Patio Door Installation Cost

Installation Cost Range: $850 - $2,500
Avg. Time to Complete: 8 hours for 2 Installers

Usually Includes: Patio Door, Installation Hardware, Supplies and Labor

Patio doors, whether you choose a sliding patio door or hinged french doors, are a perfect way to bring a bit of the outdoors inside and make for a beautiful change to any entrance-way in your home.   Patio Doors are also very useful as a barrier between rooms and increase energy efficiency by preventing drafts.  Much like a ceiling fan, most patio doors can be installed by a handyman or general contractor that is well versed in construction, especially if you need to cut through interior and exterior walls or modify the existing structure. Generally, a patio door can be installed in one full day (8 hours), usually requiring at least 2 installers.

In this installation cost guide, we will help you by providing information on the installation process, tools, skills and other factors that may effect the cost of having a patio door installed. You’ll also understand more about which items are usually included in the cost of installing a patio door.


Items Usually Included in Price Estimate

The following items are usually included in most patio door installation estimates:

  • Cost of the patio door you choose – whether you choose sliding doors or french doors
  • Parts, tools and supplies (including flashing, caulk, cement, wood shims)
  • Labor costs
  • Delivery costs
  • Prep, cleanup and debris removal

In addition to parts and materials above, the cost to install a patio door may also include the use of the following tools, commonly used by the contractor who installs patio doors. If you choose to take on the installation as a DIY project, you would need to have these tools on hand, as well as understand how to use them safely.

  • Typical hand tools (hammer, tape measure, utility knife, screwdrivers,level, pry bar)
  • Drill or driver
  • Miter saw, reciprocating saw & table saw (if construction or wall modification is needed)
  • Nail gun

Factors that Effect Installation Costs

Different factors will effect your total patio door installation cost. Which patio door you purchase, where it will be placed and if your structure will need to be modified.  For example, if you want to install patio doors on the exterior of your home where there is currently a picture window, you will need the services of a general contractor that has ample experience in construction.

Other factors include:

  • Size of the patio door
  • Where the door will be installed
  • Need for exterior work such as siding replacement or paint
  • Current workload on contractor

Save on Installation Costs!

If you would like to save some money on the cost of your patio door installation, there are a few ways you can lower the cost. For the most part, you should have a general contractor or handyman install a patio door for you, but if you choose to do the project on your own, consider these factors to save on the cost.

  • Compare prices and purchase the patio door online.
  • Pickup your door instead of incurring delivery costs.
  • Ask the contractor to let you help him with the project.
  • Complete prep work and debris removal.
  • Install the doors at the same time you have a deck or patio installed.
  • Have the doors put in when you have new siding or windows replaced in the home.

There are a few things that will either raise or lower the cost to install patio doors and your best bet is to contact general contractors for multiple price quotes. Make sure you do your research in advance so you can ask each contractor educated questions as well as inquire about construction skills if needed.

Learn More about Patio Door Installation

To learn more about the process of installing a new patio door, issues that might arise if you make this a DIY project, or the best way to get patio door installation cost estimates from various contractors, view some of the links below.

Masonite – Downloadable .pdf instruction sheets that cover the installation of french doors, sliding doors, and many other interior and exterior door projects.

Hammerzone – Instructions for installing a sliding door in a new opening; complete with instructions and pictures.

Caldwells – Complete instructions on how to replace a hinged patio door including a list of supplies and tools you will need to complete the project.

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