Entry Door Installation Cost

The average cost of installing an entry door is $500 - $700.

In this guide

How to measure a door
Parts of a door
Types
Brands
Door insulation
Hollow core vs. solid core
Inswing vs. outswing
Installation process
Locks
Enhancement and improvement costs
Lighting
Additional considerations and costs
FAQs

How much does it cost to install or replace an entry door?

Entry doors are doors on the exterior of the house; either on the front, back, or side, used to enter the house. Entry doors are a statement and the focal point of the exterior of a home. Besides providing entry into a home, entry doors are important because they make the first impression.

Entry doors should be installed by a professional to ensure proper security and protection from the elements. There are many steps and processes involved when installing entry doors, so it is imperative that it is completed properly.

The average cost to install an entry door ranges from $500-$700. This price varies depending on many factors including the brand, material, type, installation company, etc.  

How to measure a door

If you are interested in replacing or installing new doors on your home, the first step you need to take is to become aware of how to take accurate measurements for a door. You do not want to arrive home with a door that is too small or too big for your door frame. There are some steps that you should take to measure a door properly. First, you want to start by measuring the width. Measure the door from the left edge of the door to the right edge, horizontally. Do this three times and record the smallest measurement. Next, you want to measure the height of the door. Measure the door from top to bottom, vertically. Do this three times and record the smallest measurement. If your door has weatherstripping, do not include this in the measurements. Lastly, you want to measure the door jamb (depth of the wall). Measure this from the interior trim to the exterior trim. Do this three times, and record the smallest measurement. By following these three steps, you should be able to accurately the door’s measurements.

Parts of a door

If you are interested in installing a new entry  door, there are many other parts that need to be considered. The pricing for these parts are based on an entry door of standard size 6`8" tall and 3 to 6 feet wide. If these parts need to be replaced or purchased, this can add to the total cost of door installation.

  • Hinges: door hinges 1 are the metal pieces that are installed on a door and frame. These are used to ensure that a door opens and closes properly. On average, purchasing basic hinges 1 will cost $10-$20.
  • Door frame: a door frame is a frame into which a door is fitted in. A new door frame, depending on the brand, will cost anywhere from $55-$85.
  • Jamb: a door jamb is the two upright parts of the door frame, in which the door is hung. On average, purchasing basic a new door jamb will cost $35-$50.
  • Glass: a sheet of glass is often inserted into panels in a door. These are another cost to consider. The glass panels range from $70-$468 in cost, depending on the size of the panels, the brand, and the stain of glass.  
  • Knobs: a knob is the piece of metal that is placed on the front of the door used to open up the door. A new knob for an entry door can range from $20-$600 dollars. Below is an average cost of door knobs of a standard size of 5 1⁄2  inches (139.7 mm), based on color and brands.
Knob ColorAverage Price
Brass$20-$600
Bronze$24-$600
Nickel$24-$600
Gold$62-$600
Black$65-$140
Chrome$75-$420


Knob BrandAverage Price
Baldwin$63-$486
Nostalgic Warehouse$88-$356
Grandeur$215-$600


Types

There are different types of doors that you have to consider when purchasing entry doors. Listed below are the different types of doors and their average price. Again, the prices vary depending on the brand, the material, and the color. The pricing in this chart is based on an entry door of standard size 6`8" tall and 3 to 6 feet wide.

TypeDescriptionPrice (Includes installation fees)
Pre-hung

Comes mounted to the door frame

The hinges and lockset holes are present for standard installation.

Popular for front  doors.

$96-$146
French

Elegant doors with glass panels throughout.

Best suited for front doors.

$600-$1200
AccordionA door that opens by folding it back in sections.$700-$1000
Bi-folding

A door that folds in half.

Popular for a lot of closet doors.

$240-$521
Sliding

A door that slides to open.

Best suited for patio doors.

$387-$592


Materials

There are different types of materials to choose from when installing entry doors. This table illustrates the different types, pros and cons, and cost of different material doors. This is based on an entry door of standard size 6`8" tall and 3 to 6 feet wide.

