How Much Does It Cost to Install a Security Door?

by Hannah Stephens
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If you find yourself jumping out of your skin at every creak and clatter in your home, you're not alone. According to research by Safewise, more Americans lose sleep worrying about home burglaries than any other crime.

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Fortunately, installing a security door can help you rest easier while keeping your loved ones safe.

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What Is a Home Security Door?

Security doors are stronger and more secure than regular front doors. Manufacturers make these doors from tough materials and often add reinforced frames and locks. This door type makes it harder for intruders to break into your home, protecting your family and belongings. 

However, security doors don't just keep burglars at bay — they're also more weather-resistant than regular models, withstanding fluctuating temperatures and strong winds. Therefore, they could be excellent options for homes in extremely hot, cold or wind-prone locations. 

You can purchase security doors in a range of styles and finishes. Some models feature reinforced glass panels for improved lighting, and premium brands often mimic the appearance of traditional wooden front doors. 

While security door installation costs more than a standard front door replacement, it could help you save money in the long run. Insurers sometimes offer lower premiums for homes with security doors because they help reduce the risk of home invasions and weather damage. 

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How Much Does It Cost to Install a Security Door?

According to Fixr, security doors cost between $525 and $1,200 (CAD 718 and CAD 1,640) on average (excluding installation labor), but you can purchase a small 30" x 80" door for as little as $150 (CAD 205). Meanwhile, a premium bifold security door could cost as much as $6,500 (CAD 8,885). 

Door prices typically depend on the size of the door — the larger the door, the higher the cost. Generally, standard 36-inch by 80-inch security doors cost $400 to $1,000 (CAD 547 to CAD 1367).

The thickness of your door can also impact the price. While thicker doors cost more, extra-thick models can withstand significant force and even gunfire. Expect to pay $250 to $475 (CAD 342 to CAD 649) for a door measuring 30 inches thick and $800 to $1,200 (CAD 1,093 to CAD 1,640) for a 36-inch-thick door. The most secure options typically measure up to 44 inches thick and cost between $1,800 and $2,750 (CAD 2,460 and CAD 3,759) on average.

Material is another factor to consider when choosing a security door. The most common materials used to manufacture security doors include:

  • Fiberglass: $200 to $600 (CAD 273 to CAD 820)
  • Steel: $700 to $1,900 (CAD 957 to CAD 2,597)
  • Wood: $1,000 to $3,000 (CAD 1,367 to CAD 4,101)
  • Iron: $1,050 to $1,400 (CAD 1,435 to CAD 1,914)
  • Composite: $1,375 to $2,000 (CAD 1,879 to CAD 2,734)

Don't forget to factor the cost of a lock into your budget. Most homeowners spend $25 to $550 (CAD 34 to CAD 752) on safety locks. Simple knob locks are the cheapest option at $25 to $55 (CAD 34 to CAD 75) but provide similar security to a regular exterior door lock. Deadbolts cost $40 to $75 (CAD 55 to CAD 103), while keyless locks with combination code pads cost $150 to $300 (CAD 205 to CAD 410). 

Adding remote or biometric locks further increases your home's security. You can purchase smart locks for $160 to $325 (CAD 219 to CAD 444), while fingerprint locks cost between $250 and $425 (CAD 342 and CAD 581).

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How Much Does Security Door Installation Labor Cost?

Security door installers typically charge between $200 and $350 (CAD 273 and CAD 478) for door replacement or installation, not including the cost of the door itself. Prices depend on the cost of living in your area, and you could pay more if you need your installer to alter your doorway to accommodate your new security door. 

Installation prices don't typically include the cost of disposing of your existing door. Most contractors charge an extra $30 to $50 (CAD 41 to CAD 68) for this service. 

All CAD conversions are based on the exchange rate on the date of publication.

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