How to Replace a Broken Window Screen

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Home Remodeling and Repair 317-454-3612

Routine window maintenance is important to achieve quality indoor climate control, as well as, whole-house energy efficiency and value. One of the most common, and frustrating, window casualties is a ripped or torn screen. When this happens, it is wise to replace the screen as soon as possible. Window screens serve many important purposes so it is important to keep them in tact all year long.

The idea of replacing a torn window screen may seem tedious, but it is in fact quite simple. With the right tools and a little instruction, anyone can install a new window screen on their own! Continue reading to how to replace a broken window screen in your home or office.

Getting Started…

First gather all the necessary tools and supplies for the job. Fortunately, everything you will need is easily attainable (any local hardware store) and inexpensive. This includes a new window screen of course. Here is a list of materials you will need to replace a window screen:

• New Window Screening
• New Spline (Rubber String)
• Two-Sided Rolling Spline Tool (Should Come with Spline)
• Utility Knife
• Flathead Screwdriver
• Clean Cloth or Rag
• Duct Tape
• Scissors

Once you have accumulated all the necessary tools and materials, you can get started by removing the window screen with frame from the window. Find a hard flat surface to work on and place the screen and frame there. Continue with the following steps:

1. Remove the existing spline from the window frame.

2. Once the spline is removed, the screen detaches easily. Use the head of the screwdriver to pry the screen from the frame if you have trouble disconnecting it.

3. Take your clean cloth and wipe down the bare frame, removing all the dirt in the grooves. To do this, place the cloth over the tip of the screwdriver and drag the flathead along the inside of the grooves.

4. Use the duct tape to secure the frame in place on all sides so that it cannot move.

5. Now you are ready to measure out a piece of new screen. Cut it larger than the surrounding width and height of the window frame.

6. Position the new screening over the window frame so that the entire frame is covered and then some. Hold in place with duct tape on the top side for added stability for the next step.

7. Use the convex side of the rolling spline tool to guide the new spline along the spline grooves in the window frame. Do this for the entire perimeter of the frame. For corners, use the flathead screwdriver to push the spline into place.

8. Once you reach the end, cut the spline with scissors.

9. Now go back over the perimeter of the spline again but with the concaved side of the roller tool.

10. Trim the excess screen off with your utility knife right above the top of the spline while holding down the screen as you cut. Hold the knife at a 45 degree angle and cut in a steady firm motion.

11. Slip the frame back into the window by pushing up and in, securing the metal window clips.

Professional Window Repair and Replacement

If you have a large-scale window repair and replacement project on your hands, call a licensed general contractor for professional and prompt service. They retain the proper tools, training, labor, and resources to undertake a window replacement and repair job in a time frame that’s convenient for you.

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General Contractors Indianapolis Indiana 317-454-3612

General Contractors Indianapolis Indiana 317-454-3612

Call Restoration By L and B, LLC at 317-454-3612 for window installation, repair, and replacement services in Indianapolis and its surrounding towns. Owner and general contractor, Lee Elliot, is happy to answer your questions about residential or commercial window repair and replacement anytime. Additionally, we offer a wide range of remodeling and renovation services for the entire property! Call 317-454-3612 for prompt and professional window repair and replacement in Indianapolis, IN today.

Information About Window Caulking

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Home Remodeling and Repair 317-454-3612

Do you want to know one of the most effective and easiest methods to improve your home’s energy efficiency? Then answer is to properly caulk your windows. Window caulking is one of the most convenient and widely-practiced methods to decreasing energy consumption while maintaining comfortable indoor climates. It’s important to know how to check the integrity of your existing caulking, inspect for air leaks in your windows, and improve energy efficiency in other areas of your home.

Continue reading to learn more about the ins and outs of window caulking, and who to call for trusted window installation and repair services near you.

Window Leaks

A gap as little as an eighth of an inch can lose just as much conditioned air as a window open six inches or more. A tiny air leak really does make a difference. Large or small, a leak must be stopped as soon as possible or it will affect several other areas of a home. To check for air leaks, you must first wait for a still day, and then turn on your attic fan to create negative pressure indoors. You can also turn a bathroom or stove fan on if you do not have an attic. Light some incense and carry it from window to window, looking for drifting smoke. Since checking for air leaks is a tricky task, calling a professional might be the best option for all home and property owners.

To fix these leaks yourself, simply purchase a good-quality quick-release caulking gun and caulk bottles from your local hardware store, and address the issue head on. But for those who are not very “hands-on” when it comes to home repair, contact a local handyman for professional assistance and service. Fixing window leaks will greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Window Caulking Tips

The best climate for effective window caulking is mild, dry, and warm weather. It’s best to wait until it is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit before caulking windows. For this reason, Hoosiers are encouraged to have their windows inspected and re-caulked at the start of spring, and before summertime. Also, don’t stop at windows when checking for air leaks, be sure to inspect doors as well. And be sure to check your home for window and door leaks on a routine basis.

Restoration By L & B, LLC

Home Repair Service 317-454-3612

Home Repair Service

Call Restoration By L & B, LLC at 317-454-3612 for professional window repair and replacement services in Indianapolis, Indiana. Owner, Lee Elliot, is happy to answer your questions about window caulking, window repair, window replacement, and more for residential and commercial properties. We provide a wide range of remodeling and repair services, and offer the most competitive prices in town! Call 317-454-3612 and receive a free estimate for window repair in Indianapolis, IN today.