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How Much Do Replacement Patio Doors Cost?

Whether you are shopping for a single gliding door, or a pair of French doors, patio doors come in a wide price range.  The price ultimately depends on each door’s size, quality, and features. We’ll try to break it down for you so you can have an idea of how much you would be investing in a replacement patio door for your home and which option is the best for you.

Gliding or Sliding Patio Doors              

Renewal by Andersen gliding patio doorVinyl or aluminum gliding patio doors will be the least expensive options available. For a basic sliding patio door, including installation and hardware costs, you would probably invest anywhere from $1200 to $2500 from a big box store like Lowe’s or Home Depot.  This option is best for a small starter home with a lower price point, or it can also be a quick fix for homeowners who need to sell their home right away and aren’t looking to invest a lot of money into upgrades.

Some things to keep in mind with the less expensive gliding patio door options are the lower quality look and feel, the expansion and contraction from the summer heat, and the tendency to stop working properly after a few years. We have seen countless vinyl or aluminum patio doors sticking in their track instead of opening and closing smoothly, causing much frustration for the homeowners. From an efficiency and hygienic standpoint, the rails in vinyl doors also tend to get pretty dusty and dirty and are hard to keep clean.

If you are looking for a more permanent solution because you plan to be in your home for many years and are looking for a beautiful side or back point of entry, I definitely would recommend a gliding patio door such as a Jeld-Wen, Pella, or Andersen. These doors have much better insulation properties, look gorgeous, and will operate smoothly not just for a couple years, but for as long as you are going to be in the house. The quality does come at a higher price point, though: for these sliding patio doors, you can invest anywhere from $2500 to $5000.

French Patio Doors                      

Renewal by Andersen French patio doorFrench patio doors are generally a bit more expensive than gliding patio doors.  These hinged patio doors have a more traditional, classic look, as opposed to the sleek contemporary appearance of the sliding doors. The least expensive French patio door options are going to start between $1500 and $2000 at a big box store, and once again, I would recommend using these for a starter home or a house you’re getting ready to sell. The higher quality doors that will continue to be beautiful and function properly for many years will generally cost around $4500 to $6500. These include brands like Jeld-Wen, Pella, Andersen, and a few other higher-end manufacturers, and they are designed to be a permanent solution for homeowners who love their home and want to enjoy it for many years.

I would caution any homeowner doing research on replacement patio doors: don’t be fooled by the seemingly low shelf prices on most patio doors that don’t include hardware or installation. Some stores consider essential items like energy efficient glass packages, hardware, installation, and warranty to be upgrades, and the actual price tag after these have been figured in will be much higher than the advertised price at the beginning. Also, I would highly recommend having a professional installation crew put in the patio door, as it is an extremely complicated process with a lot of opportunity for error but little room for it. See our previous blog post on installing patio doors for more information on this.

 

If you have any further questions about patio door pricing, please contact us directly, because we’d love to give you any information that could be helpful to you in your decision-making process.







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    About Scott Frazier

    Scott joined Southwest Exteriors in 2005 and has over 18 years of experience as a siding and window specialist. He started his career with a national retailer in their siding and window division at the age of 22 after attending Ohio State University. He believes in educating each prospective client on all of their options and letting them choose what is best for their particular needs. Scott also has very creative recommendations on exterior style and color combinations for every situation. Scott has lived in Texas for 18 years, and has been married to his lovely wife Tanya since 1994. They have two wonderful children, Ethan born in 2002 and Grace born in 2005.

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    3 Responses to How Much Do Replacement Patio Doors Cost?

    1. Geralyn Bryant September 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

      I ran across your article on Google and it was a godsend. I have to repalce my patio sliding door before winter..3mos. & counting. Too many questions, but since I can’t afford a private contractor to install should I:

      1. Get bids from both box stores like Lowes and Home Depot? I was going to go with vinyl as my door frame is wood and has rotted from the North facing rain, snow and wind. The glass started sliding out of the frame due to the wood weathering away (and is not termites, thank God).

      2. Is it better I stick with gliding although I would prefer to go with a French door inward opening since I have to replace it?

      3. Lowes seemed to have the better quality doors you mentioned like Pella,Jeld-Wen and Anderson but I too am more concerned with the installation. Especially since they may have to reframe due to the wood issue. How do I know there contractors will have that level of detail?

      My house was built in 1993 I have been in it for 10yrs with all original windows/doors that are all due for replacement. This is an emergency repair your insight is appreciated and valuable. Thanks so much!

      • Southwest Exteriors September 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

        Hi Geralyn! Thank you so much for your comment, and here are the answers from our patio door manager, below each of your questions.

        Q: Get bids from both box stores like Lowes and Home Depot? I was going to go with vinyl as my door frame is wood and has rotted from the North facing rain, snow and wind. The glass started sliding out of the frame due to the wood weathering away (and is not termites, thank God).

        A: Most box store have install services and are less expensive than private contractors. Vinyl is a composite material that will not be affected by the conditions you described. However, vinyl will expand and contract quite a bit depending on where you are located and what the temperature fluctuations are from summer to winter. The most important thing to remember is that no matter what product you use a quality installation is crucial for performance and longevity.

        Q: Is it better I stick with gliding although I would prefer to go with a French door inward opening since I have to replace it?

        A: Gliding doors will give you more view and the frames on most exteriors of the gliding doors will have a cladded aluminum or vinyl material that will last longer than wood frames. Most French or hinged doors will have wood frames that will rot at the bottom unless primed and painted every couple of years. There are some frames for French doors that have a composite material at the bottom called frame saver. Ask your supplier if that option is available.

        Q: Lowes seemed to have the better quality doors you mentioned like Pella, Jeld-Wen and Anderson but I too am more concerned with the installation. Especially since they may have to reframe due to the wood issue. How do I know there contractors will have that level of detail?
        My house was built in 1993 I have been in it for 10yrs with all original windows/doors that are all due for replacement. This is an emergency repair your insight is appreciated and valuable. Thanks so much!

        A: The installation really is key to all projects. Ask for references and talk to them. If they were pleased with install and installer, then request that particular installer for your project. Most important is to get all details on contract and ask if rot is found when door is removed what is their process.

        Hope this helps, and please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a great day!

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