Windows and screens are much like a beekeeper’s protective gear. It only takes a single hole or tear, and you’re vulnerable to getting stung. Only, with windows and screens, that sting comes in the form of an unexpected jump in heating/cooling costs, costly water damage in your walls, and a potential pest invasion. Sometimes, that sting is actually a sting. Improper screening also allows bees, wasps, hornets and other household pests an entry point into your home. That is why it is so important to have good windows and properly maintained screens on your house.
How to fix a damaged screen:
Tools needed to fix a damaged screen: Spline roller, flat blade screwdriver, duct tape, a utility knife, scissors, window screening, and new spline (found in any hardware store.)
- Lay the screen and frame flat on a hard surface.
- Duct tape the four corners to the surface.
- Use the flat head screwdriver to gently pry up a corner of the spline (the strip found around the edge of the screen).
- Gently pull out all of the spline.
- Remove the old screen.
- (optional) Clean the grooves around the inside of the frame.
- Lay the new screen so that it leaves about 2 inches extra around the outside of the frame.
- Use the convex side of your spline roller, starting at one corner, and start rolling in the new spline.
- Use the flat edge screwdriver to push the spline into the corners.
- Once the spline is completely in, use the concave side of the spline roller to do another pass.
- Use a knife or a pair of scissors to cut off any excess spline.
- Cut off any extraneous screen using your utility knife cutting at a 45 degree angle.
- Install your new window screen back onto your window.
Screens also affect the curb appeal of your home. Even if you’re not currently in the market to sell, damaged screens can turn a beautiful home into an unsightly mess. If you’re out to impress, keeping your screens in great condition is a good way to start.
Stunning windows is another way to make your home stand out, and when you get new windows from Window Nation, you’ll also get durable screens with strong fiberglass mesh and heavy-duty aluminum frames for long-lasting durability and solid protection from invading pests.
When it’s time for a new window or window screen, it’s time for Window Nation.