Are you having a hard time coping with the sight of old, broken screen windows around the house? Household tasks and responsibilities seem to never end for homeowners. If you want to save the value of your home, you need to make sure that windows screen repair is at the top of your priority list.
While in hot weather, window screens can help keep us comfortable while also protecting us from potential dangers. They keep bugs out of our homes and block dangerous UV rays from reaching us and our belongings as well. However, the mesh screen may become damaged over time, and it does with other outside modifications.
Luckily, window screen cleaning, repair, and replacement, on the other hand, are straightforward procedures. It’s also easy to make a new replacement screen. So, let us begin.
Assess The Damage
To figure out what kind of difficulty you’re working with, look at the screen. The repair of small rips and holes is as simple as using a piece of string to stitch them back together.
It is possible to cut a ring around the area and remove that portion of the screen if there is still a large hole. Then, using a separate sheet of the screen slightly larger than the one you previously cut out, sew it all together to complete the project.
If it looks like such an entire screen will need to be replaced, you will be forced to make that decision as soon as possible.
The first thing you’ll need is a spot that can be identified as a work area for you to do your work. After that, you’ll need to take the door off its hinges and set it on a level surface so that you can work on it more easily. Because screen windows can be either hinged or sliding, the removal procedures will differ based on the type of screen window you have now in your home.
Once you have the window in your working area, the first procedure is to gently and slowly remove the spline from the door siding, which can be made of rubber or vinyl, depending on the model. The spline must be replaced first if it has already been punctured in any way during the window installation process. If it hasn’t, you can move on to the screen problem right away if necessary.
Patching a Window Screen
Small holes on window screens are frequent, allowing insects or debris to enter the house. If your screen tears, repair it as soon as possible to avoid future problems.
Patching Small Holes
Holes that have a diameter of less than 1/8-inch are considered to be extremely tiny. The following materials can be used to repair the damage.
- Clear nail polish or clear silicone adhesive
- Small artist’s paintbrush
- Apply a small amount of nail varnish or silicone glue to the hole by painting or dabbing it on
- Make certain that you cover all of the hole’s surfaces, including the mesh that surrounds it.
- Allow time for the solution to dry off before moving forward.
- Apply a second coat of nail paint or adhesive over the top of the first coating.
- Allow for the drying of the liquid. The varnish or glue will seal the opening, preventing insects and other dirt from getting in.
Patching Long Thin Holes
Long, thin tears that are 1/8-inch wide or less in width can be sewed closed. The following materials can be used to repair the damage.
- Screen patch or piece of rolled screen mesh
- Take apart a sizable portion of vinyl or fiberglass thread that has been attached to the screen patch.
- Thread the string through the needle, then secure it with a knot.
- Pull the tip through the netting over one face of the tear by pushing it through the net on the opposite side. Don’t draw the string through the mesh ultimately; leave a short bit at the end to serve as an anchor for your windows screen repair.
- Pull the tip through the netting on the other face of the patch and softly tug it to bring the sides of the patch together.
- Pull the tip through the mesh immediately below the spot where you inserted it the first time. Gently pull the thread through.
- Repeat the process until the rip is completely closed.
Patching large holes
Larger tears or holes in a screen are more noticeable. The following materials can be used to repair the damage.
- Screen patch kit or piece of rolled screen mesh
- Make the kit’s screen patch 1-inch bigger than the hole.
- Use your fingertips to bend down the netting ends of the layer at a 90° angle so that they perpendicularly emerge out from the rear of the patch.
- Line the cover over the hole and press the curved ends directly through the mesh around the hole on the screen—the bent tips of the patch.
- To reposition the patch, bend the ends of the mesh, so they are flat against the screen.
Repairing your window screen
It’s straightforward to repair window screens that have been pierced or ripped as much as the framework is intact. Here’s how to restore your screen window by using the following materials
- Wood stop block
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Cordless drill
- Screen roller
- Utility knife
- Remove the old spline by prying it out in an awl or a screwdriver with a narrow tip.
- It should be thrown away because the spline becomes hard and brittle over time and should not be reused.
- Place wooden boards along with the interior of the frame’s two longest sides and screw them to the worktop to keep them from moving.
- When you install fresh windows screen repair material, the blocks restrict the screen frame from bowing inward.
- Cover the screen frame with the new screen material. It should have a 3/4-in to 1-in. overlap on the frame.
- Each corner must be cut at a 45-degree angle, immediately beyond the spline slot. The cuts in the screen prevent the screen from tugging in the corners.
- Start with a corner when installing the new spline.
- To place the spline but also screen material in the groove, utilize screen rolling tool.
- Continue around the perimeter of the frame. Strip the spline, then re-roll if creases or bulges emerge.
- As you return to the beginning corner, small kinks should tighten up.
- Utilize a knife with a fresh razor blade to trim any surplus screen material.
- Cut on the upper end of the spline, with the blade pointing toward the frame’s exterior.
- If the screen tightness is too slack throughout the window replacement, the screen will droop. However, pulling it excessively tight, especially on bigger window screens, might cause the metal sides to bend. Here’s a quick and easy method to do it right:
- Roll in the screen on the first two neighboring sides, then lay a brick to generate the necessary amount of slack.
- The fabric should now be installed along the 3rd and 4th edges of the frame of the screen of your existing window. Take out the brick.
Replacing a Window Screen
The screens of your windows have a specific function. They lose their ability to keep insects out if they develop a snag, a tear, or a hole in them. When a damaged window screen can no longer be repaired, it must be replaced. Don’t be discouraged. You can easily alter the screening with the use of the following material.
- Utility knife
- Spline( plastic Cording)
- Rolling Spline tool
- Nail punch
- Small clamp or Tape
- The screen is fixed by one plastic cord engage around the metal frame’s circumference in a channel. Pry the spline out from the groove with a tiny flat screwdriver, a nail punch, or a sharp implement.
- Remove and remove the old screen, as well as the old plastic lacing. If the framework is filthy, now is an excellent time to clean it.
- Put the metal frame on a level area, then roll out a piece of screening material long enough to cover it completely. Trim the screen to size, leaving a 2 inches boundary around the outside.
- Cover the frame with the suitably sized screening material, which spans the metal on all four edges.
- Pull the screening straight and secure it to the upper part of the frame with tape or clamps.
- Press the screen into the frame’s channel with the curved wheels of the rolling tool, starting on one side then working your way all around the perimeter of the frame.
- When you make your way across, make sure the material is taut, and then implant the plastic spline with the concave side with the same tool.
- Cut the extra material with a utility knife after installing the spline and install the new substitute screens in the window.
Final Thoughts on Your DIY Windows Screen Repair
As a DIY job, window screen replacement may be quite satisfying, and it can also keep your family safe. In addition, the pleasure of good performance will leave a genuine smile every time you gaze out that window for the remainder of the summer.
However, if you have the financial means to do so, engaging specialists to complete the windows screen repair is preferable. They will perform a better job. Scheduled a consult with Ace Windows’ experts today at (702) 331-8707 and get the best windows repair for your beloved property.