How to Rescreen a Window in 3 Quick & Easy Steps

by Well_shetried

Today, I'm going to show you how to rescreen a window. It's a handy skill to have, especially if you want to save some money and DIY instead of calling in a professional.

Tools and Materials

  • Screening material
  • Spline (the rubber cord that holds the screen in place)
  • Screen roller
  • Tape measure
  • Sharp scissors or utility knife
Measuring the screen

Step 1: Measure and Cut the Screen and Spline Material

First measure the size of the window opening. Take your tape measure and carefully measure both the width and height of the window frame. Once you have your measurements, add a few inches to each side to ensure you have enough material to work with.

Cutting the screen material

Next, take your screen material and lay it out flat on a clean, flat surface. Use your measurements to cut the screen material to the appropriate size. Make sure to use sharp scissors or a utility knife to get clean cuts.

Measure the length of each side of the window frame where the screen will be installed. Again, add a few inches to each measurement to ensure you have enough spline to work with.

Using your scissors or utility knife, carefully cut the spline to the measured lengths.

Installing the screen material

Step 2: Install the Screen Material

With your screen material and spline cut to size, it's time to start the installation process. Begin by placing the screen material over the window frame, ensuring that it covers the entire opening.

Pressing into the groove

Next, take your spline and start pressing it into the groove around the edge of the window frame. Use your screen roller to help push the spline into place, ensuring a snug fit.

Pulling the screen tight

As you work your way around the window frame, make sure to pull the screen material tight. This will help prevent any wrinkles or sagging once the installation is complete.

Continue to press the spline into the groove, keeping the screen material taut as you go.

Trimming the excess

Step 3: Trim Excess Material

Once you've installed the screen material and spline around the entire window frame, it's time to trim any excess material.

Trimming the overhanging screen material

Use a razor blade or utility knife to carefully trim away any overhanging screen material, being careful not to cut into the spline or window frame.

How to rescreen a window

How to rescreen a window

You now know how to rescreen a window. With just a few simple tools and materials, you can easily rescreen a window and give it a fresh, new look. Have you replaced your screening? Share your DIY tips in the comments below.

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