MaterialsProsCons

Aluminum

($248-$520)

Low maintenance

Won't chip or rust

Can dent

Wood

($290-$750)

Resistant to warping

Good insulation qualities

Long-term (if well maintained

)Attractive

Scratches easily repaired

Relatively expensive

Require care and maintenance

May sag over time

Fiberglass 2

($360-$850)

Many design options

Can withstand chemicals and harsh environments

Require little maintenanceDent-resistant

Can be painted or stained

Not super durable (crack under severe impact)

If you disinfect the door, it might damage the finish

Steel

($390-$770)

Versatile

Longevity and easy maintenance

Low cost

Lower weather resistance

Dents are hard to fix

Scratches may rust if not painted properly


Brands

In the chart below are the most popular brands of doors and an average of their costs from low to high. This will depend on things like the material, windows, thickness, and color. These prices are for a standard entry door of standard size 6`8" tall and 3 to 6 feet wide.

BrandPrice per Door
Jeld Wen$129-$985
Masonite 3$195-$900
Steve & Sons$200-$900
Stanley Doors$320-$1800
Pacific Entries$1333-$1982


Door insulation

Properly insulating an entry door is very important to protect from the elements outside, especially in the winter time. Door insulation trim is usually charged per door and a contractor charges from $100-300 per door including installation fees and all materials used. If you purchase your own materials, labor for a carpenter is around $70 per hour of work. It takes about 1-2 hours to install insulation for a standard size door.

Hollow core vs. solid core

Whether you choose a hollow core door or a solid core door, there are differences between the two. A hollow core door is a door made from two thin panels with materials holding them together. Hollow doors are very cheap and cost an average of $30-$50. A solid core door is made of composite wood that is very heavy. Solid core doors are more expensive and range about $80-$200. The differences are noted in the table below:

TypeProsCons
Hollow Core

Muffles sound

Cheap

Lightweight

Retain some warmth but air pockets get through

Easier to damage

Needs replacement more frequently

Solid Core

Insulates against heat loss

Muffles sound effectively

Withstand extreme weather

Expensive

Heavy

Prone to expansion and contraction

Prone to warping


Inswing vs. outswing

When installing a new door, you will have to make a decision whether you want to install an inswing or an outswing door. An inswing door is a door that opens inwards, it provides good safety and security from outdoors. Inswing doors tend to dominate the market. Due to their availability, you will have an easier time finding the right one and it will be less expensive. An outswing door is a door that opens outward. It still offers good protection and safety, as the hinges 1 are covered on the outside. Most people install outswing doors when they need to save room on the inside. Outswing doors can be more difficult to find as they are not as popular, so they do cost a little more than an inswing door.

The difference in installation between an inswing and outswing door is that for an inswing door, the hinges 1 are installed on the inside, whereas for an outswing door, the hinges 1 are installed on the outside. There is not a difference in price between installing an inswing vs. outswing door.     

Installation process

Installing a door requires knowledge and experience, so hiring a professional carpenter to do the job is a good idea. A carpenter normally charges per hour and averages a price of $70-$95 per hour for labor. This is not including the door cost or any materials needed. These are the steps a carpenter takes to install a new entry door.

