How To Replace A Window Screen

8 December 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Window screens can very easily get holes in them or tear making them look unsightly. You can go without the screens and never open up your windows or open your windows to the sounds and feel of nature - bugs, birds and who knows what else into your home - not exactly a good idea. You can replace that broken screen yourself if the surrounding window is in good shape using just a few tools and some items from your local hardware store. See below for instructions.

Tools And Materials For The Job:

  • Window screen roll (enough to cover your window)
  • Ribbed spline
  • Spline tool
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Ladder (if needed)


  1. Start by removing the old dilapidated window screen so you have just a clean space to work with.
  2. Unroll the window screen and measure it across your window. You need to be sure you have enough to cover the entire window. Cut it with your scissors, leaving yourself a few inches to work with.
  3. Next, holding it in place, take the spline and push one end into the corner of the window channel, then unroll enough of the spline to go all the way across the top of the window and cut the spline when it reaches the opposite corner.
  4. Taking the spline tool, and using the end that has a groove in it, press the tool over the spline, pressing it firmly in place in the window channel.
  5. Repeat this for the other three sides of the screen, being sure to hold the screen tightly. You don't want a loose window screen, or you'll have to do it over.
  6. Once the entire screen is set in place (and is tight), you can cut away the remainder of the screen material sticking out using the utility knife. It should cut fairly easily, just be sure not to tug at the fabric, as you can pull the spline back out of the channel - or worse, rip your window screen.

Replacing the screens in your windows can be done fairly easily, but if the window itself is damaged, you may need to have it replaced altogether. Contact a reputable window replacement company to get an estimate to have your window screens replaced professionally - or even the entire window if your windows are outdated. Outdated windows can be drafty, and can be causing heat loss in your home - meaning you are actually losing money. Call for an estimate to have those windows replaced. To find out more, speak with someone like Southland Exteriors LLC.