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How To Replace A Window Screen

Replacing a window screen can seem like an intimidating task, but don’t worry! It’s actually pretty easy to do and it’s well worth the effort. In this article, we’ll show you how to easily replace a worn out or damaged window screen in no time. With a few simple tools and supplies, you can have your window screens looking good as new in just a few steps.

The first step is to remove the old screen from the frame. This can be done with basic hand tools such as pliers or a utility knife. There are also special tools called “screen removal tools” which are very helpful for this task. Once the old screen is removed, it’s time to measure for the replacement screen and cut it to size. Measure twice so that you make sure you get the size right!

Finally, once you have your new screening material cut to size, it’s time to install it into the frame. This can be done using either staples or spline (a tool which is used to secure the screening material in place). With these simple steps, you can easily replace any worn out or damaged window screens in no time!

Gather Materials And Tools

Window screens are an essential part of our homes, so if it needs to be replaced, there’s no time to waste. But before you get started, you’ll need to make sure that the right materials and tools are on hand. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need!

First off, you’ll need a new screen frame and spline material. It’s important to measure your window as accurately as possible in order to find the right size. You will also need wire cutters or scissors, a utility knife and a few other handyman tools like screwdrivers and pliers. As for materials, you’ll want some adhesive caulk or construction adhesive, plus steel wool or sandpaper for smoothing out any rough edges.

With the materials list now complete, it’s time to move on with the project – removing the old window screen is up next! This can require some elbow grease depending on its condition so be ready for anything when tackling this task.

Remove Old Window Screen

Now it’s time to get to work – removing the old window screen. This can be a tricky task, but with the right tools and materials, you’ll have the old screen out in no time.

Here’s what you need:

  • Tools:
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Long-handled needle nose pliers
  • Utility knife or scissors
  • Materials:
  • Replacement window screen material
  • Screen spline (the rubber bead that holds the screen in place)
  • Spool of screening tool (optional)

Start by carefully removing the spline and then cut off the old screen material. Be sure to use caution when handling sharp objects like scissors and utility knives. If there is any leftover spline or material on the frame, remove it with your pliers or screwdriver. Once everything has been cleared away, clean up any debris and make sure the frame is free of dirt and dust so your new screen will fit properly. Now that you’ve got your frame prepped, move on to measuring for your new window screen material.

Measure For New Screen

Measuring for a new window screen is an important step in replacing your old one. It’s important to get the sizing right before cutting, otherwise you may end up with a screen that doesn’t fit properly or look good. To get the measurements right, you’ll need:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Metal
  • Retractable
  • Pencil
  • Notepad

Start by measuring the frame of your window from side to side and top to bottom. Make sure to measure twice and write down your figures on the notepad. After that, measure the existing window screen in the same way and jot down those numbers too. Now you have all the info you need to buy a new window screen of just the right size. You can even double check your measurements at home before heading out to buy the replacement screen. Just remember: measure twice, cut once! Once you’ve got everything prepped, it’s time to move onto cutting the new screen to size.

Cut New Screen To Size

Before cutting the new screen to size, it’s important to consider how the cut might affect the integrity of the screen. You want to be sure that you’re able to provide a secure fit without compromising on quality. Fortunately, with the right tools and instructions, this is an easy task.

To begin, make sure you have your materials handy – a sharp utility knife with fresh blades and a straight edge such as a ruler or metal yardstick. Place your screen across the window frame, then line up your straight edge along the edges of the window frame where you’ll be making your cuts. This will ensure that you get clean, even cuts for a better-looking finish.

Once everything is in place, use gentle pressure on your knife as you cut along the straightedge. Be sure not to press too hard – if you do, you may end up with an uneven cut. When done correctly, this should result in an accurately cut screen that fits perfectly around your window frame.

Now that you’ve got everything sized and ready to go, it’s time to mount the spline roller and get started on installing your new window screen!

Mount Spline Roller

Right, now that you’ve cut the new screen to fit your window, it’s time to mount it. You’ll need a spline roller for this job. It looks like a little wheel with spokes in the middle – kind of like a mini pizza cutter! The idea is to use the roller to press the new screen into the frame. This will secure it in place and make sure your window stays tightly sealed against any bugs or debris.

First things first: thread your new screening mesh onto one side of the frame and then roll it with the spline roller across to the other side. Make sure you keep everything nice and tight, so that there are no air gaps or loose sections. With each pass, use firm pressure against both sides of the frame to securely attach the mesh material. It’s important not to tear or stretch out your mesh while doing this – that’ll weaken its strength over time.

