Solar Screen Costs

A solar screen helps to keep out bright and harmful sun rays, insects, birds, and dust when the window or door is open.

You will find that the cost to install average solar screens depends upon the size and number of the screens, and the labor rate. Solar screen is replaced in existing frames onsite.

In the following tables the Labor Cost figures are what the able DIY persons should expect to save by performing the complete installation.

Window solar screen: replace solar screen in 2 existing frames of 36” x 42” each

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Solar screen mesh: purchased in roll; Solar protection mesh; cost per window.$8.80each2$17.60
Sealing spline: purchased in roll; cost per window.$2.57each2$5.14
Material Cost$11.37each2$22.74
+ Labor Cost$12.54each2$25.07
Total Cost$23.91each2$47.81


Door solar screen: replace solar screen in 1 existing frame of 36” x 84” each

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Solar screen mesh: purchased in roll; Solar protection mesh; cost per door.$17.60each1$17.60
Sealing spline: purchased in roll; cost per door.$5.14each1$5.14
Material Cost$22.74each1$22.74
+ Labor Cost$25.07each1$25.07
Total Cost$47.81each1$47.81


Window solar screen: assemble 2 framed screen kits of 36” x 42” each

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Framed screens kit: aluminum frame and screen; cost per window.$18.50each2$37.00
+ Labor Cost$23.53each2$47.06
Total Cost$42.03each2$84.06

Other considerations and costs

  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Installers will usually impose a minimum labor charge that would cover five to ten of the example screen installations.

DIY considerations

  • This installation is suitable for the able DIY persons with typical set of tools.
  • A splining tool may be necessary that should cost less than $5.
  • The spline material is the rubber cord-like material that fixes the screen mesh to the screen frame.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

Cost to replace a solar screen in my city

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