How Much Does a New Front Door Cost?

Here are the prices I was given from 8 different installers in 2023

Written by Daniel Woodley. Reviewed by Paul Farley. Published to Prices. Updated: 20th March 2023.

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In early 2023, I was asked by a friend to project manage the complete refurbishment of two 3-bed homes in the UK.

Part of my work involved getting prices from tradespeople and firms for various aspects of the project.

I sourced eight quotes from front door installers as one of the homes needed a new front door.

On this page, I’ll show the prices I was given; you are more than welcome to compare them to any you source.

At the least, I’m sure this page will provide you with some insights into how much a new front door costs in 2023.

Project Details

The door in question was as straightforward as it gets, and I feel was a typical composite front door installation:

  • 2060mm high x 880mm wide.
  • Composite door.
  • Two glass panels at the top of the door.
  • Frame included.
  • Brown exterior and white interior.
  • Door knocker, security chain, letterbox.
  • Upgraded locking mechanism (I feel they are worth the extra cost).
  • Full installation.
  • Removal and disposal of the existing door.
  • VAT is included if it was charged by the installer.

These are the prices I was given:

Location:Price inc VAT:
Local Installer 1£1300
Local Installer 2£1500
Local Installer 3£1750
Local Installer 4£2100
National Installer 1£1800
National Installer 2£2500
National Installer 3£3500
National Installer 4£3800

As you can see, there was a huge price difference, which isn’t unusual – I worked as a project manager for many years and have seen even more significant variations in the figures supplied to me by installers, firms and tradespeople for similar projects.

Here is a breakdown of the installers:

Installers 1 and 2 were local tradespeople, not firms, just man-and-van type installers.

Installers 3 and 4 were local window and door fitting firms.

Installers 5 and 6 were from online national retailers that included the installation cost in their figures.

Installers 7 and 8 were well-known national installers, and they sent salespeople to the house to measure the door and pitch their service to me.

When getting prices for a project, I’ve always found getting quotes from different installers helpful. I usually get four, but as I knew I would be creating this guide, I opted for eight to get a better picture of the going rate.

Composite Door Vs uPVC Door

I only sourced prices for the installation of a composite door as I feel that these offer the best features, security, and insulation, and while they are more expensive than a uPVC door, they are still cheaper than aluminium and solid timber doors.

Personally, I wouldn’t choose a uPVC door due to the aesthetics, but I did some research into the price differences between the two and most online door retailers sell uPVC doors at around £200-£300 less, so there is a saving to be made if you are flexible.

Based on my experience, the labour cost to fit a uPVC door is the same as a composite door as they are similar.

Composite Door Supply Only Prices

In addition to getting prices from the door installers, I also independently researched the “supply-only” price for a composite door manufactured to my specifications and delivered to the property.

There are several online retailers, such as Just Doors, Composite Door Shop and Direct Doors and others that can be found online.

Here are the prices, inclusive of VAT and delivery:

Supplier:Price:
Supplier 1£950
Supplier 2£1020
Supplier 3£1200
Supplier 4£1350

Summary

The average cost to get an installer in to fit a standard composite door and frame, based on my independent research, is £2280 but this figure is skewed by the two highest prices from the well-known national installers. Ignoring these two, the average price is £1825, which I feel is more reasonable.

This is for a fairly standard door and excludes:

Wider frames, side panels, lighting, digital access, leaded glass etc, which would add to the cost.

There is a wide range of composite doors on the market, of varying quality, and some cost several thousand alone without the installation.

The prices on this page are for a composite door that I chose for a refurbishment project, and that met my requirements – yours may differ.

Also, the last time I paid for a new door was in 2018. It cost £1400, but prices have gone up a lot recently due to the well-publicised inflation within the building and home improvement sector.

What Our Fact-Checker Told Us:

Before publishing this price guide, I asked Paul Farley to research and fact-check the key points I’ve made.

Here’s what he had to say:

I spoke to a few people I know in the industry and I feel £1800 – £2000 is probably about the going rate to get a fitter to install a standard composite front door to a property in the south of the UK with prices in the north, closer to £1600.

Prices from the big national installers will always be higher as they have huge overheads, sales staff, middle management and often shareholders too.

Get a Custom New Front Door Price Online

If you’re looking for a price for a new front door, I think your best bet is to go with a local installer who a friend or colleague is happy to recommend.

However, if you can’t get a recommendation, I may be able to help.

I’ve teamed up with Bark, who can supply you with quotes from local, rated door installers.

The service is free to use, and the door installers must pay a small fee to respond to your quote request, so you know they won’t waste your time.

You can also read reviews from their past customers.

Tap the button below and fill in the form with details of your new front door installation project:

New Front Door FAQs

Here I’ll answer questions about new front doors:

Can a new door be fitted to an existing frame?

