Sliding screen doors are wonderful to enjoy nice weather. You can allow the great outdoors air into your home with the protection of screening. Through the years though, it can become necessary to replace your screen door.
Typically a project for replacing screen door of your home should not take a great amount of time. The cost for the project will vary depending on how many repairs need to be done or if complete replacement is required.
Selecting Replacement Screening
There are several different types of screening to use when replacing screen doors on your home. The most common and the least expensive screening are fiberglass screens. Other screens include: aluminum, stainless steel, bronze and polyester core.
Depending on your budget and how often the screen door is used will determine which type of screening that you want to purchase. The fiberglass screens damage the easiest and in high traffic areas it is recommended to upgrade to stainless steel. Stainless steel is the fairly easy to work with and extremely durable.
Check the Rollers
Sometimes if the screen is not damaged, you can get away with simply replacing the rollers on a screen door. Slide the door back and forth on the track. Clean all the dirt and grime out of the track. If the door still does not open and shut easily, it is necessary to replace the rollers on the bottom of the door.
Removing the Screen Door
Sliding screen doors are great because they are supported by rollers at the bottom of the door. Raise the door until the bottom rollers clear from the bottom track. Pull the door slightly towards you at the bottom and lift out. Pull downward on the door and remove it from the top portion of the door frame.
Remove the Screen Door Handle
The screen door handle can get in the way of replacing the screen on the door. Completely remove the door handle. If it is worn and cracked, you should replace it.
Remove the Spline
Around each side of the screen door is a thin piece of material that is called the spline. The spline is responsible for holding the screen into the actual door frame.
Lift the corner of the spline with a flat head screw driver. Grasp the end and pull up completely and take the entire spline out. If the spline is dry, damaged or crack replace it.
Remove the Rollers
The next step for replacing screen door is to remove the rollers. Many have a spring so be careful not to damage it. If the door was not sliding back and forth properly, replace the rollers.
Lay the Screen
Lay the new screen on the door frame. Leave a two inch border that hangs outside the groove area of the frame around the entire door. Using a spline installation tool press the screen into the frame the entire way around.
Lay the Spline
Next you will want to use the spline installation tool and press the spline on top of the screen in the groove. This will keep the screen in place.
Trim Excess Screen
Trim the excess screen with a flat blade knife. Cut closely to the groove for the neatest appearance.
Re-hang the Door
Once you have replaced the screen, spline and rollers you can now rehang the door. It will be good to use for many years.