Metal Frame Screen Repair

  • 01 of 04

    Repairing a Screen in a Metal Frame

    metal screen and metal frame
    Metal screen in metal (aluminum) frame.

    Replacing a screen in your window or screen door is a common summertime repair. It's not very hard if you know the tricks. And that's what we'll show you. This tutorial walks you through the steps involved in replacing a damaged screen in an aluminum frame as opposed to a wood frame.

    Needed Tools and Materials

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  • 02 of 04

    Prepare Frame for Screening


    First, you need to prepare the frame to receive the new screening material. This will involve cleaning and checking the frame.

    • Using a small screwdriver (or a nail), pry up and remove the old spline from the frame. If it is in good shape (not brittle, dried out or broken), it may be carefully reused.
    • If the spline needs replacement use new vinyl spline material being sure to purchase the proper width for use with the frame.
    • Remove the old screen material.
    • Use a carpenter's square to check and make sure the frame is square (corners at right angles) and straight.
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  • 03 of 04

    Prepare Screening for Installation

    A screen installation tool
    This tool and its special rollers on each end is essential for easy and professional screen installation results. Home-Cost.com

    Once the frame is prepped, the next step is to ready the screening material.

    • Clamp the frame to a solid flat surface.
    • Cut the screen just shy of the size of the outside of the frame all the way around.
    • Align the screen grid to the frame to make sure the screen grids line up straight with the frame.
    • Using the convex wheel of the screen installation tool, press the screen material into the top and one of the sides of the frame channels.
    • Use short strokes for best results.
    • The intent here is to form the metal screen into the frame channels to get it ready for the spline material.
    • Roll the screen material into the remaining two channels
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  • 04 of 04

    Install Vinyl Spline and Complete Install

    Once the screen is pressed into the frame channels, install the vinyl spline.

    • Using the concave wheel of the installation tool, seat the vinyl spline into the channel by starting in a corner.
    • As before, use short strokes going in the same direction. Try not to go back and forth.
    • Use a screwdriver to press the spline into the corners as necessary.
    • As you press the spline into the frame, it will make the screen taught.
    • Once installed, trim the excess screen material with scissors or a utility knife.