How to Install Window Screens

How to Install Window Screens

Installing window screens is a quick process that can be performed without damaging the screen

By Vance Holloman

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Knowing how to properly install a window screen can prevent damage to the screen frame as well as decrease the amount of time needed to install the screen. You may need replacement window screens installed due to screen damage. In other cases, you may remove a window screen to clean the window or store it during the winter months when you didn't need to use it.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Screens frames are typically made made of aluminum or wood and the screens themselves are commonly made of aluminum or fiberglass.
  • If your window screen is hardly noticeable, then it is likely in good condition. Screens that are noticeable are often dirty, warped or torn and should be replaced.

Step 1:

Open the window while standing inside the house.

Step 2:

Pass the screen through the open window by inserting it through the window opening on an angle.

Step 3:

Grasp the plastic tabs located on the bottom of the screen and lift the top of the screen into the retention channel located at the top of the window jamb.

Step 4:

Pull the bottom of the window screen towards the window and upward until it clears the top of the bottom retention channel.

Step 5:

Push the bottom of the window screen into the channel to complete the installation. Note that the channel can be made of aluminum or it can be routed into the window jamb.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Some older window screens have triangular clips at the bottom that are designed to snap over screw heads located between the window sash and the screen to prevent the screens from being removed from the exterior.
  • Many homeowners remove and store screens during the winter to make room for storm windows. If you live in an area with severe weather, you may consider combination storm and screen windows that you can leave on throughout the year.

About the Author

Vance Holloman is a residential contractor; his writing is based on two decades in the construction industry.

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