Your screens have protected you from the elements and wayward bugs for many years. But lately, they’ve been looking a little rough and ragged. It might be time to fix them up, but who should you turn to?
The truth is, it can be hard to find a company to repair your screens. Replacing whole screens, or the whole frame, is much more common. But have no fear; there are repair options out there!
Let’s learn more about how to know what type of screen repair is best, who will repair window screens, how much repairs should cost, and tips on how to maintain your window screens.
Should You Repair or Replace Your Window Screens?
Before you seek out a company to help with your screens, you should decide what type of fix you need. Assess the damage first, then explore your options.
Types of Screen Repairs
The screen frame must be in good shape in order for a repair to be possible with already-existing materials.
- Patch your screen if there’s a small tear that is no more than an inch or two big.
- Rescreen your window if there are larger tears or screen damage that runs along the frame.
You most likely will need to replace the entire screen fixture if there is any damage to the screen frame itself.
Are There Local Companies Who Will Repair Window Screens?
Local window manufacturers will often offer screen repair services.
Mobile screen repair companies offer onsite services. They’ll come to your home and replace or repair your screens.
Many local hardware stores will also perform screen repairs or can supply screen-repair kits.
If you choose to go the DIY route for a minor repair, screen patches are available for purchase at most home improvement or hardware stores. They come in different materials and patching methods:
- Metal threading
- Glue adhesive
Local hardware stores could assist you with DIY screen patching, too.
Where to Buy Window screens?
If you need to buy new window screens, the best place to get them is from the original manufacturer. You must try and to first identify the manufacture by their logo on the window lock hardware, or by etching in the glass (usually, the bottom left or right corner). Otherwise, you can check the window jamb when you open the window and look for a sticker with the serial number.
How Much Does it Cost to Repair Window Screens?
High-quality fiberglass rescreening costs about $25 for a standard double-hung window. If you’re wondering, a double-hung window can be in the following sizes:
- Minimum width: 24 inches
- Maximum width: 48 inches
- Minimum height: 36 inches
- Maximum height: 72 inches
The larger the screen, and the better the quality material, the higher the repair price will be.
Sometimes, hardware stores will repair screens at materials cost.
While many companies offer onsite screen repair, some also offer discounts from bringing frames into their shop. This is a great question to ask different companies as you’re shopping around for the best services at the best price.
Companies also may offer bulk discounts. You’ll save money per unit, so it could very well be worth rescreening all of your windows at once.
How to Get Window Screens Repaired
It’s important to give the repair company precise measurements, so they can ensure your new screens fit your windows perfectly. The most sure-fire way of getting the measurements right is by accessing your original order number, or by locating the serial number on the window itself.
It’s also important to know which screening material you want. If you have access to your product order history, you can see what material was originally used for your window screens.
Window Screen Materials
There are five common materials used to make window screens.
- Stainless steel
Fiberglass is flexible and dent-resistant. It’s a popular material when people choose to perform DIY repairs. It also provides good air flow and good visibility through your windows.
Aluminum is sturdy but inflexible. It won’t rust or sag.
Polyester is more durable than fiberglass and aluminum. It is a popular choice for pet-resistant screening. Polyester provides good shade and won’t rust.
Copper is very durable and offers nice architectural accents. It is the material most commonly used for insect screens.
Stainless steel is best for screens in the areas of your home that see the most traffic. They won’t corrode and they allow for good air flow and visibility.
How Long Do Window Screens Last?
Window screens can have a nice, long life if they’re taken care of. If kept clean and well maintained, screens can last 10 to 15 years.
Repairs and patches can help lengthen the life of your window screens, but eventually you’ll need to rescreen your windows.
How to Extend the Life of Your Window Screens
Take good care of your screens, and they’ll take good care of you! There are ways to maintain your screens so they last a long time.
Besides accidents (which, by their very definition, can’t be avoided), there are three main factors that can seriously reduce the lifespan of your window screens:
- Winter weather
- Pet damage
- Dirty screens
You can reduce risk of damage to your screens by keeping them out of harm’s way. Here’s how.
You can remove your screens and store them safely during the coldest months of the year. This will expose them to fewer harsh elements and help them stay nice longer.
Plus, screens prevent a certain amount of sunlight from shining into your house. That precious sunlight is especially needed in winter, when temperatures are colder and days are shorter.
As any pet owner knows, our furry friends can do a lot of damage to screen doors and windows. Dogs scratch to go out; cats literally climb them!
Consider pet-resistant screen materials if you’re looking to rescreen your windows. They could save you a lot of future hassle!
There are also pet guards available. These are metal grates that block a pet from scratching at the screen.
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