Once you’re finished rolling, trim off any excess mesh with scissors so that it fits properly within your frame. Now you’ve got yourself a nice, secure screen! All that’s left is to install it – but we’ll get into that in our next section…

Install The New Screen

Ah, installing a new window screen- the final piece of the puzzle! Time to get that job done right and make sure your window is looking great.

To start, you’ll need to get your screen cut to size. Once that’s done, it’s time to install it. You’ll want to use a pair of scissors or a knife to cut away the old spline, then take out the old screen and frame. Now, you’re ready to roll out the new screen onto the frame. Make sure it’s evenly distributed while pressing down firmly on each side with your hands as you go.

Once you’ve got your frame full of nice tight fitting new screen, now comes the important part: taking your spline roller and running it along the edges of the frame with enough pressure so that it binds nicely into place. This will ensure a tight fit and keep your window safe from any pesky flying bugs or critters. It also ensures that no wind comes through when you open and close your windows!

Now that everything is set up and secure, time for one last step – trimming away any excess material from around the edges of your window frame. With just this one final touch, your window will be looking just as good as brand new!

Trim Excess Screen

Trimming the excess screen is the last stretch before all your hard work pays off. It’s like unwrapping a present, with excitement and anticipation on what you have achieved. As a handyman, I’ve learned that one of the most important steps in replacing a window screen is trimming away any excess materials.

This involves measuring the frame of the window to ensure that it fits properly, and then cutting away any excess pieces of the screen material. It’s important to be precise when doing this, as any uneven cuts can cause gaps or unleveled edges in your new window screen. Using scissors or a sharp utility knife will be helpful in ensuring clean cuts.

Once you have cut away all the extra material, you are ready to move ahead with the final step – applying polycrylic or polyurethane – to help seal off your window screen and protect it from moisture and other elements. From here, you can start enjoying the fruits of your labor – a brand-new window screen!

Apply Polycrylic Or Polyurethane

Applying polycrylic or polyurethane is like putting the finishing touches on a work of art. It’s the kind of job that needs to be done right if you want your window screen to last. As any good handyman knows, there are a few steps to take when it comes to applying these sealants.

First, put on rubber gloves and safety glasses for protection. Then, open up the container and stir the contents with a stick until everything is mixed together. After that, use a paintbrush or foam brush to apply sealant evenly across the frame. Make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies so there aren’t any gaps left over.

Once you’ve finished brushing on the sealant, let it sit for at least 24 hours before touching anything else. That way, it has time to properly cure and form an airtight bond with the frame and screen material. With this final step completed, you can be sure your window screen will remain secure for years to come!

Let Sealant Cure

Once you’ve applied the sealant, it’s time to let it cure. This is an important step and should not be rushed. It’s likely that the instructions on the container of sealant will say how long to give it for curing. Generally, it can take up to 72 hours for a sealant to cure completely.

During this time, you’ll need to keep kids and pets away from the area so they don’t mess with the sealant while it sets. If you’re working outside, this could mean covering or taping off the area until the sealant has cured completely.

Once it’s cured and dry, you’ll be ready to move onto reinstalling your window screen. Make sure you’ve got all your supplies ready – including new screws if necessary – before getting started!

Reinstall Window Screen

Alright, let’s get to the final step of this window screen replacement process. We’ve prepped and installed the frame, so now it’s time to reinstall the window screen. First off, make sure you have all necessary tools and materials handy – this includes a ruler, scissors or utility knife, spline roller, etc.

Now it’s time to actually install the new screen. Start by laying the new screen over the frame and cutting it so that it fits snugly against each side of the frame. Once cut, fit one side of the screen into place then use your spline roller to secure it in place using spline. Then do the same with opposite side of frame, repeating until all four sides are secured in place.

Once you’ve finished installing your new window screen and all four sides are secured with spline, take a few moments to inspect your work before moving on to the next task – consider window screen alternatives if needed.

Consider Window Screen Alternatives

When it comes to replacing a window screen, you’ve got options. You’re not limited to just one style; instead, you can explore alternatives and find the perfect solution for your home. From colorful frames to sleek materials, there are many creative ways to update your window screens. Let’s take a look at some of the top choices.

First up is the classic mesh screen. Mesh screens come in a variety of sizes and colors, so you can customize them to match any color scheme or decor style. They are also much more affordable than other types of window screens and are easy to install (or replace). Plus, they provide excellent protection against bugs and other pests.

Another option is Plexiglas or acrylic panels. These panels provide superior insulation and durability compared to traditional mesh screens and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many homeowners also appreciate the modern look that Plexiglas or acrylic panels give their windows, as well as their ability to reduce glare from the sun.

