How to Install Double Hung Window Screens

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-100
What You'll Need
Tape Measure
New Screens
Tape (optional)

Window screens for all windows are important, even if you have a few double-hung window types. Yet changing old or worn screens is a part of life and good housekeeping. However, they can be tough to do if you have double-hung windows since they open out and you will have to change two screens per window. Here are the steps on getting the screens put in.

Measure Windows

Before you can buy new screens, you will need to know how wide and long they will need to be. So do the measuring and then go to buy the new screens.

Open Top Half of Window

Pull the top half out and up, and then look for the release latch on the screen. Press on them and wait for the screen to get loser, then gently pull it out of the window frame. Check the frame for damage, mold, or bugs, if you find any be sure to wipe them away. Then allow it to dry before you fit in the new screen.

Pop in New Screen

Place it in the bottom first and work its way up. Make sure that you feel it click or snap in place, then make sure that the latches are in place beside the screens. Make sure that it is snug in the frame and does not stick out or anything else that would make it defective. So check it and double-check it, you should also press some weight on it to see if it gives out. If so, try to place it in better or use tape to secure it into place. Also make sure that you can close, lock and open the window without any issues. If you do have problems, take it out and redo this step until you no longer have this issue.

Remove Lower Screen

Close the upper half and open the lower part up. Pull out the screen after pressing the release latches. Again, check the frame for bugs or mold, if found be sure to wipe it clean and allow it to dry.

Pop in Screen

Pop in the new screen this time from top to bottom, and wait to hear the click. Check that the latches are in place and the screen is tested for weakness. If so, again use tape or something that is adhesive. Then test that you can close, open and lock the window. If you can close them all the way and lock them, you can go to the next window if you have one or you are finished.


You may want to print this out if you have more than one double-hung windows that need this. Other than that, this is a straightforward process that is not hard or time/money consuming.