Has your home been looking a little drab, and you don’t know why? Have you been getting more houseflies in your home during the summer months, and it is driving you crazy? If so, then it might be time to check your window screens.
How Long Screens Last and What to Look For
In a typical home, you can expect screens to last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. It depends on how much wear and tear they experience and how much maintenance they receive along the way.
Here’s what you can do to check your window screens:
- Determine what shape your screens are in by going to each window screen in your home to give them an inspection.
- Check if there is any damage or erosion to the screen itself and the screen frame spline. It is the long rubber cord that holds the screen into the screen frame. Often, screens can begin to pull out from this area, or the screen frame spline itself can break and start pulling away.
- Inspect the screen itself for any holes or tears.
If you notice these signs of wear and tear, it is time to replace your screen and screen spline.
What Materials You Need to Repair Screens
Typically, you will need a roll of mesh screen, a screen spline, and a spline roller. A spline can come in different styles and materials but typically work in the same way.
To determine the size screen spline you need, measure the spline groove in the screen frame. The spline groom’s perimeter needs to be measured to know what length of the spine you will need for the screen replacement.
How to Extend the Life of Newly Replaced Screens
The two most important factors to consider that increase the lifespan of your newly replaced screens are the use of high-quality materials and routine inspection and maintenance. Periodically, the homeowner should check heavily weathered areas and areas with a lot of direct sunlight for unusual wear and tear and repair as needed.
Always choose high-quality repair products like DAPA Products’ high-quality spline. You can reach our customer service team at 1-800-200-229-3181. We can help guide you in deciding what high-quality screen frame spline best fits your needs. Remember, quality and maintenance are key to extending the life of your new screens.