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When to Replace Your Window Screen

Window Screen Replacement Screen Spline Kit

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.

What’s Needed?

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

  1. Remove the frame, then remove the damaged screen.
  2. Cut a new piece of screening slightly larger than the frame and tape it securely to the frame.
  3. Make sure the material is straight, both up and down and side to side.
  4. Using the screen roller, push the screen into its channel.
  5. Secure the screen by then pushing the screen spline material into the channel.
  6. 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!