One of the main parts of a sliding glass door is the frame, which can be challenging to replace if it breaks or becomes otherwise inoperable. Moisture trapped within the tracks or walls can cause the structure to swell, warping the shape, and shifting out of place.
Knowing what type of replacement the repair will entails should help you budget your expenses. Replacing these parts can cost anywhere between $700 to $2400 on average.
The things to consider when planning your sliding glass door frame replacement are:
- Extent of damage
- Door frame material
- Whether you will perform the repair yourself or through a contractor
Types of Sliding Door Frames and Prices
There are many types of glass door frames, including vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass. Vinyl is the cheapest option for a sliding glass door frame replacement, anywhere from $400-$1200 depending on size. Fiberglass door frames are some of the most expensive to replace, ranging from $1500-$5000.
If you are going to replace the sliding door frame yourself, you will need many tools, supplies, and time to complete the task. If you are thinking about hiring a professional, you may be looking at an additional $500-$1500 in labor costs. This may seem expensive, but it is still cheaper than replacing the entire door, which could cost up to $10,000.
Disposing of the Debris From Your Sliding Glass Door Frame
Another thing to consider is the cost of disposing of the old frame. Depending on the type and size of sliding glass door frame you have, it may not be allowed in regular trash bins. Check with your garbage disposal service to see if this is the case. If so, you will have to dispose of the frame at your local dump. Some dumps may take it for free, while others may charge you a fee.
You will want to ensure that the material used for your sliding glass door frame doesn’t fall under the hazardous waste category before disposing of it. Some common contaminants that get overlooked are plastic, aluminum, oil, and rubber. If you’re worried about dangerous waste, contact your local recycling plant for a list of options.