If you have a hole in your window screen, you don't have to replace the entire screen. It is possible to fix holes, which saves you the cost of a new screen. Holes should be fixed right away to avoid insects, as well as losing heat or air.
Fixing screen holes is a simple process for beginning DIY person. Here are some tips to repair holes in window screens.
Prepare to Work
For this project, you need:
- work gloves
- clear tape
- tape measure
- cotton swab
- clear nail polish
- silicone adhesive
- polyester cutting sheet
- nylon thread or clear fishing line
- small-eyed sewing needle
- screen material
The materials required depends on the size of the hole. Holes larger than one inch wide will need a patch.
You don't have to buy new screen material . Check around the house for salvage material from an unused screen. If have concerns about looks, buy the same screen material.
Patch Small and Medium Holes
If the hole is the size of a pencil eraser, or a torn single strand, dab some clear polish on the area. Polish keeps the hole from getting bigger, and it is less noticeable.
For two or three damaged strands, remove the screen using the screwdriver. Set the screen on a flat work surface on top of a polyester cutting sheet. Apply adhesive over the hole, and spread it with a cotton swab. Let the adhesive cure overnight, take off the cutting sheet and reattach the screen.
Stitch Long, Torn Strands
Try to find thread or fishing line that matches the screen color. Trim frayed screen wires with scissors. Use a needle-threader, if you have a hard time threading the needle.You may also substitute thread with spare wire from another screen.
Begin sewing three non-damaged holes lower than a vertical tear, or three holes wider than a crosswise tear. Stitch until you reach three non-damaged holes above the tear, or across the other side of the tear.
Fix Large Holes
Use the scissors to cut loose wires. Measure the length and width hole to be repaired, and add two inches to each measurement. Cut the repair patch to the dimensions.
Hold the repair screen patch on the center of the hole; taping it down, if needed. Stitch through both layers of screen; bringing the pieces of the tear as close as possible. Check for gaps, then make a double knot to finish. Cut extra thread or wire, and remove the tape.
Your screen should look as good as new after repairs. If you don't trust your skill, or the screen is seriously damaged, contact a window screen repair service, such as Roys Screen Service.