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Screens keep bugs out, which is why homeowners have begun to put them over windows, doors and porches with more and more regularity. There are a lot of options out there now beyond the standard gray screens. With all of the new options, it may be tough to predict what it might cost to install a screen. Your first step should be to contact a reputable professional who can help you determine what will work best for your home and who can give you a better idea of the price for your project. Once you've talked to a professional, there are a few factors that can impact the cost to install a screen.
Number of Doors & Windows
The first big factor in the cost to install a screen is the amount of windows or doors you want to have screens. The more screens you install, the higher the price will be; but you might be able to get a discount by doing them all at once. For a porch, it will depend on the size of the porch due to the cost of materials and the labor cost.
The cost to install a screen will also depend on the type of screen that you choose. The plain gray screens that you might be familiar with are the most affordable option and the easiest to install. Solar screens are made of a unique woven mesh that blocks out 90% of the sun's hot rays, which lowers cooling costs and protects carpets and home furnishing from damage. Colored and decorative screens are also available, so you can mimic your home's decor.
There are movable screening options available now, as well. The cost to install a screen that is removable or movable is higher, but these models offer more functionality. Retractable screens look and act like window shades, but function as screens. These can be made invisible whenever you want. Sliding screens are the standard for movable screens as they're less complicated and therefore more affordable. These can slide horizontally or vertically and fit most window sizes. Hinged screens offer easy cleaning and fire exit, but not as much customization as the other types.
The cost to install a screen for an uniquely shaped window might be more expensive if it means putting in custom screens. Most screens are made in all kinds of shapes and sizes, so you should be able to find something that will work. But if you can't, then you'll need to have custom screens made, which will be more expensive.
Overall, the cost to install a screen should be pretty reasonable and will depend on the amount of bells and whistles you're looking for in regards to your windows. Just make sure to talk to at least three professionals before choosing someone to install your screens.
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