How Much Does Screen Door Repair Cost?

Jenna Jonaitis
Written by Jenna Jonaitis
Updated May 31, 2022
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Highlights

  • Repairing your screen door costs on average $7 to $150, depending on the damage.

  • Fixing a screen door frame runs about $100.

  • You’ll need scissors, a screwdriver, measuring tape, and a utility knife, plus the mesh.

  • A handyperson typically charges $50 to $75 an hour for this project.

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Your screen door lets in fresh air on a beautiful day while keeping the bugs and dirt out of your home. If your screen has holes or is full of patches, it might be time for some repair work. Repairing your screen door costs on average $7 to $150, depending on what needs fixing. Replacing your screen door costs $300 on average, based on the style and size of your door.

You can repair your screen door yourself, or have a storm door installer near you come out and handle the job.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Screen Door

Screen door mesh costs approximately $0.25 per square foot for fiberglass to $7.50 per square foot for solar screen fabric. If you have a tighter weave, the cost could go up to $9 per square foot. The mesh material and tightness of the weave impact the price the most.

How Much to Replace a Screen Door?

If you decide to replace your door, the cost of a new screen door could be anywhere from $100 to $1,550, with $300 being the average. The cost to rescreen a patio or front door includes:

  • Removal of your old screen door ($25–$50)

  • Disposal of door ($25–$50)

  • Installation of the new door ($50–$75 per hour; plan for 30 minutes to 2 hours)

Repairing the door frame ($150–$175)

What Kind of Screen Door Repair Can I Get on My Budget?

Depending on your budget and the condition of your screen door, you may be able to patch your screen door, rescreen it, or replace the door altogether. Here are some estimates of what you can do with your budget:

$75

Repair your screen door with a mesh or adhesive patch. This budget covers the cost of the patch, along with an hour of labor for a door repair specialist.

$175

Have your standard-sized door rescreened by a professional.

$275

You can replace a standard-sized screen door in an area with moderate labor costs.

$375

For this budget, you can replace a sliding screen door or a storm screen door, while a retractable screen door might exceed this amount.

$475

You can replace a screen door, including sliding and storm door styles. You may be able to replace a retractable screen door or a garage door for this amount, but some prices reach as high as $1,550.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Screen Door Yourself?

Repairing or rescreening a screen door yourself costs between $7 and $150, depending on the materials you need. An adhesive patch costs $2.50 on average, while mesh patching can cost up to $7. To repair the frame, your costs could be as much as $100 and rescreening the door could cost up to $150.

A repair project for someone experienced could take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on what needs repairing. If the job is done incorrectly, your screen might need further repair or you may need to replace it altogether.

Replacing a screen door can be done on your own, though it takes more time, attention, and materials than repairing a screen door.

Screen Door Repair Cost Breakdown

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The cost of screen door repair depends on materials, but also labor. Always check with your local screen door repair contractor to see if their estimate includes material costs.

Here’s an approximate cost breakdown for standard screen door repair.

Adhesive Patching

To patch a hole in your window screen or patio door screen, you can often use an adhesive patch which costs $2.50 on average.

Mesh Patching

A mesh patch can help fill holes or rips and costs anywhere from $2 to $7.

Mesh Screen

If you want to rescreen your door, the screen replacement might cost anywhere from $7 to $150 depending on if it’s fiberglass (less expensive) or mesh that blocks solar heat (more expensive).

Frame Repair

Fixing the frame of your screen door could cost anywhere from $50 to $100 if you do it yourself, or $150 to $175 to hire a professional.

Spline

The spline is the cording that holds the screen to your door frame, and it's made of vinyl, plastic, foam, or rubber. You may need to replace the spline, which costs anywhere from $9 to $23 for 100 feet.

You’ll also need a roller to install the spline, which usually costs between $6 and $45 depending on the quality and type of the tool. The roller helps push the screen and spline into the groove of the door frame.

Tools

Depending on the type of repair you’re doing, you may need a pair of scissors ($8-$18), a screwdriver ($17-$40), a measuring tape ($7-$33), and a utility knife ($8-$20).

Labor

Screen door repair likely takes less than an hour, but even if the contractor only comes out for 30 minutes, expect to be billed for the full hour. The hourly rate for contractors who fix screen doors ranges from $50 to $75 an hour. You can find a storm door installer, a screen door repair specialist, or even a general contractor near you. If you replace your screen door, labor costs will be higher, and the job could take up to two hours.

While you can do a simple patch yourself, replacing the screen or door can be more difficult. If you cut the screen incorrectly or damage the door frame in the process, it could cost you more time and money in the long run. If your door has a warranty, doing the work yourself could nullify the agreement.

Screen Door Cost Factors

The key factors influencing the cost of your screen door repair are the type of screen and labor cost in your area. 

Type of Door

Storm screen doors offer extra weather protection, while retractable screen doors can be very convenient. Both are more expensive than a standard screen door. 

Type of Screen

Sturdy screens cost more than lightweight ones, and tighter weaves are more expensive than looser weaves. Here’s a breakdown of cost by screen type:

Type of Screen Cost Per Square Foot
Fiberglass $0.25 per square foot
Aluminum$0.35 per square foot
Bronze$1 per square foot
Copper$1.20 per square foot
Brass$2.15 per square foot
Solar$7.50 per square foot

Size and Complexity of Your Door

A screen door for your garage costs more than your front door, and a sliding patio door costs more than a front door. The size of your door matters, too. A custom-fit door can be more expensive.

Cost of Labor

Door installer hourly rates range from $50 to $75, depending on where you live. If your home is in a high-cost area, it’s likely the labor cost will be higher too.

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