 80”x36”. This would require about 17 feet of linear trim for material costs.
    • A low cost wood like pine will be about $34 in material costs per door with $70 labor fees, the total would be $104 per door.
  • Additional small materials like caulk 2, nails, shims, fasteners 3, foam insulation and drip caps can add $25-$75 to material costs but can be used on several doors.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Higher priced woods like cherry, walnut or mahogany will cost closer to $4-$6 per linear foot.
  • Crown moldings 1 are made of wood or vinyl 4 in most cases and their cost varies based on the complexity of the design and the quality of the wood. They are normally charged per linear foot including installation. Crown moldings 1 for a 12’x16’ room would require 192 linear feet.
    • Vinyl 4 crown moldings 1 cost between $2-$3 per linear foot unpainted. The material costs for vinyl 4 crown molding 1 for a 12’x16’ room would be between $384-$768.
    • Wood crown moldings 1 are between $2-$5 per linear foot depending on the quality of the wood and the design. This equates to $384-$960 for a 12’x16’ room.
    • Crown molding 1 installation for one 12’x16’ room takes about 4 hours or $280 in labor costs.
  • If the trim or the crown molding 1 needs to be painted or stained, the cost is usually about $1 per linear foot, not including the material cost of the paint or stain which can range from $25-$50 per gallon.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Removal  and disposal of existing door trim takes about one half hour per door or $35 per door.
  • Homeowners can often get a discount of 10%-25% on installation costs if they install trim on multiple doors at one time.
  • Homeowners can also save money on material costs by purchasing them on their own.
  • The total cost of installing door trim largely depends on the scope of your project. Minor installations are not very time consuming and if you are upgrading the trim on just a few doors you won’t be spending much money.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Crown moldings: A decorative finish that adds interest to the area where the top of a window meets the wall, or lines the area where the wall meets the ceiling
2 Caulk: A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant
3 Fasteners: Hardware used to attach two or more objects to each other. A common example is a nail
4 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others

Cost to install window trim varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Arlington, VA
+38%
Astoria, NY
+93%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bradenton, FL
-8%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Catawba, NC
-24%
Ceres, CA
-12%
Chandler, AZ
-2%
Corona, CA
+19%
Crofton, MD
+5%
Cupertino, CA
+33%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Durham, NC
-1%
Elk Grove, CA
+6%
Escondido, CA
+9%
Evansville, IN
+7%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Smith, AR
-12%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Hempstead, NY
+31%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Lexington, KY
+1%
Lincoln, CA
+3%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Modesto, CA
-12%
Murrieta, CA
-6%
New York, NY
+77%
North Hollywood, CA
+11%
Ocala, FL
-25%
Olathe, KS
+9%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%

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