When you notice a small or medium-sized tear on your window screen or frame, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to replace the entire screen. Instead, you can repair the damage, keeping your house free from bugs. Here is a small and practical guide on how to repair window screens and frames effectively:
Repairing window screens
- Nail polish
- Hair dryer
If there is a small tear on your window screen, it is quite easy to fix this problem.
Step 1: With the help of a brush, apply small amounts of nail polish on both sides of the tear. Make sure that you apply adequate coats of polish while ensuring that it doesn’t drip on other parts.
Step 2: Change the setting of the hair dryer to cool and focus it on the tear for at least one minute. You can speed up the drying process by using cold water to clean the window screen.
- Cutting blade
- Measuring tape
- Polyester thread
- Waterproof silicone glue
Step 1: For medium-sized tears, you will need to remove some of the material surrounding the damage.
Step 2: Sew the extra material you extracted from the team’s perimeter. If you are unable to use the screen’s material, polyester thread is strong enough for the job.
If the tear is too big to repair by sewing, you need to patch it up.
Step 1: Purchase the window screen from a nearby hardware store (if you have any broken or old window screens, you can use them). Cut a rectangle slightly larger than the size of the tear.
Step 2: Use a cutting blade or scissors to make a rectangle (slightly bigger than the tear) on the new material.
Step 3: Use pliers to bend the ends of the material down so that it latches on to the screen correctly.
Step 4: Insert the bent ends of the patch through the screen and seal it with waterproof silicone glue.
Common causes of damage
The main reason why the window screen gets damaged is stretching. When the window screen is subject to pressure, it will start stretching over time, causing significant damage.
The second reason for damage is tampering, which causes tears. The final cause is a bad fit, which damages the window screen slowly as time goes on.
Repairing window frames
- Epoxy resin
- Wood Filler
Step 1: Remove the rotten wood you find in the window frame, with the help of a chisel and hammer.
Step 2: Clean all the debris before applying wood filler, which also behaves as an adhesive. Use sandpaper for sanding the surface, before applying another layer of wood filler.
Step 3: Sand the surface again till it becomes smooth.
If there are significant amounts of wood rot, it is paramount you need to replace the entire affected portion.
Step 1: Remove all the affected material, including portions of good wood.
Step 2: Create a replacement portion made from the same wood.
Step 3: Coat all areas of the cleared area with epoxy resin (undiluted), allow it to set, before fixing the replacement portion.
Common causes of damage
One of the primary reasons why window frames get damaged is due to moisture. Moisture weakens the material, allowing rotting to take place. Over time, the rot allows mold to grow, causing significant structural and health problems.