Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Hannah Fester
Doors are a fundamental part of any home - they provide safety when external facing, provide privacy internally, can be a stylish addition or statement piece in any room of the home. Plus, they can also be the gateway for turning an indoor area into an outdoor space. If you’re in the market for a new door and are unsure how much it will cost, this guide will provide you with estimates so you know how much you should be expected to pay. Aside from costs associated with doors, it’s best to decide what type of door you’re thinking of installing, as different door types come with varying price tags. You also need to consider who will be installing your door, as this will pose an additional installation cost. It’s better to understand all the costs involved beforehand, so you can calculate the most accurate evaluation possible. Let’s take a look at all the components that contribute to the final cost of a door, as well as the cost of installation.
Generally, the final cost of your new door will be a combination of two costs; the door itself and the cost of labour. If you’re looking to have a custom door made, this will noticeably increase the cost of your new door. Standard size doors with custom dimensions, essentially bought off the shelf, will result in the cheapest estimate. As for specific door types, here are some estimates to help you calculate the final cost of your new door:
The cost of labour must also be considered. Carpenters and builders usually charge by the hour and may also have a call-out fee. Expect to pay anywhere between $40 to $80 for work undertaken by a carpenter or builder, which will vary depending on where you live.
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There are a plethora of doors on the market, all serving different purposes, boasting different aesthetics and each supporting different functionalities. The most common door types include:
Hinge doors: When thinking of doors, a hinge door is undoubtedly what comes to mind. Hinge doors are secured by two or three hinges, allowing the door to swing open and shut. These types of doors can be used both internally and externally and come in a variety of designs, colours and finishes. Hinge doors are one of the most scalable in cost because they can be made from a variety of different materials, depending on your budget.
Bifold doors: These doors are supremely popular in Australia, with Aussies on the continual hunt to bring the outdoors in to take advantage of our perennial great climate. Bifold doors can be either made from timber or aluminium and are concertinaed for the benefit of opening a room right up! They’re perfect for any room you want to expand regularly, such as a living room that leads to an outdoor patio. Unlike hinge doors, bifold doors can be quite costly and because of their weight, the door frames need to be reinforced to support the load of the door.
French doors: Ticking many boxes, French doors provide multiple purposes in the home; they are aesthetically pleasing, they’re durable, they’re safe and they have the ability to open up any area because of their glass panelling features. French doors are typically made from timber or aluminium and use reinforced glass for maximum security. Typically French doors are used externally, however, there is no rule against them being used elsewhere!
Stacker doors: A similar concept to bifold doors, stacker doors allow you to freely open up a space by ‘stacking’ each door panel up against a single fixed panel. The best part about stacker doors is that they’re the cost-effective option to bifolds, yet create the same effect. They’re big in size, so essentially when opened can remove an entire wall of the home - again, perfect for those who want a room to seamlessly transition into another.
Sliding doors: Almost as common as a hinged door, sliding doors are perfect for sectioning the home off from the outdoors, or internally, in rooms where space is limited. Sliding doors allow a lot of natural light to seep in from the outside due to their large surface area of glass and are also an unmatchable source of ventilation.
Security doors: Serving a dual purpose, security doors are used in addition to other doors and are also a supplementary measure for when ventilation and sunlight is needed. Security doors are typically made of aluminum or stainless steel with steel bars and grilles. Security doors are becoming increasingly popular and more advanced in design, safety measures and functionality.
A door installer is the best person to install your door. They typically have a background in carpentry, joinery or building, and depending on what state you live in, a door installer may require a license to undertake the job for you. Research what’s required of professionals in your state before finding and a hiring a door installer. If you’re looking to install a security door or grille, it’s important to note the regulations for installing these are governed by different state legislation. As with installing any door, it’s advised to do research on who is the best professional for your job in accordance with the current state regulations.
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