How to Replace a Window Screen How to Replace a Window Screen

Over time, extreme weather may lead to the need to replace a window screen. The replacement process is not very hard and can be carried out using few tools that can be bought from any home improvement store. 

Tools Needed to Replace the Window Screen

  • Screening Material
  • Rubber Material
  • Reusable Roller
  • Screwdriver
  • Pair of Scissors
  • Knife

Step 1: Locating and Removal of Window Screen

Remove the screen right out from the window and locate a clear flat space where you could work. Lay down the screen flat on the work place and remove the rubber material, which is holding the window screen in place. Make sure that you check the corners of the screen before undertaking this step as one end of the rubber material might just be pushed down in the groove. Then, with the help of a screwdriver, lever opens the end and pull out the rubber material from all around the screen, there is no glue at all to worry about. Once the rubber material is out, you can just lift the old window screen and throw it off.

Step 2: New Screen Window

Take the new screen and lay it down onto the frame and with the help of the pair of scissors, trim it all around the window opening say about an inch larger than the opening of the window. All you need to make sure is that the window screen is still square and is centered on the frame in the right manner before installing it.

Step 3: Running the Rubber Material or Spline

From the corner you need to run the rubber material along the groove at the boundary of the frame and tilt the reusable roller right to the outside of the frame, rolling it slowly along the groove and pushing the new material down into the groove. Keep performing this step along one of the sides of the window and when you end up reaching the corner of the frame, with the help of your screwdriver, push the rubber material down into the right angle at the corner.

Step 4: Installation of New Screening

Use the reusable roller to install the new screening and rubber material on the other side. Continue this step all around the window.

Step 5: Finishing the New Screening

The last step involves the finishing of the new screening of the window. With the help of scissors, cut the rubber material, so it ends up overlapping the corner by about an inch and press it with the screwdriver. You may be required to trim the excess screening from the frame.

Your new screen window is all ready to go back into the window. Keep in mind, if the roller is used too fast, it might rip off the screening. This could possibly damage the screen material. Therefore, you need to work slowly and steadily to avoid any accidental problems. When pushing the frame, be careful as frames made of thin aluminum can be easily bent. Pieces from the damaged screen can be used in the future to patch holes and scrapes in other screens.

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