Window screens can get punctured or torn, but if the frame is in good shape repairs are easy and can be done in a few minutes. If the screen frames are bent they will need to be replaced. You will need to make sure you match up the screen metal size and groove so that it fits perfectly. There are also screen pulls and springs that will need to have holes drilled into them, and can be challenging to apply the screen mesh over. The most popular replacement screen material is fiberglass. Its flexibility makes it the easiest to use—if you make a mistake, you can take it out of the frame and try again. Aluminum screen is sturdier, but you only get one chance. The grooves you've made with the screen rolling tool are there to stay. Know the size of your window when you go to the store to get supplies. It will sell pre-measured rolls to fit nearly any opening size.
Stevens Glass suggests that you:
- Pry out the old spline with an awl or a narrow-tipped screwdriver. Throw it away—spline gets hard and brittle as it ages and shouldn't be reused.
- Place wooden blocks along the inside of the two longest sides of the frame and secure them to the work surface. The blocks keep the frame from bowing inward when you install the new screen material.
- Lay the new screen material over the frame. It should overlap the frame by about 3/4 to 1 in. Cut each corner at a 45-degree angle just slightly beyond the spline groove. The cuts keep the screen from bunching in the corners.
- Begin installing the new spline at a corner. Use the screen rolling tool to push the spline and screen material into the groove. Continue around the frame. If wrinkles or bulges appear, remove the spline and reroll. Small wrinkles should tighten up as you get back to the starting corner
- Trim excess screen material using a utility knife with a new sharp blade. A dull blade will pull the material, not cut it. Cut with the blade on top of the spline and pointed toward the outside of the frame.
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