  • Removing the existing door: a carpenter will start by removing the door as well as the exterior trim and insulation. Caulking 4 must be cut to remove the interior/exterior trim, hinges 1, and molding.
  • Create an opening around the frame: an opening will be made around the frame that is at least 1 inch thicker than the door you will be installing.
  • Check leveling: using a leveler, a carpenter will check everything to make sure it is leveled. If it ends up not being leveled, the door may be installed crooked and this can cause problems later on.
  • Fit the door: he will then place the door, with no molding, into the space to ensure that it fits and there aren’t any issues. If the space needs to be widened, this will be done now before moving on.
  • Caulking: the carpenter then will apply caulk 4 along the subsill where the sill 5 will be placed, about 2 inches thick.
  • Place the door: the door will be slid into place to make sure the frame fits.
  • Shim/Fasten the frame: the shims will be placed on the hinges 1 side of the door. There should be an opening about ⅛ inch thick between the edge of the door and the jamb.
  • Temporarily secure the door: using a drill he will lightly fasten 6 the door nails into the hinge 1 jamb, where the hinges 1 will be installed. He won’t put the nails all the way through in case any adjustments need to be made.
  • Test the door: with the door temporarily in place, he tests the door. He will open and close the door to make sure there is a space between the door edges and the jamb of ⅛ inch on every side of the door.
  • Secure the jambs: the nails are screwed through the shims at the hinge 1 sites on the jamb. He will secure all the jambs around the door. He will install the lock.
  • Insulation: insulation is applied around the door frame.

Locks

Selecting a lock for your entry door is another task. There are many styles of locks out on the market. Listed below in the chart are some of the most popular locks and their average prices.

TypePrice
Door Lever$17-$290
Deadbolt$25-$400
Grip Set$79-$99
Keypad Lock$80-$179
Touchpad Lock$147-$279
Fingerprint Lock$478-$488


Lock installation is often included in the door installation fees by a carpenter. If you need a lock installed on its own, the average cost to have a locksmith to do the installation is $380-$500. (This price includes changing a lock, repairing the molding, rekeying the door, and installing new deadbolt ranges).

Enhancement and improvement costs

Double Entry Door

Enhancing entry doors to a double door entry is a great option. They provide a more accommodating, larger entry, making it easier to bring large furniture or objects through the entrance without damaging anything. They also make a grand-looking appearance.

Upgrading from a single exterior door to a double door is not that hard when you hire a professional carpenter to do the work. The hardest part of the task is expanding the door frame so that it is even on both sides. A carpenter will charge on average $70-$95 per hour to complete the project. The time it takes to complete the job depends on the size of the entry doors, the location, and type of doors being installed. A double entry door costs around $250-$1000 and will take 1-2 hours to be installed professionally.

Lighting

Adding some lighting to your entry doors can help to enhance their appearance. There are many styles of outdoor lighting. Below are the most popular with their average costs.

  • Path lights: these lights illuminate walkways, plants, and doors. The typical cost for path lights is $75-$100 each.
  • Floodlights: these are lights that attached to buildings and used to light large places. The average cost for floodlights 7 is $75-$150 each.
  • Wall lanterns: these lanterns attach to the wall and add light to a certain area. The average cost is $100-$150 each.

An electrician charges an average of $65-$85 per hour for installation.

Storm door

Adding a storm door 8 is an easy way to enhance your home’s look. An advantage of installing a storm door is that it can be added right in front of an existing door. They also allow for great airflow. The cost to purchase a storm door averages $80-$200 each.

Screen door

A screen door 8 is installed between the exterior door and the inside of your home. It acts as a barrier to protect against bugs, pests, and insects and also allows for a better airflow. This is a common door enhancement project that people often complete during renovations. The average cost to install a 36-inch screen door 8 averages $250-400. This includes the price of the door as well as labor fees.    

Paint

Adding a fresh coat of paint to a current exterior door can change the look of your house. The cost of this project is dependent upon many factors including, door, style, paint, number of doors, but the average is roughly $100 to paint an exterior door. This includes materials (primer 9) $20-25 per gallon and labor fees for a professional painter of $25-35 per hour.

Keyless entry lock

If you are a person that constantly forgets their set of keys, then upgrading to keyless entry locks while installing new entry doors is a good idea. Keyless entry locks offer the security of a keypad lock while using a digital code rather than a key to open up the door. These sets can rely on either batteries or electrical services. To have the job professionally completed by a locksmith, the cost averages $74-$140.

