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Question DetailsAsked on 4/27/2018

I need to replace a sliding door with a french door. Can I accomplish this for $3000 including installation?

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Here is an Angies List article on that subject FYI:


https://www.angieslist.com/articles/h...


$3000 is at the lower end of the normal price range for french doors, so either you would have to go with a quite cheap one (box store type say) and not have much modification to the rough opening needed, or maybe more of a lower mid-range one if you can find one tht fits your rough opening (perhaps with a bit of trimming out). Unfortunately, for a really good looking job, unless your house was wide trim already, the new door needs to be a pretty close (within an inch or so each way) fit for your existing rough opening, or you need to go with a larger door unit so you enlarge the opening (at commonly $700-1500 additional cost).


This avoids the issues you get with a smaller door of having to close in the rough opening and match the existing interior wall surface and outside siding, which can commonly run in the same range to sometimes quite a bit more. It is quite hard, without redoing a lot of siding, to make a smaller door installed in a larger than needed original rough opening look right. A larger door costs more to frame out and you put in a larger and/or longer header to enlarge the rough opening, but because you are enlarging the opening in the wall you just cut away the excess siding and interior finishes - no effort is needed (if job is done cleanly) in trying to match existing finishes because you are not putting any in (other than the door unit trim).


Sort of a darned if you do and darned if you don't case unless you are lucky enough to find a new unit needing a matching to only slightly smaller rough opening. Or typically go beyond the $3000 installed range to order a custom size french door unit to fit the current rough opening.


Figure out what general you want, then contact Door contractors to get bids and see wht they can offer you - unless you are lucky on rough opening size match, likely to be a fiberglass unit at that total cost, and plain double pane at best unless bottom line product - without special glass treatments, triple pane, interior blinds (which are a disaster in my opinion anyway), etc. Bear in mind, for that cost range for a normal size french door, unlikely to be highly enrergy rated, if that is of major importance in uyour locale.


Also bear in mind, with french doors (especially inward opening ones) there is a saying that it is not a question of whether they will leak when rain hits them, just a matter of when - so it is generally recommended (and some door manufacturers now require this for their warranty to be valid) that the doors be well shielded from rain by awning or porch roof or such. Of course, that adds typically $500-1000 to the job.

Answered 6 months ago by LCD




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