How To Easily Install New Window Screens

There is something about installing replacement window screens that makes us want to run for the hills. Most of us would never think of this as a DIY task — whether you are looking at standard window sizes, sliding windows or other types of windows, chances are you will view the whole process as nothing short of daunting. The good news? Installing window screens is actually fairly simple, once you overcome the slight learning curve. Of course, there is also that pleasant buzz of achievement you will gain when you get the job done yourself. The key to the whole installation process is making sure that you have the right equipment.

You will probably find that choosing the right window screen is the most challenging part of the process. There are at least five different types of screens to look into including: fixed screens, retractable screens, solar window screens, adjustable window screens and roll up screens. Solar screens are a particularly good choice if you live in a place where the sunlight pokes in a bit too harshly because the screens are designed to block out ultraviolet rays. Retractable screens are another popular choice, simply because you can “hide” them when you are not going to be needing them. Anderson window screens come in a wide variety of types and sizes, so this is probably the brand you want to look into.

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Once you have decided on the type of window screen you need, you can shop for the necessary tools. The good news is that it is a surprisingly short and affordable list including: an aluminium or vinyl screen frame, the right amount of rubber spline (or piping), pull tabs (plastic is a good choice) screwdriver, paintbrush, screen spline roller, utility knife. At least half of these bits and pieces should already be in your garage or tool shed, which makes the whole process that much easier.

A few easy steps is all it takes to install your new screen. 1. If you are replacing an old window screen, use your screwdriver to remove the spline from the trench in the frame. 2. Make sure that all bits of spline are removed, and use your paintbrush to get rid of any fine dust. 3. Push the pull tabs into the trench, making sure that they face towards the inside of your new window screen. 4. Lay your chosen screen over the frame and gently push it into the trench with the edge of the spine roller. 5. Make sure that there are no wrinkles. 6. Lay the spline securely over the screen and push it into the trench using the spline roller. 7. Use the utility knife to cut off any excess screen from the frame.

Seven simple steps is all it takes to get the job done. Slow and easy does it with this task though; and rushing it could lead to frustratingly sub-par results. If you take your time and use quality tools and materials you are bound to be pleased with your new window screen.

Screen maintenance is another thing people tend to worry about. If you are worried about how to clean window screens, the good news is that all you really need to do is regularly rinse off your screens with a garden hose. For a more thorough clean, a bucket of warm water with a splash of household bleach is all it takes.

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