The front door is the first element of your home that any visitor sees upon arriving at your home. It is displayed as a welcome window. In harmony with the style of your home or on the contrary completely offbeat, the front door is warm, welcoming, aesthetic, but also insulating and reassuring.
When to replace your front door? What material to choose and at what price? Our experts offer you all their installation advice and help you estimate your budget in this complete file.
Replacing your front door: when is the right time?
Of course, you are free to replace your front door at any time and for any reason. However, be aware that it is sometimes really necessary to make this change, especially when there are three important factors.
- Insulation: nearly 25% of heat loss in a home occurs through openings such as windows and doors. So, if you feel drafts when you are near your entry range, or if you notice an increase in your energy bills, it is because your current door is no longer sufficiently insulating. It is therefore advisable to change it, you will quickly see a better thermal comfort and a reduction in your energy bill.
- Security : the front door represents a large majority of accesses prized by burglars in the event of an intrusion attempt. If your door is old and unsecured or if it has been forced open, it is recommended that you change it to a better model.
- Aesthetics: the front door is a kind of window to your home. It is indeed the first element that your guests see and who welcomes them. Do not hesitate to opt for a model that matches your style, your other openings to bring a certain harmony or on the contrary that stands out for an offbeat effect.
What is the average price of a front door, depending on its material?
If the cost of labor can vary from one professional to another for the installation of a front door, it is really the material which constitutes your door which will have the most impact on the amount. of your invoice. In fact, the purchase of a front door can vary between 200 euros and more than 5,000 euros depending on the model chosen, its material and its finishes.
The price of a wooden front door
A wooden front door is naturally warm. Very aesthetic, it is also of great insulating quality. Flexible, it offers effective security. However, as with any wooden material, it will require regular maintenance (the application of a varnish, a stain and / or anti-humidity and parasite treatments every 5 to 10 years on average).
The cost of a wooden door varies depending on the species it is made of. Rot-proof exotic woods are much more weather resistant, but species like oak or larch have much more character.
For a classic wooden door (unshielded), count around 600 to 1,500 euros for a medium range. You will find entry-level models from 200 euros. For premium quality, count between 2,000 and 4,000 euros.
The price of a PVC front door
In terms of price / quality ratio, the PVC entrance door remains unbeatable. Resistant to bad weather and very insulating while remaining light, it requires very little maintenance; a damp sponge is more than enough to clean it. If this type of door offers good security, it can be fitted with internal steel reinforcement. PVC has developed significantly and manufacturers now offer original models, colored or imitating certain materials such as wood.
On the other hand, PVC remains a sensitive material. Constant exposure to the sun can weaken it. As for the addition of a new security lock, it may, depending on the model, crack the door.
For a PVC entrance door, plan a budget between 500 and 900 euros for a standard model, or even from 300 euros for low-end. For high quality, count between 1,000 and 3,000 euros.
The price of an aluminum front door
If aluminum is more and more widespread, it is because its qualities are no longer to be proven! Indeed, opting for an aluminum entrance door is a guarantee of comfort. This strong and resistant material does not deform, it does not rust, it does not oxidize and it does not rot. Very easy to maintain, it is light and very aesthetic since, like PVC, it can imitate a whole range of materials and be coated in multiple colors. Aluminum offers very good thermal insulation, but on condition that the interior is equipped with a thermal break, because it is a conductive material.
For an aluminum front door, count 800 to 2,000 euros for low and medium range models. For superior quality, plan on a budget of 2,000 to 5,000 euros.
The price of a steel front door
A steel front door is the ultimate in security! Particularly resistant to shocks and blows, it easily slows down intrusion attempts. However, this material remains unattractive, despite the efforts of manufacturers. In addition, it does not like humidity! It is therefore not suitable for places with poor exposure and bad weather. Heavy and cold, it must be insulated on the inside so as not to cause a thermal bridge.
For a steel front door, budget between 500 and 800 euros for an entry-level model, and between 2,000 and 4,000 euros for a high-end model.
The price of a custom front door
When your home does not meet standard sizes, it is advisable to choose a custom-made front door rather than modifying the masonry. In this case, the craftsman designs a door to measure, in the materials and in the shape you want.
For a custom-made front door, plan on a budget of 3,000 to 5,000 euros on average.
The price of a glass front door
A glazed entrance door is particularly strong because its glass is treated to resist breaches. In addition, this material offers a wide range of customizations and colors. In addition, it can be treated to limit the effect of high summer heat. However, it is rare to see models of fully glazed entrance doors; glass is generally associated with another material such as wood, PVC or aluminum. This solution is interesting for bringing a touch of natural light in a dark entrance.
For a glass front door, count between 200 and 3,500 euros on average.
The price of an armored front door
The armored entrance door is the ultimate in security. Resistant to severe weather and intrusion attempts, it has carved out an elegant place for itself in our homes. Manufacturers are indeed offering more and more aesthetic and customizable models. On the other hand, it remains very expensive.
For an armored entrance door, count 600 to 4,000 euros on average. Add to that the price of an armored lock (since an armored door alone will not protect you properly without a suitable lock), or 300 to 2,000 euros depending on the model.
The installation of a front door: what budget?
Calling on a professional to install your new front door is a wise choice. Indeed, the professional can advise you in terms of choice in order to find the model adapted to your home and your budget (additional advice is available on Ctendance). In addition, the front door communicating with the outside, its installation should not be approximate. A tiny gap damages all your insulation, which is reflected on your energy bill. Not to mention that security is compromised! In this regard, be aware that many insurance companies refuse to compensate their customers who are victims of burglaries when their front door has not been asked by a professional.
The budget you will need to plan for the installation of your front door depends on several factors, such as the material of your door, the difficult conditions of the site, the options chosen, the removal of the old door, the geographical location and the prices charged by the professional.
- Labor alone will cost you between 150 and 500 euros on average.
- For the complete installation of your front door, hardware and installation included, plan a total of 1,500 to 4,000 euros on average. Obviously, the price will be much higher in the case of a very high-end model.
Do not hesitate to request several quotes from professionals in the sector. Compare the offers and the details of the services, find out about each person’s skills, and negotiate the rates to find the formula that suits you at the best quality / price ratio.