The Patch Job
Take a tip from a Broomfield landscape contractor and patch the small holes. If a household’s screens have holes that are 3-inches wide or less, a repair kit is appropriate.
These kits consist of a small patch with an adhesive edging. Residents can match the screen’s color to the patch as well, such as white or black. Apply the patch with the screen on or off of the window frame.
Press the patch into place on the screen. Be sure to align the mesh with the surrounding design. Use a blow dryer in order to activate the adhesive with the screen’s mesh. The screen is now repaired with very little effort on the residents’ parts.
Collecting the Proper Tools
Homeowners should think like a Broomfield landscape contractor when they collect all of the proper tools for a DIY job. Shop for these items at the local, home-improvement store, such as:
- Convex roller
- New spline
- Screen roll
- Utility knife
- Flathead screwdriver
It may be necessary to visit the store again during the project if broken parts are found on the screen frames. Most frames, however, will stand the test of time. They’re flexible and durable through the years. Attached rollers and corner connections may be the only parts that are declining on the screens.
Prepping the Frame
Pop the screen out from the window frame. Lay it down on a sturdy surface. Start the project by removing the handle and rollers from the frame itself. A landscape professional typically uses a flathead screwdriver for this task, but some screens may have other fasteners.
Pull any loose mesh from the frame. Wipe down the frame now that it’s free from the window space. These parts don’t receive a good cleaning on a regular basis so now is the time to spruce up the surfaces with a rag and cleaning solution.
Examining the Spline
The spline is a technical term for the flexible strip that holds the screen tight against the frame. The installer won’t usually see it until it’s pulled from the screen’s edges. In fact, it often emerges when DIYers pull the mesh from the frame.
Take a look at the old spline. Mentally note any cracks or tears along its length. For most screens, the spline will be in four lengths surrounding the frame. If there are any damages on the strip, it’s always preferable to replace it.
Laying out the New Screen
With the frame on a sturdy surface, continue the installation by rolling out the screen across it. Align one corner of the mesh with the frame’s 90-degree angle. This reference point is a trick used by a Boulder landscape contractor in order to verify a square-and-plumb installation.
Look for any anomalies across the new mesh. Snags, tears and other defects shouldn’t be part of the new installation. Cut off that piece of mesh and use another section. The screen rolls are usually several feet long.
Installing the Screen
Pull out the convex roller. Press it against the screen where it meets the frame’s edge. This simple tool forces the screen into the frame’s edge with a neat appearance. Most installers start at a corner along the long side of the frame.
Use a firm motion to move the roller up the frame’s edge. After completing the first side, take a look at the work. No bubbles or wrinkles should be visible. Continue with the remaining three sides on the frame.
Adding the Spline
Lay the new spline along the frame’s edge. It should rest above the area that was just installed by using the convex roller. Use this same tool to press the spline into the frame’s edge.
Hold the loose spline with one hand while rolling the tool with the other hand. The spline should fit snugly with the frame edge and mesh. It essentially acts as a fastener so that the mesh remains tight without tearing.
Trimming and Checking
Use the utility knife to trim off the excess screen from the edges. Use care with these cuts so that there’s a neat edge along the frame.
If any part of the spline seems to pop out during the trimming process, carefully press it back in with the roller. A new spline without any defects will remain in place for years. Unless the window goes through extreme weather, such as high winds, the mesh remains tightly stretched across the frame.
Consulting With the Experts
Some residents may not be too thrilled about repairing their own screens. There’s no harm in contacting a Boulder landscape contractor. Don King Landscaping is pleased to help out residents with their screen windows or doors.
Each window goes through a thorough inspection. The experts make a list of every part that must be repaired or replaced.
Look over the quote so that the residents understand what is being serviced. Most homes have many windows, which can lead to multiple repairs during one service call. A landscape professional can complete the work over the course of one day in most cases.
Don’t put off this task for too long. Screens perform the important job of keeping out insects and dusty particles. Leaving a window exposed and open will only invite problems into the home. Be proactive about the screens so that the property has a new and updated look.