You’re not alone if you have long been dreaming of having French doors installed somewhere in your house. You are also, however, not alone if you have found yourself concerned about the cost of this project. Homeowners are often under the impression that having French doors put in is immensely pricey, but this isn’t necessarily the case.
The more you know about the French door installation process, the easier it will be for you to determine if it’s a wise renovation for you to undertake at this time. In this guide, you’ll discover all sorts of helpful information.
What is the average cost of French doors?
French doors are typically priced at a minimum of $400 per door, with installation ranging anywhere from $75 to $200. Keep in mind, though, that the cost of these doors can differ dramatically based on the type of material used to make them, whether or not they have intricate glasswork, and the sort of hardware you select. As a general rule, $400 French doors are usually basic models.
What plays into the price of French doors?
As you learned in the previous paragraph, there are a number of factors that play a role in the total cost of any set of French doors. Here, you’ll discover more about a selection of these factors.
Material – There are a number of different materials that can be used to construct French doors. Mass-manufactured steel doors, for instance, usually range between $400 and $2,000. Off-the-rack wooden French doors, however, usually start at about $1,200 and go up from there depending on the type of wood that is used. Finally, custom-made French doors of any kind can be priced anywhere from about $2,000 to five-figure numbers.
Roof design – If your North Carolina or South Carolina home was built fairly recently, it probably has two-foot overhangs where windows are. If you are having your new French doors installed where a window currently exists, these overhangs will need to be extended to properly protect the doors over time. Talk to your contractor about how much this will cost. In some cases, it is more budget-friendly to invest in an awning, which are usually priced between $100 and $2,500 depending on their features and whether or not they are motorized.
Trim – In order for your French doors to look finished, trim will have to be installed both inside and outside. This is a project you can handle on your own for a few hundred dollars if you choose. If, however, you don’t have the time or inclination for do-it-yourself jobs, you will need to get an installation quote from a qualified contractor.
Steps, a porch, a patio, or a deck – If you are installing a door where there has never been one before, the odds are good that there’s no surface to actually step onto the outside. In this situation, adding steps, a porch, a patio, or a deck will also be part of your French door remodeling project. Depending on which route you go, this could add several thousand dollars to your overall expenses. If you aren’t sure which option is the best fit for you, have a conversation with your contractor.
Whether you’re ready to have French doors installed as soon as possible or you are just vaguely considering the possibility, the team at Hatch Homes can assist you. We take pride in all of the exterior renovation jobs we do throughout the Carolinas and we are excited to help you transform the look of your home in the near future!