Follow along as we explain your repair and replacement options when it comes to window screens.
The last line of defense between your interiors and pesky insects, airborne dirt, and flying debris, window screens are a necessity in most locations. They invite in sunlight and breezes while keeping unwanted elements outside.
Window screens, also known as insect screens, are created by stretching a mesh material across a metal or wooden frame; oftentimes the screening is held in place with flexible cord called spline that fits tightly into a groove around the frame's perimeter. Older homes may have wood-frame window screens that replace storm-window counterparts come spring; newer homes may be equipped with more permanent vertically sliding storm/screen track windows.
If the frame and track are in good shape and just the screen material needs repaired, even novice do-it-yourselfers can patch holes and replace damaged screening. Don't feel like tackling the tasks? Bring the window screen to your local hardware store and ask the staff to replace the screening. Take it in as early in the season as possible so you're at the head of the screen-replacement line.
Whether you're refurbishing existing window screens or buying new, review the different types of screening and frames available to find the combination that best fits your home and lifestyle.