What are these window screens called?


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Old 03-12-22, 04:10 PM
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What are these window screens called?

We have screens like this all over our house on our casement windows. The pins are spring loaded but donít have a pull on them anywhere. I am try to get a couple screens made (for building a custom plexiglass insert for a portable AC) but I donít know what this type of screen is called so I donít know what to search for. There is also the lip/trim on the screen that covers the gap when the screen goes in. Thanks!


Pin. The lip is on the inside of the window (the screens get installed for the inside)

Inside of screen.
 
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Old 03-12-22, 05:48 PM
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I wouldn't think those screens would have a special name.
They are custom manufactured to fit a specific window and that makes them expensive.

What brand are your windows ?
The screens would be the same brand.

It would be more cost effective to make your own custom screens out of a wood frame and bulk screen.
 
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Old 03-12-22, 06:43 PM
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I was afraid that was going to be the answer. I think the windows are a local-ish company that might not be in business anymore or were bought by some other local-ish company.

any suggestion on a tutorial on building my own. Iím handy enough, but time to get it done is at a premium unfortunately.
 
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Sleeper may recognize the brand. He'll be back.
 
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So I double checked the windows and the only obvious marking I see at the moment is duralite L8 between the panes if that helps at all.
 
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Old 03-12-22, 08:53 PM
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Its a flanged or lip roll screen. There are several kinds, and your profile is a bit more specific.

That style is specific to certain brands of casement windows with hidden plungers. (Gorell and Softlite + many others) It's a casement lip roll formed aluminum flanged screen frame. They do not have pull tabs, you are just supposed to use your fingernails on the edges of the screen, and push the screen either left or right and then pull it out. They just click into place when you install them and they pull right off when you pull on the edge of the screen. This is because they use a pressure fitted plunger, not your typical plunger that has a pull knob on the inside perimeter of the screen, for a clean look.

You will likely want to use the typical spring bolt style of plungers, which are on on inside of the screen... not the kind your screen has above. That means you cannot use the exact kind of screen frame you have pictured. Because they cannot be used with that type of plunger. The pull knob on the plunger would be on the wrong side of the screen.

Here is a link where you can compare the measurements of what you currently have.

https://www.reflectwindow.com/produc...RoCewAQAvD_BwE

And here is a link to the corner keys:

https://www.reflectwindow.com/produc...ent-lip-corner

IMO you would probably want a reverse lip screen frame, with standard plunger pins.

Norm does screens maybe he will chime in.
 

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Thanks! That really helps! Iím looking to actually screw in a piece of plexiglass into the frame of the screen so that I can cut a hole to duct out a portable AC (I canít find a casement window AC unit anywhere.

so I guess if I screw the plexiglass in from the outside there would be space to do the plunger style pins on the inside lip of the screen.

edit: taking a look at the profile, for the plungers do you just drill right through the channel that the screen goes in? Iím trying to visualize how those pins work with the frame.

I assume I can just buy a length of frame, cut it with a hack saw and use those corners to make the screen frame?
 
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Old 03-13-22, 10:08 AM
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Yes, there is a special step bit that is used to drill the holes.

I might be wrong about using the pins with the pull tabs with your existing screen style. But some profiles work better than others due to their shape. Another common style simply uses little plastic turn tabs to hold the screen up against a stop.
 
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Old 03-13-22, 01:15 PM
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Can't add any more info than what XSLEEPER posted. He pretty much covered everything.
 
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Well I am finally getting around to making these inserts but Iím having a hard time finding pins that will fit. I bought some 5/32 plungers but they are too big to fit in the slot. Are there smaller ones available somewhere or some other style to use? Thanks again for all your help
 
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Old 05-06-23, 06:35 PM
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I've searched high and low and can't find them.

It's a metal central spring clip, but all I can find are these nylon ones, and they aren't even the same thing... just close. https://pefraser.com/en/product/spring-net-sp-089/

You might be able to make them work though, the measurements are on the thumbnail in the link above.

You might try reaching out to Canadian Choice Windows. They use this same style of screen spring on their casement and awning window screens, and maybe they could give you a lead. You'll have to Google them, their contact info is readily available.

At any rate, those screens don't have pulls and don't need them. If you want to see how to remove them, just go to YouTube and type in Canadian Choice window screens. They have a short video on how to remove them. You just push down on the bottom and pull on one side, or grip the top if you are tall enough.
 
 

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