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How much do Fly Screens cost?

$40 - $150

    How Much Do Fly Screens Cost?

    Fly screen prices are dependent by the piece instead of the window size. The type of window and amount of screen needed can have an impact on the cost. The average price for a unit of screening is approximately $40 to $50.


    Fly Screen Replacement Cost Around Australia

    Different parts of the country may have higher or lower costs for material and labour for fly screens and installation. Below are the average prices for fly screen replacements across Australia, with estimates of $55 to $65 for additional windows that need fly screen replacements.


    City Fly Screen Replacement Costs (1 window)
    Sydney $130
    Melbourne $130
    Brisbane $140
    Canberra $130
    Perth $90
    Darwin $130
    Hobart $130
    Adelaide $150

    Factors Impacting the Cost of Fly Screens

    Not all fly screens are equal in material or type of project. If you receive an estimate from an installer, make sure that you understand the factors involved.

    Type of Fly Screen

    Three types of fly screens that you will typically come across. Below are examples of different kinds of fly screens on three types of window styles.

    1.     Retractable screens are designed for you to pull them back from the window.
    2.     Side-fixed screens are typically used on sliding doors and act as part of the door.
    3.     A hinged screen fits into a frame so that it can be opened or closed as shutters are.

    Types of Fly Screen Mesh

    The type of fly screen mesh has a bearing on the cost of the replacement job. These include:

    • Polyester or polypropylene
    • Stainless steel
    • Aluminium

    Polyester is the most commonly used form of mesh and cleans easily with soap and water. Normally resistant to pet claws, it is perfect for residential homes. Stainless steel is stronger than polyester, which is the main reasons business door usually choose this material. They provide security and are available in different colours. Aluminium can be a substitute for stainless steel and has an advantage of less rusting.

    Type of Windows and Doors Using Fly Screen

    Retractable window screens fit almost any type of window. Retractable fly screens price for material and installation is higher due to the extrusion. The easy roll-up features allow you to raise or lower the screen and starts at $150.

    Classic sliding screen doors hold mesh screens in place and protect the interior from flying insects. They are easy to replace and start at $100 for mesh screening and pre-cut frames. Custom window screens can be measured and cut to any window or door frame. Usually made of aluminium, they are installed according to the type of window or door that you have.

    Size of Project

    An installer will charge less when more than one fly screen is requested. Fly screen installation cost is based on the work and the trip fee. Once they have arrived, the more screens that need repairing, the cheaper the job per window or door.

    Complexity of design

    There are exceptions to every situation. A fly screen doors price can increase if the design of the door is not standard. The same applies to windows that carry a designer shape or size.

    Price Estimates for Different Types of Fly Screens

    You may wish to have doors and windows installed at the same time as fly screens. This will always be more because the job is bigger and more difficult. However, for different types of fly screens, here is a comparison:


    Type of Fly Screen Average Costs
    Retractable Fly Screen Material and Installation $500 – $3,200
    Fixed Fly Screen Material and Installation $300 – $500
    Hinged Fly Screen Material and Installation $250 – $5,000
    Sliding Fly Screen Material and Installation 300 – $5,000

    How to Hire a Fly Screen Installer

    There are no license requirements to be a fly screen installer. However, many screen companies provide competent installers when you purchase their product. Shopping for a screen from a store may not give you access to an experienced installer. This is when you need to take steps to find a qualified fly screen installer.


    How to Create an Accurate Estimate

    It can be challenging to know what a reasonable price for installation is. Make a checklist and follow these steps:

    • Get at least three estimates
    • Make sure the installer performs installation of screens as a profession
    • Check estimates against measurements and time


    Licencing and Qualifications

    Do not take a candidate’s word that they are qualified. Ask for referrals and call them. It is not a good sign if they cannot provide references. If they mention that they have worked for screen companies, check with these as well. You need to know that your installer is experienced.


    How to Save Money Hiring a Fly Screen Installer

    Once you have made your decision on a fly screen installer, ask him or her if there is anything that you can do to make their job easier. Providing sturdy ladders or keeping the temperature comfortable is always appreciated. 


    * The cost data is based on Oneflare and third-party sources

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