Last Updated on March 10, 2021

New Front Door Cost – How Much Is It With Installation

Zac Houghton

Zac Houghton

Construction expert and founder of Loftera.

In many homes, the front door is the very first thing that catches the eye of passers by or for those entering your property.

Of course, it is usually the first thing that you see when you arrive at your own home, so you want to ensure that it looks the part.

If yours has seen better days, or you simply want to change it in order to move along with the times, you’ve come to the ideal page to check on new front door prices.

A standard new front door cost comes in at between £350 and £2,500, while custom-made alternatives can set you back up to £4,000.

We’ll delve further into the factors that impact the cost of a new front door as this article progresses, but there is your average outlay for a project of this nature.

As with most jobs, you’ll have the cost of the materials and the labour work to fit the door itself. Again, we will explain all of this in further detail as we continue.

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New Front Door Prices: A Breakdown

The vast majority of front doors in the UK are made from either UPVC or composite. Composites tend to be a little bit more expensive, but a lot of this comes down to personal taste.

No matter your choice of material, the price breakdown shouldn’t fluctuate too much, with the below table an average representation of how much you might expect to pay for each section of the job.

Overall Cost

Materials (65%)

Labour (30%)

Waste Removal (5%)

£400

£260

£120

£20

£500

£325

£150

£25

£1,000

£650

£300

£50

£2,000

£1,300

£600

£100

 

As previously mentioned, the majority of front doors in the UK are made of either UPVC or composite. However, they aren’t the only options out there.

Let’s take a look at how much you’d expect to pay based on some of the material choices available.

Door Material

Cost of Door

Installation Price

Total Cost

UPVC

£200-£400

£150-£200

£350-£600

Composite

£500-£2,500

£150-£200

£650-£2,700

Oak

£300-£2,000

£150-£200

£450-£2,200

Mahogany

£300-£1,500

£150-£200

£450-£1,700

Pine

£100-£4,000

£150-£200

£250-£4,200

 

Some of the above average prices can leave quite a large range, so you will absolutely want to discuss the overall cost with your firm of choice before work begins. This is the best way to avoid any unwanted surprises.

There are additional costs to consider too. Below is a quick table of other factors that you may wish to incorporate, and how much you might expect to pay for each.

Additional Factor

Average Price (Low End)

Average Price (High End)

Double Glazing

£50

£100

Triple Glazing

£100

£150

Side Panels

£200

£300

Door Handle

£20

£40

Letterbox

£20

£40

 

Unfortunately, us Brits have to spend vast mounts of time in the winter months in the dark. In this case, you may wish to invest in an external light. Depending on the light that you wish to install, they can cost as little as £10 all the way up to £200.

A qualified electrician is best fitting this for you, who will likely waiver their daily fee and charge as a one off.

Which Type of Front Door Should I Choose?

While it is a bonus for your exterior doors to look aesthetically pleasing, there are many other important factors to consider when making your choice. Safety of your property is perhaps the most important, as your front door is the way in which intruders are most likely to try and enter your home.

It is true that composite doors can end up costing more, but given how often you use your front door, that is often a price worth paying. While UPVC doors may better suit those working to a stricter budget, don’t be fooled into thinking that you will have to compromise on quality. This just simply isn’t the case.

There are pros and cons to both options, and Loftera are on hand to talk you through these.

UPVC

UPVC doors are as durable as any other options out there, so if this is high up your priority list, we couldn’t put you off opting for this option.

Long-lasting and more affordable, UPVC doors are popular choices for homeowners and landlords, given their affordability and security advantages.

Available in a variety of designs, UPVC doors don’t have to look like a budget option and can be installed with a wooden effect or as a standard white option.

There are plenty of glass options available as well as accessories to compliment your UPVC door. All you need to do to find out more is discuss with your chosen firm.

As mentioned in the above table, a UPVC door tends to cost between £200 and £400. Where you fall on this scale depends on your choice of design, the firm or installer that you opt for and your location.

Additional panels or glazed windows will see your final cost increase significantly. While many people are happy to stick with the standard white design, there are multiple woodgrain colouring options available – with this costing up to £150 more.

Double glazing is an absolute must for many people in the UK. They offer added protection of your property, and have obvious upsides in terms of reduced noise pollution and reduced energy bills through better maintenance of heat inside your home. Whatever your choice of double glazing, whether that be decorative, tinted or basic clear windows, expect to pay upwards of £50 on top of your door cost. To find out more about your double glazing cost and options available, take a read of our blog.

