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 $68 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 70 percent saving for your effort and acquire a life long skill you'll use often.
To make the repair remove the screen, lay it on a flat surface and use an awl or screwdriver to remove the screen fabric and rubber spline that holds it in place. Measure the old screening and get new material a few inches longer and wider and do the same with the spline you removed. To make sure you get the correct diameter of spline take it with you for reference.
Here are directions from SFGate to
Fix a Ripped Screen.
Lay the new screening on top of the screen frame and force the new spline into the groove in the frame with a splining tool (an inexpensive gadget that looks like a pizza slicer). Then use a utility knife to trim away any excess spline and screen fabric. If you have woodworking clamps use them to hold the frame while working on it. Otherwise, get the aid of a helper to hold the frame so it doesn’t slide on the work surface.
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 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.