If your patio door is foggy, leaking when it rains, or is difficult to open and close, you might be thinking about replacing a patio door. If that is the case, the next question you might have is “How much does a replacement patio door cost?”
Home Advisor estimates the average cost to install any door to be between $906 and $1,412. They have also found that interior doors are often less expensive to purchase and install. Exterior doors tend to be heavier and need to have perfectly executed installation in order to ensure proper insulation and edging, which tends to make the cost go up.
Beyond hiring a professional for installation, there are quite a few factors that affect the price of a replacement patio door including style, material, energy efficient options, and additional custom upgrades.
When determining the cost of a replacement patio door, it really comes down to your preferences.
5 Factors That Affect Patio Door Pricing
1. Patio Door Style
There are two main types of patio door styles: swinging patio doors and sliding patio doors. You might choose one style over the other due to your styling preferences or how much space you have around the door.
Sliding patio doors are better for areas with little room for opening and closing, since they simply glide from left to right and can be opened from either side.
Swinging patio doors, also known as hinged patio doors, are hinged on either side and can open on the left, right or in the center. French patio doors open from the center, while center hinged doors open from the left or right.
2. Patio Door Material
The main patio door materials include wood, vinyl, and fiberglass. While these materials can all provide various styles, they also have a variety of other features.
Here’s a quick overview of these common materials:
Wood patio doors have a more traditional style, but can be more expensive. Also, because wood is a natural material, they often require more upkeep and can get warped or faded with extended exposure to moisture and sunlight.
Vinyl patio doors can be designed to mimic the appearance of wood doors and are often much more affordable. They are also extremely energy efficient and don’t require much upkeep.
Like vinyl doors, fiberglass patio doors are energy efficient and require very little maintenance. The only real difference between fiberglass and vinyl is that fiberglass tends to cost more.
3. Energy Efficiency Options
Energy efficiency is a big deal for a lot of homeowners, especially in Florida where we really push our electric bills to the limit in the summer. That’s why you may want to invest in some energy efficient add-ons for your patio door.
Some of those options include a low-E coating which reflects UV rays, gas fills like argon or krypton that provide greater insulation, and ENERGY STAR certified patio doors which meet criteria to make them some of the most energy efficient patio doors on the market.
4. Custom Patio Door Upgrades
Upgraded security features, patio door hardware, and a patio screen door, can all affect the price of a patio door.
This is where your personal preference can really come into play.
5. Professional Installation
Proper installation is just as important as the patio door itself. If the door is installed incorrectly, it won’t perform as it should and could leave your home open to drafts and water damage. We always recommend having a professional install your doors and windows, since they are such crucial parts of keeping your home safe and comfortable.