How much does it cost to rescreen a porch?
$2 – $4 cost per square foot installed to rescreen
$400 – $800 total cost to rescreen (200 SF)
Cost to rescreen a porch
The cost to rescreen a porch is $400 to $800 on average. Porch screen replacement costs $2 to $4 per square foot, depending on the screen type. Porch screen enclosure repair costs $50 to $80 per hour. The cost to replace a screened-in porch varies by size and replacement complexity.
These prices include removing old screens and installing new ones in existing frames.
In comparison, a new screened-in porch costs $10 to $25 per square foot when installing new screens around an existing covered porch.
Most screen repair services charge a minimum call-out fee of $125 to $300.
|Size (square feet of screen surface area)||Average total cost to rescreen*|
|5'x10' (50 SF)||$100 – $200|
|8'x10' (80 SF)||$160 – $320|
|10'x10' (100 SF)||$200 – $400|
|10'x20' (200 SF)||$400 – $800|
|12'x12' (144 SF)||$290 – $575|
|12'x16' (192 SF)||$385 – $770|
|12'x20' (240 SF)||$480 – $960|
|16'x16' (256 SF)||$500 – $1,000|
|20'x20' (400 SF)||$800 – $1,600|
|24’x24’ (576 SF)||$1,150 – $2,300|
|24'x36' (864 SF)||$1,700 – $3,450|
*Minimum call-out fees of $125 to $300 apply.
Porch screen replacement cost
Porch screen replacement costs vary according to contractor fees per new panel, per square foot of new screen material, and the time spent according to job conditions.
Porch screen enclosure repair costs
Porch screen enclosure repair costs $2 to $4 per square foot for replacing small sections. A handyman charges $50 to $80 per hour for minor repair jobs like this one.
Pool screen enclosure repair costs $200 to $600 on average to fix any small damages that aren't structural.
Cost factors to replace porch screens
The labor cost alone to replace porch or patio screens is $1.80 to $3.00 per square foot. While some homeowners choose to replace screens themselves, professional help is best because installation mistakes can damage the screens and frames.
|Factor||Average cost per square foot|
|Screens & installation materials||$0.20 – $1.00|
|Replacement labor||$1.80 – $3.00|
|Total cost to replace||$2.00 – $4.00|
Cost factors include:
Size – Larger structures have a higher overall cost but typically have cheaper prices per square foot.
Method – Replacing panels is easier and cheaper than only replacing the mesh, which can be labor-intensive.
Material – Aluminum and fiberglass screens are cheapest while stainless steel and copper screens cost the most. Pet-resistant screens are reinforced to last longer, but also cost more.
Complexity – Hard-to-access areas, second-story structures, custom screen sizes, and complex home layouts increase labor costs.
Labor & geographic location – Labor costs $50 to $80 hourly depending on local rates in metropolitan areas versus rural areas. Screen-installation specialists charge more than a handyman but offer warranties and greater customization on their work.
Frame condition – Badly damaged frames need replacing along with the screens, which can cost more than 4 times the price of new screens only.
Porch screen material prices
Porch screen material prices are $0.20 to $1.00 per square foot on average or up to $3.00 per square foot for copper screens. Some screens come at discounted prices when purchased on a large roll.
|Screen material||Price per square foot|
|Fiberglass||$0.20 – $0.35|
|Aluminum||$0.45 – $0.75|
|Copper||$2.00 – $3.00|
|Stainless steel||$0.90 – $2.00|
|Solar sun-blocking||$0.85 – $1.30|
|PVC-coated polyester||$0.60 – $1.00|
*Material prices only, excluding frames and installation.
DIY costs to rescreen a porch
DIY repair costs $20 to $100 for a screen repair kit. Completely replacing screens alone costs $50 to $300 for a roll of screen or a basic 10'x10' porch-screen replacement kit. Prices go up to $1,000 for DIY kits to replace screens on a porch larger than 200 square feet.
Porch rescreening FAQs
How do I know if I should repair or replace my screen?
Repair a screen that's less than 5 years old with minor damage like small holes or loose edges. Replace your screen if it's older and has extensive damage or significant discoloration.
How long will it take to rescreen my porch?
Rescreening a porch takes 4 to 8 hours on average for a 2-person crew. The total time depends on the size, screen type, and the crew's expertise. Larger or more intricately designed porches take additional time to complete.
How long does a screened-in porch last?
The screen material on a screened-in porch typically lasts 5 to 10 years. Careful usage, regular maintenance, prompt repairs, and using high-quality material can make the screens last longer.
What screening material should I choose?
You should choose a porch screening material like fiberglass, recognized for its affordability, ease of installation, and durability. Other robust options include vinyl-coated polyester, coated aluminum, and pet-resistant screens, with fine-mesh variants for insect protection.
Who can rescreen a porch?
People who can rescreen a porch include:
Handyman service companies
Getting estimates from porch screen contractors
Before hiring a porch repair contractor near you, be sure to:
Compare multiple bids from companies with at least 5+ years of experience.
Check that they have licenses, insurance, and surety bonds.
Read their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.
Ask for a detailed estimate and contract before work begins.
Beware of the cheapest quotes that typically result in low-quality workmanship.
Give the final payment only after the job is complete.
Questions to ask
How many years of experience do you have with rescreening porches?
Can I see your reference list and photos of past screen replacements?
How long will the project take?
Do you offer a warranty on your work?
Which screen type do you recommend?
Does this screen material have a coating to resist rust?
What are the maintenance requirements for this material?
How many people will work on my property?
What’s the best way to contact the project supervisor?
What extra costs are common on these jobs?
Will you handle permits and zoning requirements?