How to replace window screens yourself.

Learn how to replace window screens... it's price efficient and easy doing it yourself!

Once upon a time, I purchased a travel trailer from a friend. Included in the deal were lots of new-to-me supplies. I certainly had a learning curve in front of me!

Also included were window screen repair tools. I had never replaced a window screen before, however it felt smart to stock it anyway!

I was fortunate enough to not have to need these supplies the entire time I owned the trailer so I never had the chance to play with them. When the trailer was sold, I salvaged the supplies I desired to keep, scattering them around the house, including this kit.

Years later, I stared at a house window screen that was damaged and thought… “I have the goods to actually fix this!” But you think I could find the tools? Nope!

One shopping trip, I considered stocking up on new supplies for this. Grasping them in my hands, I told myself, “NO! You have this! Look for it…HARDER.” Gulp. This could take awhile.

Then another screen crumbled and died. Two down! I suffered years looking at the busted out screens but could not. find. that. kit!

But one deep DEEEEEP purge day, there they were, all rolled up in amongst some other stuff I never use. YES! YES YESSSSS!

Everything I needed to replace one screen was there. So I couldn’t wait to start!

I’ve long since found that my local hardware store carries bulk screen on a big roll, so I can cut what I need! SO COOL. I think I have a new hobby. 

Since this was new to me, I felt it may be also new to you. So I hereby share, how to replace window screens! Which will likely having you run to the store for a kit of your own…

How to replace window screens yourself

 

I’m going to be sharing how to replace the screen on existing frames that are still in decent shape.

If your screen frames are damaged, you can purchase fully made entire new screens, or frames you can custom build yourself. I’d price it out to see which is your better option.

Learn how to replace window screens... it's price efficient and easy doing it yourself!

Supplies you’ll need:

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Window screen material (there are various types on the market)

Window screen frame (IF yours needs replacing)

Spline (a foam rope type thing)

Screen roller tool


Learn how to replace window screens... it's price efficient and easy doing it yourself!

1. Remove the old spline to release the old screen.

A screen spline is a long foamy rope thing that holds the screen in place. Since it isn’t glued in, it’s effortless to remove.

Find where the spline starts and stops, dig into the corner, and pull it out.

You can reuse it if it’s in good shape, or replace it with a new one if it isn’t.

Learn how to replace window screens... it's price efficient and easy doing it yourself!

Learn how to replace window screens... it's price efficient and easy doing it yourself!

About screen materials

Window or door screen material is either sold by kit, as a roll or cut to suit. I got mine from a bulk roll at my local hardware store. I simply cut and purchased the exact size I needed. Very cool!

You can get a little fancier than standard screens too if you wish. There’s aluminum, fibreglass, pet-resistant, extra fine, and more. I just went with the standard and most price-efficient fibreglass for my needs.

HERE is an excellent website that explains the different screen types and what they do.

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2. Position new screen over frame, ensuring overlap on all 4 sides by a few inches.

I roughly positioned the new screen on top, then cut the screen to the rough desired shape.

3. Holding the screen in place, insert the screen roller into one window groove with the sharp (convex) side, and roll the screen roller tool to create a crease in the screen.

4. Position the spline along the the groove, then push it down into the grove using the groove (concave) side of the screen roller.

5. Complete one side at a time, ensuring the screen is aligned and taut.

Learn how to replace window screens... it's price efficient and easy doing it yourself!

6. Trim the screen by running an exacto knife against the screen frame along the outer edge of the spline.

Learn how to replace window screens... it's price efficient and easy doing it yourself!

Then be absolutely positively amazed that your window screen looks brand new and you did this yourself!

Learn how to replace window screens... it's price efficient and easy doing it yourself!

Learn how to replace window screens... it's price efficient and easy doing it yourself!

I immediately placed this screen in the guest room window and it looks as good as new, just like the rest of the room! LONG overdue.

Learn how to replace window screens... it's price efficient and easy doing it yourself!

Next up, I plan to attempt to build a screen from scratch to incorporate two handles in my photo studio… (this will be a challenge…)

Learn how to replace window screens... it's price efficient and easy doing it yourself!

And plan to revamp my DIY screen doors on the french doors upstairs… knowing I now can! But this time, with the anti-pet climbing stuff so they can’t ruin it…

Look out windows, I’m coming for all of you now…

Have you changed out your window screens? Think you’ll try?

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Other proud moment DIY fixes:

How I fixed my travel trailer door for $1.67

How I tiled my own floor with a cut pattern no less!

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  1. Nope, I’ve never tried that and the screens down at our holiday home are looking rather tatty at the moment and with summer around the corner, I’m going to have to make a plan else the mozzies will carry us away 😀 Thanks for the tut Donna, I didn’t realize it was so easy. Now I just need to see if our hardware store stocks some of the anti-pet climbing ones, else our fur babies are going to have a field day

  2. Donna,

    You never cease to amaze me at all you can do!

    I just had a new screen door installed on the beach house and told the contractor I might need new window screens soon. After seeing what you just did, think I might be able to tackle the job.

    Thank you for the excellent directions and good luck on the rest of your screen replacement(s).

    • Hey Nancy, glad you were encouraged! If the frames are in good shape, changing out the screen part is dead easy!

      If frames are busted up, that’s a different story. But the frame kits look so simple too!

      You might want to get a quote on all new anyway so you can justify your efforts. 😀

  3. I am SO there! I have several screens that I’ve tried to ignore for years. I can’t wait to try to fix them!

    • Oh Julie, you are going to scold yourself for the delay after you see how beautiful the replacement looks… because it’s that easy to do. I shake my head as I stared at actual holes for YEARS. LOL

  4. This post was just in the nick of time. Just finished washing all the house windows and screens yesterday. One screen fell apart and needs replacing. I read the link to different screens and wondered if you or any of your readers have used the pet resistant screen? I have an indoor cat that likes to claw at the screens. Thanks for the post.

    • Glad to hear you may be trying to fix yourself Ramona! Totally worth the effort.

      I have not yet tried the pet resistant type. I’m going to price it out and attempt to look through it to decide… I may just stay with traditional fibreglass as it’s so price efficient making it cheap to replace down the road. I’ll update this post once I’ve checked it out!

  5. I just replaced three screens. And it too had been a looooonnnngggg time coming. Our sweet cat always hung on the screens so that we would let him in, rather than just scratching on the door like a normal pet. Every screen has some damage and I refused to replace them as long as he was alive. But now he is 13 and too mature to be so naughty any more so I replaced the three worst ones, now to do the rest of the house!! Thanks for motivating me to finish.