uPVC Doors Fitted: How Much Are uPVC Doors?

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uPVC doors are durable, low-maintenance, and provide good insulation

You can buy a uPVC door at prices starting from £300

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uPVC doors are very popular in the UK – and with good reason. Not only are they hard-wearing and resistant to adverse weather conditions (as well as the occasional door slam), but they’re extremely easy to maintain, only requiring a quick wash every now and then to keep them looking good as new.

This article will cover everything you need to know before welcoming your prestine uPVC door to your home. If you want to skip the reading, you can get in contact with our suppliers, who will provide quotes for your to compare.

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uPVC doors prices

With all the benefits that uPVC doors have, you’d expect them to be expensive – but they’re not! In fact, uPVC doors are the best value for money when compared to the likes of wooden, aluminium and composite doors.

So how much do different types of uPVC doors actually cost? We’ve provided a detailed breakdown of the price of the most common uPVC doors, from essential front doors to contemporary bifold doors that help to bring the outside in.

uPVC front and back door prices

uPVC front and back doors tend to be quite similar in appearance and price, except that uPVC front doors often only have a small amount of glass (or none at all). uPVC back doors, on the other hand, tend to be either half-glazed or fully glazed (i.e. half the door is glass or the whole door is glass).

Most companies quote anywhere between £300 and £800 for a uPVC front or back door, excluding installation. The table below gives you an idea of how much standard sized (90cm x 210cm) uPVC front and back doors cost, depending on the amount of glass they have.

Location
Amount of glass
Estimated price
Front
None
£456
Front
2 small rectangular panes
£456
Back
Half-glazed
£504
Back
Fully-glazed
£426

Prices sourced from Just Value Doors

uPVC stable door prices

Stable doors are split into a top and bottom half. The lower section of a stable door is usually solid – the top section may be solid too, but can also be fully glazed or partly glazed, with one or more small windows.

Stable doors add a period charm to your home – there’s a definite country cottage feel about them. They’re often used as a back or side door, but can be used as a front door on more traditional properties.

Prices for uPVC stable doors tend to range from £700 to more than £1,000. This table provides you with the estimated cost of a stable door (excluding installation), based on the amount of glass it has. All prices are for a standard sized 90cm x 210cm stable door.

Amount of glass
Estimated price
None
£742
Partly-glazed top half
£796
Fully-glazed top half
£724

Prices sourced from Just Value Doors

uPVC patio door prices

Patio doors are typically made from two separate panels of glass within uPVC frames, one of which slides in front of the other to open and close the door.

You can get bigger patio doors made up of three or four panels of glass, which have 2 sliding panels. You can even get patio doors which slide away into purpose-built spaces within the wall so that they effectively ‘disappear’ when opened.

The price of uPVC patio doors can be found in the table below, based on their size and number of glass panels. They typically cost from £800 to over £2,000. Prices exclude installation fees.

Size
Number of glass panels
Estimated price
150cm x 210cm
2
£1023
350cm x 210cm
3
£1568

Prices sourced from Just Value Doors

uPVC french door prices

French doors are often made up of two panels of glass within a uPVC frame, and open outwards, rather than sliding like patio doors.

French doors offer the same benefits as patio doors in terms of light, fresh air and views – plus many homeowners feel there is a particular elegance about them.

uPVC French doors cost around £950 to £1,500, depending on their size. For an estimate of how much uPVC French doors will cost you (excluding installation costs), we’ve put together the table below.

Size
Estimated price (per door)
120cm x 210cm
£642
150cm x 210cm
£678
180cm x 210cm
£714
200cm x 210cm
£739

Prices sourced from Just Value Doors

uPVC bifold door prices

Bifold doors are rather like patio doors, but instead of one panel of glass sliding in front of the other, they fold up like a concertina to a width of just a few inches. This creates a bigger opening than patio doors.

Some bifold doors have all of the glass panels opening the same way from one end, while others open both ways from the middle. You can also include what’s known as a traffic door within your bifold doors. This is an ordinary hinged door that allows you to get in and out without having to open up the whole bifold door.

Prices for uPVC bifold doors start from about £1,500 and increase to over £4,000 (excluding installation fees). How much you’ll pay will depend on the size of your uPVC bifold door and how many panels of glass it’s made up of. The table below gives you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for uPVC bifold doors.

Size
Number of glass panels
Estimated price
120cm x 210cm
2
£1,434
150cm x 210cm
2
£1,482
180cm x 210cm
3
£1788
250cm x 210cm
3
£1872
300cm x 210cm
4
£2328

Prices sourced from Just Value Doors


What can affect the price of uPVC doors?

Aside from the obvious, like the size of your uPVC door and the amount of glass it has, there are a number of other factors that can affect its price. Check out the main things to consider below:

Colour

uPVC typically comes in white, but you can choose from a range of other colours. You can also opt for a variety of textural woodgrain finishes, which will make your doors look and feel more like timber. It’s often possible to choose one colour or finish on the outside of your door, and a different colour or finish on the inside.

As a rough guide, colours and finishes can add around 10% to 20% onto the price of your uPVC door. This may not sound like much, but it can work out at hundreds of pounds. For example, having a woodgrain finish on a £1,000 patio door can add up to £200 (20%) to its overall cost.

Glass

You can opt for ordinary clear glass on your uPVC door, but there are a variety of other glass options to choose from. The most common styles of glass on doors are:

Bars: thin glazing bars can be added to your door’s glass in geometric shapes (often rectangles or diamonds), to divide it up into smaller panes. This will give your uPVC door a more traditional look, so it’s great for period properties.

