How to Repair a Screen Door

How to Repair a Screen DoorYou don’t think about it until it doesn’t work–your screen door. While it may not be the final line of security for protecting your home from intruders or inclement weather, having an operating screen door can help you feel more confident and secure. Unfortunately, over time, these doors can suffer from any number of small issues that require repair. To help alleviate these concerns, we have put together a brief guide that can help you through the screen door repair process.

Replacing a Screen

1. First, you must remove the screen panel itself from the frame. Assuming the door slides on flexible rollers, you should be able to lift the frame up until the bottom edge of the rollers can clear the lip of the frame. Then, you can gently tilt the door and remove it.

2. You will have many options when it comes to screen material—though most come down to different colors and types of wire mesh and fiberglass. Fiberglass tends to be heavier and better for those with pets or children. For standard patio doors, having a piece cut from the 36” x 84” roll available at most hardware stores is perfect.

3. You will also need to purchase “screen spline.” This is flexible tubing designed to hold the screen in place. The spine is sold in a roll form and comes in multiple widths and colors. You will use a narrow gauge to fit the groove of your door. A spline roller is required to fit the spline into the groove itself—this should be available in the same department at your hardware store. You can choose from a plastic or wooden model. Other materials required will be a screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, standard pliers and a utility knife.

4. Use your screwdriver to pry the old spline loose. Do not bend the groove itself—it is often made of a flexible metal, so it is important to be careful. At this point, take a few moments and clean the door frame thoroughly and lay the new spline out over the edges of the frame.

5. Unroll the new screen onto the door. Overlap all of the edges over the frame.

6. Beginning at one corner, use the spline roller to push the screen (and spline) into the groove. Take care that it is going in perfectly even and use clamps if necessary to keep the mesh from moving back and forth as you complete this task.

7. After everything is in place, use your utility knife to trim away excess material.

Adjusting a Screen Door, So It Closes Perfectly

If your screen door is taking forever to shut, or slams close, sometimes a simple adjustment can make all the difference.

The mounting position of the closer’s connecting pin may need to be changed. If the door can be held open with the washer or by other means, do so. Then, take a look at the closing mechanism. If there are multiple pinholes, moving to a different setting may be all it takes. It could also be that the pin is completely missing and needs to be replaced.

Check out the adjustment screw also. This screw is located in the same area. You can usually turn it clockwise to make for a softer (slower) close or the opposite direction for a harder (faster) close. Some doors have two screws that need to be turned in the same direction and equally.

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In many cases, repairing a screen door on your own is not a problem. However, some jobs are simply too complex to handle alone. Luckily, Great Valley Lockshop offers screen door repairs, among our many other services. If your screen door is broken or non-serviceable, don’t suffer another day. Call 610-644-5334 or contact us for more information about how we can help. Great Valley Lockshop is always here for you and your residential/commercial security needs.

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