Your front door can be the making of your home. A well-maintained one can increase the value of your home, while a front door that looks tired could put buyers off. The same goes for doors to your garden – bifold doors can add value since they offer great views outside and fill your room with lots of light. But how much does all this cost? Find out in our range of door cost guides.
If you’ve got a small budget, a uPVC front door or back door is the way to go. Available in a variety of different colours and finishes, you can get a door that looks like a high-quality wooden door for a fraction of the cost. It’ll cost somewhere between £300-£1,000 for the supply and installation of a uPVC front door, depending on which colour and finish you choose, how much glazing you want in the door and where you live in the country.
If you’re looking for a mid-range front door, you could go for a more premium uPVC door that has a better finish or style, or you could look at a wooden or aluminium door. Wooden doors, such as those made from oak or mahogany, can set you back between £400-£2,500. Composite doors, which are made up of a timber core surrounded by materials like uPVC, laminate or fibreglass, are more robust and secure but will cost between £1,000-£4,000 to install.
Luxury options for front doors include custom-made wooden doors, which could cost anywhere between £1,200-£5,000 for supply and installation, or aluminium doors, which will set you back between £1,500-£8,000, depending on the style you choose. Aluminium front doors are extremely durable and low-maintenance, so although a more premium option, you may save money on repair and replacement costs in the long term.
Another luxurious door option for the rear of your home is bifold doors, where 3 or more panels sit across the back of your home and can fold in on each other to create a large opening that blends the inside and outside of your property seamlessly. 3-panel bifold doors can cost anywhere between £1,500-£2,500 to install.
Front doors are expensive because of the materials used to construct them. Even uPVC doors have lots of different parts and require other materials to ensure they’re safe and secure. Composite doors and aluminium doors are more expensive because they offer better security for your home and have many different parts that need to be put together. While you can find very cheap front doors made from the lowest-quality uPVC or wood, would you really want to risk someone being able to easily break in?
uPVC doors are much cheaper than composite front doors. The solid timber core and surrounding materials in a composite door mean that they cost more to manufacture, so suppliers will pass this cost onto you. Composite doors can be as much as 30 more expensive to buy and install than uPVC doors.
No, it’s unlikely that you’ll need planning permission for your bifold doors. If you’re simply replacing an existing door with bifold doors or creating a new opening for the doors, this should be covered under permitted development rights. You’re only likely to need planning permission if your new bifold doors are part of a large extension or you’re changing the use of your property.
However, your bifold doors will need to meet Building Regulations. The best way to ensure that your installation meets Building Regulations is to use a door fitter that is part of a self-certification scheme like FENSA or CERTASS.