Composite

More often than not, composite front doors cost more than their UPVC alternatives – although this is not always the case. Composite front doors have increased in popularity in the 21st century, and it isn’t difficult to see why.

They offer a simplistic way to bring additional personality to your front door, through various colours. The best part? They don’t require re-painting or sanding, and generally require little in the way of upkeep.

Composite doors can quickly become the envy of the estate, and we will explain exactly what we mean by that very shortly.

Given that the door itself, along with the glass option, is extremely customisable, it becomes apparently clear why composite doors are that bit more expensive. You can so easily tailor the look you want to compliment your property.

Wooden doors are also an option, but they require consistent maintenance and can deteriorate a fair bit over time. They can look great, but you’ll want to work out whether the additional work required is worth it.

Factors Impacting My New Front Door Cost

We’ve touched on a few factors that can impact new front door prices, but there are plenty more. The main one is location. If you live in central London, you can expect to pay a premium. Similarly, if you live in a particularly affluent area, you may well have to shell out that bit more for your new front door.

Optional Extras

We hear you, “how many optional extras can possibly be involved in a new front door?”. Well, you’d be surprised. You’ll need a letterbox for your important post, that’s a given. Perhaps you’ll want a knocker or a doorbell? If you own a pet, they can’t exactly open the door themselves, so you’ll need a pet flap. Customised door numbers are becoming increasingly popular in the modern age, while spy holes and lock chains are big plus points for increased security.

Colours

Remember, certain colour front doors can increase the value of your property. On the flip side, certain colours can cost more to buy and paint. As a general rule, the more unusual or extravagant your colour choice, the more you can expect to pay. This isn’t always the case, however, so you’re best to find this out before committing to a colour.

Decorations

When fitted correctly, décor such as Georgian bars or outer panels can look at the bee’s knees. However, you won’t be surprised to learn that such decorations will increase the cost of your front door. Have a look at frosted glass. It provides privacy while still allowing natural sunlight into your home.

Security Features

More often than not, the cost of a standard lock will be included in the initial price for your front door. However, additional upgrades come at a price. This all comes down to how much you’re willing to pay for that extra peace of mind.

Reasons For Wanting a New Front Door

Two huge boxes ticked when installing a new front door are increased energy efficiency and improved security within your property. They are two massively important considerations to take into account, and are immediately taken care of when installing a brand-new front door.

In addition, your property will immediately look that bit better from the street. You know that house that stands out in your area for looking that bit more pleasing on the eye than its neighbours? Your house could soon become that very property.

Did you know that fitting a new front door, when done correctly, can increase the value of your property? House buyers are becoming more savvy and less willing to compromise, so the sight of an unkept front door can immediately put them off a purchase.

Consider the colour that you opt for also. A 2020 study by Ideal Home found that a blue painted front door can add an average of £4,000 to a property, with a white door adding £3,400 on average. We can’t think of any reason as to why you would want to paint your door brown, particularly when you consider that doing so can decrease your property value by an average of £700 – avoid at all costs.

If you live in a semi-detached or terraced property, it is advisable to install your new front door with similarities to those around you. After all, we all love a bit of community spirit.

We’re a fickle bunch, we humans. When it comes to buying a property, we tend to know exactly what we want and what is important to us. With this in mind, property viewers can easily make up their mind about a home in a matter of seconds. Given that your front door is often the first thing that potential buyers will see, you want it to look at its absolute best.

If the outside of your house looks welcoming, people will assume that the inside replicates that, and will be more likely to further their interest.

Door Installation: Is DIY Worth it?

With installation costs tending to come in between £150 and £200, we believe it is a price worth paying. However, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a DIY specialist, there is a decent saving to be made in fitting the door yourself.

Our advice is clear. Only take on this job if you are 100% confident in your ability to fit it correctly. The hassle that can come with replacing a door that has been fitted with poor insulation, lack of security and unwanted haps simply isn’t worth it.

Trust the specialists, that’s what they’re here for.

How Long Does it Take to Fit a New Front Door?

A standard door fitting in the UK shouldn’t take any longer than three to four hours. Keep this in mind if you are being charged by the hour. Too much longer than that and you are paying more than is required in labour costs.

In reality, the only instance that would see your door fitting take longer than four hours is if something had gone wrong.

Hopefully, you’re now closer to knowing whether you should replace your current door. In a way, the front door is the welcome sign to your home. If first impressions matter to you, and your front door has seen better days, the time has come to make a change.



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