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Last updated on August 18th, 2023

Door installation cost

In our homes, doors are the pieces of hardware we use the most. When they’re in good condition, we hardly notice them. However, when they begin to show signs of wear and tear, we start to consider upgrading them.

If you’re thinking about replacing your old doors, or perhaps you’re renovating or extending your property, then researching door installation costs should be your first step.

Thankfully, we’ve put together this handy door installation cost guide. Use this to understand the various options available when it comes to upgrading the doors in your home.

How much does it cost to install a door?

The cost to install new doors will vary on a number of factors such as the type of door, any complexities around the installation, and where you are located in the UK.

Type of door to installUnitInstallation costs
uPVC doorPer door
(including glazing and architrave)
£400 - £1,000
uPVC French & patio door setsPer pair
(including glazing and architrave)
£2,000
Softwood internal doorPer door£125 - £350
Hardwood internal doorPer door£200 - £400
Softwood external door Per door£350
Hardwood external door Per door£480
Brick cut outs – single doorsPer cut out£700
French or patio door brick cut outsPer cut out£900 - £1,100
New lintelsPer lintel£400
Note, you can expect to pay less if, for example, you are replacing all the doors and windows at the same time rather than just one front door.

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At the cheaper end of the scale, there are softwood internal doors. These will set you back anything from £125 - £350 per door, compared to uPVC French or patio doors which cost around £2,000 per pair to install.

As a rough ballpark cost, budget between £75 - £600 for door installation labour (lower for internal doors, higher for external doors).

Fire door installation cost

If you’re looking to install a fire door, you’ll be looking at typical costs of £300+ for supply and installation. Read more in our fire door installation cost guide.

Garage door installation cost

The average cost of installing a new garage door ranges from £1,245 - £4,000 – depending on the size, style, make and model of the garage door you choose. To find out more about prices, check out our guide to the cost of replacing a garage door.

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What is the cost of a new front door?

The cost of a new front door will depend on a range of factors including the style, size and added accessories that you choose. A composite door installation for example, will cost more than a basic spec uPVC new front door.

Front DoorsDoor TypeCost
Wooden DoorBasic spec/ Flush ply£550 - £1,800
Composite DoorNo glass basic spec£1,100 - £1,400
Composite DoorGlass panel£750 - £1,100
uPVC DoorNo glass basic spec£825 - £1,200
uPVC DoorGlass panel£580 - £950

The average cost of labour for installing a door ranges between £500 - £1,000, but again, this will depend on the type and size of front door you have.

You will also need to factor in the cost of door frames and make sure that your door includes a weather bar.

Our door installation expert Andrew Finn of Gray’s Locksmiths Ltd says that, “you must consider that the specifications of doors vary massively. You should carefully consider the quality of the door itself and more importantly what fire rating the door requires.

Every additional door option can add to the final cost and this can be significant when you consider all the different types of lock, door furniture and finish.”

new front door cost

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New front door cost factors

The cost of a new front door will depend on a range of factors, including:

The materials

Front doors, or in fact any external doors, were traditionally made from timber. However, there are now a range of great materials you can choose from, including uPVC and composite doors.

The type of material you opt for can make a massive difference to the price of your door. However, there are other factors other than price which must be considered.

UPVC doors are made entirely from a plastic material and, although they are very strong, there is no denying that composite doors offer significantly more security; something which must never be compromised on. Composite doors are crafted from a variety of different materials, which are pressed and glued together under very extreme pressure conditions. They are chosen to counteract one another’s flaws, with a solid timber core and a combination of PVC, insulating foam and more to create what is a reliable and robust door.

The accessories

What accessories come with a door, you might ask? Well, what kind of handle are you looking for – what colours and materials will that be made from? What style of letterbox do you require? Do you require any additional security bolts? Any of these decisions can alter the price that you will pay and therefore, must be considered.

The mechanisms

The locking mechanism itself may alter the price that you pay. As standard, most modern doors from reputable suppliers will come with a secure locking system that meets the latest regulations. However, additional security measures can be added, including alternative locking systems. Although these may come at an additional cost, for anybody in a high-risk area or who is merely looking to be more cautious around their home security, this could be an essential investment.

The style

The style of the door must also be taken into account, as there are a wide variety of options available. A well-designed door can seriously enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property and so ensuring that you choose the right one is essential.

A panelled door may be suitable to provide you with the most privacy, but a windowed door can allow plenty of light into a dark hallway. Choosing the right design which complements the other elements of your home is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Letterbox installation cost

Not all front doors come with built-in letterboxes, so you may need to buy one separately and have it fitted. As a ballpark, you can expect to pay between £30 - £80 for letterbox installation (not including the cost of the letterbox).

The overall cost of letterbox installation will depend on the style and quality of the letterbox you choose, the type of door you’re having it fitted to and if you’re getting it fitted at the same time you have your front door installed.

Make sure to check with your door manufacturer before having a letterbox fitted that it doesn’t affect your guarantee. A tradesperson will be able to help advise you on this.

Letterbox installation cost

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How long does it take to install a door?

The average time to install external doors is around two to six hours.

The time it takes to install a door however does depend on several factors:

  • Whether the removal of the old door is included
  • How many doors are being replaced
  • The type of installation (e.g., patio doors will take longer to install than front doors)
  • Any customisation involved (e.g., if the frame needs resizing)

The actual installations shouldn’t take longer than a few hours, but we recommend you upgrade your doors when the weather is nicer to ensure your home is insulated in time for winter.

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Great clear and precise articles outlining things to take into consideration for door installation. Very, very helpful.

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