Whether you’re thinking about replacing your front door with an elegantly engrained fiberglass door or want to upgrade your sliding patio doors to French swinging doors, the first thing you’re probably thinking about is how much it is going to cost.
As you research different types of doors, you can’t help but notice the wide range of pricing for different doors.
Why do some cost so much more than others?
With so many options out there, it can be difficult to find which is right for you, perform how you need it to, and fit into your budget.
It can be tempting to choose the least expensive door on the market and have it installed by the least expensive contractor. And, as much as we don’t like to admit it, there are some times when that might be the right option for you. But, in order to help you make the most-informed decision, you should know some of the key differences between a more expensive, high-quality door and installation and the least expensive one.
At Southwest Exteriors, we’ve been a door replacement contractor in San Antonio since 1989. We install high-quality fiberglass, vinyl, and clad entry doors as well as sliding and hinged patio doors. Our professional installation and lifetime warranty guarantee your new door will last a lifetime in your home.
The doors we offer are made of durable materials that withstand the weather elements while also looking fabulous.
We know that we are not the least expensive contractor out there. However, the quality of our products and expert installation are reflected in our pricing. While we want you to experience a high-quality door replacement, we know it might not be an important factor to you and your budget.
We just want you to understand why high-quality door replacements are more expensive than others so you can have a better idea of the type of door replacement you need.
Your budget for your project all depends on your goals for your new door. So, it’s important to understand what goes into the cost of your door replacement to have realistic expectations for your project.
This article will outline three key factors that differentiate a high-quality door from a lower quality one.
A high-quality door replacement will consist of:
A high-quality door that is durable and resistant to rot
A high-quality, turn-key installation
Will last for many years in your home
A lower quality door replacement may consist of:
An inexpensive door that is not durable or built to last
A half-done installation
Flaws in installation
An installation that will fail in less than a year
After reading, you can understand why some doors are more expensive than others and be able to understand how to choose a door that will fit your needs.
#1. The quality of the door is higher
The first reason why a high-quality door is more costly is because of the quality of the door. Like with any product, the cost and quality have a direct relationship.
The quality of the door and installation directly affects the durability and longevity of the door. Lower quality doors that are not made well will fail faster than a high-quality and durable door.
The most common reason a door fails is rotting around the bottom threshold of the door. If a wood door is not sealed properly, water will infiltrate and cause rot across the entire door as well.
Overall, a lower quality door will be on the lower end of the cost range. For example, you can find a hinged exterior door for around $600 from Home Depot. Other high-quality doors can cost upwards of $3,000.
But, the durability and longevity of your new door will not be as high as a more expensive door. This is the first major differentiator between a higher quality and lower quality door replacement.
It is important to have realistic expectations for the performance and cost of your new door. The highest quality door will never be the least expensive, so you will have to pay a little more if you are looking for a long-term solution to replace your door.
#2. The quality of the installation is higher
After looking at the quality of the door, the second-largest differentiating factor between a high-quality and low-quality door replacement is the quality of installation.
How well a door is installed also affects the durability and longevity of the door. The quality of the installation also consists of what is included with the installation.
The quality of the installation can include how well the door is sealed around the jambs and if it is leveled properly. If the door is not sealed properly, water can get into the broken seal and cause rotting around the door frame.
If the door is not installed level vertically and horizontally, it will cause functional issues with the door, making it difficult to open and close properly.
A high-quality installation should be a complete turn-key process. A full door replacement will include replacing the entire door system. This includes the interior and exterior trim, painting, caulking, and staining.
In other words, you shouldn’t have to call an additional contractor to finish the details on your new door that a low-quality contractor left behind. This is a crucial differentiator between a high and low-quality door replacement installation.
A lower quality door replacement may save you thousands of dollars, however, you will find yourself dealing with functionality issues and potential rot if not installed properly.
Like with the quality of the door, the quality of the installation and contractor is reflected in the cost of your project. A high-quality door replacement will cost more. But if you are looking for a replacement door that will last in your home, it will be the better option for you.
#3. The quality of the warranty is higher
The third and final differentiator between a high and low-quality door replacement is the quality of the warranty.
Your new door's warranty ensures that if anything breaks or becomes damaged, it will be replaced or repaired by the manufacturer.
When you buy a cheaper door, the quality of the warranty becomes cheap too. For example, if you buy a $300 door from your local hardware store and install it yourself or with a neighborhood handyman, the warranty for the door may be less than five years with no installation warranty.
With a higher quality door and contractor, your door can be warranted for a lifetime against manufacturing defects.
On top of the quality of the warranty for the door, the warranty for the installation must also be considered and factored into the cost. A high-quality contractor backs their door installation with a high-quality warranty, so you know they have your back and will fix it.
The warranty for the door will cover future damages or manufacturing defects. The warranty for the installation and labor will cover any mistakes made in installation or problems that were caused by the installation.
Things to consider when analyzing a door warranty are how long the warranty is, what is included and excluded in the warranty, and how warranty claims are handled by the manufacturer and contractor. These will tell you the quality of the warranty.
What type of door replacement is right for me?
Now you know what the biggest differentiators are between a high and low-quality door replacement. Then, you can choose which type of door replacement is right for you.
While a high-quality door replacement will cost more than a lower quality one, it’s important to understand why. The overall quality of the door, installation, and warranty directly influence the cost.
If you are looking for a door replacement that will last for years in your home, then choosing a high-quality door and contractor will align with your goals.
However, if you are looking for the least expensive option to replace your door, you cannot expect it to be the best out there. This is why you must have realistic expectations for the cost and quality of a door replacement.
Whether you’re looking to pay more for a high-quality door replacement or are just looking for the least expensive option, you may be searching for the right contractor out there.