Are you planning to replace your doors anytime soon?
Whether your home was built before the 21st century and its original doors aren’t in their best condition anymore, or if you want to improve your doors’ aesthetics to match your beautiful home, replacing your doors is one of the best investments you can make. And it comes with a few benefits:
- Tightens up your home’s security
- Increases the perceived home value
- Enhances overall comfort and convenience
But before you get excited and buy your new door, it’s important to know what to expect first to avoid having problems later.
On Average, Door Replacement Takes About 4 to 6 Hours
The time it takes to install your door depends on a lot of factors. And one of those is whether you choose to do it yourself or outsource the job to a professional contractor.
Doing it yourself can be challenging—especially if you haven’t done anything like it before. Yes, it may save you money, but the drawback is often time and quality. If you have enough time to do all the pre-work necessary—buying the tools you will need, researching and learning about the project, and doing the installation itself—this shouldn’t be a problem. However, you also have to consider the unexpected issues that may arise, and you should have the knowledge needed to troubleshoot and fix those issues to keep your project on track. Being unprepared could be a recipe for headache and stress.
For most homeowners, your best bet is hiring an experienced contractor who can get the job done correctly and with quality materials and craftsmanship. A knowledgeable contractor will also be able to complete the job in less time than it would take for a DIY project.
So, how long will your door replacement take with a good contractor? For an exterior door, the process typically takes about 4 to 6 hours. This includes the time it takes to measure your door, prepare and install the sill, install the interior trim, and apply the caulk. For an interior door, it can often be done quicker—around 2 to 4 hours on average.
How Much Will Your Door Replacement Cost?
The price of your door replacement will vary depending on the materials used, the style and type of the door, and of course, the installation labor. There are some contractors that charge hourly. This means there’s no set price because it will all depend on how long it will take to finish the job. It might seem reasonable to pay per hour, especially if you’re on a budget.
However, here’s where it gets tricky. Since the job is paid per hour, it’s not impossible for the contractor to “take their time” in completing it. And if you’re not aware of exactly what needs to be done and how long each task takes, you might end up paying more than you need to.
The solution? Work with a contractor that charges fixed rates. By doing so, you won’t need to worry about your budget and you’ll have an idea of how much everything costs from start to finish.
At XO Windows, we make sure you are provided with all the information you need to help you make better and informed decisions that will save you time and money. Plus, we have a range of doors that you can choose from, including exterior, interior, multi-slide, aluminum sliding, and vinyl sliding.
Ready to get started? Get your free estimate today by completing our online form or calling us at (602) 455-6616.