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Question DetailsAsked on 5/26/2013

How much should it cost to install a new door and frame?

ID like to install a more secure basement door?

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OK - not sure what type of basement door you are talking.

If you are talking a normal upright door, like a front door, then a steel door can cost from $200-600 depending on thickness, amount of insulation, if has any windows in it, etc. If you need heavier duty locks than you have now then probably $100 more, though just an added $25 dead bolt might do the trick for a basement door. Installation, assuming it fits the existing rough opening, about $150-250 additional including installing lock sets and security striker plate, and reinstalling, caulking trim - WITHOUT repainting. If too narrow or short maybe $50-250 more to install, including makeup trim to cover the resultant siding/drywall gaps, depending on how it is done. If too tall or wide, then can be many hundreds more, as you have to rework the entire header and framing setup.

If you are talking a so-called "cellar door" - the kind that are inclined at about 30 degrees to the ground surface and have steps leading down through them (protypical root cellar or storm cellar door common on farmhouses and tornado shelters), then $250-800 is normal range for a steel door unit purchase price. I have never put one of these in, but I would guess probably about $200-300 installation cost, assuming it is going to take some framing adjustment and ramset or drilled-in anchor bolts. Again, this assumes the unit is bought to match the existing frame opening.

Find a reputable finish carpenter. If the door purchased exactly matches the existing door frame sizes, then a handyman or an installer from the place that sells you the door could probably do it OK, but if you want proper trim treatment and extreme care in not damaging interior or exterior surfaces that might be damaged by overcutting, use a finish carpenter. Look for reviews and contractors on Angie's List - Search the List.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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