How To Easily Put New Mesh Material On A Broken Window Screen

If you have a window screen that has become broken, you can easily fix it with a few simple tools and a little extra time. 

Necessary Tools 

You will need access to a flat-heat screwdriver as well as a sharp utility knife for this project. As far as speciality material, you will need a spline, tape, screen roller and a screen. 

Take Off The Old Screen

The first thing you need to do is pop the old screen out of the window frame. Some screens have specific points where you can apply pressure to remove the screen. If you can't find these ponits, you can use a flat screwdriver or a putty knife, and wedge it between the screen and the frame in order to pop it out. 

Clean The Screen

The second thing you need to do is clean the screen. The frame may have become dirty over time. Just use a rag and some regular dish soap and water to clean the frame. 

Remove The Old Screen

Once the screen is off, you need to remove the damaged screen material. You will need to use your putty knife to pull out the spline from the channel of the frame. The spline is the thin, dark material that goes around your screen and holds the screen mesh in place. As you pull out the spline, you should be able to lift and remove the mesh screen material from the screen. 

If the channel of the frame is dirty, clean it before proceeding to the next step.

Measure The New Screen

Now, take the roll of screen mesh that you purchased and roll it across the frame. The frame should be resting on a table or workbench. Pull the screen material so that it is tight on the frame, and then use some tape to keep it in place. This job works best if you have someone help you keep the screen tight as you tape it in to place. 

Secure The New Screen

Then, take the screen roller tool that you purchased and use the convex wheel with the rounded edge to push the screen into the channel of the frame. Next, take the spline that you purchased and use the concave wheel of the screen roller tool with the inward groove  to place the spine into the channel. 

It is vital that the spline is pushed all the way down into the channel; this will prevent the screen from popping off. 

Your last two steps are to cut off any excess screen material that you don't need, and pop the new screen into place.