Replacing a Torn Window Screen

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated January 4, 2013)

Window screens are supposed to help protect our house by allowing us to have the windows open, enjoy the fresh air without having to worry about any creepy crawlies getting in. When the window screen gets torn or damaged it is difficult to really enjoy your windows. With a torn or damaged window screen, not only can the creepy crawlies get in, your entire view is damaged. Luckily replacing a torn window screen is a remarkably easy project. Here's how you can fix your damaged screen, and once again start enjoying your view.

  1. Measure the hole. The first step in actually repairing a torn window screen is to determine how large the hole is. Take a safety pin, and close the hole up. Using a measuring tape measure how large the hole is at its longest points. If the hole is three inches or smaller, then you will want to use a repair kit to repair the hole. However, if the hole is larger than three inches, you will want to replace the screen as a whole.
  2. Use a repair kit. You can pick up a window screen repair kit at most major department stores, and home improvement stores. After purchasing one, simply follow the direction that come with the packaging. Basically, you will use a rubber patch to repair the tears in the window screen.
  3. Remove screen. If the hole in your screen is larger than three inches, then you will need to replace the screen itself. The easiest way to do this is by removing the screen itself. Most screens have little pull tabs that you need to pull on (usually one or two on each side) in order to remove the screen properly. Be sure that you are careful as you do this, to avoid bending or damaging the screen.
  4. Match the screen. After removing the screen, take it with you over to your local home improvement store. You will be using the old screen to find your replacement. Look for a screen that is the same size, same style, and preferably similar quality of craftsmanship.
  5. Replace the screen. Finally, after you have purchased your replacement screen, take it home and put it back into the window. Do this by doing the reverse of what you did to pull out the screen. Congratulations, you have now replaced a torn window screen!

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Storing Food Storage Items

If proper care isn't taken, food storage items such as freezer bags, aluminum foil, Tupperware, and more can quickly ...

Discover More

Adding a Circuit

Are you in need of a little extra power in your home? Instead of using unsafe methods to add more sockets or plugs to an ...

Discover More

Touching Up Cabinets

Over time, even the nicest of cabinets will need a little touch up work. Why spend the time and money to completely ...

Discover More

Cordless, Compact, and Powerful! DeWalt's 18-volt drill-driver kit packs a big punch in a small package, with a powerful high-performance motor tucked away inside a compact design. A great addition to the tool chest of any professional or DIYer! Check out DeWalt 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Removing Shellac Stains from Windows

Shellac is one of the most popular forms of wood stains and varnish currently available. Since it is such a popular ...

Discover More

French Window Treatments

Window treatments are both decorative and functional. When choosing treatments for your French doors, remember that you ...

Discover More

Replacing Windows

Whether you're replacing a small windowpane, or a sliding glass door pane, the premise for replacing a window is the ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is two minus 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)