How to Replace a Window Screen

A torn or damaged window screen is not only unsightly, but it removes the protection from the outside of your window, allowing insects and other pests into your home. Completing a window screen replacement is easier than you think, and we’ll show you how to do it in a few simple steps.    

Skill Level: Beginner
  1. Step 1 Remove the Old Window Screen

    Most window screens have a vinyl spline that holds the mesh in place. Start by removing this spline from the aluminum frame. Pry the spline out with  a screwdriver and then pull it out with a pair of pliers. Check if it’s still flexible and in good shape, because if so, you can reuse it when you replace the mesh. If not, you’ll need to buy a new one. Once the spline is completely removed, you can remove the old screen.    

  2. Step 2 Place New Screen Over the Frame

    Roll your new screen fabric over the frame, and cut it to length with a pair of scissors. Make sure that it overlaps the frame on all sides as you’ll be tucking it back into the frame when putting the spline back in.    

  3. Step 3 Insert Spline to Keep Mesh in Place

    With the mesh laying over the window, take the spline and align it with the groove on the window frame. Using a screwdriver, press the spline back into the groove and continue until the spline is completely inserted all the way around the frame – making sure to keep the screen fabric tightly pulled. You can use a spline roller to make this job a lot easier. 

  4. Step 4 Cut Excess Material Around the Screen

    Once your spline is completely inserted around the frame and your fabric is tight, cut the remaining fabric away with a utility knife to complete the project.    

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