What is the cost to replace a front door and frame? What about changing the door glass size? Sharing about our three-quarter glass doors and the process of enlarging glass in doors.
When we moved in to this house, I knew pretty early on that something had to be done about the front doors. They provided no light into our foyer, which is such a cool space with the circle staircase. Or, I knew it could be such a cool space with more light.
A few years ago, I set out to make some changes to both the foyer area and the front doors. On the top of my list was to have our double front doors replaced with glass front doors.
I had chatted on IG stories about the possibility of keeping the front doors. I was thinking I could enlarge the glass panel in our existing doors and find a door glass replacement system that would be an easy upgrade. Quite a few people were curious about my options and pricing, so that’s how today’s post came to be.
Before I jump right in to the cost differences and details for full front door replacement versus just replacing the door glass, I want to share a few other pricing breakdowns that you might be interested in. I love sharing price quotes and details because I find that that type of information is so hard to to find.
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All About Glass Front Doors Including Door Glass Replacement
We had double front doors to begin with – which have a presence to them – but now I feel like these modern glass front doors really sing. You probably can’t really appreciate the difference until you see the original doors.
Original Front Doors With Window Panes
As you can see, the doors were dated and a bit rough looking in a few different ways. The door window panes were higher-end, back in the day, but definitely not our style. The glass panels were in good shape but they blocked all light in the foyer.
The double “exterior doors” themselves also had problems. The chipping on the bottom could be fixed but, hilariously enough, the “exterior doors” weren’t actually exterior doors. Someone, at sometime, had installed interior doors (on accident?) as our double front entry doors. I learned that when we had a door and millwork company come out to quote us on a few things.
On top of those problems, in the summer months, the wood doors would stick together and be extremely difficult to pull apart. In the winter months, you can feel air coming through the doors. And, don’t even get me started on the door handles being installed at different heights. 🙄
If you can believe it, it looked better on the inside than the out!
To help determine what our best course of action was on the exterior glass doors, we had a recommended custom door and millwork company come out to talk through the issues, what we wanted and all of our options.
Some of those issues could have been fixed completely and some could have been fixed with “band-aids”. You know, fixing for the time, being but not really fixing the problem.
I learned a lot from chatting with them and through the process of adding our new exterior glass doors.
Is Exterior Door Glass Replacement Worth It?
Yes. If you are replacing cracked or broken glass, there are door glass replacement kits you can order. We weren’t going to go this route from the start because we don’t know what we are doing and felt like this was outside of our skillset.
You can also just have a door and glass company come out to replace the window panes in the doors themselves.
If you want to add glass to a front door or change the glass panel size (like going from a small window pane to a 3/4 glass door), this is definitely doable for a millwork and door company.
Front Door Glass Replacement Cost
I was quoted $150 for the glass for 3/4 glass doors. That would have been the price for the window pane (not including labor) on my original doors.
For pricing comparisons, I’m in Missouri. The labor for cutting a larger window hole in my door, installing the 3/4 glass pane and the finish work was going to be around $300 (this price doesn’t include painting or staining).
I’d say $450 is a good baseline for a double front door glass replacement project. If you wanted a full glass front door made out of an existing front door, your price in glass would go up a bit but I don’t imagine it would be substantial.
Front Door Replacement
For us, our doors were salvageable with a lot of work. Our issues ended up being the door frames themselves. We decided that it didn’t make sense for us to spend the money upgrading the original wood doors when we had issues that couldn’t be fixed easily (especially, after we heard that our original doors were actually interior doors that someone put in as exterior doors).
So, we decided to bite the bullet and just go for pre-hung, new glass front doors. It’s something that has been on our list as an upgrade item that we’d love to do and it was just time to get it done.
In an effort to always be honest, I will say that I did not price compare for this project. I knew what I wanted, I knew I liked the customer service that was provided and the company I went with was local and has been in the business a long time.
We had used a big box store last year when we had to replace our patio door and it was not a good experience so we were looking to go a different route. So, all of that is to say, use this as a guide and go from there!
Prehung Exterior Doors with Glass Estimate
The look of the 3/4 glass in the estimate is different than what we have, but it’s just because the trim that I wanted didn’t have a stock image.
Total Costs for Adding Exterior Front Doors with Glass
- Fiberglass, pre-hung, exterior doors with glass were $1255.47
- Estimate for painting double doors was $400
- Estimate for installing double front doors was $500
How much does it cost to replace front door and frame, plus paint and finish?
Our cost was $2200.
Is it worth it to replace a front door?
If you are leaking heating/cooling and have other issues that can’t be fixed by updating your door, then I’d say yes.
I’d honestly say yes just based on the way our glass entry doors look from the outside and the inside. They allow so much more light in to our foyer. I’m so thrilled that we did this project.
A few people might wonder about the glass front doors pros/cons. Our home is situated on the top of a small hill, away from the street. So, privacy with the glass entry doors is not a problem for us. That being said, when the door rings, it’s pretty visible from most spaces in our home so there’s no hiding from anyone who is at the door. If we lived on a busy street and our door was in direct eyesight of the street, I might not love having a 3/4 glass door. If you are considering door options, I would take that into account as well as whether or not you have an entryway that is hidden from your other spaces.
I hope this was helpful for you!
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