How to replace your front door

Save at a builder outlet

One way to save money on a front door replacement is by shopping around.

Your options include overstocks, returns, last year’s models and blemished units that can be fixed but not sold as first run. It’s possible to save 50% or more by shopping at builders outlets.

But be careful where you compromise.

"We recommend avoiding bargain shopping," says contractor Mark Clement. He suggests homeowners get the most door they can for their budget.

Door prices can start around $200 and climb into the thousands for elaborate and custom doors. Door costs can vary significantly based on your choices.

In addition to the choice of fiberglass, wood or steel, price depends on if it is a single or double door and if it has glass panels or sidelights. Wood doors come in solid and veneer designs.