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Making Simple Window Screen Repairs

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If you have a window screen that has a rip or hole in the mesh, you will want to have it repaired or replaced to keep insects from getting inside of your home. A broken window screen can be easily repaired until you are able to get it replaced. Making a quick repair can be done with the help of a few household items. Here are some instructions to help you patch up your window screen so it can be utilized.

Materials You May Need

To Repair A Screen

  • Epoxy
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Thread or fishing line
  • Needle
  • Mesh pieces

To Replace A Screen

  • Roll of mesh screen
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Staple gun
  • Staples

Repairing Tiny Holes

If the damaged areas of your window screen are very small, where only a few pieces of the mesh wire are affected, you may be able to patch the area by adding a dab of epoxy over the broken mesh. Brush the epoxy directly over the hole so that it fills in the area completely. Allow it to dry completely before using the screen.

Repairing Small Holes Or Tears

If the hole or tear cannot be covered with a dab of epoxy, you can use another piece of mesh to cover the area. This is not the best-looking repair, but it will allow you to use the window until you can get a mobile window screen repair service to put new mesh into your screen. Measure the size of the hole and add two inches to each of the dimensions to use for the measurement of the new piece of mesh that you will be using to cover it.

Center the piece of mesh over the hole and tape it into place. Use a piece of thread or fishing line to sew the new pieces of mesh over the hole. Have someone stand on the other side of the screen to help you thread the needle in and out of the perimeter of the mesh piece using a whipstitch, until it is firmly sewn over the hole.

Repairing Large Holes Or Tears

If the damaged spot in your screen cannot be covered easily, it will need to be replaced completely. In large windows or screen doors, calling in a professional is best. If you wish to take on a smaller project yourself, you will need to remove the molding that is holding the screen into the window frame. This molding can be pried off using a screwdriver. Underneath, the screen is stapled to the frame. Remove the staples with a staple removes. 

Roll out a new piece of screen and cut an extra inch on each side. Place the screen over the frame and fold each edge in half an inch to help reinforce the screening. Staple the screen to the edge of the frame and replace the molding over the folded mesh on each side.

For more information, or if you don't want to make the repairs or replacement yourself, contact a local screen repair company like Roys Screen Service