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Nearly every home remodeling project starts with pricing and French doors should be no different. The price can
range from $1500 up to $4,000. Nonetheless, there are those doors that go above and beyond. Upscale French doors
can cost all the way up to $10,000, without installation.
Additionally, when most people choose French doors, they usually pick fiberglass doors. Fiberglass gives the door an
architectural appeal as well as lets necessary sunlight in when you wish. The average minimum cost of fiberglass
French doors is $1500 and the average max is $3000. Note that the higher costs of French doors are usually
associated with architectural moldings added to the assembly later on.
Moving inside the house, interior French doors are the least expensive on the market, followed by patio doors. There
are many materials to choose from, but overall, wood is the cheapest.
Raise Value of Home
Front door replacement has
proven to bring the highest ROI
in terms of a home remodeling
project. As such, new French
doors will almost certainly raise
the value of your home. So while
the high upfront costs may scare
some, just know that should you
ever sell your home, you are
positively bringing added value
to your home.
Why French Doors Are Perfect Additions To Your Home
French doors have become the golden standard for new or
updated homes. Not only do they give you a “new” feel as soon as
you open the door, but French doors let sunlight in when you
want and keep cold air out whenever you choose.
There are many factors that go into choosing the right doors for
your home. If you are thinking of installing French exterior or
interior doors, be sure to see why French doors are perfect
additions to your home.
Fiberglass French Door Advantages
Fiberglass, the most popular French door design,
brings its own share of advantages to the table.
Fiberglass doors are very strong, durable and built to
withstand plenty of wear and tear. Fiberglass is the
perfect option for exterior French doors. Unlike
French wood doors, they do not require routine
polishing or protection. They can be painted a variety
of colors to meet specific design requirements.
Fiberglass entry doors are very airtight and energy
efficient. Fiberglass doors often come insulated, which
provides an additional energy-saving advantage over
wood doors. They offer up to five times the insulating
ability of wooden doors.
Finally, there are plenty of style options in terms of
the glass with fiberglass doors.
There are many textures and even colors to choose
from such as obscure, tinted, laminated or tempered.
Obscure provides a sense of privacy as the glass
allows light to shine through, but still protects the view
from each side. A tinted option is perfect for patio
areas or places that receive direct sunlight throughout
French Door Disadvantages
Besides being costly, there are a few disadvantages of French doors.
Security is on everyone’s mind when installing a fiberglass French door. Being able to see inside the home, when
someone is home or not, can make many feel vulnerable. If that is a worry, heavy-duty framing and glass should be
Additionally, if you are going with an upscale French door, installation and labor can both get costly and timely.
French Door Materials
As I have hinted throughout the article, there are plenty of material options to choose from, all offering their own set of
advantages and disadvantages.
Solid wood doors range in price substantially. Wooden doors are fairly easy to repair and offer a warm aesthetic feel to
the room with the real wood grain.
That low cost does not come without its fair share of maintenance. Painting and prepping are both important steps in
maintaining a wooden French door. Additionally, the patina of the wood can peel or fade if it's an exterior product that
faces the sun. It can also be damaged by moisture.
Steel French doors are heavier and offer a solid fit into doorframes that require a measured level of security. Steel
French doors are better equipped to resist break-ins or similar damage to the structure. Many of the qualities of rust
prevention will need to be addressed for untreated doors. Paint prep is a factor similar to wooden doors. The steel
French door will need to be pre-painted or have adequate priming and curing to prevent the flaking of paint in the
Aluminum offers similar benefits to steel with a reduced weight and cost. Many sliding glass patio doors have an
aluminum core to increase the long-term strength and durability of sliding open daily. Aluminum also has an insulating
capacity with the addition of thermal blocking in the panes. The doors are tough and low maintenance.
Fiberglass French doors have become the go-to French door option. Fiberglass has tactile flexibility to fit more
obscure openings. Fiberglass doors may be more expensive than aluminum, but offer the additional benefit of reduced
wear from warping, scratches and environmental weathering. Fiberglass can also match the finish of wooden doors or
other textures for a realistic faux look.
Clad doors are coated with additional materials over a wood surface. Vinyl and aluminum clad doors are the most
commonly found doors in big box stores and supply stores. They offer pleasing aesthetics with the additional wear and
tear strength of vinyl and aluminum. The difference is that the core base of the door is made of wood. Special
distinction will need to be made with choosing doors based on this type of wood application.
The most unique part about French
doors is their glass paneling. There are
infinite examples as far as window
arrangements, whether they be multiple
panes, small windows, large windows,
glazed, textured or tinted.
As we touched on earlier, security is a
common worry among French door
owners. Nevertheless, durable glass
panes should put your mind at ease.
Special-grade glass will not only protect
you from break-ins, but heavy winds or
hurricanes as well. These grades are
also very insulated, perfect for front
doors and patio doors alike.
The installation of a French door can
add both architectural appeal and
functionality to almost any room in a
home. The versatility and classic
appeal of a French door provides
variety and versatility. While the upfront
costs can get high, their appeal and
ROI are unmatched.
French Door Advantages
Homeowners wouldn’t be adding French doors throughout their home if they
didn’t come with their fair share of advantages.
First and foremost, many of the advantages discussed will depend on your
material of choice. French doors do provide a necessary layer of insulation and
divide, but certain materials, such as fiberglass and steel, provide better
insulation than others (like wood). Either way, there are other advantages
French doors bring.
One of the major advantages of a French door is the ability to open up a room
or expose exterior light. Of course, this would only work with fiberglass French
doors or doors with a glass panel. No light is getting through your wood, steel
or aluminum French door. Light also has the ability to make rooms feel brighter and less closed-in, especially in living
rooms and dining rooms. Open concepts do help, but adding a French door is much cheaper than tearing down a few
As is the case with most home remodeling projects, homeowners have plenty of designs to choose from. Given all the
materials, ranging from steel, aluminum and wood to clad and fiberglass, one should never have to sacrifice design for
the right French door.