How Much Does Patio Door Replacement Cost?

Sliding patio doors are a good option for small starter homes, says Frazier. (Photo courtesy of Southwest Exteriors)

Sliding patio doors are a good option for small starter homes, says Frazier. (Photo courtesy of Southwest Exteriors)

Whether you are shopping for a single gliding door, or a pair of French doors, patio doors come in a wide price range. The price ultimately depends on each door’s size, quality and features. 

We’ll try to break it down for you so you can have an idea of how much you should be investing in a replacement patio door for your home and which option is best for you.

Cost of sliding patio doors 

Vinyl or aluminum gliding patio doors will be the least expensive options available. For a basic sliding patio door, including installation and hardware costs, you would probably invest anywhere from $1,200 to $2,500 from a big box store. 

This option is best for a small starter home with a lower price point, or it can also be a quick fix for homeowners who need to sell their home right away and aren’t looking to invest a lot of money into upgrades.

Some things to keep in mind with the less expensive gliding patio door options are the lower quality look and feel, the expansion and contraction from the summer heat and the tendency to stop working properly after a few years. 

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We have seen countless vinyl or aluminum patio doors sticking in their track instead of opening and closing smoothly, causing much frustration for the homeowners. From an efficiency and hygienic standpoint, the rails in vinyl doors also tend to get pretty dusty and dirty and are hard to keep clean.

If you are looking for a more permanent solution because you plan to be in your home for many years and are looking for a beautiful side or back point of entry, I definitely would recommend a gliding patio door such as a Jeld-Wen, Pella or Andersen. 

These doors have much better insulation properties, look gorgeous and will operate smoothly not just for a couple years, but for as long as you are going to be in the house. The quality does come at a higher price point, though. For these sliding patio doors, you can invest anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000.

Cost of French patio doors 

French patio doors are generally a bit more expensive than gliding patio doors. These hinged patio doors have a more traditional, classic look as opposed to the sleek contemporary appearance of the sliding doors. 

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Consider French doors for your patio in place of a sliding glass door. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member John G. of Minneapolis, Minn.)

The least expensive French patio door options are going to start between $1,500 and $2,000 at a big box store, and once again, I would recommend using these for a starter home or a house you’re getting ready to sell. 

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The higher quality doors that will continue to be beautiful and function properly for many years will generally cost around $4,500 to $6,500. These include brands like Jeld-Wen, Pella, Andersen and a few other higher-end manufacturers, and they are designed to be a permanent solution for homeowners who love their home and want to enjoy it for many years.

I would caution any homeowner doing research on replacement patio doors: don’t be fooled by the seemingly low shelf prices on most patio doors that don’t include hardware or installation. Some stores consider essential items like energy efficient glass packages, hardware, installation and warranty to be upgrades, and the actual price tag after these have been figured in will be much higher than the advertised price at the beginning. 

Also, I would highly recommend having a professional installation crew put in the patio door, as it is an extremely complicated process with a lot of opportunity for error but little room for it.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on Nov. 12, 2013.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Scott Frazier is an exterior designer with Southwest Exteriors, providing windows and doors in San Antonio. Since 1989, Southwest Exteriors has specialized in the installation of custom replacement windows and patio doors. You can follow this #ALExperts contributor on Twitter @TeamSWEx and Google Plus.

As of November 12, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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