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How Much Does it Cost to Screen In a Patio?

Having a screened-in patio or screening in an existing patio can be a great way for homeowners to better enjoy their outdoor living spaces. Furthermore, having a screened-in patio on one's property can be a huge selling point and can add a good amount of resale value to any existing home as well. Screened-in patio installation can be a great idea for those who are planning on listing their homes on the market in the near future or for those who simply want to make the most of their patios at all times of the year.

Average Cost of A Screened-in Patio

  • At the minimum, homeowners should expect to spend around $6.31 per square foot for a screened-in patio.
  • At the minimum, most screened-in patios cost $4.18 per square foot.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Homeowners considering the option of installing a screened-in patio on their property should begin by assessing both the advantages and disadvantages. This way, it is possible for homeowners to ensure that the decision is right for their unique situations.

One of the main advantages of having a screened-in patio is adding resale value to one's home. According to, it is estimated that the return on investment for this type of home-improvement project is nearly 80 percent in most cases. Of course, this can vary from community to community. Speaking with a Realtor before making the decision to screen in a patio is a wise decision. Screened-in patios are ideal for homeowners who live in areas of the country that would otherwise render the patio unusable at certain times throughout the year. For example, a homeowner in Michigan could enjoy longer use of their patio even as the weather grew colder, during the fall and winter. In this sense, homeowners with screened-in patios get to enjoy extended use of their outdoor living spaces.

Of course, building a screened-in patio also comes with its disadvantages. The cost can be quite high, making this a large investment for most homeowners. Screened-in patios also require regular routine maintenance. While the patio itself will be protected from the elements for the most part, this is not true of the screening. Over time, it may be necessary to replace parts of the screening.

Cost Considerations

While the average cost per square foot of a screened-in patio is just $5.28, this can add up quickly. After all, most screened-in patios are around 200 square feet, and some are even larger. As a result, the end cost could be nearly $1,400 by the end of the day. Typically, this includes not only the materials for the job but the labor as well, but it is not the standard for all. Some companies will not include labor or installation in their estimates. In these cases, this can add anywhere from $250 to $400 or more to the overall cost of the project.


When it comes to having a screened-in patio installed, there are many materials that need to be used, so as to ensure a quality and durable build. To begin with, homeowners need to determine what kinds of materials they wish to use for screening in their patios. Typically, fiberglass supports are chosen as a way of supporting the overall structure. This material is ideal because it is lightweight yet durable, and it is also one of the more affordable materials. Aluminum can also be used as support. Although it is even less expensive, it is not quite as durable over time as fiberglass.

Base strips are also necessary for securing the screen to the deck or patio in addition to a quality insect screening as well. Some homeowners choose to have their patios completely enclosed with glass for extra protection from the elements.

Saving on A Screened-in Patio

Since a screened-in patio can be an expensive investment to make, many homeowners look for ways to go about saving money. One of the best ways to do this is to contact at least a few different companies or contractors for quotes. Most reputable contractors these days are happy to offer a free estimate for the overall cost of the project, but homeowners should be cautioned that this often comes with a fairly heavy sales pitch. Either way, receiving a few quotes from different companies and contractors makes it possible to find out which one will do the job for the lowest price.

Of course, it is always wise for homeowners to double check that a contractor or company is both licensed and insured before hiring them to take on the project. Even if this means spending a little bit of extra money for the peace of mind, most homeowners would agree that this is more than worth it. It is also a good idea to read third-party websites and other sources for reputable reviews of a company before hiring them for any job. This way, homeowners can make sure that the company has positive reviews from the local community.

Finally, any company hired for a screened-in patio job should have plenty of experience with that type of work. Many reputable contractors and companies will actually have photos and portfolios of past work that they have done. This is a great way for homeowners to see exactly what type of work the company is capable of, so that they can get a better idea of what to expect for their own projects.

Overall, a screened-in patio can be a wonderful addition to any home. Not only can a screened-in porch help homeowners be able to better utilize their outdoor spaces, but they can also help to add significant resale value to a home down the road. Homeowners looking to make a wise home improvement investment in the near future should consider this option for themselves. 

Last updated on May 16, 2016

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