By Gene and Katie Hamilton
With energy costs rising, we all want to take advantage of natural breezes, and a screen door is one way to do that. It invites a nice flow of air that filters and freshens the air inside a house, and also deters unwelcome bugs and insects from entering. You’ll find solid vinyl doors, sold at home centers and lumber yards, in standard 32- and 36-inch widths measuring 80 inches high. Vinyl doors may look traditional, but they eliminate the need for maintenance, so they’re a nice alternative to wood or aluminum.
Assuming the doorjamb is solid and square, a carpenter will charge $310 to replace an old screen door with a new one, which includes the labor and the door. You can buy the door for $160 and install it yourself, saving 48 percent. If the jamb requires repair work, plan to spend more time and money on the job. You can do it if you have carpentry experience and tools, but consider hiring a pro if you don’t or if a custom-cut (i.e., more expensive) door is needed. No matter who does the job, take the time to repair and paint the doorjamb after the old door is removed, and before the new one is installed.
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Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.