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How Much Does A Screened-in Porch Cost?

Typical Range: $2,000 - $2,800

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Average Cost to Build a Screened-In Porch

The cost to screen the average 200-square-foot porch ranges from $2,000 to $2,800, or $2,400 on average. The total costs $3 to $5 per square foot for materials, and $2 per square foot for labor. If you want to build a completely new porch with screen, you’ll pay $25 to $120 per square foot for the entire project.

Screening a porch provides extra protection from pests and even the sun, depending on the material. Since supply costs for this job greatly outweigh labor expenses, you’ll save a lot of time and hassle by hiring a pro.

Average Cost to Screen In a Porch

Average Cost$2,400
High Cost$2,800
Low Cost$2,000

* For a 200-square-foot space

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Screening in a porch costs $2,000 to $2,800 for 200 square feet, or $1,300 to $1,900 for 80 square feet. This comes on top of the cost to build a porch, which runs $4,600 to $22,000.

New Porch Cost Estimator
FactorInstallation Price For 200 Square Feet
Screen$2,000 - $2,800
Screen Door$300
Flooring$800 - $10,800
Steps$300 - $1,900
Posts$175 - $2,800
Railing$400 - $1,200
Roof/Cover$3,200 - $6,000
Permits$100 - $500
Total$6,900 - $25,100

Porch Screen Costs by Type

  • Aluminum screen porch cost: $5-$7 per square foot, including $2 per square foot for labor.
  • Fiberglass: $4.50-$5.50 per square foot with installation
  • Solar Screens: $5.50-$7 per square foot with labor
  • Retractable screens (motorized): $2,000-$4,000 per unit. Harder to estimate per square foot.

It’s important to remember that the measurement relates to amount of material needed, not the footprint of the flooring. A 20-by-10-foot concrete pad might need around 400 square feet.

Cost to Add a Screened-In Porch

Building a new 200 square foot porch costs $4,600 to $22,000 on top of the $2,000 to $2,800 to install the screens. The total may or may not include a door leading into the yard. Installing a screen door costs $300 on average.

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Cost to Build Screened-In Porch on an Existing Deck

Converting a deck into an enclosed porch costs $19 to $37 per square foot. This includes $5 to $7 per squre foot

  • Asphalt roof extension: $16-$30 per square foot
  • Aluminum patio covers: $14-$22 per square foot
Average cost to screen in a porch is between $5 and $7

Enclosing a Porch for Living Space

The cost to build a sunroom runs $8,000 to $80,000 or $120 to $300 per square foot. Homeowners may prefer to make this upgrade in areas with extreme heat or cold, or to provide greater security.

Screen Porch Under Deck Cost Estimator

Screening a porch under a deck may have a similar cost, around $5 to $7 per square foot for materials and labor. If the deck is more than 10 feet off the ground, the total price will be higher because the enclosure is larger.

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Enclosed Porch Cost Factors

Most porch enclosures require permits, which run $100 to $300 on average. The price to get a building permit depends on the total for the project. Other common factors include the size and style of your porch and optional elements like a fireplace or outdoor kitchen.

Enclosed Front Porch vs. Back Porch vs. Wrap-Around

Most of the costs for enclosing a porch relate to square footage. Based on the type, you should keep these factors in mind:

  • Front Porch: $ Might need a security screen door, which runs $50 to $600
  • Back Porch: $$ Often larger than those in the front
  • Wrap-Around Porch: $$$ Usually requires more square footage for screens, may need more doors and/or stairs

Screen Porch With Fireplace Estimate

Once you have a screened-in porch, you might want to add a few extra features. For example, building an outdoor fireplace costs $3,000 on average. The price to build an outdoor kitchen averages $13,500. It's important to ensure that these additions have ventilation and a location away from the screens. Under high heat, certain materials can melt or sustain other damage.

DIY Screened-In Porch Cost vs. Hiring a Pro

The cost to hire a pro to screen a porch runs about $2 per square foot for labor. This means that most of the money you spend covers materials. A professional can provide the following benefits:

  • A job done quickly, often in less than a day
  • Guarantees on labor
  • The ability to tailor the project to your expectations

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What does a lanai porch cost?

A lanai porch costs $25 to $120 per square foot. This type usually features a large, open space with railings on three sides and one or two sets of steps.

What’s the difference between a screen porch, screened-in patio and covered deck?

A porch is attached to the house, where a screened-in patio may be standalone. A covered deck does not have an enclosure.

How much does it cost to convert a deck to screened porch?

Converting a deck costs $5 to $7 per square foot for the screen, plus $5 to $22 per square foot for a cover or roofing.

How much does it cost to close in or convert a screened-in porch to sunroom?

Converting a screened-in porch to a sunroom often requires taking down the existing construction and starting new. Demolishing costs $5 to $13 per square foot, on top of $8,000 to $80,000 to build a sunroom.

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