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 June 8, 2022Written by HomeAdvisor.
The cost to install a screen door ranges from $100 to $1,550, or about $300 on average. These screens come in sliding ($100 to $250), retractable ($300 to $1,400), storm ($100 to $400) and garage ($400 to $1,400) varieties. Installation can take from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and cost $50 to $75 per hour. Replacing a unit could add another $50 to $100 to the total.
A screen door could be ideal for a day with lovely weather. The design allows plenty of fresh air without letting in dirt or insects. Hiring a pro to install a screen door for you helps you to enjoy the result more quickly, often without having to spend a lot more.
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A patio entry that you can quickly slide open and closed helps to quickly circulate fresh air throughout your home. Depending on the material you choose for the frame, as well as the mesh, you can expect to pay about $100 to $250 per patio door panel before installation.
|Metal||$70 – $80|
|Vinyl||$100 – $120|
|Wood||$190 – $210|
The kind of frame you want for your screen relates to the material you use for the rest of the entry and your general needs. Options with basic mesh range from $70 to $210 per unit.
Metal keeps its shape but could rust. Vinyl looks modern but may warp in extreme heat or cold. Wood offers a classic look, but it might meet weather damage more quickly than other materials.
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Mesh ranges from about $0.25 per square foot for fiberglass, to around $7.50 per square foot for mesh that blocks solar heat gain. Increasing the tightness of the weave could make the cost go up by 10% to 20%.
When you research styles for the home, you may notice a broad range of prices. Although frame materials offer some variation, the mesh material and the tightness of the weave may affect costs the most.
If you live in an area with lots of insects, a special kind of mesh could help protect you and your home. Fly-repelling models cost about $100 to $250, featuring a tight weave that makes it impossible for insects to get inside. Since only the cost of the mesh is different, the price may be similar to the cost to install a sliding door with fiberglass.
Retractable screen doors offer a degree of convenience that fixed items do not have. Although you can install one on virtually any entry or window, systems that truly retract give a seamless addition to your entryway. Based on their size, operation and added features, these items cost about $300 to $1,400 per unit.
Many homeowners love the openness and chic appearance of a French door. If you prefer this style for your home, you can still enjoy the protection and ventilation of a screen. Prices range from $300 to $500, more for units with added features like security. With this design, models can open wide, retract to the wall, or slide in multiple directions.
Installation may take longer for this choice since the installer must ensure that the separate parts line up correctly.
Homeowners like to treat their garages as an extension of their home living space, and a garage screen makes this easier. The cost to install a garage door screen of this kind could sit around $100 for basic styles to $1,300 for motorized options. It depends on the size of the opening, and whether you want a passage.
Retractable systems can coordinate with the track for your garage entry, making opening and closing it quick and uncluttered.
The price to install a new screen door depends on the complexity of the installation and the number of units involved. On average, professional installers charge about $50 to $75 per hour. Installation of a single piece in an existing frame may take 20 to 30 minutes in certain cases. But, installers usually charge a flat fee or an hourly rate that may cover the time needed to install more than one model.
|Removal||$25 – $50|
|Installation||$50 – $75 per hour|
|Disposal||$25 – $50|
|Repair Frame||$150 – $175|
|Total||$250 – $350|
Replacing a screen in an existing frame may call for individual steps, each of which has a unique cost. Replacement could need some or all these expenses. If the existing sliding unit comes in a standard size, the total expense may be lower than the price for custom sizes.
Replacing the whole screen system on your patio may cost $80 to $360 as a base price, with an added expense for labor.
The average patio frame measures six feet wide and six and a half by seven feet tall. The sliding frame for this size measures about three feet wide and the same height as the glass. If you want a style that measures wider than this, you may need to place an order through a manufacturer or professional installer.
Homeowners who want to upgrade the mesh without having to replace the frame may save money. If you have a frame in an unusual size or expensive material, re-screening could serve as an effective way to quickly repair damage. Depending on the style you choose and the size, costs range from $7 to $150.
Screens are susceptible to damage, given their thin design and flexible material. Common repairs include:
Adhesive patching: $2.50 on average
Mesh patching: $2–$7 for the patch
Fix frame: $50–$100
|Screen Door||$50 – $350|
|Security Screen||$50 – $600|
|Retractable Storm Screen||$100 – $400|
The type of door you need for your home relates to its function and ranges from $50 to $600. Do you want a style that offers you extra protection from the weather? You may prefer a storm screen model. Do you like knowing that intruders will face difficulty getting through the entry due to its components? You might select a unit with added security.
Some products have special glass and innovative mesh that resist many things that might otherwise break it down. Retractable systems usually offer the ability to slide open part of the glass, so you can enjoy ventilation when you want it, and storm protection at other times.
Deciding to hire a professional or do this project yourself calls for attention to practical costs. Since the installation of a screen could take 1 to 2 hours (or less), most of the typical expenses relate to materials.
In addition, if you get the installation wrong, your entry will not function as you expect. Hiring a professional door installer makes it more likely that your door will continue to work for years into the future.