Window screen frames are often reusable when damage is only present on the screen material itself. A vinyl spline holds the screen into the channels on the frame. Both are relatively easy to remove and replace when following the directions for how to change a window screen. When you pick out a new screen, consider the strength of the material. For example, aluminum window screen resists damage, especially from pets, more effectively than fiberglass screen.
Steps for How to Change a Window Screen
- Take the damaged screen frame out of window.
- Find a table or other flat surface to work on.
- Pry out old screen spline with the flat-head screwdriver.
- Scrub or brush away any dirt and debris stuck in channels.
- Measure the spline groove so that you can buy the correct spline.
- Measure the frame dimensions and buy sufficient screen to fill the space.
- Unroll the new screen over the empty frame.
- Using the utility knife, cut screen so that it has a minimum of 2 extra inches beyond the frame on all sides.
- Spread the screen tightly across frame and tape into place.
- You will now use the screen roller, which is an essential tool when learning how to change a window screen.
- Set the screen roller with the end that has the round edge into the channel.
- Carefully roll the wheel along the channel and push the screen into the groove.
- After the screen has been pressed into the channel, flip the screen roller to the grooved end.
- Align the spline with the groove.
- Press the spline completely into the groove with the screen roller all around the frame.
- Trim away excess screen close to the groove.