How Much Does It Cost to Install Doors?

by Team HomeServe
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A broken door tends to be a problem you want to fix quickly. At best, it creates a shabby look to your home. At worst, it leaves your home vulnerable to intruders.

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With that in mind, you don’t have much time to waste. Here’s how much you can expect to pay to get a door back on its hinges.

Door Installation Costs

The average cost to install a door is about $749 (CAD 1,017), according to HomeGuide. This price depends on the material and purpose of the door.

Door Costs by Type

Aside from installation, the highest cost is the price of the door itself. The material you choose for the door depends on its function. Exterior doors need to be sturdier, while interior doors can be lighter. Of course, it’s also about aesthetics; some materials create a striking look, but they carry a heftier price tag.

Solid Wood

A wooden front door can create a pleasing, warm entrance. Prices start at $200 (CAD 272) for a solid wood door but can rise much higher depending on the quality of wood. For an exterior door, you need a wood that can withstand the weather, such as red oak or ash. If you plan on painting the wood, buy “paint-grade” rather than “stain-grade” wood to save money.

Hollow-Core Wood

You can opt for hollow-core wood for an interior door. While the outside of the door is wood, the inner part of the door is cardboard or plastic. These retail for much cheaper, beginning as low as $30 (CAD 41). They''re lighter, making them easier to install; however, they're also more prone to damage.


A steel door is a good option for a secure exterior door. These doors are thick and hard to break. However, steel is prone to scratches and dents and won't retain a pristine appearance. A decorative steel door costs at least $500 (CAD 679), but economical options start at $100 (CAD 136).


Fiberglass doors are a great option for exterior doors in harsh weather conditions. They are low-maintenance and can give the appearance of wood without contracting or expanding as the weather changes. Prices start at about $200 (CAD 272), but you could spend up to $2,300 (CAD 3,124) on a premium model.


Glass doors can add an elegant touch to your home. Costs for a sliding glass door start at about $300 (CAD 408), although most homeowners spend between $450 and $3,500 (CAD 611 and CAD 4,755). According to data from Fixr, French doors cost at least $211 (CAD 287), and higher-quality models retail for as much as $15,000 (CAD 20,377).

Composite Wood

A relatively new invention, composite doors are made of various materials. They can be made to look like wood but require less maintenance. Composite doors cost between $27 and $500 (CAD 37 and CAD 679) on average.

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Installation Costs by Type


An interior door installation is easier, as it involves a more lightweight door. With some research and the right tools, this can be a DIY project. If not, the labor costs will be $90 to $350 (CAD 122 to CAD 475) on average.


An exterior door installation or replacement will cost more as the door will be heavier. An improperly installed front door leaves your home unsecured, so follow guides closely if you decide to do it yourself. Labor costs for an exterior door installation range from $230 to $800 (CAD 312 to CAD 1,087) on average.


Sliding doors can cost more to install. Architectural Digest says the labor cost to install sliding doors starts at about $455 (CAD 618) but can run much higher. You can reduce the installation costs by installing sliding doors yourself.

Door Installation: Average Total Cost

The total cost for a door installation is usually between $225 and $825 (CAD 306 and CAD 1,121) for an interior door and $500 to $1,900 (CAD 679 to CAD 2,581), including materials and labor. Door installation labor costs between $30 and $80 (CAD 41 and CAD 109) an hour, and total costs depend on the complexity of the project and whether there's an existing frame. You can lower the price by installing the door yourself.

Door Repairs

Before choosing to replace a door, make sure it can't be repaired. Some cracks and dents in a door can't be repaired. Other repairs can be simple, such as fixing a broken handle or sticking sliding door.

Other Factors That Impact Installation Price

Other Materials

If you pick a wooden door, you may be applying paint, varnish or stain to the wood. If you're installing the door yourself, there may be other tools and materials to buy, such as hinges, door jambs and handles. If there's been any damage to the door you're replacing, there may be some repairs to carry out. The most common is a repair to the doorframe.

Where You Buy

The average door cost differs depending on your location. For example, the average cost is lower in Denver than in New York City, and that comes down to the cost of living in these areas. You may also purchase a door online. You can find more styles at different price points online, but be sure you're buying from a reputable vendor.

Custom-Made Doors

This article covers the basic starting prices and average costs for many doors and installation types. However, there's a range of other choices. One of the highest-priced options is commissioning a custom-made door. Depending on the commission, this may add hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars to the price.

All CAD conversions are based on the exchange rate on the date of publication.