How Much Does It Cost to Install or Replace a Screen Door?
$100 - $1,500
$100 - $1,500
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated October 5, 2022Reviewed by Andy Kilborn, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.
Including the cost of the door and the installation process, screen door installation cost typically ranges from $100 to $1,500. You’ll pay about $300 on average for a standard door.
Installation can take 30 minutes to two hours—professional labor runs from $50 to $100 per hour. If the installer must remove and dispose of an old screen door, it could add another $25 to $125 to the total installation cost. "When considering a screen door to install yourself, check reviews on how the install went for others,” says Andy Kilborn, Angi Expert Review Board member and owner of Andy's Handyman Service in Des Moines, IA. “Some designs are a quick and easy install, while others are much more complex."
The cost to replace a screen door varies based on the size of the door and the materials used in its construction. You can get a simple, standard-sized screen door for just $50, while higher-end models can cost $500 or more. Specialty screen doors, such as garage screen doors, could reach $1,300. Installation and labor may add another $50 to $200 to the cost.
|Screen Door Type||Cost|
|Exterior||$150 – $500|
|Garage||$400 – $1,500|
An exterior screen door with a basic hinged design could cost as little as $50 before installation but a cost of $150 to $500 is more common with installation included. Some of these exterior doors will serve as storm doors by adding a glass panel to the screen door. This is the most common type of screen door.
With the hinged exterior door, the cost of a screen door installation alone usually will be $50 to $100, as this is one of the easier styles of doors to install. A local professional door installer can often complete the job in less than an hour.
A sliding screen door for the patio can cost $150 to $600 including installation. A non-standard-sized patio door requires a custom order and installation, increasing your price. If you need a sliding patio door installation with the glass doors and the screen door, overall project costs can reach $900 to $5,000.
Installation of the patio sliding screen door alone should be $50 to $100. If you only want to replace the mesh screen in the patio door, the cost may range from $10 to $150 for installation and materials. The screen size and the material you choose may affect this range.
The garage door screen fits in the opening of the garage door. They often have a pass-through door in the middle. These garage screen doors cost $400 to $1,500 for the door and installation. Labor accounts for $50 to $200 of that cost. If the screen has a motor, installation costs could reach more than $200.
Your cost to replace a screen door will depend, in part, on the material used in the door frame. Aluminum is the least expensive, but some people prefer the warmth of a more expensive wood design.
A metal frame screen door consists of aluminum or steel. An exterior metal frame screen door with aluminum may cost $100 to $350, including installation. Heavier steel security doors can cost $250 to $1,500.
Metal-framed doors should never need painting, but they could rust in the future. Aluminum screen doors are also lightweight and easy to install.
Expect to pay $150 to $500 for an exterior wood frame screen door and installation. Wood-framed doors are classic and timeless, but they’re also thicker and heavier than aluminum. The extra weight can lengthen the time needed for installation.
You may pay $100 to $400 to install a vinyl frame screen door. The installation process is similar to an aluminum frame screen door. A vinyl frame door resists corrosion, making it a good choice for porches. Opt for a faux wood grain finish if you want the look of wood but the durability of vinyl.
The mesh used in the screen may also affect the actual screen door cost. Consider the material and the weave patterns when choosing your mesh. If you want a tight weave with smaller openings, expect to pay 10% to 20% more than for mesh with a standard weave.
Fiberglass mesh is the least expensive type of screen door mesh at about $0.20 to $0.35 per square foot. Given its flexibility, installation can go quickly. However, it is not as durable as some other mesh materials.
Aluminum screen door mesh costs about $0.30 to $0.50 per square foot. It is one of the most durable materials used for mesh. Aluminum mesh can stand up to everyday bumps and collisions without showing damage.
A bronze- or brass-colored screen door mesh typically consists of 90% copper and 10% zinc. It is extremely strong and durable, giving you a long-lasting mesh. It also has a luxury look and feel. These features come at a premium, usually between $1 and $2 per square foot.
A mid-range option, solar mesh costs $0.50 to $1 per square foot. This screen blocks up to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare without limiting your visibility.
