How to Repair a Torn Window Screen
Fix small tears before they spread.
By Timothy Dahl
Apr 2, 2018
A good window screen lets the air flow in while keeping the insects out. But screens can tear easily if mishandled, and one little rip can spread quickly. Before replacing an entire screen, check out these do-it-yourself screen repair kits
. They're easy to use and cheap to buy.
The traditional way of fixing small screen tears is by purchasing replacement screen patches
that have turned down edges, which hold the patch in place after you fold them onto your screen. However, these kits can be annoying to use and often pop off after short time. The most popular screen repair kits are now adhesive and can be used on fiberglass or metal screens.
makes a screen repair patch that works like a heat activated sticker. Just cut the size you need to cover the tear, while leaving about a 1/2-inch around the edge. Then place the patch over the tear and apply heat using a hair dryer. This will activate the adhesive, which instantly bonds to the screen.