Here’s a list of alternative window screen options: • Mesh Screens • Plexiglas/Acrylic Panels • Vinyl Window Shades • Aluminum Grills • Fabric Window Shades No matter which option you choose, make sure it fits your needs and budget. Installing an alternative window screen can be an inexpensive way to give your home’s exterior an updated look while providing added protection against unwanted intruders.

Choose The Right Spline

When it comes to replacing a window screen, choosing the right spline is essential for the job. Splines are like rubber bands that keep your screen in place. There are several different types of splines and you’ll need to choose the one that fits your window frame perfectly.

To get started, measure the size of your window frame and find a spline that matches. You can find these at most hardware stores, but be sure to take the measurements with you so you don’t end up with a spline that doesn’t fit. Once you have found the right size, remove any old spline from your frame and install the new one by pushing it into each corner of your frame.

After all four corners have been secured, use a pair of scissors or a utility knife to trim off any excess material. Make sure that all four sides are even and flush with each other before moving on to the next step.

TIP: Be sure to wear protective gloves and eyewear when cutting and installing splines as they can be sharp!

Understand The Difference Between Polycrylic And Polyurethane

Now that you’ve chosen the right spline, it’s time to understand the difference between polycrylic and polyurethane. Both materials are great for window screens. But they have some distinct differences. Here are four key points to keep in mind:

  1. Polycrylic is a water-based finish that won’t yellow over time. It’s also easy to clean up with soap and water, making it a popular choice among handymen.

  2. Polyurethane is an oil-based finish that provides better protection against scratches and dents than polycrylic. However, this material can discolor if exposed to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.

  3. Polycrylic is generally considered safer for the environment since it’s water-based, whereas polyurethane is more toxic due to its chemical components.

  4. Costwise, polycrylic is typically cheaper than polyurethane, so budget-minded homeowners may prefer this material for their window screens.

In short, both materials have their pros and cons when it comes to replacing a window screen – so weigh your options carefully before making a decision! Now let’s look at how to prepare the window frame for installation…

Prepare The Window Frame For Installation

Right, let’s get that window frame ready for installation. First off, you’ll need to make sure it’s clean and free of dirt and debris so the new screen will adhere properly. Give it a good scrub with soap and water and then dry it off with a lint-free towel. Once that’s taken care of, take a look at the frame to see if there are any small holes or dents that need filling in. If there are, fill them in with wood filler and let it dry before sanding smooth.

If you’re replacing an old screen, now’s the time to remove it. Start by taking out all the staples around the perimeter of the frame using a flathead screwdriver or pliers. Next, carefully remove the spline – this is what holds the mesh in place – without tearing or damaging it. You may need to use a putty knife or other thin tool to help get it started. Once all that’s done, your window frame should be ready for its new screen!

Now that everything is prepped up, you’re almost ready to install your new window screen. All you need now is your supplies: some replacement screening material (fiberglass or aluminum works best) and spline (rubberized cord), as well as any tools like scissors and/or a spline roller if needed. With all those items in hand, you’ll be able to finish up this job quickly and easily!

Benefits Of Having A New Window Screen

Like a breath of fresh air, a new window screen can be the perfect solution to brightening up your home. It can also bring several benefits that make this project worth doing. Let’s take a look at some of them!

• Increased natural light: A new window screen can let in more sunlight into your living space, creating a brighter atmosphere and helping you save on energy costs. • Improved insulation: A new window screen can help keep warm air in during the winter and cool air in during the summer, helping to keep your home comfortable all year round. • Added security: New screens are sturdier than old ones and are harder to break into, giving you added peace of mind when it comes to keeping your family safe.

Installing a window screen is not difficult but it does require some basic DIY skills. You’ll need to prepare the frame for installation by cleaning the surface and making sure the frame fits properly before attaching the mesh material. From there, you’ll want to use durable screws or nails to secure it in place and then caulk around the edges for added protection from moisture. Doing this job yourself will save you money and give you an appreciation for just how satisfying it is to renovate one piece of your home at a time!


So, if you’re looking to fix up your window screens and want a job done right, take the time to do it properly. Replacing a window screen may seem like an easy job at first glance, but there are plenty of details that require attention and care. From measuring for the correct size, cutting the new screen, and understanding the difference between Polycrylic and Polyurethane – you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is when you have all the right tools and materials.

The benefits of having a new window screen are astronomical. Not only will it look great, but it will also keep bugs out while allowing fresh air in. With an updated window screen in place, your home will be as good as new! Seriously, it’s like night and day; replacing your window screen can completely transform the look of your home in no time flat.

You don’t need to be a professional handyman to replace a window screen – just follow our step-by-step guide and you’ll be ready to go in no time! With just a few simple steps and the right materials, you can have a brand new window screen installed in no time. So get those tools ready because you won’t believe how quickly this project can be completed!

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