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Whether you’re buying or selling a home and want to install attractive new screening, or you have rips and tears in existing screening that are beyond a little patch-repair job, you can easily install new screening on your own without having to call in a professional.

Backed by more than 60 years of innovation and excellence in insect screening, Phifer offers installation kits to make your next DIY project a breeze.

We also know a thing or two about DIY installations ourselves and want to share some tips for quick and easy installs for window, door and patio screening.

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Replacing a Window Screen

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When your window screen has a tear that’s too big to mend with a small patch of replacement screening, you’ll need to remove your old screen and replace it with brand new screening. Here’s how!

What You’ll Need:

  • Phifer installation kit [comes with a 36” x 84” (91.4 x 213.4 cm) roll of screen, a spline roller and spline]
  • Scissors
  • Masking Tape
  • Utility knife
  • Screwdriver (optional)
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Tips for Replacing Window Screening

  • When replacing your screen, place your screen frame on a flat surface and remove any existing spline and the torn screening. Tape the outside edges of the frame to the flat surface, being careful not to put tape over the spline groove.
  • Unroll the 36” x 84” (91.4 x 213.4 cm)roll of screen over the frame. Lay screen fabric over frame, align squarely and overlap 1/2” (1.3 cm) on all sides.
  • Using the spline roller tool, begin adhering the screen fabric to the frame with the spline by rolling the fabric into the screen frame groove. Be sure to hold the fabric straight while rolling. Press the spline securely into the groove, taking care to secure the spline in each corner of the frame. You may need to push the spline into each corner using a screwdriver or gently using your utility knife.
  • Using your utility knife, trim any excess spline and screen from the frame. Make sure that you cut toward the outside edge of the spline groove to prevent damage to the newly-installed screen fabric.

For more tips on replacing screening, check out ourvideo tutorial.

How to Replace a Door Screen

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Installing new screening on a door in your home isn’t that much different from installing new window screen. We’ll walk you through the process and outline the tools you’ll need for an easy, breezy install.

What You’ll Need:

  • Phifer installation kit [comes with a 36” x 84” (91.4 x 213.4 cm)roll of screen, a spline roller and spline]
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Screwdriver (optional)

Tips for Replacing Door Screening

  • Remove the damaged screen from the door frame. To do so, simply remove the spline from the edges surrounding the screen and your old screening will easily fall away. If you’re having a hard time removing the spline, you can use your utility knife to help remove the spline.
  • Next, make sure that your door is secure so that it doesn’t move when you’re rescreening it.
  • Unroll your screen and determine how much of the roll you will need to use to rescreen the door. Leave a few extra inches on all sides to make sure you have the right amount.
  • Use your scissors to cut the screen to your ideal dimensions.
  • Use your masking tape to adhere your screen over the door. (Pro Tip: You can pre-cut strips of masking tape to make it easier to “grab n’ go” when taping your screen down during this part of the process.)
  • Make sure your screen is straight and use your spline roller to push the spline over the screen and into the spline groove. Make sure the spline goes all the way around the door into the spline groove.
  • While using your spline roller, be sure to stretch your screen tightly to avoid wrinkled screen, or screen that flaps in the breeze.
  • Once you’ve made sure your screen is tight and held securely in place by spline, use your utility knife to cut the spline cord. Then, remove the masking tape and cut off any excess screening from the edges.

Check out ourvideo tutorialon replacing screening on a door!

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How to Replace Pool and Patio Screening

Typically, replacing pool and patio screening is a two-person job. It’s not impossible to do it yourself, but it sure does go a lot faster when you have another person pitching in! Here are some tips for rescreening your pool enclosure or patio screening.

What You’ll Need:

  • A roll of screen [ranging between a 25’ (7.6 m) roll and a 100’ (30.5 m) roll, depending on your needs], a spline roller and spline.
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Screwdriver and/or pliers (optional)
  • Yardstick or lumber (optional)

Tips for Replacing Pool and Patio Screening

  • First, remove old or damaged screen. Use your pliers or utility knife to release an edge of the spline and pull it out of the frame. If there are multiple pieces of spline securing the old screening in place, repeat the process until all of the spline is removed and the old screen can easily be lifted off of the structure.
  • Your patio or pool cage likely has multiple panels that will need to be screened. Use your tape measure to measure the openings of each panel by placing the end of your tape measure along the outside edge of the spline channel, measuring down the length, then width of the opening. Once you have your measurements, add 2-3 inches (5.1-7.6 cm) to each side for allowance.
  • Roll your screen onto a flat surface and cut it to size with your utility knife. For added security, you can tape 1-2 edges of this screen down so that the screen doesn’t bunch up when you cut it, leaving you with ragged edges. (Pro Tip: You can use a yardstick or piece of lumber as a straight edge to ensure a clean cut.)
  • Roll the screen in place over the opening, leaving at least 1-2 inches (2.5-5.1 cm) of excess screen around the edges. (Pro Tip: Having a second person to help you can make this part of the project a lot easier!)
  • Take your spline and use your spline roller to press spline against the screening material and into the groove. Stretch the screen tightly to ensure a firm application.
  • Make sure the spline goes all the way around the opening into the spline groove.
  • Once you’ve made sure your screen is tight and held securely in place by spline, use your utility knife to cut the spline cord. Then, remove the masking tape and cut off any excess screening from the edges.
  • Repeat this process for all panels on your patio or pool cage.

