By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Considering all the things that go through screen doors, it's surprising they don't have more holes poked in them. Kids' flying objects, the corners of sharp packages, even the pointy ends of umbrellas are threats to screens in most households. If you do puncture a screen, the good news is that repairing it is not rocket science. The materials and tools are inexpensive, easy to use and sold at hardware stores and home centers.
A handyman will charge $158 to replace a damaged door or window screen, which includes labor and material; but you can do the job in less than an hour for $20, the cost of the replacement screening and a splining tool. You'll pocket a nice 87 percent saving for your effort and acquire a life long skill you'll use often.
Here are directions from SFGate to
Fix a Ripped Screen.
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and find a repair service or handyman in your area.
If there's only a small hole in a screen pick up a screen repair kit with precut patches; the patches have sharp edges that you weave into the screen over the damaged area.
That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to repair a torn screen lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020