Cost to Install a Security Storm Door

A carpenter charges $404 to install a security storm door or do it yourself for $325 and save 20 percent. Adjust the home improvement and repair cost with your ZIP Code.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost Click to Adjust Cost to Your ZIP Code.
Hours Pro 1.4 Diy 4.5 Money Pro $404 Diy $325

Cost to Install a Security Storm Door

Cost to Install a Security Storm Door

A carpenter charges $404 to install a security storm door or do it yourself for $325 and save 20 percent. Adjust the home improvement and repair cost with your ZIP Code.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 1.4 Diy 4.5
Money Pro $404 Diy $325
Click to Adjust Cost to Your ZIP Code.
By Gene and Katie Hamilton

You can expect a lot more out of a combination storm and screen door today than protection from the weather. A new breed of storm doors made with a heavy-duty frame, decorative grill and deadbolt lock offers added security. These features help deter intruders and the replacement screen and panel glass create a strong barrier that keeps bugs and nasty weather outside.

A carpenter charges $404 to install a good quality, 36-inch-wide security storm door, which includes the labor and material, but, in a few hours, you can buy the door for $325 and install it yourself, saving 20 percent. You can install the new storm door in about four hours and it will cost you more time and money if there's carpentry work needed to repair or paint the doorjamb. These doors are sold at home centers in standard sizes ranging from 30- to 36-inch widths; a custom size will cost more.

To see the types of security doors go to Larson Security Storm Doors.

To install a security door, you'll need basic carpentry tools: measuring tape, hacksaw, pliers, screwdriver, chisel and an electric drill. Before shopping, carefully measure the door opening. Measure the width of the opening, jamb to jamb, and the height of the door from the head jamb to the threshold. The frame for the door can be installed for a left- or right-hand swing.

If you’re replacing an old storm door with a new security storm door, consider painting the door jamb and trim around it. You’ll get the best looking results (without drip marks) if you schedule the painting after you’ve removed the old door and before installing the new one.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to install a security storm door with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2017

The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors' experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.


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