Two areas that generally take a beating during summer storms are your screen door and screened-in porches. Though screens may always seem to be in some level of disrepair, fixing them isn’t a big deal at all. Screened porches built with framed, trimmed screens take a little more time to repair, but all you need are the right tools and a DIY weekend.
If you are lucky enough to have a home with a screened-in porch, then you know these rooms can really take a beating when the wind whips up. Depending on how your screened in porch was built you might be able to repair the screens and doors as mentioned earlier. However, if yours was built with the screens stapled into a frame and then trimmed out you have a little bit of a project on your hands. Nothing that the right tools and a weekend can’t handle.
Before you begin, you’ll need to gather all of the screens that need some help. For your windows and doors these are generally metal framed and can be easily fixed. You will need to get new screening which is sold by the roll and some of the rubber tubing that is used to secure the screen into the channel in the screen’s frame. You might want to take a piece with you to the home center so you can get the same diameter tubing to properly secure the screen into the track.
You will also need a tool sold right by the screen and tubing that looks a lot like a pizza cutter. It will properly place the screen into its track and get it all ready for autumn’s cool breezes. Simply stretch the new screen across the frame, keeping tension on it as the tubing is pressed into place to hold it securely.
- Arrow T50 ELITE™ Staple & Brad Nail Gun
- Arrow ¼-inch T50® staples
- Arrow 1-inch BN18™ brad nails
- Screen material
- Screen tubing
- Screening tool
- Utility knife
- Paintable wood filler
How to Fix Wood Screened Porch & Doors
- Carefully pry off screen trim pieces from one side of the screen or remove the screws holding trim pieces in place in order to access the point where the screen is attached into the frame.
- Once you’ve removed the trim, reattach the existing screen material using your Arrow T50elite™ Staple & Brad Nail Gun and ¼-inch T50® staples. If the existing screen needs to be replaced, completely remove it and any staples holding it in place; then replace with new screen material.
- After the screen is in place, reattach the trim pieces using the T50elite™ Stapler and 1-inch BN18™ brad nails.
- Fill all nail holes with paintable filler, allow filler to dry, and sand away any excess. Then give the whole porch a fresh coat of paint to make it the perfect spot for enjoying those crisp evenings!
How to Fix Metal-Framed Screens
- Remove existing screen material from screen to be repaired.
- Lay out a roll of screen material on your work surface, adjacent to the frame, pulling the screen edge to slightly overlap the frame channel on one side and ensuring that you have enough screen coverage along the top and bottom edges of the frame as well.
- Place rubber tubing on top of the screen and the frame channel, and use your screening tool to secure the tubing and screen material into the channel by rolling the tool over the tubing and pushing everything into place. Continue around the bottom edge and around all remaining sides until screen is completely installed.
- Cut off excess screening using the utility knife.
- Reattach repaired screens to windows or doors.