How to Install a Window Screen

You're just a few steps away from the breezy porch you've always dreamed about. See what tools and skills you need to install a window screen to any window in your home. 

You don't understand the necessity of a screened-in porch until you have one—spring breezes, chirping birds, and best of all, no bugs. If you're planning on making an all-seasons porch, or just need to fix a window, we'll show you how to install a screen system. This easy method requires few power tools and little time. Follow along with our easy screen installation tutorial below, and take our word; it's worth the work!

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  • Working Time 2 Hours
  • Start to Finish 2 Hours
  • Difficulty         Projects Kind of Easy
  • Involves Cutting, Drilling

What you need

Tools

  • Straightedge
  • Drill
  • Chop saw
  • Rubber mallet
  • Utility knife
  • Screen Tight roller knife

Materials

  • Screen Tight Mini Track screw clips
  • Screen Tight Mini Track channel
  • Fiberglass screen
  • Screen Tight Mini Track spline

How to do it

Step 1 Install Screws

Using a straightedge, draw a line through the center of the opening to be screened. Measure and mark the placement for the screw clips, about 8–10 inches apart along the line, starting and ending 2 inches from each corner. Drill a pilot hole at each mark. Insert a screw clip into each hole; do not overtighten. Use a small channel piece to properly adjust the height of each screw clip so the channel slides easily over the screw without being too loose. Repeat on all four sides of your window.

Step 2 Install Channel Pieces

Cut channel pieces to fit the top and bottom of the opening using a chop saw. Install the pieces by sliding the end of a channel piece over an end screw, then tap the rest of the channel onto the screw clips with a rubber mallet. After the top and bottom channels are installed, measure, cut, and install the side channels in the same manner.

Step 3 Fasten Screen to Tracks

Cut a piece of fiberglass screen a few inches larger than the opening. Starting at the top of the opening, lay the screen across the top channel track. Using a roller knife, evenly push spline into the top track channel groove, fastening the screen into the groove as you go. Continue pushing the spline into one side track, then repeat on the opposite side, ensuring that the screen remains straight as you work. Insert the spline into the bottom channel track last.

If needed, remove the spline and adjust the screen as needed. Trim excess screen mesh flush along each edge using a utility knife.

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