How to Replace the Screen on an Existing Window Screen Frame

If you are on a tight budget and your existing window screen frame is in good shape, replacing just the screen may be your best option.

Required materials:

  • Roll of your chosen new screen
  • Package of correct sized spline (.150 for 5/16" frame, .165 for 7/16" frame)

Tools needed:

  • Spline roller tool
  • Utility Knife
  • Heavy-duty masking tape
  • Heavy-duty Scissors

Steps in replacing the screen on your existing window screen frame is as follows:

  1. Place your existing window screen frame on a flat surface. Tape the outside edges of the window screen frame to a flat surface with masking tape. Do not cover the spline channel/groove with tape.
  2. Lay screen over frame and align edges of the screenw with your frame on two adjacent sides. Trim edges straight if needed.
  3. For fiberglass and aluminum screen: tape screen to frame on these two adjacent sides. Do not tape over spline channel or groove. With scissors, cut screen at 45 degree angle on two sides opposite the taped sides at the corners to avoid bunching.
    • Specifically for FIBERGLASS SCREEN: using a spline roller tool, roll in spline and screen on sides opposite the taped edges.
    • Specifally for ALUMINUM SCREEN: Using the smooth end of the spline roller tool, gently roll screen into channel grooves of frame opposite the taped edges. Then, use grooved end of spline roller tool to roll spline into frame all the way down into the channel.
  4. Remove masking tape and repeat steps 3 and 4 to roll in rest of screen.
  5. Use utility knife to trim any excess spline and screen from frame. Take your time in doing this - you do not want to accidently cut the new installed screen on the inside of the spline. It is easy to do so be extra careful.

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