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Question DetailsAsked on 2/13/2015

What is an approximate cost to have an exterior door frame rebuilt by a carpenter?

We know the frame is in bad condition and cannot just be fitted with a new door. Contractors have told us the frame must be rebuilt completely, in order to replace the door and insulate it. So - what would this project - a door frame rebuild + hanging the new door - cost here in Oregon?

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Okay - just to be sure we are talking the same thing. There is the "rough opening" - the studs flanking the doorway and supporting the header beam and wall above the door; and there is the frame - the outer wood that the door fits within - with a simple door, just the frame, door, and stop strips/threshold constitute the door unit.

IF you are saying the pieces comprising the rough opening are rotted and need replacement, then assuming the header is intact (the overhead beam) probably about an additional $200-300 should usually cover it for a normal height door opening - in addition the removal, rehab and replacement of the door unit. IF not readily removeable without removing interior or exterior finishes, then can quickly double or triple that number, though usually a bit of careful sawzall use can extricate them without damaging (other then a few nail head popouts on interior drywall) the surfaces, and using correct metal brackets and toenailing to putthe new studs in, with either construction adhesive or new nails through the interior and exterior finishes to hold them to the studs properly. Depending on how well it goes, there might be a need for a bit of spackle and touchup painting.

IF you are instead saying the door frame itself - just the typically 1x4 or 1x6 pieces that the door is hinged to and that the latch/deadbolt go into to latch the door, then that can run (including the removal and replacement of the door, but not including cost of a new door itself) from around $200 on up depending on the complexity of the trim, whether the doorframe is having any detail routed into it, and how it is being finished - typically more like $200-350 range assuming the new frame material is being refinished to match the door (or maybe door being refinished too to match).

In many cases, with ordinary entry stock doors (not having fancy window inserts or sidelightsor high-security) it can be cheaper to just replace the entire door unit - frame and door - with a factory made, store-bought pre-hung door unit that you prepaint before installation, and just replace the existing door. It is commonly cheaper because it avoids many hours of custom cutting and finishing door pieces - typically only takes acouple of hours total for the painting (assuming 2 coats) plus 1-2 manhours to swap out an entire unit unless there are trim complications. You can commonly have the entire unit replaced with a totally new door and normal knob/latch hardware for less than the cost of rehabbing an existing door unit that needs removal to repair, so let bidders (Door and Window contractors and Carpenter - Woodworking categories, and maybe Handyman if so inclined and trust him based on prior experience) bid either a rehab or a replacement with a door unit, with paints you approve, because some may give you a better deal on one than the other. For those proposing rebuilding the unit, get a firm committment on how they are going to enclose and secure the opening during the few days the door will be out of the opening - another reason to just replace the door unit, especially if in a high-crime area or do not have a convenient to use second exterior door. For a simple door unit replacement, if you have them plan on starting first thing on a morning, then even with some difficulties thereshould be no problem getting the new oneinstalled and functional the same day.

Many homeowners are quite happy to put in a new door unit, and have the contractor use the old doorframe and door and 4-6 (depending on door strength) cheap 2x4's to use the old door to make a higher-level storage shelf unit in the garage.

You can find more info on typical costs and factors affecting cost (especially needing to enlarge the rough opening) and who to get to do this work in the Home > Windows and Doors (or is it Doors and Windows) link in Browse Projects at lower left.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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