The two most common materials today for window screens are fiberglass and aluminum. But why choose aluminum over fiberglass? What makes aluminum different?
Available in a staggering array of sizes and meshes, aluminum screen mesh is perfect for windows such as an office or home as they are far more durable than fiberglass. When it comes to forces from outside, such as leaves and tree branches, the aluminum withstands this debris better than the fiberglass. It is much more difficult for an aluminum mesh screen to become cut or torn.
However, if your household has enthusiastic pets or toddlers that like to press against the aluminum, you might begin to see dents. For houses with active little ones and high-energy pets, you might find aluminum doesn’t work for you.
- UV-ray resistant, less fading
- Excellent in high-temp climates, as it resists heat
- Stronger and more durable than fiberglass
- Sag-resistant. Aluminum will remain taut while as fiberglass ages it begins to sag.
- May dent if under too much pressure/weight
Is it Possible to DIY Install a Custom Aluminum Window Screen?
With the right supplies and an outstanding source of materials, it is 100% possible for you to DIY install custom aluminum window screens. Whether you are building your first home or it is time to replace your window screens, with the right custom kit you’ll find it easy to do.
For the best in convenience and affordability, look for a reputable company that sells the entire kit when looking to replace the screen and screen frame. A window screen company such as Quality Window Screen has everything you need all in one place. For instance, you’ll be able to choose width in inches or fractions, height in inches or fractions, frame size you need, a frame color, what color wire for the aluminum screen, whether or not you need a crossbar, and even the hardware type. That makes Quality Window Screen custom aluminum window screens one of the most thorough kits on the market today. Plus, every and any tool you may need is available online as well. You simply order the frame, mesh color, and hardware you want, and they’ll assemble the frame and send it to you.
How to DIY Install a Custom Aluminum Window Screen
First, before you order your new window screens, you’ll want to know the right size to order. This can be done a few ways. One of the easiest is to simply measure your existing, older screen from the window you’re replacing the screen of.
You’ll need to know:
- Window screen frame thickness
- Tape measure
- Pencil and paper for marking measurements
To find these, you’ll want to first measure the shortest side. That’s the height. Next, measure the longest side to get the length. Last, measure the width of the frame itself. Measure to the closest 1/16th of an inch if possible.
If you don’t have a window screen or any window screens to measure, here’s how to determine what to get:
- Find the lip of your window. The lip is what will hold your window screen in place. Place the end of the tape measure behind the lip and measure vertically up to the window screen channel. You will want to mark that measurement and then add 1/8th of an inch to it.
- Now, you’ll want to measure the horizontal screen channel. Once you find that measurement, unlike step one you will want to subtract 1/8th of an inch.
These steps work for the most common and conventional windows found in homes today. Now that you have the height, width, and thickness the easy part comes next. Go ahead and order your window screen kit!
To install your new window screen kit, remove your old screen and frame (if you have it). Next, according to your windows, you should be able to attach your new window screen and frame as follows:
- Wood windows: Attach your screen frame fasteners to the outside frame of the window if there are none. Nail 1/4th to ½ inches from the top of the window on each side. Place frame. Insert loop latch into the spline groove at the bottom of the frame. After completion, insert the screw into the latch and the inside of the windowsill.
- Aluminum windows: insert the corner spring into the bottom piece of vertical frames.
As you can see, with just a few easy prep steps and the help of an expert window screen company, you can DIY install custom window screens easily, saving you the time and money of having to hire a contractor. Check out their website to see what else they can do to make window screen repair, replacement, and upgrades easier for you.
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