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How to Replace Window Screens

How to Replace Window Screens. Replacing badly damaged window screens yourself can save a lot of dollars - the cost of tools and materials is minimal. The real trick is using care and maintaining a steady hand.

Replace Window Screens

Things You Will Need

  • New Rubber Edging
  • Screen Rollers
  • Measuring Tapes
  • New Screening
  • Razor Knives

How to Replace Window Screens.  Replacing badly damaged window screens yourself can save a lot of dollars - the cost of tools and materials is minimal. The real trick is using care and maintaining a steady hand. 

  1. Remove the window screen from the window frame.
  2. Place it on a hard surface large enough to support the entire unit.
  3. Pull the rubber edging out from the old screen. This separates the screen from the frame.
  4. Pull out the old screening.
  5. Measure the new screening from a roll of replacement material.
  6. Measure to the outer edge of the screen frame, then leave a bit more all the way around.
  7. Lay the screening down on the frame.
  8. Measure and cut a length of new rubber edging that will reach all the way around the four edges of the screen.
  9. Use a screen rolling tool - it looks like a small pizza cutter - and, starting in a corner, press the rubber edging slowly but firmly back into the groove, sandwiching the screening into the frame.
  10. Work all the way around the screen.
  11. Trim any excess screen material with a sharp razor knife.
  12. Put the screen back in the window.
  13. Tip

    Push hard on the tool, but be careful not to bend the screen's frame. Many frames are constructed of thin aluminum that's easily bent. The damaged screen and any scraps can be saved to patch small holes or tears in other screens.

    Warning

    If you roll the screen rolling tool too fast, you might rip the screening. It's easy to damage the screen material, so work slowly and steadily to help avoid problems.

Things You Will Need

  • New Rubber Edging
  • Screen Rollers
  • Measuring Tapes
  • New Screening
  • Razor Knives

Tips

  • Push hard on the tool, but be careful not to bend the screen's frame. Many frames are constructed of thin aluminum that's easily bent.
  • The damaged screen and any scraps can be saved to patch small holes or tears in other screens.

Warning

  • If you roll the screen rolling tool too fast, you might rip the screening. It's easy to damage the screen material, so work slowly and steadily to help avoid problems.