How To Repair Damaged Window Screens

Posted on: 26 February 2015

Window and door screens are a useful accessory to any home. They allow you to feel like a part of the outdoors, without having to get the outdoors inside your house. Because they are the barrier between your home and the elements, they can often sustain various damages that impede their efficiency. Here are a few ways to make the most of your screens and prolong their lifespan.

Cleaning

If the problem with your screens isn't that they're broken but that they're old, worn or dirty, the first thing you should do it try cleaning them. You might be surprised how much better they'll look.

To deep clean your screens, you'll need:

  • Cleaning solution (mild cleaner such as dish soap)
  • Sponge
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Water for rinsing

First, remove the screen and get rid of large dirt buildup by vacuuming the screen. Saturate the screen with cleaner; scrub the frame with the sponge and use a brush (an old toothbrush will work fine) to lightly scrub dirt out of the screen's small openings. Rinse the soap off with warm water and let the screen dry before reattaching.

Frequent light cleaning will help you postpone deep cleans. Dust screens regularly and run a vacuum cleaner over spots with extra dirt buildup.

Repairing

When cleaning isn't enough, you can spruce up an old or damaged screen with a few simple repairs.

  • Small rips – The easiest thing to fix on a screen are small rips or holes. If the screen's hole is less than one fourth of an inch in diameter, then a drop or two of household sealing cement can close the gap.
  • Large tears – Larger tears will need a little extra work to fill in the gaps. Window screen tape is an adhesive strip of screen material that can be cut to fit the length of a torn screen. This may not be the most attractive fix, but at a couple dollars per roll, it's a bargain.
  • Filling in holes – Holes can be repaired by patching a piece of the same screen material over the opening. To do this you will need a sheet of screen material, scissors, and some water proof sealant. Cut a piece of the extra screen so that it covers the hole and slightly over. Seal the two pieces together where they overlap and wait until dry before reattaching the screen.

Replacing

Eventually all screens will need to be replaced. The average cost only falls around $200 to $300 per unit, depending on quality. If your screen has sustained too many damages to fix or you simply want to upgrade the style, shop around hardware stores and window repair shops to get a proper estimate of what new screen installation costs. Contact a company like Port Orchard Glass for more information.

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