How to Patch: Screen Door Repair How to Patch: Screen Door Repair

What You'll Need
Replacement screening
Fiberglass repair kit
Clear silicone caulk
Wire
Wire cutters
Paint roller
Putty knife
Stanley knife
Screwdriver
Plank of wood
Straightedge

A door can suffer wear and tear not only because of age but also as a result of adverse weather conditions, making knowing how to patch a screen door a useful skill. In order to keep your home safe and free from insects before a placement is obtained, some steps to patch the door can be implemented.

Step 1 – Inspection

Prior to applying a patch to a screen door, you should begin by examining the entire door and checking what the screen is made from. This will enable you to locate every defect in the screen to get an idea of how many patches you will need to create, as well the severity of any tears. In addition, you will also be able to check the construction of the door to determine whether you will be able to remove the screen to make the task easier.

Step 2 – Remove Screen

If possible, remove the frame from the recess of the door to enable you to patch the screen more easily. Some varieties will be held in place with screws and you can remove the screen by withdrawing the screws, starting at the upper end and working your way down. Alternatively, you should be able to pry the screen out of place with a flathead screwdriver, enabling you to reach the sliding mechanism that holds it in place. Once it has been removed, lay the screen flat where it will be easy to work on.

Step 3 – Prepare Patches

To create an effective patch for a door, it is necessary to measure the tears in the screen first. For individual tears, you will need to create a patch that is approximately 2 inches larger than the defect to be covered. Where there are many tears in the screen, it may be more prudent to patch the screen entirely. Once you have noted the dimensions, cut the replacement sheeting in accordance with them.              

Step 4 – Repair

Some minor tears in fiberglass can be repaired without the need for patches as they can be stuck together. Where this is the case, start by cutting away any stray loose particles of the screen in preparation. Use a putty knife to apply some silicone caulk to the tear, making sure that it is properly smoothed out so that no air bubbles are present. Where a patch for the screen is required, use a Stanley knife to cut the sheeting to size by laying it out of a plank of wood.

Fiberglass patches can be attached using the gel included in the fiberglass repair kit, using the roller to ensure that it is applied smoothly. Other types of screen can be applied using a type of stitching method that can be undertaken with wire and your fingers. Insert the end of the wire through the patch and the screen after it has been placed. Fold the end flat against the screen before threading the length of the wire in and out of the screen. Continue in this manner around the entire patch.

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