By Gene and Katie Hamilton
One of the busiest doorways in a house during warm weather is the patio sliding door, which can be damaged with continued use. The wide expanse of the slider is a likely target for an over-energized dog or family member. But despite its big, wide surface to contend with, the screen panel is actually an easy repair job because it involves only a minimum of tools and skills that you can learn on the job.
To replace a screen panel in a typical 3-foot-by-6-foot slider, a replacement service at a home center or hardware store will charge $42, which includes the labor and material. You can do the job for $27, the cost of the material, screening fabric, spline, a screen spline tool and spray silicone. If you do the job yourself, you’ll be rewarded with a 35 percent saving.
To do the job, you’ll also need a pair a scissors, screwdriver, measuring tape and utility knife, along with a helper to hold the screen while you work on it. Remove the screen panel from the door frame and place it on a large, flat worktable. The job involves measuring and cutting the replacement screening and spline to fit, and then securing it in the grooves around the frame using a spline tool.
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Wrapping up, given the average cost to replace a patio door screen you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
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.