How Much Does It Cost to Rescreen or Repair a Pool Enclosure?

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$285 - $1,509

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Updated September 22, 2022

Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

The average pool screen repair cost is $897 for materials and labor, but depending on the scope of the problem, the typical repair price might range between $285 and $1,509. Simple projects might only cost $5 to $15 per square foot in materials plus $35 per hour in labor. At the same time, more complex pool screen repair could involve fixing structural damage, repairing rotted wood, or replacing broken doors—at a much higher price.

Often, it makes more sense to rescreen an entire pool enclosure than to fix individual screen issues. If you are completely rescreening your pool enclosure, expect to spend around $8 per square foot. For a 600-square-foot enclosure, that’s about $4,800.

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National Average $897
Typical Range $285 - $1,509
Low End - High End $80 - $2,700

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 748 HomeAdvisor members.

Pool Screen Enclosure Repair Costs

Labor for pool screen repair costs $35 an hour for basic screen repair or up to $50 an hour for more complicated glass panel repairs. Many local screen repair contractors have a minimum labor fee for a visit, usually between $100 and $200.

Materials for this work can also vary by price:

  • Screen panels cost $5–$15 per square foot.

  • Glass panels cost $45–$65 per square foot.

Aside from individual screen or glass panel repairs, you might need to pay for other pool enclosure maintenance costs. These include a complete rescreening, repairing rotten wood fascia, and repairing structural damage to doors or the sealant around junctions of the enclosure.

Total Cost of Pool Enclosure Repairs
Types of RepairCost of Materials and Labor
Complete rescreening$7 – $9 per sq. ft.
Repairing rotten wood$9 – $28 per sq. ft.
Repairing structural damage$10 per sq. ft. + $35/hr in labor

Minor Screen Repair Prices

The main component of minor pool screen repair is labor. You’ll spend $35 per hour in labor for basic screen and sealant repairs, plus the low cost of the actual screen material.

However, because pros need to take down screens to replace small parts, it’s often more affordable to do a complete rescreening rather than pay for a local pool enclosure contractor to focus on minor repairs to sealants and fasteners.

When replacing individual panels, the price per panel is higher than an entire screen roll. It's best to perform minor repairs during a full screen replacement to save on labor costs and materials.

Fascia and Soffit Repair Prices

Replacing or repairing rotten fascias or soffits costs between $6 to $20 per linear foot for labor alone. Depending on the type of wood of the enclosure, expect to spend between $9 and $28 per square foot altogether. Prices may also vary depending on your geographic location.

Problems with fascia and soffit materials are common for pool enclosures positioned against the roof or side of a home. The buttress prevents water from draining properly off the roof, causing mold, mildew, and dry rot. Damage from squirrels, birds, snakes, and other pests also poses a risk to these structures because the animals can gnaw holes through screen materials or wood.

Have repairs made right away to avoid frequent replacement costs. If pests are to blame, you may need to budget for bird, snake, or squirrel removal costs. Work with a local animal removal service to find a humane way of relocating the animals.

Pool Door Replacement

The cost to install a door can vary considerably depending on the type of door. For an enclosed pool, you can usually just install a screen door. Screen door prices range between $100 and $1,500, but most homeowners will spend no more than $300 on their new pool door.

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Average Cost to Rescreen a Pool Enclosure

Complete rescreening of a pool enclosure costs about $7 to $9 per square foot of the pool enclosure itself, including labor and materials. The total cost to rescreen a 600-square-foot pool runs between $4,200 and $5,400, or $4,800 on average.

Pool Rescreening Costs for a 600-Square-Foot Pool Enclosure
Labor$1,000
Prefabricated Materials$3,000 - $4,000
Additional Parts & Tools$100
Total Estimated Cost$4,200 – $5,400

Screen enclosures are a great way to enjoy insect-free swimming at an economical outdoor living space cost when compared to glass structures that demand higher material and labor costs.

The size of the enclosure has the largest impact on the cost to rescreen. The table below estimates prices for various pool enclosure sizes:

Pool Screen Repair Cost by Size of Enclosure
Pool Enclosure Size (in Square Feet) Typical Rescreening Cost Range
150 $1,050 – $1,350
300 $2,100– $2,700
450 $3,150 – $4,050
600 $4,200 – $5,400
750 $5,250 – $6,750
900 $6,300 – $8,100
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Cost to Replace a Glass Pool Enclosure

Glass pool enclosures are installed as separate panels, which cost between $45 and $65 per square foot. Labor costs to replace sections cost around $50 per hour. Glass is expensive but more durable and long-lasting than screens.

Pool Cage Painting Cost

Pool cages are made from aluminum, making painting and repainting them affordable. The average labor cost of aluminum painting is $1.50 to $2.50 per square foot, with an extra cost of about $46 per gallon for paint

Breaking up the price per gallon into square footage, paint materials average $0.20 per square foot. In the long run, painting a pool cage saves nearly half the price of replacing it entirely. This also helps prevent costly repairs down the line.

A pool cage is another name for the structure or frame of the screen or glass enclosure. For screen models, you may incur additional costs to remove and reattach the screens during painting. Laborers tape the edges for those outfitted with glass to prevent smudging or staining.

Other Common Repairs

Pool enclosures may experience other kinds of damage, each of which can warrant repairs. Find a few screen repair services near you to get quotes before moving forward, should you encounter any of the following issues:

  • Corrosion from Animal Waste: Waste from ducks and other birds sitting on screens may cause corrosion over time.