Every door manufacturer makes their doors differently, so one brand can’t be fitted easily into the frame of another brand. I have seen a few attempts at getting mismatched doors fitted, with varying results. As far as I know, most fitters and manufacturers won’t offer a full guarantee if the door is fitted into an old frame.

However, I have worked on projects where we managed to get a replacement door from the original manufacturer, and it fitted the old frame just fine. Although, on one property, there was a slight colour difference as the old frame had been in the sunlight for 10+ years.

If your door is fairly new and is damaged, but the frame is intact, you can probably get a new door fitted to it, provided the manufacturer is still in business and they haven’t changed the specifications of their doors.

Whether this will work out cheaper or more expensive than a new door and frame will depend on the manufacturer and condition of the frame.

When were these prices updated?

I sourced prices from 8 door installers in early 2023, and the figures shown are an average of the prices supplied to me as part of my independent research.

Are door prices different in other parts of the UK?

I sourced prices for a new door to a property in Surrey, an affluent and expensive part of the UK.

However, four of the eight installers I sourced prices from were national firms that served most of the UK.

I feel that the prices shown on this page accurately reflect the going rate in the UK. However, I’ve worked in several UK regions over the years, and there will always be local variations, which will be most obvious when getting prices from local businesses.

What type of door is best for my home?

I’ve worked in property renovation for a number of years and this is my advice:

uPVC – The cheapest option but I have worked on projects where doors and window frames like this have devalued a period property. uPVC doors also have the shortest lifespan. I suggest you look at nearby properties to see what doors they have and if yours would be the only uPVC door in the neighbourhood, I recommend upgrading to a composite door.

Composite – A good all-rounder and there are many styles to choose from, I’ve seen very few composite doors fitted where they looked out of place. Based on my experience, they also last longer than upVC doors. These doors are more expensive than uPVC but cheaper than aluminium or timber.

Aluminium – Modern and sleek with thinner frames, I feel that aluminium doors are best suited to ultra-modern homes. They also last the longest, and you should get 40+ years from a door like this, but the price is the second highest of the four options.

Timber – I feel that these are best suited to bespoke or period properties and while they can last many decades, they require frequent maintenance. A good quality timber door will be the most expensive of the four options.

Should I change the colour of the door?

The door colour is a matter of personal choice, but from a practical angle, I feel one should try to match the door’s colour to the window frames or the colour theme of the property. You can determine this by looking at the shade of the bricks, the colour of the roof tiles, roofline boards and window frames or conservatory colours.

Potential buyers might be put off by unusual colours such as yellow or bright red, if it doesn’t blend in well with the colour theme of the property.

How long does it take the installers to fit the door?

I’ve worked on several projects where we had door fitters replace a front door, and most of the installations were completed in around 2 hours, although on one complex project where the door had a side and top panel, it took a team of two 5 hours.

What are the lead waiting times?

I asked the 8 door fitters I contacted what their lead times were and the average waiting time was 2.5 weeks but this was in early 2023. I know from experience that in the summer, many window and door fitters have longer lead times.

What factors can increase the price of a new front door?

The prices I’ve displayed on this page are based on my independent research and are for a standard composite door, frame and door furniture such as letterbox, spyhole handles etc.

Based on my experience, I would expect the door installation to cost more if:

  • The door has a side or top panel.
  • Has lead-lined glass.
  • Has non-standard decorative glass.
  • Has digital access.
  • Lighting.
  • CCTV.
  • The door opening needs widening or shortening.
  • Upgraded door furniture.
  • Is a different style of door.

Is the cost of a new front door less if the windows are changed at the same time too?

The prices I sourced were for a standalone door replacement project.

I would expect the cost to be less if the door was part of a larger project where all of the windows, the roofline or the guttering was replaced as well.

Are there any trade associations where I can find reputable installers?

I would start with Fensa which has a database of approved installers: https://www.fensa.org.uk/

You can try Bark, and of course, there’s also Checkatrade, Which?, Trustmark and other associations.

Can I replace a front door DIY?

Anyone can fit a front door, but the installation of windows and doors should be logged at the local council via a Building Control notification.

There are two ways to do this:

Choose an installer who is part of a Competent Person scheme. Most installers I have met include this in their quotations.

Pay Building Control to come out and assess your installation. Fees vary, but based on my experience, most councils charge £200-£300.

Are the cheapest prices the best?

The photo below is of a front door I had replaced a number of years ago; note the bubbling at the top of the door panel:

Failed front door

This was a cheap composite door that was less than 6 months old.

We replaced it with a new one that cost a bit more and the issue was resolved.

It’s worth noting that I have seen similar issues with well-known brands so I think you should check the reputation of the installer and whether they honour their guarantees.

Author: Daniel Woodley

Daniel has over 18 years of experience in the construction, home improvement, and landscape garden industries, including a spell working as a project manager.

In his spare time, Daniel enjoys gardening, hiking and scrambling. He frequently posts videos to his popular YouTube Channel and is well known in the hiking community.

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