How to Replace a Torn Fiberglass Screen With Heavy Duty Screen Mesh

Replace torn screening in less than 30 minutes.

Replace door and window screening quickly and easily with simple tools. Use pet-proof screening for durability.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Replace torn screening

Installing heavy-duty screen is a lot easier than training your pet to stop pushing and clawing at the door or window. The toughest screen we know of is PetScreen, which is sold at home centers and online. Keep in mind that heavy screen has one drawback: It blocks sunlight and your view more than standard screen.

Heavy-duty screen is installed just like any other screen. If your screen is in a wooden frame, you'll have to carefully remove moldings and pry out staples to remove the old screen. Then staple the new screen into place, stretching it tight as you go. Replacing screen in a metal frame may look more complex, but it's actually faster and easier. All you need are scissors, a utility knife, clamps, a nail set, a spline roller and spline. Spline comes in three sizes; take a piece of the old spline to the home center to match the thickness. These replacement steps take about 15 minutes:

Standard and Heavy-Duty Screening

Heavy-duty screening has more strands and thicker strands. It also blocks more of your view.

Heavy-duty and standard screening

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

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Clamps
  • Nail set
  • Utility knife

You'll also need scissors and a spline roller.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Screening
  • Spline

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