The lifespan of a window screen depends on a variety of factors, such as mesh, frame type, and the environment in which you live. The mesh’s material is vital for its durability. Materials include aluminum, fiberglass, or steel. Screens in dry and shaded areas last a decade or more.
Keep Up with Maintenance
Proper maintenance involves regularly checking the mesh condition for tears or holes or shininess, which can signal wear and a possible need for replacement.
Inspect Places that are Prone to Weather
Patio doors are prime candidates for tears. They work great for ventilation while screening pests, but they see much action and are prone to tear, especially in the case of fiberglass screens.
What to Get to Replace a Screen
Replacing a screen involves two primary items: a spline – a thin tube of rubber that tucks the screen into a groove at the edges – and a spline installing tool.
The tool resembles a pizza cutter, where the “cutting edge” pushes the spline into the groove. It has a convex-edged wheel on one end and a concave-edge wheel on the other. In the case of fiberglass, use only the convex as the concave is for prepping metal screens.
Spline thickness typically varies by 1/64th of an inch, so it’s essential to match the spline with the groove.
Items to Buy
- A screen, which should have about a 2-inch overlap
- Bundle of spline
- Installation tool
Screens are routinely replaceable and keeping up on maintenance and replacements keeps them in good working order and good shape. You might also want to invest in an energy-efficient screen for a reduced energy bill.
Give us a call at 1-800-229-3181 and we will be happy to find the perfect screen spline for your application!