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Rescreen instead of replacing a screen door or window screens

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Rescreen instead of replacing a screen door or window

At Best Custom Screens, we value our customers and are committed to providing them with cost-effective solutions for their door and window screen needs. Over time, we noticed that many of our valued customers were replacing their door and window screens more frequently than necessary. In our quest to understand the reasons behind this trend, we conducted extensive research and reached out to our recurring customers. Our findings revealed that a significant number of screen replacements were prompted by torn screen fabric, rather than issues with the frame. This insight led us to develop a solution that not only saves our customers money but also contributes to sustainability efforts—rescreening.

In this article, we will guide you through the process of rescreening your door or window, offering step-by-step instructions to help you extend the lifespan of your screens and make the most of your existing frames.

Why Rescreen Instead of Replacing?

Before we delve into the rescreening process, it’s essential to understand why choosing rescreening over replacement can be a smart and economical choice. Many screen doors and windows have durable frames that can last for years without showing significant wear or damage. However, the screen fabric, which is exposed to the elements and daily use, is more susceptible to wear and tear.

By opting to rescreen instead of replacing the entire door or window, you can:

  1. Save Money: Rescreening is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing a new screen door or window. You’ll only need to invest in new screen material, which is significantly more budget-friendly than a complete replacement.
  2. Reduce Waste: Choosing rescreening contributes to environmental sustainability by reducing the disposal of old screens and the manufacturing of new ones. It’s a greener option that aligns with eco-conscious practices.
  3. Maintain Aesthetics: If your screen frame is still in good condition and complements your home’s design, rescreening allows you to keep the same look while addressing the damaged screen fabric.

The Rescreening Process

Now that you understand the benefits of rescreening, let’s walk through the steps to help you successfully extend the life of your screen door or window.

Below are few steps to rescreen you door or window. Let’s go..

Step 1: Remove the Old Screen and Spline

Begin by carefully removing the old screen fabric and spline from the frame. Make sure to clear the frame of any remnants and ensure it is clean and free of debris.

Step 2: Prepare the New Screen Material

Place the new screen material on a clean, flat surface. Lay the old frame on top of the screen material to ensure it covers the entire frame.

Step 3: Trim Excess Screen Material

Using a kitchen knife, carefully trim any excess screen material that extends beyond the frame. Ensure that the screen is neatly aligned with the frame.

Step 4: Secure the Spline

Starting at one corner of the frame, use a screen roller to push the spline into the groove along the frame’s edge. Continue rolling the spline into the groove all the way around the frame.

Step 5: Finalize the Spline

Once you reach the last corner where you started, trim any excess spline and then reroll the entire spline once more. This ensures a secure and tight fit.

Step 6: Trim Excess Screen Material

With the spline securely in place, use a utility knife to carefully trim any excess screen material that may be protruding from the frame.

Step 7: Completion

Ensure that the spline is securely set in the groove, cut the excess screen of with a utility knife and your newly rescreened door or window is ready for use.

Reaching the last corner makes your work finished. You are done with the rescreening.

Rescreen sliding screen door infograph

Tools You’ll Need

To accomplish the rescreening process, you will require the following tools:

  1. Kitchen knife
  2. Screwdriver
  3. Screen roller

Tips for Successful Rescreening

While the rescreening process is relatively straightforward, here are some additional tips to ensure a successful outcome:

  1. Measure Carefully: Before purchasing your new screen material, measure the dimensions of your frame accurately to avoid any sizing issues.
  2. Choose High-Quality Screen Material: Invest in high-quality screen material to ensure durability and longevity. At Best Custom Screens, we offer a variety of screen options to meet your specific needs.
  3. Take Your Time: Rushing through the rescreening process can lead to mistakes. Take your time to align the screen material and spline properly for the best results.
  4. Seek Professional Help if Needed: If you’re unsure about any aspect of the rescreening process or encounter difficulties, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional.


Rescreening your door or window is a practical and sustainable alternative to replacing the entire screen. It allows you to save money, reduce waste, and maintain the aesthetic appeal of your home. Best Custom Screens is committed to serving our customers by offering not only quality products but also money-saving solutions like rescreening. We hope this article has provided you with valuable insights and step-by-step instructions to help you extend the lifespan of your screens and make the most of your existing frames.

By choosing rescreening, you can enjoy the benefits of a fresh-looking screen without the unnecessary expense of a full replacement. Additionally, rescreening contributes to a greener planet by reducing waste and promoting responsible consumption. We encourage you to give rescreening a try and experience the cost savings and environmental benefits for yourself. With the right tools and a little patience, you can enjoy the benefits of a well-maintained screen for years to come.

Hope the article will help you saving a huge amount of money by letting you use the existing screen door. Best Custom Screens thrives serve it’s customer by not only selling but saving as well.

In the following video DIY Aidan shows how to rescreen a a window screen

Different types of screening material.

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