Repairing Your Window Screens is Easy and Inexpensive

Get tips and advice for repairing and replacing window screens.

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Window screens are a great invention: They protect the window, keep out insects and debris and make your home more secure. But what happens when they’re damaged?

Luckily, cleaning, repairing and replacing window screens are easy jobs. Even building a new replacement screen is simple. So let’s get started.

Making Minor Repairs

Window screens come in two materials, aluminum and fiberglass. Both types can be patched if the hole in them in is three inches or smaller, with a patch kit from a home repair store. Each type of screen has its own repair kit, and requires that you follow material-specific instructions.

If you aren’t sure which type of screen you have, remove the screen and take it to the hardware store to ensure you get the right kit.

Replacing the Screen

When window screens fail, it’s often because the screen itself comes loose or is torn. Replacing window screens can be done in half a day, if you’re doing several; less if you’re doing only one. It is rated easy, skill-wise.

You’ll need these supplies:

·         flat-head screwdriver

·         utility knife

·         spline

·         tape

·         screen roller

·         screen

Once you have your supplies, follow this tutorial on replacing a window screen from Carter Oosterhouse.

Building a Replacement Screen

If the entire screen frame is damaged, due to wind or age, you can build one yourself.

Here are the tools and materials you’ll need:

·         flat-head screwdriver

·         utility knife

·         clamps

·         spline tool

·         screen mesh

·         spline

·         frame corners

·         screen frame-stock

Once you’ve gathered your tools and supplies, follow this tutorial for building a replacement window screen.

This project takes about a half-day and requires a medium skill level.

Cleaning Window Screens

Make screens last longer, and easier to see out of, by cleaning them regularly. We recommend cleaning them at the beginning and end of the season, unless they become dirty and need to be cleaned more often.

For this job, you’ll need:

·         sponge or microfiber cloth

·         hose

·         vacuum cleaner

·         water

·         all-purpose liquid cleaner (Dawn dish detergent, Dr. Bronner’s soap, etc.)

·         towels

DIY blogger Emily Fazio walks you through the process of cleaning your window screens.

Buying a New Screen

If repairing the screen isn’t an option, and you don’t want to build a new frame, you can purchase screens at any hardware store and home center.

New screens can also be purchased from your window manufacturer to fit your windows exactly.

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Learn how to repair small tears in window screens with a screen repair kit.

Many replacement screens come in adjustable widths to ensure they fit any size window.

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