How To Install An Insect Screen

By Dave Matthews

When the weather gets warmer there can be no more satisfying thing than sitting with the windows open in the evening. Sadly this small pleasure can be spoilt by the many flying, biting insects that also enjoy the warmer temperatures. Luckily these irritating pests can be kept at bay by installing a fly screen. If you are unfamiliar with these products don’t worry as by following this simple guide, you will know exactly what to shop for and how to install your screen.

First you need to decide whether you want to undertake the installation yourself or whether you would rather get a professional to do it for you. If you do decide to have your insect screen professionally installed then the best step is to find a reputable installer in your area and they will be able to take care of the rest. However if you fancy yourself as something of a handyman then you may need to learn a little more before you tackle the project.

You should choose between buying either a permanent or a retractable screen. The advantage of permanent screens is that they are easier to install.


Next you need to determine whether the doorway or window that you are screening is square, whether it has a flat surrounding it and that it isnt obstructed by any objects that may interfere with the installation process. It is likely that any do it yourself screen installation will have a limit on the size of opening that can be covered. In the case where the opening is larger than the screen you have bought, you may need to construct a frame to bring the opening down to the maximum size of the screen.

Make sure that you measure each opening from top to bottom and from side to side. Most screen systems have a base which is secured to the frame and contains a spline that holds the screen in place on the base. They also come fitted with cap pieces which snap into place and serve as a trim in order to cover the spline. Ensure that you add all the individual measurements together in order to determine the total number of base strips and cap pieces required.

Cut the base strips to fit each vertical frame and then attach them by using 1 inch screws. Each slot in the base will hold 1 screw but make sure that you don’t install the screws too tightly or the base may become deformed. Repeat this for each horizontal frame too.

You may wish to get a helper to stretch the screen over the opening. It is important that the screen is tight enough not to sag, yet not tight enough to deform the frame. Don’t be afraid to ask for help during any stage of the installation process as not everyone is a natural handyman. Many hardware stores will offer various screen systems and screen building materials. They will also offer advice and step-by-step instructions that you can take home with you. Remember that all the hard work will eventually pay off when you are able to enjoy those summer evenings without the flying pests!

About the Author: Dave Matthews is writing on behalf of New Blinds, an online supplier of

fly screens



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