  • Natural Disasters: Storms, hurricanes, and hail can damage the entire pool structure or may cause minor issues like holes, dents, and broken doors.

  • Mold and Mildew Growth: Mold on fixtures and casings may cause corrosion on metal parts and damage to wood fascia, which could lead to steep sunrooms or patio enclosures repair costs.

  • Moisture: Salty air for homeowners who live near the ocean may cause the metal screening, junctions, and fasteners to corrode.

  • Sun damage: Enclosures in extreme climates may degrade from the sun, warping, dry rot, and faded paint.

  • Accidents: People and pets may cause damage through everyday use. Ask your contractor about pest- and claw-resistance screening.

Each issue warrants a different response regarding repairing parts or a full replacement. The good news is that any of the above issues are manageable with experienced service and flexible rates.

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Pool Screen Repair Cost Factors

Other factors can affect the overall cost of rescreening a pool enclosure, including whether it’s free-standing or attached and how tall it is.

Free-Standing vs. Attached

Free-standing pool enclosures may have more screen or glass panels to repair than an enclosure that shares one wall with your home. If the surface area of each side and the roof are roughly the same, you can expect costs to be 20% lower for an attached pool enclosure.

Roof Style

More complicated roof styles can make the repair work more complicated and thus raise labor costs by as much as 10% to 20%. If your pool enclosure has a mansard, gable, segmented, lean-to, or hipped roof, anticipate higher labor costs.

Height

The taller your pool enclosure, the more surface area there is to work with. That will increase the cost of a complete rescreening. Even if you are only hiring a swimming pool contractor to repair select sections of pool screen or glass panels, you can expect higher labor costs for repairs higher off the ground because of the added risk and special care required.

Pool Screen Updates

When installing or rescreening an enclosure, additional updates are needed to enhance the pool's overall experience. These may come with added costs, both at installation and for maintenance:

  • Solar or Privacy Screens: These can boost the amount of time homeowners can enjoy the pool.

  • Higher-Quality Materials: Upgrades to better screen materials with sturdier weaves are more effective at preventing insects from getting into the pool area.

  • Stronger Hardware: Homeowners can upgrade to sturdier doors and aesthetically pleasing hardware when installing a new enclosure.

  • Childproofing: Adding childproof safety locks or other pool safety products enhances the security of the pool.

  • Fresh Paint: Property owners looking for a change in scenery can update the color of the enclosure with paint that can handle exposure to the chlorine and other chemicals used to treat the pool's water.

  • Other Safety Measures: Adding extra tie-downs to pool covers, screens, and doors helps to protect the pool during severe weather such as hurricanes.

  • Heater Installation: The cost to Install a swimming pool heater runs between $1,775 and $4,025. It's a great investment for early morning swims or a dip on a chilly night.

DIY Pool Screen Repair vs. Hiring a Pro

Rescreening or repairing a pool enclosure is no easy task. Those looking for a DIY alternative should research pool screen enclosure kits that average about $5 per square foot. Kits are also available in different materials, such as aluminum or glass, which cost $20 per square foot or more.

Aside from that, it’s best to leave repairs and replacements for pool enclosures to window professionals with years of experience. Their skills ensure that both time and money are well spent, especially when it comes to remodeling a swimming pool or creating an attractive structure.

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FAQs

How much does patio screen repair cost?

Patio screen repair costs depend on the type of materials used during installation. On average, most homeowners spend $5 per square foot on their patio installations. However, many selections, such as fiberglass, polyester, noseeum, and aluminum are inexpensive, at about $0.20 to $0.50 per square foot. Average labor costs for rescreening a patio land between $2 and $3 per square foot.

When do I need rescreening vs. pool screen repair?

An individual screen repair makes sense when someone accidentally tore the fabric of a single screen or a certain section has mold or mildew. If a large number of your screens need repair, however, it could make sense to completely rescreen the enclosure all at once.

What is a pool lanai and how much is it?

A pool lanai is similar to a pool enclosure, except it’s considered an extension of a house. They sit under an existing truss roof rather than a separate shelter. They still maintain aspects of pool enclosures with partially encased areas, but homeowners typically view them as an amenity. Homeowners outfit lanais with furniture, home décor, and other additions like audio/visual systems.

A small lanai costs as little as $1,000 for materials and labor. Most lanais stay under $3,000 on the high end. However, intricate layouts or large extensions overhanging a pool can cost more both in terms of labor and materials.

How much does pool lanai screen replacement cost?

Replacing screens for a pool lanai costs the same as any other pool enclosure. You’ll spend about $35 per hour plus $5 to $15 per square foot in materials. If you’re replacing glass panels instead of screens, labor will be closer to $50 per hour, with panel costs between $45 and $65 per square foot. Often, it makes more sense to rescreen a lanai than to repair individual screen panels.

How do you maintain a pool screen?

You should regularly clean your pool screens to ensure they are effective and long-lasting. In a bucket, combine warm water with dish soap or cleaning vinegar. Then lightly scrub the screen with a soft-bristle brush or large sponge using your bucket mixture. After scrubbing, you can rinse the screens with a garden hose and let the screens dry in the sun. If you’d prefer, you can hire a local window cleaning service to maintain your pool screens.