How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Front Door?

Are you thinking about replacing a front door but want an idea of how much they cost?

This page is all about front door costs, how much they cost to buy direct from a supplier, how long they take to fit and how much in labour fees you’re likely to be charged.

Front doors are usually replaced at the same time as the windows, but there are occasions when just a single door needs to replaced, for example; if a door is damaged from a break-in, an accident or if you’ve just had a new porch built.

Use this guide on this page to get an idea of how much such a door will cost.

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What’s Best a Composite or Upvc Door?

Your first task is to decide what type of front door you would like.

Upvc doors are popular because they’re the cheapest.

Composite doors are slightly thicker, look better and offer increased security but they are somewhat more expensive.

While Upvc doors are made purely from plastic, composite doors are made from a variety of materials which may include, fibreglass, Upvc, foam and timber.

Timber doors are also available, either solid or veneered but they’re almost always more expensive. We’ve excluded timber doors from this price guide as their cost varies so much.

Supply Only Price

A typical Upvc front door, including the frame, will set you back around £500 inc UK delivery and VAT.

A composite door is around £750 inc UK delivery and VAT

Prices weres sourced from Just Doors UK in early 2019.

How Long Does it Take to Replace a Front Door?

A Upvc or composite front door can usually be replaced like-for-like in around 1.5 – 2hours.

The work may take longer if doorbells or security devices such as alarm points need to be fitted.

Which Type of Door is the Most Secure?

The front door is the popular point of entry for burglars.

Composite doors are more difficult to break into than plastic UPvc doors.

Also, ask the manufacturer or fitter about any security and lock upgrades they can offer. Different doors have different locking mechanisms and there are affordable steps you can take to make your front door more secure.

Labour Fees

Labour fees are based on how long it takes to order the parts, arrange for delivery and storage and also, of course, the installation itself. Waste disposal fees for the old door and profit margins also need to be considered, along with VAT if applicable.

Use our table below as a front door price guide:

Typical Upvc front door£420
Sundries, sealants and trims etc£20
Waste disposal of old door£30
Labour, profit margins etc£300
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As you can see from the table above, you can expect to pay around £1000 to replace a door with a typical Upvc door, including the frame.

Expect to Pay More or Less If:

Composite doors cost slightly more than Upvc doors; timber doors cost even more, sometimes substantially more.

Doors with side windows, panels or the like will cost more, so make sure you get lots of quotes, ideally at least three.

You can, of course, save money by installing the door yourself if you have good DIY skills.

Alternatively, you can measure the door opening, order the door yourself and get a local handyman to fit it for you. This method will probably save you money, but if you get the measurements wrong, you’ll be left with a door that you can’t return.

Not every door fitter will charge you VAT on their labour, smaller firms and “one man” type traders often operate their businesses below the VAT registration threshold.

This page explains how you can save money by legally avoiding VAT.

Our price guide assumes you choose a local window/door fitting firm; you can expect large national companies to charge you more, sometimes substantially more. These firms often have sales staff, managers, shareholders and other costs that need to be covered. A door that is priced at £1000 by a small local firm can easily cost upwards of £1500 by a larger company.

The bottom line is this: shop around and get at least three quotes, if you don’t, you probably won’t get a good deal.

Good Sites Where You Can Source “Supply Only” Prices:

The websites listed below are great for sourcing prices for front doors on a “supply only” basis.

The prices usually include the door, frame, hinges, fixings and letterbox.

The normally exclude the cost of fitting, trims, sealants, door knocker, bells etc.:

Just Doors UK – we are not affiliated with this firm but have used them in the past.

Direct Doors are slightly more expensive but also have a good range of choice.

Although timber doors are outside the scope of the price guide on this page, we know several folks who have ordered from and have nothing but good things to say about them (also check their Trust Pilot ratings here).

When Replacing a Door, Must the Frame Also be Replaced?

Timber doors can usually be hung on an existing timber frame if it’s in good condition.

Upvc or composite doors usually need to be hung on a specific matching frame that’s made from the same manufacturer. If you have such a door and it’s not too old, you might be able to replace just the door, while keeping the frame. Upvc and composite doors are usually sold as a complete set, with the frame, hinges etc included as a package.

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This guide was written by and was last updated in August 2019.

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Author - Danny Woodley