In 2018, Canadians are using their savings to pay for their home improvements projects, and door replacement has made the list. Up by 6% since 2017, replacing doors has an edge even over kitchen renovations. Weak installations, years of hard use, unstable foundations and seasonal changes can put a huge strain on hinged doors and sliding patio ones. As a result, they become wobbly in their frames, fail to fit or close properly and even cause drafts inside the home. Some of them might even be improperly installed to begin with which in the context of Canada’s highly temperamental weather is a recipe for disaster.

However, door replacement is seemingly a big undertaking and many Canadians rather postpone this renovation project or do not invest enough in it, and wrongly so. According to a TrustedPros report, the national budget for windows and doors replacement is estimated at around $8,522, while a more realistic number can go over $10,000. Certainly these are ballpark figures which can vary a lot depending on the number of doors replaced, the materials used and the tariffs of expert services. Costs also vary highly from one area of Canada to another.

There are a couple of best practice tips that every homeowner should know before jumping into a door replacement project. When putting together the budget for this, it’s important to get multiple quotes from both the big players in the industry and as well smaller companies. Probably the best way to go about this is to lay down an estimate of the maximum amount to be spent and see which option comes close to that. In line with this, it’s essential to be realistic about expenses and take everything into account, including possible things that could go wrong and unexpected costs. A very helpful rule of thumb here is to allow a 20 to 40% buffer in the budget which will cover any issues that might arise.

Equally imperative is to decide on needs, preferences and ultimate goals. The most important questions to ask should relate to the number of doors that need replacing, the type of finish and features desired, the installation process and even the after-care requirements. Each of these aspects are highly individual depending on a series of aspects and needs. By making these decisions prior to kicking off the project, the budget will be more close to reality. It might also be a good idea to consider saving up for such a renovation, rather than doing it on the spur of the moment. If a homeowner can wait for another 6 months or a year to increase their budget by a couple thousand dollars, the whole project might benefit from better quality and the financial pressure will be easier to handle.