If you want to enjoy the outdoor view from the comfort of home (the beautiful sunlight and sounds of nature) while saving yourself from the pesky bugs or rainfall, you may want to consider adding a screened-in porch. There are two price brackets for this type of project depending on whether you already have a covered porch:
If you already have a covered porch only need to install a screen, this will cost you around $3,500 to $6,000. If you a covered roof will need to be built, you should plan on budgeting $30,000+.
Adding a screen porch is an excellent way to increase the number of days a year you can enjoy and utilize your outdoor space. If you're ready to add a screened-in porch and enjoy bug-free relaxing days ahead, we've rounded up a pricing guide for your convenience. Read on!
Cost to Install a Screened-in Porch per Square Foot
Installing a screened-in porch starts from $3,500 to $6,000 for a 200-square-foot area, considered the average size for enclosed porches. If you have required covered roofing (commonly done with aluminum), this may drive up the price to $30,000 or more. This translates to $30 to $125 per square foot, the starting point for entirely new builds (including the porch). Homeowners can lower this price if they opt for a screened-in enclosure around an existing porch. (Related: Screen Enclosures Investment: Getting The Best ROI On Your Project)
Cost Factors of a Screened-in Porch Installation
The cost to install a screened-in porch depends on several factors, such as the size of the porch, the location of your property, the materials to be used, and the local labor/contractor charges. If you decide to add amenities such as a fireplace or some seats, this will naturally cost you more. The same applies when removing an existing porch or deck to accommodate the installation.
Square Footage of the Porch
The total square footage of the porch will determine the total costs. An average 200 square foot screened-in porch will cost $1,200 (an existing patio or deck). Homeowners who are building a brand new screened-in porch will cost you more than working on an existing patio. If you want to install a screened-in porch with doors, screens, a roof, and windows, this will range between $5,500 to $30,000.
Commonly, screens are made of the following materials:
Screened-in porches can be built off the existing structure of your home. Or, you can have it as a standalone structure in the backyard attached to a patio. If you opt for a standalone installation, this will require a fourth screening wall, which may hike the total project costs. Also, you will need to ensure porch rescreening every six to eight years on average. This must be taken into account as you calculate the project's cost, as damaged or ripped screens will only decrease the purpose of installing a screened porch.
Screen doors start from $350 and may easily cost you more than $2,000, depending on the material used. If you anticipate heavy foot traffic on your screened-in porch, investing in a high-quality screen door will pay off in the long run. To repair a screen door, material costs will range between $120 and $250 depending on the extent of the damage.
Some of the most common flooring options for your screened-in porches are concrete, cedar, slate, hardwood floors, stone, or pressure-treated wood floors. Prices will vary depending on the material quality.
The entrance will cost you about $350 for a simple concrete stair, while a stoop with multiple stairs and recreational space will cost you $2,000. Ultimately, this will depend on the layout of your home and the size of the staircase.
Considering that screened-in porches are a focal point in any home, you may want to weigh all your options as you build your porch carefully. This includes the materials you want to use, where the steps will lead, and the aesthetic in your front or back yard.
Roofs for screened-in porches are commonly made from asphalt or aluminum patio cover. Asphalt starts from $17 to $31 per square foot, while aluminum cover ranges between $15 and $23.
Depending on your property's location, you may need to secure permits for your built-in porch project. This costs anywhere between $55 and $230. It would be best to speak to your contractor or local officials to ensure you're following the permit requirements in your area.
Benefits of a Screened-in Porch
So, what are the reasons for you to install a screened-in porch? This allows you to enjoy your stay outdoors when you are enjoying lazy afternoons at home. It also doubles as a recreational space where you can entertain guests and lounge with your loved ones.
If you're still on the fence about whether you should build a screened-in porch or screen in an existing one, let's discuss the benefits you can expect.