Window Screen Installation Cost

How much does it cost to install window screens?


A window screen will help to keep out dust, birds, and bugs when the window is open. 

The cost to install average window screens depends upon the size, type, and number of screens, and the labor rate.



There are several types of screen replacements, including: replace screen material in old frames, install new standard sized framed screens that match the window, or assemble and install new screen kits.


Cost breakdown


The Labor Cost figures in the following tables  are what DIY persons could expect to save. 

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 1 coated fiberglass 2 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


Additional considerations and costs


  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • This installation is suitable for the able DIY.
  • A $5 splining tool may be necessary.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, 2015.
  • Vendor Web sites of the Home Improvement sector.
  • Popular DIY Web sites.


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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
2 Fiberglass: Plastic that is reinforced with glass fibers. The fibers may be mixed randomly throughout the plastic, or come in the form of a flat sheet, or be woven into a fabric

Cost to install window screens varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Antelope, CA
+6%
Arlington, TX
+6%
Astoria, NY
+93%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Cape Coral, FL
-9%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corona, CA
+19%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Decatur, GA
+9%
Deer Park, TX
+16%
Delano, CA
-19%
Denver, CO
+1%
Elk Grove, CA
+6%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Gilbert, AZ
-2%
Glendale, CA
+14%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Homestead, FL
-2%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntington Beach, CA
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Katy, TX
+63%
Lake Orion, MI
+32%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Madison, WI
+13%
Menomonie, WI
-2%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Montebello, CA
+9%
Naperville, IL
+47%
New York, NY
+77%
Oak Park, IL
+40%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%

Labor cost in your zip code

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