Q: How much will it cost to replace floor to ceiling windows with french doors?
Our house has floor to ceiling windows in the dining room. These are older windows that open outward and are almost like doors. We would like to replace these door-like windows with actual french doors that lead out to our patio. Roughly speaking, how much will this cost? And, how long will this project take? Thanks!
On average, installing a new door where an opening already exists usually runs around $600-1000 for labor alone. Make sure to get quotes from licensed and insured installers, and try to get an overall quote rather than paying by the hour.
The doors themselves will vary greatly depending on the type of doors you purchase. You will need to get doors that are "pre-hung" -- meaning that they come already attached to hinges in a frame, or "jamb." You may have to special order custom sized doors as exterior doors come in very specific sizes (36-in by 80-in is most common, 48-in by 96-in is the largest). Custom doors often cost $1500 or more each.
Alternatively, you could purchase standard french doors at your local big box hardware store for around than $150-300 each, but you may have to have interior/exterior renovation work done if the current openings are too big or too small. If brick or stucco is involved, the price can skyrocket quickly.
Often, the least expensive and easiest doors to customize are flush wood doors with a solid core. These can be found at your local big box hardware store for around $60 each. A Doorlite Kit from CrestviewDoors.com can be installed on site during the overall installation and will provide light, visibility, and character to your new entrance!
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