Posted on: 23 November 2016
If you've got rips in some window screens from a rambunctious dog, you'll probably have to replace the entire screen. You can fix tiny holes with thread or magnets, but the repair job looks shoddy if you try to tape or sew a large rip. Repairing a window screen isn't too difficult. All you have to do is pull out the old screen and force the new one into place with a roller and spline. Here are a few tips to help you get good results.
Buy The Same Type Of Screen
If you've never bought window screens before, you may not know there are several different types to choose from. This may or may not be a big deal. If you're repairing a screen in a window that stands alone, you can probably choose any type of screen you want. However, if you're going to repair a screen on a window in a row of windows, you want the screen to match the others as closely as possible. Otherwise, it's kind of like having a window blind that's a slightly different shade of white than the others. You want to check the color of the screen and the material. You may even want to rip out the old screen first and take it with you to the home improvement store so you get a very close match.
Keep The Rows Level
Window screens seem invisible when they're applied properly, so you may not even realize the screens are made of tiny rows of wires or mesh. When you place the screen over the frame, you want the rows to be level. When you're pushing the spline into the frame, make sure you don't pull one side of the screen down and adjust the slope of the rows. Also, if you're short on screen material, you may be tempted to adjust a screen at an odd angle so it covers the frame. While this might give you enough material to replace the frame, it may cause the screen to stand out when you look at it rather than blend in and become invisible. This may not matter if you keep your curtains over the screen most of the time, but if you plan to open your windows and show off your new screens, they will look better if you make the effort to keep the rows level.
Stretch Out The Wrinkles
Wrinkles are the biggest hurdle to overcome when you put in new screens yourself. This is especially true if you buy fabric rather than wire screens. Keeping the rows level helps avoid wrinkles too, but they mainly form as you press on the screen to force it into the groove with the spline. To avoid wrinkles, you need to pull the screen tight as you work. However, you don't want to pull it too tight or you'll put pressure on the frame, and if it is aluminum, you might cause it to warp or twist. A sag or wrinkle is very visible once the screen is in place, and it makes your repair job look shoddy. If you end up with a wrinkle, it's best to pull out the spline and start over. After a few attempts, you'll get a feel for how much tension you need to put on the screen to keep it taut while you work.
Repairing your own blinds isn't really too difficult unless you're the type of person who is all thumbs. It does require some degree of skill to get the best results. If you have several screens that need repaired, you can avoid the hassle and let a repair and restoration service do all the work. You may want to call for a quote before you begin your DIY attempt so you can decide if it is worth it to hire a pro. If your dogs are likely to rip the screens again, it's probably worth it to learn how to do the job yourself. But if the days of an unruly dog are over, you may want to hire a service so your screens will look professionally installed. For more information, see a business such as Northridge Screen.Share