Window Screen Costs

A window screen helps to keep out insects, birds, and dust when the window is open.

You will find that the cost to install average window screens depends upon the size and number of the screens, the type of screen replacement (standard or custom), and the labor rate. There are several types of screen replacements, including:

  • Replace the screen material in existing frames.
  • Install new standard sized framed screens that match existing window frames.
  • Assemble and install framed screen kits if standard units do not exist.

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

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

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Screen mesh: purchased in roll 36” x 84”; vinyl coated fiberglass mesh; cost per window.$3.82each2$7.63
Sealing spline: purchased in roll; cost per window.$2.57each2$5.14
Material Cost$6.39each2$12.77
+ Labor Cost$12.54each2$25.07
Total Cost$18.93each2$37.84


Window screen: replace 2 standard framed screens of 36” x 42” each

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Framed screens: purchased assembled; aluminum frame and screen; cost per window.$15.33each2$30.65
+ Labor Cost$5.43each2$10.86
Total Cost$20.76each2$41.51


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

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Framed screens kit: aluminum frame and screen; cost per window.$13.86each2$27.72
+ Labor Cost$23.53each2$47.06
Total Cost$37.39each2$74.78

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.

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