Step 1: Gather Materials
Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary materials. You will need a screen frame, screen mesh, a spline roller, a spline, and a pair of scissors. You can find these materials at your local hardware store.
Step 2: Remove the Old Screen
The first step in installing a screen window is to remove the old screen. Use a flat-head screwdriver to remove the screen frame from the window. Once the frame is removed, use the screwdriver to remove the spline and screen mesh.
Step 3: Cut the Screen Mesh
Using your scissors, cut the screen mesh to the size of your window frame. Make sure to leave a little extra on each side to ensure that the mesh covers the entire frame.
Step 4: Install the Screen Mesh
Now it’s time to install the screen mesh. Lay the mesh over the frame and use the spline roller to press the mesh into the frame groove. Make sure the mesh is taut and there are no wrinkles.
Step 5: Install the Spline
Once the mesh is in place, it’s time to install the spline. Use the spline roller to press the spline into the groove, securing the mesh in place. Make sure the spline is pressed in firmly.
Step 6: Trim the Excess Mesh
Using your scissors, trim the excess mesh from around the frame. Be careful not to cut the spline or the mesh.
Step 7: Reinstall the Screen Frame
Now that the screen mesh is installed, it’s time to reinstall the screen frame. Use the flat-head screwdriver to carefully reinstall the frame back onto the window.
Step 8: Check for Gaps
Once the frame is back on, check for gaps between the frame and the window. If there are any gaps, use a shim to fill the space.
Step 9: Test the Screen
Now that the screen is installed, test it to make sure it is secure. Push on the screen lightly to see if it moves. If it does, go back and check the spline to make sure it is secure.
Step 10: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know what size screen frame to buy?
A: Measure the width and height of your window frame and add 1/4 inch to each measurement. This will give you the size of the screen frame you need.
Q: Can I use a different type of mesh?
A: Yes, there are several types of screen mesh available. Choose the type that best suits your needs.
Q: Can I install a screen window by myself?
A: Yes, screen window installation is a simple task that can be done by one person.
Installing a screen window is an easy and affordable way to keep insects and debris out of your home while still allowing fresh air to flow through. Follow these simple steps to install your own screen window and enjoy the benefits of a bug-free home.