Sun’s Out, Keep Bugs Out: Window Screen Repair

Ahh, spring. Aside from the occasional tornado warning, this is one of the prettiest times of year in the South. One hallmark of a Texas spring are warm (but not too warm), breezy, sunny days. And what do we all want to do on a breezy, warm day? Fling our windows open and let the fresh air into our homes!

But if you don’t have properly maintained screens on your windows, opening them on a beautiful spring day can turn your house into a haven for all kinds of insects and critters. Spring is a great time to check all of your windows and screen doors to make sure that 1) they HAVE screens and 2) the screens are in good shape, without any major tears or holes.

If you do find a screen that needs to be repaired, it’s a pretty easy fix that most people can do themselves with basic tools. First things first, though—if you need a quick fix, look for adjustable window screens that you can use in a pinch to let fresh air in and keep bugs out.

Howard Berger Adjustable Window Screen

If you’ve got the time to fix your screen, though, Ace Hardware has prepared this short video for a step-by-step guide on how to get the job done. Luckily, this is an inexpensive project that is doable even for beginners.

If you’re ready to tackle some screen repair, visit your local Ace Hardware store to get the tools you need to get going on this simple project.

For small holes, this ScreenMend patch kit is great for fiberglass window screens, while Coghlan’s self-adhesive screen patches are good for nylon, fiberglass or metal screens.

If you’re re-screening, make sure you’ve got these on hand:

  • Screwdriver
  • Spline (make sure you get the right size!)
  • Sharp utility knife
  • Splining tool
  • And, of course, screen—most people use fiberglass these days.

If you aren’t sure about any of the steps, or you aren’t sure you’re purchasing the right sizes of materials, ask your Ace Hardware associate for some help. They can set you up for success and offer you some helpful tips along the way!


Ready to open up your windows and let some fresh air into the house? Visit Dot’s Ace Hardware at 3411 Richmond Road in Texarkana, Texas, or shop AceHardware.com and get free site to shore shipping on your window screen repair supplies!

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