Bevelled: bevelled glass has a series of angular cuts made into it to create ornate patterns and designs. When sunlight hits the bevels, it creates a rainbow of colours within your home.

Etched: etched glass has artwork carved into it – such as lettering or patterns – using acidic or abrasive substances. This type of glass is often used on uPVC front doors to create a more grand entrance to your home.

Obscure: this type of glass has a textured surface that allows plenty of light in, but blurs the view from the outside, meaning people can’t see much through it. This allows plenty of privacy, making it ideal for a front or back uPVC door.

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Clear glass is typically the cheapest option, while more ornate types of glass such as etched and bevelled will cost you a lot more. This is because of the craftsmanship involved in creating the unique patterns and designs on the glass.

Features

You can choose from different shaped and coloured door handles, knockers, letterboxes, and thresholds (the sill at the bottom of your uPVC door, if you were wondering). You can also add a spyhole or an extra lock for security, or move the position of the letterbox – the choice is completely yours.

Stainless steel, silver, gold, chrome, brass, white, and black are the colours you’ll usually be choosing from for these features. Most of these are not likely to be expensive in the context of the overall cost of the uPVC door. The table below gives you an idea of how much it costs to add different features to your uPVC door.

Door feature
Estimated price
Handle
£15 to £70
Knocker
£15 to £50
Letterbox
£25 to £70

Efficiency

All uPVC doors are given an energy efficiency rating by the BFRC. This measures how well a uPVC door prevents heat escaping from your home. Energy ratings range from A++ (most efficient) to E (least efficient), and are colour-coded using a rainbow label.

The higher a uPVC door’s energy efficiency rating, the more you’ll save on your energy bills, but the more you’ll have to pay. However, we’d recommend choosing a uPVC door with a rating of B or above so you can really experience its benefits.

Remember: the fact that these measures will add to the price of your uPVC door doesn’t mean they’re not worth the investment – it’s just something you should be aware of. After all, if you’re going to have your door for 25 years or more, it’s surely worth investing in a door that you really like, and one that’s energy efficient and secure – especially since both these things can save you money in the long-term.


Cheap uPVC doors

We don’t recommend buying cheap uPVC doors. Low prices are often a sign of poor quality, so there’s no point saving a small amount of money to install a door that won’t last or deliver the benefits you’d expect it to – such as keeping your home warm, dry and secure.

If you are on a budget, however, there are some ways you can save a few pennies without compromising on quality.

1. Get a quote from more than one installer. Ideally get at least three quotes, from both local installers and bigger firms like Safestyle or Everest. A simple way you can do this is by filling out this short form, and our local suppliers will be in touch with you shortly.

2. Look out for flash sales. Some companies have limited-time discounts on their range of uPVC doors throughout the year (often when trading is slow). It’s difficult to know when these sales will begin and end, but signing up to a company’s mailing list is a great way to keep up-to-date with their offers.

3. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. Some salespeople will quote you a high price for your uPVC doors just to see if you’ll take it – after all, they’re driven by profit. Be confident and barter with them, and you might find that they knock hundreds (or even thousands) of pounds off the total cost.

4. Replace several doors at once. Obviously this only applies if they actually need doing! But if they do, it’s cheaper to get several uPVC doors installed at once rather than just one or two (and you could even get your windows replaced at the same time).


uPVC door installation cost

Installing a new uPVC door will typically set you back anywhere between £150 and £400 for a straightforward fitting (e.g. replacing an existing door with a new uPVC door of the same size). For more complicated installations, you’ll often be charged more. For example, if you’re converting an existing window into a door, or you’re creating an entirely new opening in your wall for a door, you’ll find that installation could cost up to £1,000 as structural building work will need to be carried out.

Finding an installer

It’s very important to use an installer who is FENSA or CERTASS-registered. FENSA and CERTASS make sure that the person who installs your new uPVC doors has the appropriate qualifications to do so, meaning you’re protected from cowboy workmen. After all, you don’t want your new doors to be hanging off their hinges within a few weeks.

Can you fit your own uPVC doors?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is that it will almost certainly turn out to be more trouble than it’s worth.

Unless you can be confident that you’ll be able to fit the new door properly, we would strongly advise getting the professionals in. If the door isn’t fitted properly, it won’t be airtight, which will mean it’s neither energy efficient nor secure – and it may well not even be safe.

Using an accredited installer doesn’t just save you time, effort and stress – but also money. Their work always comes with a guarantee (often 5 to 10 years) that protects you from having to pay to fix any issues with the door, whereas yours doesn’t. So if your workmanship turns out to be faulty a few years down the line, the hassle and expense of putting it right is all yours (which could cost hundreds of pounds).

Remember: if you live in a period property or in a conservation area, there might be strict building regulations that prevent you from changing the external appearance of your home. This might mean that you won’t receive planning permission to install new uPVC doors if your home currently has wooden doors.


Pros and cons of uPVC doors

Pros:

  • Best value for money
  • Hard-wearing
  • Resistant to adverse weather conditions
  • Extremely easy to maintain

X Cons:

  • Not as aesthetically pleasing as some door types

Next steps

Ready for the next step? Now you’ve got the low-down on uPVC doors, it’s time to choose which one you’d like for your home.

Once you’ve made your decision, it’s best to compare quotes before jumping at the first opportunity. That’s where we come in – all you have to do is answer some simple questions to get personalised quotes and our installers will be with your shortly!

Fran Whittaker-Wood Editor

Fran is The Eco Experts’ resident solar panel and double glazing oracle She loves orangutans and is passionate about protecting the planet’s rainforests from the unsustainable production of palm oil. And minstrels.