We’d all like for our screens to last forever. To stand up to the errant baseball, pets, the occasional walk-into and Mother Nature’s worst. To always be on the ready for that first warm day in spring.
But face it, screens wear and tear. And when they do, it’s time to repair.
So, let’s look at a few tips to not only help you do so properly but to possibly improve upon what you had– from storm door screens, patio door screens and window screens.
A screen repair is the perfect time to assess whether the type of screen you had is still what you need. For example, perhaps you now a have a pet, to which a rugged pet screen would be more suitable. Or you remodeled and the look of a charcoal fiberglass screen is a better fit. Consider performance. Is it important for your screens to be more see through in one area of your home, and more robust in others? There are options. And since you’re going to replace it, consider what’s best for your need now.
What is splining? Well, it’s the flexible strip that fits into the groove of your frame to keep your screen in place. And one size does not fit all. So, it’s important that you use the splining size that’s meant for the grove in your frame when installing the screen. In addition, using a splining tool to press the spline into the frame will not only make this an easier task but will better ensure that your screen stays taught and secure.
Screen aren’t the only part that can wear, so can the frame. And if the frame isn’t sturdy or is compromised, replacing the screen will be problematic. So, inspect the frame and shore up any issues before you replace the screen.
Periodically clean your screens and inspect the splining to make sure nothing is loose or cracked—which can make the screen more susceptible to damage from the elements or everyday usage. Doing so can help your screens last much longer.
For more advice and help
There are plenty of tutorials on the Internet to help walk you through the process of installing a new screen. But if you choose to have someone else repair or replace your screens, or you have additional repairs that require a professional’s touch, consider the following:
When it’s cold and snowy not many are thinking about their screens. And that’s why the colder months are the perfect time to get them repaired. You’ll not only skip the springtime rush, you’ll have your screens ready to let in all that glorious warmth the first day it arrives—while those who waited will be missing out.
Make sure the person or place you choose has screen options and can help you decide which one is best for your need.
The little things:
Inspecting and cleaning the frame, using the right size splining, even painting the frame to match your trim are capabilities to look for. Your screen should be come back neat and renewed.
Contact or stop by your local Chase Lumber with any questions or help you need with screen and frame repairs or even new frame builds. Estimates are free, the service is superb and we pride ourselves of returning your project as if it’s brand new.