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Replacing doors — everything you need to know in the UK and Ireland

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Kacper Szczypek

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Replacing doors in your home can significantly enhance its security, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal. Whether you’re considering a front door replacement, sliding glass door replacement, or garage door replacement, understanding the process, costs, and benefits is essential. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about door replacement in the UK and Ireland, including expert advice, cost breakdowns, and frequently asked questions.

Why replace your doors?

One of the primary reasons for replacing doors is to improve your home’s security. Modern doors come with advanced locking mechanisms and sturdy materials that provide better protection against intruders.

New doors, especially those with proper insulation, can help reduce heat loss and lower your energy bills. This is particularly important for exterior doors, which play a crucial role in maintaining your home’s thermal efficiency.

Replacing old, worn-out doors can significantly enhance the look of your home. With a wide range of styles and finishes available, you can choose doors that complement your home’s architecture and personal taste.

Upgrading your doors can also increase your property’s value. Potential buyers often look for homes with modern, secure and energy-efficient doors, making this a worthwhile investment.

Types of doors and replacement costs

Front door replacement

The front door is a focal point of your home and plays a significant role in its curb appeal, security and overall value. It’s typically the first impression visitors get of your home, making its aesthetic appeal crucial. Additionally, a high-quality front door enhances your home’s security, providing a robust barrier against potential intruders.

The cost of replacing a front door in the UK can vary widely depending on the material and design selected. On average, a basic uPVC front door replacement costs around £600-£1,200, including installation. uPVC doors are popular for their durability, low maintenance and energy efficiency. They are a cost-effective option that provides good insulation and security.

For those seeking a more upscale appearance and enhanced security features, composite and hardwood doors are excellent choices. Composite doors, which combine various materials to achieve superior strength and insulation, typically range from £1,200 to £2,500. Wooden doors, known for their classic look and durability, can cost between £1,500 and £3,000, depending on the type of wood and design intricacies.

In addition to the material, the design and additional features such as glazing, custom hardware and security enhancements can influence the overall cost. For instance, adding glass panels or opting for a custom design can increase the price but also add to the door’s aesthetic appeal and functionality.

Apartment Entrance Doors Wikęd Protect 44a

Sliding glass door replacement

Sliding glass doors are popular for patios and provide a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. These doors enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home and improve functionality by allowing easy access to your garden or patio area. The lift&slide door replacement cost typically ranges from £800 to £2,500, depending on factors such as size, material, type of threshold, construction type, type of building (new build/renovation) and type of fitting (thermal insulation).

High-end options featuring tripleglazing and energy-efficient technologies can be more expensive (up to 15%) but offer superior thermal and acoustic insulation that might reduce energy bills. When considering sliding glass door replacement, it’s important to factor in these additional benefits and choose a product that best suits your needs and budget.

Sliding glass door replacement

Patio doors are essential for accessing your garden or patio area and can greatly enhance the usability and visual appeal of your home. The cost of sliding patio door replacement is similar to that of sliding glass doors, with prices typically ranging from £1,000 to £3,000. This price range can vary based on the size, material, and specific features of the door.

uPVC Sliding Doors EkoSun HST

French door replacement

French patio doors, which are a popular alternative to sliding models, typically cost between £800 and £2,000. These doors offer a more traditional aesthetic and can be a stylish addition to any home. When replacing your patio doors, consider the various design options and their impact on your home’s overall appearance and functionality. Cost of thermal insulated materials (sealing tapes, warm sills, threshold etc.) for the fitting can increase the cost of installation up to 20%

Garage door replacement

Garage doors play a crucial role in your home’s security, functionality, and curb appeal. The cost of garage door replacement can vary significantly based on the type of door (e.g., sectional, roller, or up-and-over) and the material used. On average, you can expect to pay between £900 and £2,000 for a new garage door, including installation.

Sectional doors are typically on the higher end of the price spectrum due to their complex design and enhanced security features. Roller doors and up-and-over doors are generally more affordable, but still offer good security and durability. When choosing a new garage door, consider the specific needs of your home and the level of security you require to ensure you make the best investment.

Sectional Garage Doors INFINITI F with torsion springs at the front

General door replacement costs

For interior doors or less common types of doors, the replacement cost can vary widely. Basic interior door replacements typically cost between £50 and £150 per door, while more premium options can go up to £500 or more.

The door replacement process

  1. Before replacing a door, assess your current doors condition and determine your specific needs. Consider factors such as security, energy efficiency, and aesthetics.
  2. Select a door that meets your requirements and complements your home’s style. Consider materials, design, and features such as glazing and insulation.
  3. Search for reputable door replacement companies or a window and door company to get detailed quotes. Ensure the quotes include the door replacement cost and any additional services.
  4. Once you have chosen a company and received a satisfactory quote, schedule the installation. Professional window and door installers will handle the process, ensuring a proper fit and finish.
  5. Before installation day, prepare your home by clearing the area around the door. Remove any obstacles and cover furniture to protect it from dust and debris.
  6. After installation, inspect the new door with the installers. Ensure that it operates smoothly and meets your expectations. A reputable door replacement company will offer a warranty for peace of mind.

Additional services from door replacement companies

Window and door replacement company you can trust

Choose a reputable window and door replacement company that offers a wide range of products and professional installation services. This ensures quality and reliability in your home improvement project. To be honest — you’ve already found it. That’s us!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much does it cost to replace a door in the UK?

The cost to replace a door in the UK varies based on the type of door and materials used. On average:

  • Front door replacement: £600-£1,200 (uPVC), £1,200-£3,000 (uPVC, steel, aluminium, composite or hardwood door)
  • Sliding glass door replacement: £800-£2,500
  • Patio door replacement: £1,000-£3,000
  • Garage door replacement: £500-£2,000

How to replace a door in the UK?

To replace a door in the UK, follow these steps:

  • Assess your needs and select the right door.
  • Get quotes from door replacement companies.
  • Schedule the installation with professional installers.
  • Prepare your home for the installation.
  • Inspect the new door after installation to ensure it meets your expectations.

Conclusion

Replacing doors in your home is a valuable investment that enhances security, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal. Whether you’re considering a front door replacement, sliding patio door replacement, or garage door replacement, understanding the process and costs involved is important. By choosing a reputable window and door replacement company like Fenbro, you can ensure a seamless and professional installation.

For more expert advice and to start your door replacement journey, visit the Fenbro Blog and explore our wide range of products and services. Contact Fenbro today for a free consultation and quote! Let us help you transform your home with high-quality door replacements.

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