All you need to know about fitting a new front door including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
Your entrance door offers visitors the first impression of your house and it's the first thing you see when you get home from work. If your entrance door isn't working properly or looking as good as it once did, then it is time to consider replacing it. If your front door is just looking a bit faded and grimy, then it may not be necessary to replace it unless you are looking to change your home style in any case, a fresh coat of paint can sometimes be enough to transform a wooden door, but a discoloured uPVC door cannot simply be painted. If you are having trouble opening and closing your door and/or there are large gaps between the frame and the door, then sometimes a good joiner can solve these problems, but if the door is warped then it will need changing sooner rather than later.
This is not a complicated job for a joiner or even a handyman. The first step in replacing an external door is deciding on whether you are going to change the door and frame as a set, or just using the existing frame to fit a new door into. Once this decision has been made, assuming just a new door is required, then the door opening has to be measured accurately before ordering a new door. Hopefully the opening is close to a standard door size so a replacement can be bought off the shelf, otherwise, a new door will have to be made to order which will be very expensive. The new door can then be trimmed to fit the opening and the recesses for the hinges can be chiselled out before screwing the hinges to the door. Then the hinges will be fitted to the frame and the door locks and furniture can be fitted. All locks used on exterior doors should carry a kite mark and be passed to British Standard BS3621 (many insurance companies will insist on this). External front doors should really have two locks, but if only one lock is fitted, make sure it is an automatically dead-locking night latch type. The entire job should be completed in less than a day by a joiner, but perhaps around a full day as a DIY project.
If your front door needs replacing due to weather damage and rot, then the chances are that your windows will need replacing too! Check the condition of all external woodwork before hiring a joiner to replace your door. If getting a new timber door, then you will likely need to paint or varnish the door yourself, so budget for the cost of paint/varnish plus the cost of a decorator if not planning on doing this yourself. In addition, though having a brand new freshly painted front door will approve the appeal of your house, if the interior hallway has not been decorated for some time this could ruin the effect! The condition of the render around the front door will also have an impact, if the render or brickwork is grimy and crumbling, a new door will not be enough to make the exterior look good! So if replacing a front door at least partly due to the aesthetics, then you should also consider freshening up the exterior walls (especially at the front of the house) plus the interior hallway.
Before you begin replacing an external door, be advised that replacing a frame and external door is a "controlled fitting" under Building Regulations, which means you will need to notify Building Control if you're not using a "competent person" to do the work. So although this is a job which can be carried out as a DIY project, a carpenter or joiner will be more familiar with the Building Regulations and will make a better job of fitting modern locks properly which can be tricky. A bodge DIY job can end up costing you a lot more money in the long run if you ever sell the house and/or if you are burgled and the insurance company refuses to pay out!
To provide accurate pricing information we have contacted local and national companies, plus we have used various online quotation tools. The figures provided should give a good rough idea of the costs involved when having a new front door installed, but of course you will need to gather detailed quotes from local tradespeople to get an exact price for your requirements. You can get up to 3 free quotes from local tradespeople by clicking the "Get a Quote" button.
The average material cost to replace a new front door depends on what quality of door you choose. PVCu front doors start from £300, composite front doors start from £600, hardwood doors can be anywhere from £200-£1000 depending on the type of wood.
The average door specialist will usually charge around £150-£200 per day depending on location. Fitting a front door should not take more than half a days work, but you will likely be charged for a full day. The job may take longer if the door you have purchased has not got a handle, is a slightly different size than your last door, or you require a post box to be made.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a joiner to suppy & fit a front door as well as remove the old door:
|Job Description||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|PVCu Front Door||£450-£500||2-4 hours|
|Composite Front Door||£750-£800||2-4 hours|
|Hardwood Front Door||£350-£1000||2-4 hours|
Individual costs to supply & fit a uPVC front door- Total Cost: £500