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Question DetailsAsked on 6/22/2014

How much should I pay for re-screening my 12x20 porch?

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The screening material itself can run from $0.10-over 1.00/SF - from cheapest polyester fabric to bronze or stainless hardware cloth, so that has a lot of effect. You can google to get an idea of what your particular material costs - what you find smaller rolls for at storesis about what contractor will charge you for larger, cheaper rolls after his markup.

Then there is the accessibility issue - does it require all ladder work from the ground on an elevated porch where the sreeening it installed from the inside (to keepthe insidee looking clean), or was it installed from the inside and readily accessible from the porch - could make a 50% difference in labor.

Then the method of installation - press-in "zip strip" where the screening material is compression rolled into a groove in aluminum trim can go VERY fast - the opposite is individually stapled screening with the staples masked by nailed on trim strip, or "rolled screening", traditionally used for high wind areas because the stress along the edges is more uniform, where it is stapled to trim that is then rolled 180 degrees and nailed or screwed in place, leaving the screening wrapping over the outside of the trim and wedged between the mounting trim and the opening framing. The most expensive is hurricane rated "panels" - which are prefabricated and inserted into framing just like windows, and can be just about as secure.

Also whether the trim/mounting framing can be reused or not - commonly nailed on trim gets trashed in removal, so then you need to pay for new mounting trim and painting of it.

There is also the vendor source question - handyman at $20-40/hour, window and door installation guy at $30-50/hr, or carpenter at maybe $40-60/hr.

Rough ballpark range - probably $0.30/SF for lightest weight (window screen) weight material and just stapled on with no trim, on up to around $0.60-1.50/SF for more normal level of difficulty but cheaper materials or double that for higher grade materials and fastening methods, to as much as $3-5/SF with the most expensive materials and tornado/hurricane rated installation methods.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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