Category Archives: Window Screens

Window screens for your home

How to make a window screen

 There are four things that make a window screen and they are:

window screens

  • Aluminum frame
  • Screen mesh (fiber glass)
  • Aluminum corners (for miter cut frames)
  • splyne (the rubber that holds the screen in place)

Splyne roller

Tools

  • Screen splyne roller (for rolling in splyne)
  • Flat head screw driver (for pushing in corners)
  • Box cutter blade (for cutting excess splyne and screen)
  • Saw or electric chop saw (for cutting aluminum frame)
  • clamps (for holding frame in place on a table)

Measuring

Measuring the opening where the screen goes is very important.  If you have aluminum or vinyl encasement’s with channels for the screen then the rule is you have to measure from the inside of the channel to the the outside of the opposite channel and then deduct 1/8.  This will ensure you that the screen will have room to be taken in and out.  If you have double hung wood windows then measure top to bottom and side to side and deduct 1/8 to 1/4 from the width and from the length.

Building it

Once the frame is cut and put together with the corners then you must screen it.  For this you will need a table to work on.  Place the frame on the table and roll the screen over it, then roll in the splyne with the screen splyne tool.  You may need to to this a couple of times to get the screen straight, do not do it to tight that the frame is con-caving in .  After you’re done and satisfied with your screen be very careful and cut out all the excess screen away from the frame and you are done.

We always recommend you use a Licensed Professional when doing this type of work and always be extra careful with all tools.

Pet Screen Grill

Pet grill

The screen protector is a must with kid’s and pet’s. We are in business thanks to children and pet’s they are the number one cause for screens breaking and tearing.  One way to help keep your screens lasting longer is the screen protector or what some people call the pet grille.  They are good for swinging screen doors and sliding screen doors only.  They get installed on the outside of the screen frame and are held on by four screws on the four corners.  There are two kind of screen protectors, one is thin, light weight, rattles and usually is very warped.  The other type is thicker, heavier, does not rattle and is pretty straight.  Another way to tell them apart is the one that rattles is spray painted and is usually all scratched and the other better quality screen protector’s finish is baked enamel which always looks like it’s in new condition.  these can be installed by a handyman or a screen company will do it.

 dog grill close up

 Screen protector color and finishes are silver anodized, white, bronze, tan and a couple of others.  When installing them it usually is on the outside of the screen frame and on the bottom, if they are installed on the inside they can rub on encasement and get jammed.

They help keep the children and pets from pushing on the screen mesh and loosening or ripping it on the bottom.  the standard screen protector coverage area’s is 33 inches high.  Custom screen protectors can be made to whatever height you need.