Did You Know Damaged Window Screens Don’t Work as Well?

February 4, 2022 10:14 pm Published by

We’ve all seen houses with tattered and torn window screens, and we know they don’t look very great. In fact, they completely ruin a home’s appearance and can even drive down its value.

Did you know that in addition to looking bad, damaged window screens don’t work as well? It’s true. Window screens aren’t as efficient at keeping pests out or blocking UV rays once they start falling apart.

This post will teach you when to ditch those old window screens and have them replaced with new models.

Signs you need new window screens

There are several tell-tale signs that it’s time for new window screens—or at least time to have yours repaired. Here are a few indicators that it’s time to start shopping for some new screens:

  • Old age: This one depends on a few factors (like which direction the screen faces and how much sunlight it receives), but window screens can generally last about 10 years before they need to be replaced. Replacing them once a decade or so helps prevent rust accumulation on the frame and ensures the screens perform their best.
  • Torn fabric: All it takes is one glance at your window screen to know that it needs to be replaced. If the fabric is torn at all, talk to our pros at Custom Glass & Screen about ordering a custom-made window screen replacement. Any tears allow bugs and rodents free entry inside your home, so this issue needs to be addressed ASAP.
  • Fading and discoloration: Your screen will start to fade in color over the years due to fading from the sun. While you can find some DIY remedies for fixing this discoloration, the methods are only temporary. Call our team to learn about your replacement options as soon as your screens start to fade.
  • Frame damage: Whether your frames are made of metal, vinyl or wood, they need to be fully intact to work their best. A bent, cracked or otherwise damaged frame doesn’t hold the screen in place very well, leading to unwanted pests. Some damage can be repaired if it’s caught early, but your best option is to replace any damaged frames.
  • Higher monthly bills: Window screens can help lower your energy bills in the summer months, as they reduce the amount of sunlight entering your home, which raises the internal temperature. If you notice higher cooling costs this summer compared to last, consider replacing your screens.

Is window screen replacement a DIY project?

The DIY-ers we talk to often ask if they can replace their window screens themselves—and the answer is yes. However, we typically recommend hiring a professional to take care of it. When you work with our team at Custom Glass & Screen, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting the highest-quality screens and that they’ll be installed correctly.

Reach out to our team today to get a quote for new custom window screens or order supplies to replace your screens on your own.

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