How much do flyscreens for windows cost?
The cheapest flyscreen is one for a standard aluminium sliding window. These windows are called OX sliding windows. The O section is where the fixed glass panel is. And the X section is where the glass panel slides sideways. Flyscreens for these windows start at $40 and go up to about $150 depending on the size, frame colour, and the insect mesh specified.
A very large size would be 1200mm wide by 1500mm high, while a small one for a toilet OX sliding window is 250mm width by 500mm height.
Most window manufacturers in Australia have what’s called a drop-in or a pocket fit facility there for the flyscreen to drop into or sit where the flyscreen sits in a channel. Depending on the brand of window the flyscreen is being installed to, it may require fixings, trim angles, spring clips, plastic clips, metal clips, metal springs, pushpins and/or other bits and pieces to hold the insect screen in place. These items can range anywhere from a few dollars to $30 per window.
Another price variability lies with the flyscreen itself. Once again prices range from $40 to $150 depending on the size of the window. The frame colour selected, the type of mesh material selected, the location of the window, how far the dealer has to travel to install the screen, and freight charges for regional areas can also affect the total price of your new flyscreen.
That gives you a bit of an idea how much it costs for an OX sliding window insect screen, but what about if you’ve got a different type of window? We’ve listed some of the more common types of windows below, along with the estimated cost for a flyscreen.
Metal Louvre Windows
These are the older style of louvre windows with the metal sides. When we say the metal sides, we’re talking about the bracket that holds the glass. Almost all of these older metal style louvres are going to require a louvre build-out frame.
This means the flyscreen is going to cost somewhere between $250 and $1000 per window louvre set depending on the size, colour and mesh material selected.
Awning Window Screens
Awning windows come in two different categories: lever operated, and chain operated. Lever awning windows are operated by hand to push the window out and are hinged at the top. The screens typically cover the whole area where the awning window panel is and are installed internally. This means access through the screen is required to operate the window. Most of the time, we recommend flexible magnetic insect screens. These types of screens range from $150 to $750 depending on the size.
The other type of awning window is one with a chain winder. These have a little wind turn handle and a chain that’s connected to the window. As you turn the handle the chain moves the window out. These ones have a facility on top of the chain winder to fit an insect screen, but many of them require an awning sill bracket. The awning sill bracket adds about $60 dollars to the cost of the window screen. Adding this to your normal flyscreen is going to be $120 to $220 depending on the size, colour and screen material selected.
The screen selection and price depend on whether it is a single casement window, a double, triple or 4 panel unit. Whether there are vertical mullions between the casement hinged sashes or if they are open sets using casement window friction stays can also affect the price. There are also some modern aluminium casement windows that push out.
Other factors include whether they have lever handles, cockspur catches, casement arm stays, turn handles or many of the various types of casement window catches that need to be accessed from the inside.
If you are trying to install a screen on the inside you will need to be able to get either through that screen or push the screen out of the way or lifted up out of the way so that you can get access through the screen to the window handle on the other side and push the window open or pull the window closed. The insect screen needs to go on the inside – it can’t go on the outside because there’s no room to fit it there as the window pushes out.
There is a solution called port holes or port hatches, where you can get access through the screen via a movable hinged hatch, but while they do work for a while, they have only got little plastic window catches and they tend to break easily. For that reason, we don’t usually recommend these; our preference is for magnetic insect screens, and they start at $250 for a single pane casement panel. For a double casement window where they open on either side, and you push them out in the middle, it is probably going to be somewhere around $300.
Another option is to instal standard double-sliding insect screen sets. If a single insect screen is $60-$80, and you want to have two or more sliding sections then that’s $80 times two which is $160. You’ve also got all the track work that’s required for this which is easily $30 per piece of track. So you will have a double track at the top, a double track at the bottom, and some side trim angles on either side to seal things up.
This means that casement windows are going to be $200 minimum, but depending on how big a casement window is, it could be closer to $350 or even more to put a double-sliding insect screen set on.
Another option available for casement windows is retractable screens which are even more expensive than normal insect screens.
How much do flyscreens for sliding doors cost?
A single sliding door in an aluminium glass sliding door set is probably going to be $250-$350, depending on the size and colour. Some additional variables might be if you get one that’s really big, or if you are located in a high-rise apartment building.
A lot of the newer, more modern sliding doors in apartments do not have tracks for your insect screen door, which means that tracks will need to be added, which will add to the cost. You may also need to consider build-out frames; glass doors often have projections to meet wind ratings and if you’ve got to come out to clear those, it could require a build-out frame which can be more than the cost of the door. The cost of a door might be $400 for a single sliding door but the build out frame might be $600; it all depends on the door the flyscreen door is being installed too.
For most domestic houses that have domestic glass doors, and don’t use apartment commercial doors, then $250 to $350 for your insect screen doors would be standard, depending on size and if you want a security door lock, or if you are just happy with the flick bass latch on the inside.
Multiple sliding door sets.
If you’ve got multiple doors, where the doors open in the middle, and you’ve got one that slides one way and the other slides the other way – one door will have a lock set in it and the other one won’t. So that is slightly less than double. Say your single door was $300, then the other door might only be $250, which means you might be looking at $550 for normal sizes.
Stacker doors are another variety of sliding door set. Stacker doors are the ones where you’ve got three or more panels: one fixed glass and two or more sliding sections. You end up with two sliding flyscreen door sets, one with the lock set up one end, and then the other door without; these doors work out at similar prices to the double doors.