Explore the Variety of Window Screen Hardware Options

When it comes to window screens, the term "hardware" refers to the attachments that secure the screen to the window. In this article, we'll delve into the most popular types of window screen hardware available.

  1. Wire Springs: Wire springs extend from the window screen, generating tension to hold it securely within a window track. These springs, often paired with pull tabs, make removal a breeze without requiring additional space allowance.

  2. Leaf Springs: Similar to wire springs but sturdier, leaf springs provide substantial tension. Keep in mind that some space allowance is necessary as they add 1/16" to the screen measurement even when fully compressed. Paired with pull tabs, they are a common and robust choice.

  3. Spring Plunger: Also known as plunger bolts, spring plungers use a metal tab to extend into a groove or hole in the window frame, ensuring a secure hold. Retracting the spring-loaded metal tab is as simple as pulling on the small black plastic finger grip, facilitating easy removal of window screens.

  4. Slide Latch: Featuring a flat metal flange that slides into a groove or slot in the window frame, slide latches securely hold the window screen in place. Their U-shaped handle provides a user-friendly grip for effortless extension or retraction. Unlike some counterparts, slide latches are not spring-loaded.

  5. Butterfly Latch: Please note that as of now, Window Screen Pros does not offer the butterfly latch hardware option. Also known as knife latches, butterfly latches extend a small flange that fits into a groove or notch in the window frame when closed. Virtually invisible when shut, they are easily removed by pulling the small tab handle. Butterfly latches are not spring-loaded, and their placement measurement is from the bottom to the center of the slit in the window frame.

  6. Rams Horn Clip: Typically located at the top of the window screen, rams horn clips securely snap onto a lip on the window frame. The bottom of the screen fits behind a smaller lip, ensuring a firm hold.

  7. Acorn Turn Latch: Plastic acorn turn latches are positioned on the inside of the screen face, opposite the spline side. With a tab for easy turning, these latches have a slight point that fits into a slot or behind a lip, securing the window screen in place.

  8. Friction Hanger and Wire Loop for Wood Windows: Commonly used on wood windows, the friction hanger acts as a hinge for the top or side of the screen, while the wire loop secures the other end to the window frame by slipping over a specially shaped nail head. Collectively, they form a 'Wood Hardware Kit.'

  9. Pull Tabs: Usually positioned on the opposite side of the screen from leaf springs or wire springs, pull tabs make lifting the screen slightly easier for effortless removal.

  10. Casement Turn ClipsCasement turn clips are devices used to secure window screens in casement windows. Casement windows are windows that are attached to their frame by one or more hinges at the side. These windows often open outward, and casement turn clips help to keep the window screen in place when the window is opened or closed.