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is this price reasonable? new composite door

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StillRunningWithScissors Tue 10-Nov-15 19:08:03


Just had a small, family run company come round to measure up etc. for a new front door.

The door is a composite door, with wood (not foam) core.

The price, including installation, handles, hinges, mail slot is coming out at just upwards of £3700. This is with a sale and an additional discount applied.

Is this the going rate? They've come highly recommended on a local Facebook group by many people. In the southeast of England if that makes any difference.

Thank you.

wowfudge Tue 10-Nov-15 19:11:26

Bloody hell! That's four times as much as we paid for a Rock Door from their top spec range a couple of years ago.

Tarrarra Tue 10-Nov-15 19:15:05

Sounds pricey to me, but I don't know what work would be involved fitting the door. Would they have to extend or alter the opening? I was looking at composite doors recently, and they were coming in at around £1500 fitted. I have to admit, I don't know what the inside of them was made of though! Have a look at

HoggleHoggle Tue 10-Nov-15 19:31:31

Really expensive. Mine was more like £1500 and is from a regional, although big and successful, company who aren't known for being cheap (said the salesman multiple times as he bored me to death)

TheHelpfulHiker Tue 10-Nov-15 19:34:36

We got a new composite door this summer and it cost us £1000. We did get it from safe style but they did a good job.

StillRunningWithScissors Tue 10-Nov-15 19:35:11

Right, so ilk not mad for thinking 'bloody hell!'

When he was here he scribbled down a quick number (about £1,900), but said, ' you won't be paying that!'. I presumed he meant, with the discounts it would be less.

Wondering if he added three doors together (he was quoting using three different designs as options).

Thanks for the link Tarrarra, will have a look now.

Oh, no alteration to the fitting or opening, just refacing it he said.

Turquoisetamborine Tue 10-Nov-15 19:38:22

Fuck me! Ours was £400 but I've no idea what the middle of it is made of and we are in the North East.

StillRunningWithScissors Tue 10-Nov-15 19:40:13

Hmmm, fairly confident that the invoice is in fact showing the cost for three doers and not one.

Thank you for all of your feedback, as it made me think to check the invoice again, will email them back to confirm.

PigletJohn Tue 10-Nov-15 20:01:51

mention that you are thinking of buying five good-quality solid hardwood doors and frames instead, as they will be more beautiful and last longer.

SwedishEdith Tue 10-Nov-15 20:03:08

How much would you expect to pay for hardwood door and frame? We were quoted £2,600 shock

TeamBacon Tue 10-Nov-15 20:05:14

Our composite door and a single window cost about £1200 3 years ago. It does sound like it's 3 to 4 x the going rate..

PigletJohn Tue 10-Nov-15 20:55:29


Mine came from a well known joinery company who also sells kitchens, I have a trade account, they might not sell retail but you may be able to view them. Just had a look, they are mostly £350-£550 list plus VAT, fitting, and installers margin, though installers get discount based on business spend. Stock clearance starts at £49.95.

Hardwood frames are about £230, and stained softwood £73

A local carpenter or joiner might charge about £330 for a day and will fit it faster and better than a DIYer or general builder.

Have a look at Premdor though I only know their panelled internal doors. They do veneered, composite and moulded doors and I think display public prices (though a local supplier may undercut).

Specialist door installation companies, like window and kitchen companies, charge whatever they think they can get away with.

HoggleHoggle Tue 10-Nov-15 20:59:27

I am guffawing a little that the salesman has quoted you one door for the price of three. He's either the best salesman ever, or the worst.

SwedishEdith Tue 10-Nov-15 21:00:09

Thanks Piglet

This was a joiner who quoted. We do want a 1930s style door so not sure if that upped the quote a lot. Will have a look at you recommendations - thanks

StillRunningWithScissors Wed 11-Nov-15 23:02:44

Hoggle, I can't decide which one of the two :-) I like to believe it was an oversight, and the system he's using automatically added it up.

I have to say though, that error very nearly cost the company even a consideration of a sale.

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