Additional considerations and costs

  • If you require removal and disposal of an existing door this price averages about $50-$80 per door.
  • Make sure that the new door has the same measurements as the old one to refrain from creating extra work.
  • Repairing a pre-existing door frame can add additional costs anywhere from $300-$700, depending on the door location and the work time.
  • It is a good idea to purchase the door prior to installation to save money.
  • Some companies will offer a discounted price to install multiple doors, so it is a good idea to install all your doors at once.
  • When installing a new door, make sure there is no water damage in the opening that will need repairing. If it needs repairing, it can cost anywhere from $50-$300.
  • Make sure to familiarize yourself with your door warranty. Different brands offer warranties from 1 year up to 25 years.

FAQs

  • How do you measure a door for replacement?

First, you want to start by measuring the width (from the left edge of the door to the right edge, horizontally.) Next, you want to measure the height of the door (from top to bottom, vertically.) Do not include the weatherstripping in the measurements. Lastly, you want to measure the door jamb (depth of the wall), from the interior trim to the exterior trim.

  • How do you put a door in?

Putting in a new door can be an easy task if the instructions are followed properly. Start by removing the hinge pins from the hinges on the old door. Remove the existing door frame, lockset, and half of the hinges on the old door. Move the hinges and lockset from the existing door to the new one. Chisel out the mortises for the hinges and drill holes for the lockset if the door hasn’t already been drilled. Using screws, attach the hinges to the new door. Hang the new door in the frame and insert the pins into the new hinges. Paint or stain the new door if necessary and allow it to dry. Install the new lockset.

  • How do you install a door jamb?

To install a door jamb, start off by measuring the size of the door frame and cut the jamb to size. Place the jamb in the door frame and make sure it is leveled, if not you will need to use packers ($0.49-$0.79) to level it. Packers are little plastic or metal pieces that can be inserted in to help level the door if it is not leveled.  Once it is leveled, nail down the left side first, then the right of the door jamb to the frame. Lastly, install the door stop onto the door jamb.

  • How much does it cost to buy a door?

The average national cost to buy a door (including installation fees) is $360-$770. Without the installation fees, the average cost is about $250-$500. The price depends on the brand, size, material, type, and extra parts.

  • How much does it cost to replace a bedroom door?

The average national cost to replace a bedroom door is $500 dollars. This includes the cost of the door, installation costs, and any extra materials needed.


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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 Hinges: A type of joint that attaches two items together but allows one of them to swing back and forth, such as a door attached to a door frame
2 Fiberglass: Plastic that is reinforced with glass fibers. The fibers may be mixed randomly throughout the plastic, or come in the form of a flat sheet, or be woven into a fabric
3 Masonite: A door finished with a surface made of high-density fiberboard, an engineered wood product also called hardboard, and factory painted to look like wood. This term can also refer to a door with a solid hardboard core and wood veneer panels
4 Caulking: 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
5 Sill: The lowest horizontal support of a building, typically made of wood, placed on the foundation, on the ground, or below ground level to protect the building slab and secure framing
6 Fasten: Hardware used to attach two or more objects to each other. A common example is a nail
7 Floodlights: A large, artificial light used to provide broad, uniform light to outdoor areas
8 Screen door: (Also known as Storm door) An additional door, installed outside an exterior access door, that provides insulation and damage protection during inclement weather
9 Primer: Preparatory coat applied to materials (drywall, wood, metal, etc.) before painting to ensure paint adhesion, extend paint durability, and help seal and protect the surface to be painted

Cost to install an entry door 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
Alexandria, VA
+2%
Arlington, TX
+6%
Arvada, CO
-3%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Auburn, WA
-1%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Beaverton, OR
+15%
Bethlehem, PA
+12%
Boston, MA
+40%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Concord, CA
+30%
Costa Mesa, CA
+24%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Gainesville, FL
-12%
Garland, TX
+8%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Hampton, VA
-18%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Marion, IA
+2%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milpitas, CA
+33%
Mims, FL
-1%
Modesto, CA
-12%
Nampa, ID
-35%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Pearland, TX
+16%
Peoria, AZ
-2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%

Labor cost in your zip code

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