Repair Window Screens to Keep Out Bugs

Time: 15 minutes per window

It’s the season to throw open those windows, people — warmer weather is upon us. But before you do, check your screens. These mesh coverings keep out biting insects and spiders but are prone to breaking and fraying over time. Patch the holes in your window screens to keep out those pesky pests.

What's in it for you?

  • A bug-free home
  • Increased screen density blocks some sun rays
  • Decrease future frays in your screens

Keep Your Home Bug-Free By Patching Your Window Screens

(Show me how)

  1. Check for damage. Open your window and inspect your screen for breaks, no matter how small. Measure the frayed/broken areas with a ruler write down the measurements so you can reference them later when you’re cutting patches.

  2. Trim stray threads. Shortening the stray threads around the breaks in your screen will make it easier to attach to your patches. Using a pair of tin snips (a small hand tool that looks like a large pair of scissors), cut each thread as close to the screen as you can.

  3. Cut the hole to a uniform shape. It’s easier to patch a uniform hole in your screen, so cut the threads around the fray very carefully to make the hole as even as possible. (If the hole gets bigger, don’t fret — You’ll be putting a patch over it soon.)

  4. Cut a patch. Draw appropriately-sized screen patches on your replacement screen material with a pen or pencil. (Don’t forget to add an extra inch in every direction to ensure your patch full covers the hole.) Snip away with your tin snips, making sure not to cut the patch too small.

  5. Undo a few screen strands around the hole. You want the threads on your screen patch (horizontal and vertical strands) to match those of your screen. Do this by pulling out a few strands along the perimeter of the hole and bending them at 90-degree angles to the sides of the hole.

  6. Add the patch. Place the patch over the hole and adjust its position so that it matches the pattern of your screen. Fold the patch's stray wires through the threaded areas of the screen so they’re on the other side of the screen. Pair the stray threads into groups of two and tie them into tight knots to hold the patch in place.

  7. Glue it down. Your patch should hold reasonably well after tying down the stray strands, but add silicone glue around the edges on the back of the patch for a stronger hold. Let the glue dry for a few minutes before moving on to the next hole.

Pro Tip: Use a pair of tweezers on the frayed ends of the screen. They’ll be much easier to grab and manipulate, making you a screen-repair boss.

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