Cost to Repair a Torn Screen
Find the average cost to repair a torn screen yourself compared with hiring a handyman service. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a pro to do the job. Learn what to consider and the steps involved.
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 $65 to replace a damaged door or window screen, 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 69 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.
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 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.
National Average Cost
Repair a Torn Screen
- DIY 58%
- PRO 42%