Expect to pay $0.30 to $1 per square foot for a sliding fly screen, depending on the weave size you need to block native insects. Smaller weaves will have a higher cost per square foot.
A fly screen mesh, or an insect screen mesh, will use a tight weave to keep tiny flying insects from penetrating the mesh. This typically is a fiberglass mesh, which helps to keep the cost reasonable.
Security screen doors are designed to prevent tampering and break-ins, while storm screen doors are designed to stand up to harsh weather events. The door itself runs $200 to $1,300. Because this is a heavier door, budget another $50 to $200 for installation.
A storm screen door typically costs $100 to $400. It includes a pane of glass that goes over the top of the mesh screen for added weather protection. Hiring a local storm door installer may cost another $50 to $100 for a roughly 60-minute job.
A security screen door frame uses steel, which is sturdier than typical storm screen door frames made from aluminum, vinyl, or wood. A security screen door may also use a puncture-resistant mesh. These features drive up the cost of the security screen door versus the storm screen door. Decorative steel bars will run vertically and horizontally across the front of the security screen door, making it impossible for someone to push through the screen and enter the home.
A retractable screen door allows you to install a screen mesh into any opening. Installing a retractable screen door is a good choice in areas that have non-traditional opening sizes or where installing a traditional screen door will not work.
To screen off French door openings, you’ll need a walkthrough retractable French screen door. This type of retractable screen door can cost $150 to $500 for the door. Installation can cost $50 to $75 if you hire a professional to hang a frame inside the French doors that holds the screen mesh.
A garage screen door costs $400 to $1,300, plus $50 to $200 for installation. Some retractable garage screen doors have a motor to roll up the screen, which may further drive the installation cost. Screen doors for a larger-than-average garage opening will cost more as well.
A retractable garage screen door will fit the length and height of the entire garage. This is different from the cost of installing a garage door. A garage screen door simply fits in the space when the traditional garage door is open.
The cost to replace an existing screen door can involve a few specific items beyond the cost of the new door.
Having a professional remove an existing screen door can take up to an hour, costing $25 to $75. Some installers may charge another $25 to $50 to dispose of the old screen door. Finally, installing the new door will take 30 minutes to two hours with an average cost of $50 to $200.
For those looking to repair an existing screen door, the cost should be far less than purchasing a new door. You may be able to perform the rescreening yourself, or you may need to hire a professional.
|Screen Door Repair||Cost, Including Labor|
|Rescreening a Door||$30 – $75|
|Patching||$2 – $15|
|New Frame||$50 – $150|
Rescreening an existing screen door can cost $5 to $25 for about 20 square feet of mesh for a standard-sized door. However, you may need to purchase an entire roll of mesh, which may be more than you actually need. Fiberglass and aluminum mesh are more affordable options than copper.
If you must hire a professional, expect to pay $25 to $75 for the rescreening.
You can patch a small hole in a screen with repair tape or a patch. A roll of mesh repair tape will cost $5 to $15, but it can repair numerous holes. A patch for one hole will cost $2 to $7.
If your screen door frame has damage, it may cost $50 to $150 for the labor and materials. You’ll need to budget more than this range for significant damage. If the door is quite old, you may receive a better value by purchasing a new screen door.
Installing a screen door on your own is possible for handy homeowners. Without some general skills, you might find it difficult to line up the screen door into the existing frame without some general skills. Improper installation will make latching and closing the door near impossible. If the latch is not engaging every time, a gust of wind could rip the loose door off the hinges.
If you spend a few hundred dollars or more on a screen door, consider allocating another $50 to $150 for professional installation.
For a standard screen door with no complications, most contractors can do the job in less than an hour. However, the contractor may charge you for a minimum of one hour of work. Make sure you clarify how the charges will work before the job starts.
Typically, a screen door installation cost is less than $150. However, if the door frame is rotted or needs other repairs before installation can begin, your project cost could exceed $150, depending on the complexity.
When hiring a pro to install both doors, you can potentially save some money on installation. The installer will have all of the necessary tools in place, so the labor costs of installing two doors at once should be less than installing a screen door now and an interior door later.