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While the term DIY is a relatively new one, legions of homeowners have been making home improvements to make their homes more comfortable and beautiful for decades. Phifer has been proud to offer handy homeowners the screening they need for home improvement projects for many years -- and we don’t plan on going anywhere any time soon!

Feeling inspired to rescreen that window or porch? Check out our DIY video libraryfor more helpful tips for homeowners. Take our quiz or view our screening selection guide to find the right screening product for your next product.

If you have questions, please contact us. We’d be delighted to speak with you online or via phone to help answer your questions and choose screening that will keep your home free from insects and work well with your lifestyle and environment. We’ll even help you find a location near you to find our productsand purchase them in stores or online.

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How do I know what size screen spline to buy? ›

Selecting Screening & Spline to Use with Common Frames: What Size Screen Spline Do I Need? Measure the spline groove on the screen frame. The spline size should match the spline groove width when using standard fiberglass or aluminum screening or when repairing a damaged screen with the same material.

Can I replace a screen myself? ›

Option #3: Replace the Screen Yourself

It's possible to replace a phone screen on your own. We'll refer you to iFixit for their excellent, step-by-step guide with photos. A few key things to keep in mind here: Before you decide to go this route, look into the cost of the replacement screen.

Are window screens standard sizes? ›

Window screens frames are avaliable in three different sizes 5/16", 3/8" or 7/16", this is an industry standard.

How do I choose a window screen size? ›

Measure the distance between the screen channels on the window frame. Subtract 1/8 inch from the measurement for the width dimension. To determine the height of the new screen, raise the window sash and measure up from the lip (a ridge that holds the screen in place) along the screen channel to the sash.

How do I know what size screen I have? ›

The size of a desktop computer monitor is determined by physically measuring the screen. Using a measuring tape, start at the top-left corner and pull it diagonally to the bottom-right corner. Be sure to only measure the screen; do not include the bezel (the plastic edge) around the screen.

How do you determine screen size? ›

To calculate screen size: Measure the length and width of the screen in the same units. Multiply both answers to get the screen size - the area of the screen.

How do I stretch to fill the screen? ›

For earlier versions of Windows, from the Start menu, select Settings: Control Panel: Display: Background, then choose Stretch (right-clicking the desktop, and choosing Properties: Background is another way to get to this control panel).

Can you put in screen too tight? ›

Fitting a screen properly means that it is not too loose, but also not too tight. A tight fiberglass screen can cause frames to warp and can make removing the screen for cleaning difficult. With the right tools, which can be purchased at your hardware store, you can repair a tight screen yourself.

How tight should screen spline be? ›

You want spline to be bigger than the actual opening so it fits snug and doesnt blow out during wind or light pressue. When using Pet Screen, Suntex or other thicker materials than standard fiberglass screen . 005-. 010 larger is prefered.

How long does it take to install a window screen? ›

The average installation time for each screen type are: Retractable patio screen installation: 2 hours. Retractable door screen installation: 1-1.5 hours. Retractable window screen installation: 45 minutes-1 hour.

Is it easy to install screens on windows? ›

Putting a new screen in the frame is relatively easy, whether you're using a metal, vinyl, or wood frame. With a vinyl or metal frame, you can simply pull the seal and screen out and put in a new set with a few simple tools.

How do I install Windows with a broken screen? ›

Yes, you can easily install your windows on your broken laptop screen. just by attaching the external display connected through the HDMI or VGA cable. after setting up this. Go to the keyboard and type windows+p button then press down key two times and then hit enter.

How long does it take to replace a new screen? ›

Approximately two hours. The entire mobile screen only needs to be replaced if the damage on the touch screen has affected the inner mobile screen.

Is it worth it to replace screen? ›

No matter who your manufacturer is, buying a new phone is much more expensive than repairing your phone. If you have a broken screen or damage, it is probably best to just repair the phone. You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a new phone.

Do I need to replace the screen or just the glass? ›

If your phone or tablet's glass is shattered there will be cracks or chips on the screen itself. If it is just the glass that is damaged, the device may still function and you may be able to use it normally. If this is the case, it is likely that only the glass needs to be replaced.

What color window screen is best? ›

The most popular colors are Bronze and Charcoal. These darker colors absorb more light and will allow better visibility through the closed fabric screen to the outside. This is important if you desire to have a nice view of the exterior through the screen fabric when it is extended.

What type of window screen is the most durable? ›

Fiberglass screens are flexible, durable plus they resist dents, unraveling, creasing and corrosion. Fiberglass screens provide good air flow as well as good outward visibility with minimal sunlight glare. Aluminum screens are also durable and don't tear as easily as fiberglass. They're rust resistant and won't sag.

Does the size of a screen matter? ›

In one day, 80 percent of respondents viewed programs on a TV screen, five times the number of respondents using small smartphone screens. The study verifies that larger screens are the dominant choice for ad-supported video content.

