Steps To Follow When Replacing a Home Screen

The screens on windows or doors are there for a reason. And when they get a hole, snag, or tear, they lose their purpose and effectiveness of barring insects from getting in the house.

Don’t lose hope when it happens; screening can easily be repaired at home using appropriate tools and with less cost of materials. Read the following post to learn the basic steps to follow for home screen repair purposes.

Materials and Tools Used For Home Screen Repair Purposes

The following are tools and materials used to repair home screen ate home:

  • Plastic cording, or spline.
  •  Screening
  • Rolling spline tool that is usually packaged with plastic cording.
  • Scissors.
  • Small flathead screwdriver.
  • Nail punch.
  • Utility knife.
  • Tape or small clamp.

Step One: Remove The Old Screen

The screen is usually held in position with a spline or plastic cord that runs through a channel along the perimeter of a metal frame. Use a sharp object, nail punch, or a flathead screw to lift the spline from the channel.

Remove and discard the old screen together with the old plastic spline. If the frame has some dirt, then it is the right time to clean it.

Step Two: Measure and Size the New Screen

Put the metal frame on top of a flat surface, spread the screening material to cover the whole length of the metal frame, leave a two-inch border along the perimeter of the frame, and cut a size that fits the frame perfectly.

Step Three: Position the New Screen

Put the new screen material on top of the frame, ensuring that it overlaps on all four sides of the frame. Note that, since the new screen was rolled, it is advisable to place the curved side facing down. This way, it will make it easier to work with.

Pull the screening tape, clamp, or taut to the bottom and top of the frame. Add a little pressure to make it stronger on the metal body.

Step Four: Insert The New Spline

Beginning from one side and moving along the frame’s perimeter, use the rolling tool’s convex wheel to insert the screen into the frame’s channel. Ensure the material’s taut is kept intact when working around the perimeter of the frame.

Using the concave side of the tool, insert the spline. After the plastic spline is inserted, nicely trim the overlapping screen material using a utility knife. Once complete, install the new screen in the window.


A damaged or torn home screen does not only looks bad but removes its protection purpose of preventing insects from entering the house. Fortunately, home screen repair can be done easily and at a low cost of materials and tools at home.

It takes common tools like plastic cording, screening, small flathead screwdriver, utility knife, nail punch, scissors, rolling, and small clamp or tape to finish the process. The steps involve removing the old screen, measuring the new material, positioning the new screen and inserting the plastic spline.