Replacing Your Window Screen DIY-style

Have a broken screen? Don’t want to call for the help of a window screen replacement professional just yet? Try DIYing your way to a solution. Here’s how to pull that off, with help from the DIY Network:

1. Remove the old screen. You can use a screwdriver to do this. If the screen is quite old, then expect dirt and debris to have accumulated in the channel. Clean that out before you proceed.

2. Take the screen material and cut that down to the right size. Don’t forget to set a margin for the screen material. A 2-inch margin should do. A utility knife would come in handy here.

3. When you’ve got the right size for the frame, roll the screen until it’s all the way over the frame.

4. Secure the screen in place. However, before you lock it in place, make sure you pull the screen tight. If it’s loose in any way, you could end up with leaks. Tape the screen right over each end of the frame.

5. To secure the screen even more, push the screen deeper into the channel. Use a screen roller to make this happen.

6. Take the excess screen away. Just trim off any excess material and that’s it. You’re done.


1. Just make sure you use safety gear whenever necessary. Never attempt anything without being properly attired and dressed for the occasion, as it were. Lack of protective clothing when doing DIY projects could lead to accidents, something you’d want to avoid at all costs.

2. Invest in the right tools. If instructions call for a specific type of screwdriver, knife or roller, don’t try to use a make-shift tool instead. Make a supply run to the nearest DIY shop and stock up on the tools and equipment you need so you won’t have to turn to make-shift tools.

3. Follow the instructions carefully. Make sure you read through all the steps first before you start on the instructions. That way, you’ll have an idea how it’ll go. Also, have the tools and materials ready so the work will go that much faster and easier.

4. Hire a specialist. If you don’t have the tools, time, and facility with tools, it would be better for you to hire the services of a window screen replacement professional. It’s safer, will save you hours, and is certainly a whole lot more convenient than watching you have a go at it without much success.

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