Select screen material
The most popular replacement
screen material is fiberglass, the
type we're installing. Its flexibility
makes it the easiest to use—if you
make a mistake, you can take it out
of the frame and try again.
Aluminum screen is sturdier,
but you only get one chance.
The grooves you've made with the
screen rolling tool are there to stay.
A third type of screen material
that's popular is sun-shading fabric.
It blocks more sun, which means
less load on your air-conditioning
system and less fading of your
carpet, draperies and furniture.
It's also stronger than fiberglass and
aluminum screening, so it's great
for pet owners.
All three materials
come in gray
or black to match
your other window
screens. You can
also get shiny
aluminum as well
fabrics in bronze
and brown tones.
Know the size of
your window when
you go to the home
center. It will sell pre-measured
rolls to fit nearly any opening size.
If your screen frame is taller than
36 in., it should have a center support to keep it from bowing in once
the material is in place. Newer screens
usually come with this support. If your long screens don't have a support, you can make one out of
aluminum frame stock. It's located near the screening supplies in
most stores. The aluminum stock can be cut with a tin snips and trimmed to fit.
Replace the screen
Get the tension just right when you fix a screen.
Pro Trick For Proper Screen Tension
If the screen tension is too loose, the screen will sag, but if you pull it too tight, especially on larger door and window screens, the tension can actually bow in the aluminum sides. Here’s a simple way to get it just right. After rolling in the screen on the first two adjoining sides, place a brick or similar heavy object in the center of the screen to create the proper amount of slack. Then continue installing the fabric along the third and fourth sides of the screen frame. Remove the brick.
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Video: How to Replace a Door or Window Screen
If you have a damaged window or door screen, you don't need to buy a new frame. Rick Muscoplat, an expert at The Family Handyman, will show you how to replace a screen with a new screen and simple repair