Inspecting your home’s window screens should be done on a regular basis. Screens do need to be replaced fairly often. The average life of a window screen is approximately 10 to 15 years. This can vary if the screen itself has been exposed to weather extremes.
A screen can need replacement earlier if it has been exposed to excessive water damage, children or pets pushing against a screen or if the screen itself is handled on a regular basis. It is time to replace your screens if the window screen components have rusted, are torn or have been stretched or damaged.
Screen replacement is usually a do-it-yourself project. If the rip or tear in the screen material is small, using a screen repair kit for patching is a simple fix. It can, however, be unattractive. Replacing all of the screening in a window instead of patching is simple and requires few tools – screen material, screen roller, screen spline, heavy-duty scissors, and a measuring tape. You will need a roll of screening and enough spline material for the perimeter of the screen.
Replacing The Screen
- Remove the frame, then remove the damaged screen.
- Cut a new piece of screening slightly larger than the frame and tape it securely to the frame.
- Make sure the material is straight, both up and down and side to side.
- Using the screen roller, push the screen into its channel.
- Secure the screen by then pushing the screen spline material into the channel.
- Trim off any excess and reinsert the screen into the window frame.
When you’re ready to make your purchase contact the nearest DAPA products store for a top of the line screen frame kit. Contact us with any questions at 1-800-229-3181 for pricing or order online!