How To Repair a Window Screen

How To Repair a Window Screen

Four Simple Steps To Fix Your Window Screen

Window screens can get saggy, punctured or torn and even our pets can do a job on our screens. Damaged screens will make the entire house look worn down. You can remove your screen and take it to a screen repair company, or if you are a do-it-yourselfer, repairing a screen is pretty easy. 

As long as, the screen frame is in good shape it can be easy and inexpensive to repair in a few minutes and your window will look as good a new.

You will need to get the following items ready before you begin:

  • Screen Material. The type of screen material you want–fiberglass or aluminum. Fiberglass screen is the most popular screen material since it is flexible which makes it easier to use. Also, if you make a mistake while installing your screen, you can take it out and try again. Aluminum screen is sturdier, but you only get one chance to roll it into the frame.
  • Spline Material. This material plays a crucial role in a window screen. It’s what holds the window screen material into the screen frame.  More specifically, the job of spline is to securely hold the screen fabric to the screen frame so that it keeps the fabric taunt and does not allow it to come loose.

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  • Screen Rolling Tool: This tool is used to install the spline. You will use the screen rolling tool to push the spline and screen material into the groove of the frame. This will secure the screen inside the channel of the screen frame. A standard spline roller consists of a handle with a metal wheel on each end.
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    Screen Rolling Tool
  • Razor Knife: A razor knife is needed to cut metal screen material. You can use scissors to cut fiberglass material.
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Razor Knife

Follow These Four Steps:

  1. Gently, remove the screen from its frame; A screwdriver will work to help pry out the screen.
  2. Cut a piece of the screen a little longer than you need. When cutting new aluminum screen material, be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from sharp edges. Roll the screening out with the curved side down and mark your cutting line with a pencil along a straightedge. Cut razor metal screening with a razor knife; fiberglass screening can be cut with scissors.
  3. Using the spline roller, force the fabric into the empty channel along one side of the frame and lock the fabric in place by pushing the spline back into the channel with the concave wheel of the roller. Pull the screen fabric taut and repeat along the other sides. Trim off the excess fabric using the razor knife.
  4. Fourth, re-install your screen with your window.