Average Labour Cost/Price to Fit/Replace/Install French Doors
To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…
(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)
How Much Does It Cost To Hang French Doors?
All prices are for “off the peg” fully glazed, “normal size” doors (1.2m x 2.1m).
Every “French Door” is of course a pair of doors. Fully glazed means each door of the pair has one large area of (double) glazing,
The prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150 per day and a labourer at £100 per day.
(We aren’t using a double glazing company, they don’t extend openings or hang wooden doors). The prices include the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste and any incidental materials they will need.
Replacing a rotten French door with a new UPVc one
This 1.5 days for 2 men …….£375.00, doors……..£425.00, other materials etc…….£100
To convert an existing window to a French door by removing the brickwork underneath. The new door will be the same size as job 1.
This will take 2 men 3 days…….£750.00, door.…£425.00, materials etc…..£300.00
You want to create a completely new opening and fit the same sized door as above.
This will take 2 men 4 days…..£1000.00, door….£425.00, materials etc….£500.00
If you want to enlarge an existing door or window opening sideways and fit this same sized door. It will cost about the same as above……….£1900.00
Same as jobs 1-4 but with a fully glazed wooden door. An additional…….£325
Same as jobs 1-4 but with multiple (Georgian), double glazed wooden doors.
The increase for wooden door prices is for hanging the doors in the frame, fitting the locks, doing the “wet” glazing, then painting them. None of which has to be done with UPVc.
If you have to involve “planning”………..£150.00
If you have to involve “building regs”…………£200.00.
If a structural engineer is needed ( to calculate the size of a new lintol)……£100.00.
Price Guide and Information Sheet on the Cost of Fitting French Doors
Even when buying them “off the peg” in fixed sizes, wooden ones cost a lot more to buy than UPVc. They also then take longer to fix, because they don’t come ready hung. In fact the frame is bought separately to the doors. When hung, all the furniture needs fixing, they then need glazing (the glass has to bought separately) and then of course, painting. All this extra stuff costs a lot of cash money!
This next bit is similar to the article on “patio doors” because the process is exactly the same.
Right, let’s think of a scenario.
You want to replace existing ones.
You want to convert a window.
You have a brick wall and you’d prefer it if it the garden was a fraction more accessible!
Whether PVCu or wooden, they can only be made to a finite width, UPVc up to about 6’ (1.8 m). and wooden up to about 4’6” (1.37m). Any wider than this and the weight of the glass will distort the door casement. Normal height, including the frame is 7’ (2.1m) but they can technically be made as tall as you like. A “normal” French door size, if there is such a thing is 1.2m x 2.1m. Legally you must fit safety glass in doors, if any part of the glass is within 1500mm of the floor.
If they are replacements, no permissions are needed if fitted by “FENSA” registered installers. If not, “building regs”. will have to be informed.
If you intend to fit them into a space you want to open up below an existing window, planning permission may be needed. Building Regs. will have to be involved though.
If you are creating a new opening, or extending an existing one sideways, both “planning” and “building regs.” will definitely have to be involved.
(Planning restrictions are at best complicated, at worse farcical. We have articles on both them and building regulations.
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