Whether you are replacing a window screen or purchasing a screen for the first time, it is important to choose the correct window screen hardware to secure your window screen to the window frame.
Generally, there are two directions in making the right hardware choice. Determine if your window has tracks, slots, or channels. They are all the same thing but are called different names depending on your brand of window. "Tracks" are built into the window frame itself and are designed to keep a window screen in place. It is important to define whether or not your window frame has tracks for two reasons: (1) It will help narrow down your hardware choices, and (2) It will determine what depth of window screen frame you will need (5/16" (most popular), 3/8", or 7/16"). There are a lot of window brands that will only take a 5/16" window screen frame so measure carefully and measure twice!
WINDOWS WITH TRACKS or CHANNELS - SUGGESTED HARDWARE OPTIONS:
WINDOWS WITHOUT TRACKS or CHANNELS - SUGGESTED HARDWARE OPTIONS:
For window screens that mount inside the window but do not fit into a "track" or "channel", the following hardware is suggested. For more information on these popular hardware choices, click on the following links: Casement Clips, Jiffy Hanger, Slip-on Ball Latch, Spring Latch with Nail, Lock pins, or Plunger Latch
BUTTERFLY OR KNIFE LATCH OPTION:
Currently, Window Screen Pros does not offer window screen butterfly or knife latches as a hardware option. Andersen, Pella, and a few other window brands originally provided window screens that came with these latches. Unfortunately, they are very hard to acquire from our suppliers and are rather hard to find on the Internet. Additionally, the challenge of getting the butterfly latches installed at the exact location on the screen (to line up perfectly) is quite difficult. If you visit any of the big box retailers that carry Pella and Andersen windows, you will see that they too have abandoned the butterfly latches and now use plungers instead. As a result of this hardware challenge, our customers have had success ordering plungers instead of the butterfly or knife latches. Note: The only additional step that is required by the customer is to drill a pilot hole for each plunger where it lines up with the window screen channel.