How to Replace a Window Screen
Instructions on Replacing a Damaged
By Mark J. Donovan
Window screens are commonly damaged
due to objects inadvertently poking through them. Left unattended, your home can
be susceptible to insect penetration. In addition, sometimes paint can spill on
them when painting the house and make them look unsightly. Fortunately
replacing a window screen is easy to do and is inexpensive.
The first step to replacing a window
screen is to remove the rubber spline that holds the screen onto the window
You can typically remove the
rubber spline with a small common screwdriver.
In order to prevent bending the
frame, it is best to work on a large flat area while replacing the screen.
Make sure you remove the rubber spline carefully as you can use it again
when you install the new screen. You can, however, buy replacement rubber
spline if you have to.
Once you have removed the spline
next pull out the damaged widow screen and throw it away.
Photo by Mark Donovan
Next, visit your local home
improvement store and purchase either metal or fiberglass screen material. It
comes in various lengths and widths, so select what is appropriate for your
window size. Also pick up a spline roller and spline if necessary.
Once you have your new screen
material, measure the height and width of your screen frame and cut a section of
new screen material that is about 3/4” longer and wider.
Place your new screen material
over the widow screen frame, and in one corner of the frame use the spline
roller to work the spline and screen material into the frame.
After you have this first corner
of the screen locked into place, repeat the process on the far opposite end
of the frame.
Pull the screen taught, however,
before inserting the spline into this corner. By doing this you can help to
prevent wrinkles in the replacement screen.
Photo by Mark Donovan
Now continue to work your spline
roller around the perimeter of the window screen frame, pulling the screen
material tight just prior to working the spline into the frame. Note, that using
the spline roller takes some force as the rubber spline is designed to be a
After you have fully installed the
spline into the window screen frame, you can trim any excess screen using a
sharp utility knife and holding it at a low angle. Be sure, however to not cut
the spline and if at all possible leave about 1/32 of an inch of extra screen
material hanging out over the spline.
For information on
Installing a New Window, see the
Installing a New Window Ebook from
HomeAdditionPlus.com. The Installing a New Window Ebook provides easy to
understand, step-by-step instructions, on how to remove an old window and
install a new one. Pictures are included for every key step in the process.
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