Cost to Install a Screen Door – 2021

| Last Updated: August 21, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 303

$ 160

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 64% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Install a Screen Door noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much is a screen door? The contractor cost to install a screen door is $303 vs. doing it yourself for $160 and saving 47 percent. 

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 $303 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 47 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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