The following factors play a significant role in determining the cost of an aluminium door; knowing them will help you be more aware of what to consider:
- Strata or Thermtek – most designs are available in either Strata or Thermtek. Thermtek is the more expensive option but it provides better thermal insulation, is a superior noise barrier and it reduces condensation on your door.
- Style – affects the base price due to the amount of material required, how much time needs to be put into making it or if it has glass.
- Glass – the base price of glazed aluminium doors includes clear double glazing, if you choose any other type of glass, there will be an additional charge.
- Size – larger doors are more expensive. The base price of aluminium doors is for door sizes up to 2150×860, any larger and additional charges apply.
- Colour – The base price includes a standard powder-coat finish but not all colours are considered standard, some colours come with a surcharge. It is possible to have Thermtek doors in dual colours, but this comes at an extra cost.
Other things to consider when buying a door that will increase the cost as well:
- Your door will need to be secured with a lock and handle. You can choose from many options, such as grip-sets, lever handles, pull handles, and digital locks. Many of these options can be combined into a simple lockset which can save cost as well.
- Machining for lock, you can either request this to be done while the door is being made or have it completed on site. For aluminium doors it is generally recommended that machining is completed during manufacture.
- You may decide that your door needs other hardware. For example, an eye viewer, false hinges or maybe a cat flap. These options may require further machining before they can be installed.
- Installing the door – unless you are confident in your ability to install the door yourself, you should add installation to your budget.
- Additional warranty – The basic warranty on a door only covers the replacement of the door as it was originally ordered (i.e. if you had the door machined for hardware this is covered in the basic warranty). However, Parkwood offers a separate warranty called ‘Warranty Plus’ which includes the finishing and fitting of the door up to $500 at a small additional cost.