What is the frame around a screen called? ›

On a laptop, bezels are the borders around the screen. As laptops get thinner and lighter overall, chunkier borders around the screen are getting rarer, and bezel-less displays are becoming more common.

How much is a replacement screen for a window? ›

The cost to replace a movable window screen is $20 to $150 per screen. However, depending on the size and operation of your window screen, replacing a window screen that slides along a track typically costs $20 to $80 per screen for average sizes. Retractable window screens will cost you $50 to $125 each.

Is it cheaper to repair or replace window screens? ›

Answers to commonly asked questions

Repairing a screen is more affordable than replacement, averaging between $65 and $150 for service. If you need multiple screens repaired, it's usually the most cost effective to have them done all at once, as rates often fall between $20 and $30 per window.

Is it better to look at a big screen or a small screen? ›

Which screen is the best for your eyes? Studies show that smaller screens with lower brightness settings, like e-readers or smartphones are the best for visual comfort and ocular surface health!

What is the most common screen size? ›

According to the Worldwide Screen Resolution Stats (Sept 2021 – Sept 2022), the most common screen resolutions across mobile, desktop, and tablet are: 1920×1080 (9.94%) 1366×768 (6.22%) 360×640 (5.88%)

Is bigger screen size better? ›

The importance of bigger screens was made most evident in a recent study from the University of Michigan and Texas A&M University. It found that when people consume video news on smaller screens, their ability to engage with and understand the content is substantially reduced.

What is a good size screen? ›

Anywhere between 24 and 30 inches is going to be perfectly fine for most users. They let you make the most of modern resolutions and color clarity, and they also fit a couple of different web pages open at the same time without needing to use two monitors, which is handy for many professionals.

Does pressing too hard on screen damage it? ›

Pressing to hard on any display can damage it, so please be careful.

Can you lean when setting a screen? ›

Screeners must be stationary when setting their screens, and are not allowed to lean into or make purposeful contact with the opponent they are screening. When the screener does not remain stationary once the screen has been set, they can be called for an illegal screen.

What happens when you press a screen too hard? ›

— if you press any screen with a sharp object, you may damage its covering; and if you press very hard even with your finger you may damage the internal components of the screen. BTW: Most screens sold as “LEDs” are still actually LCDs, but with an LED backlight.

What can I use instead of a spline roller? ›

Some people suggest using pizza cutters or screwdrivers instead of spline rollers to repair screens.

What is the most common spline size? ›

For standard screening material, 0.140” and 0.160” spline are the most commonly used sizes. For thicker screening products, 0.125” is the most common.

Can I cut the screen spline if it's too long? ›

At the corners press the spline into the groove with a screwdriver. If some spline is left over, trim it so that both ends touch inside the groove. To finish the job, trim away the excess screen with a utility knife.

How much does it cost to replace a Windows computer screen? ›

Window Screen Replacement Cost Calculator
National Average$306
Typical Range$136 - $478
Low End - High End$50 - $1,000

Is it worth replacing a screen? ›

In most cases, an affordable screen repair can extend your device's life by several months (or even years, in some cases).

How much does it cost to replace a screen on a computer? ›

Depending on the manufacturer, labor costs are usually $200 but can go as high as $400. Assuming that these are done by trained laptop technicians, it's a guarantee that all repairs will be done professionally. Also, prices can vary at various authorized repair centers due to the availability of parts and manpower.

How much does it cost to replace a Windows 10 screen? ›

The cost to replace a movable window screen is $20 to $150 per screen. However, depending on the size and operation of your window screen, replacing a window screen that slides along a track typically costs $20 to $80 per screen for average sizes. Retractable window screens will cost you $50 to $125 each.

What happens after screen replacement? ›

A screen replacement does not reduce your display quality, neither does it degrade the screen quality. All replacement screens from the manufacturers are produced with the same quality as the original screens. They are designed to give you the same feel and look as though you were using the original screen.

Is replacing a screen hard? ›

Most laptop screens are actually fairly easy to replace as long as you carefully follow the instructions provided and use the proper tools.

How long does a screen change take? ›

Approximately two hours. The entire mobile screen only needs to be replaced if the damage on the touch screen has affected the inner mobile screen.

How much is a broken screen? ›

Such services can range anywhere from $70 to $300 or more, but will typically not void your warranty or will provide insurance or warranties of their own.

Will window prices go down in 2022? ›

Door and Window Industry Perspective

They have collectively enjoyed year-over-year sales increases over the past four years and expect that to continue in 2022. KMR's Fenestration Materials Price Index shows prices in the industry have surged over the past year after a relatively stable 2020.

Does Ace Hardware make window screens? ›

Measure your broken window, or bring it into one of our shops and we can fix the window by installing a new mesh screen. If the frame has also been damaged we can make a new screen that fits in the existing window. We can repair or make replacement mesh screens for all window and door sizes.

How much should labor cost to install a window? ›

Homeowners can expect to pay an average of $100 to $300 per regular window installed or an hourly rate of around $38 to $40. More complicated installations (including oversized and specialty windows) will add to the labor costs. These costs could rise to $800 to $1200 per window installation.


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