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How to Repair or Replace a Broken Window Screen

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Window screens are an important part of any window. They allow you to enjoy fresh air without inviting insects into your home and also add another layer of security. So when your screen is torn, has a hole, or is falling out of the frame, you may not feel safe or want to use your window at all.

Luckily repairing or even replacing your broken window screen is an easy and affordable fix! With just a little elbow grease, you can learn how to remove a window screen and get your window back in working order..

Ready to get started? Here are our top tips on window screen replacement.

hole in window screen

How to Fix a Broken Window Screen

If the hole or tear in your screen is smaller than 3 inches, you can repair it relatively easily.

You will just need a screen repair kit (available at most hardware stores). These kits consist of adhesive screen mesh replacement. Just be sure to check the dimensions of the screen pieces in the kit you purchase to ensure it will cover the hole in your screen properly.

Once you have your kit, simply follow the instructions on the package. Most kits do not require any tools, although some may call for a heat source to properly adhere. For these, a hair dryer is usually recommended.

How to Replace or Change a Broken Window Screen

If your broken window screen has a large hole, tear, or if it’s coming loose from the frame, it’s best to replace the screen altogether. Repairing large holes or tears is much harder and you may not get a sturdy finished product.

If the idea of replacing a window screen seems daunting to you, it shouldn’t. Believe it or not, learning how to replace a window screen is an easy project! If you have the tools, you can complete it in less than an hour.

Replacing your window screen not only restores functionality but also enhances the appearance of your home. With a new screen in place, you’ll enjoy improved ventilation and insect protection. Plus, the satisfaction of accomplishing a DIY task will leave you feeling motivated to take on more home improvement projects. So don’t let hesitation hold you back – give it a try and see the difference it makes!

window screen replacement tools

Tools you will need to replace your broken window screen:

  • Flat-head screwdriver: Used to remove the old screen and spline from the frame.
  • Window screen spline: Essential for securing the new screen into the frame.
  • Replacement screen mesh: This is the material that forms the actual screen. It’s available in rolls at hardware stores and comes in various materials like fiberglass or aluminum.
  • Awl: Helps to push the spline into the frame’s grooves securely.
  • Scissors or utility knife: Used for cutting the screen mesh to the correct size.
  • Tape: Sometimes used to hold the screen in place while you’re installing it.
  • Screen roller: A tool with a wheel used to press the spline into the frame, ensuring a tight fit and professional finish.

Steps to Replace Your Window Screen

  1. Find a large, flat workspace with a sturdy surface and gather your tools.
  2. Carefully remove the damaged or broken window screen from the window and lay it on your work space.
  3. Using your flat-head screwdriver, pry the screen spline (the black cord-like piece that secures the screen into the frame) out. Discard the old spline and the damaged screen.
  4. Cut your spline (one piece to go around the entire window frame) and set aside.
  5. Unroll the replacement screen and position it over the frame. Pull it tightly so that it goes over the grooves the spline sits in. Cut a piece of the screen, making sure to leave a few extra inches.
  6. Use your screen roller to push the screen and spline into the grooves, being sure to pull the fabric taut. If you are using a fiberglass screen, you will be able to pull the spline out and reposition the screen, if necessary. If you are using aluminum, the grooves that you make are permanent so you will need to cut a new piece of screen if you make a mistake.
  7. Using your scissors or utility knife, trim the excess screen from the edges.
  8. Place your screen back in your window!

person replacing window screen
Now you have the tools and experience to fix any broken window screen whenever you need to. This will save you time and money, while allowing you to enjoy fresh air without worrying about pests making their way in.

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