How To Repair a Screen

a screen with a large hole

Once the warmer weather hits, it’s time to let the fresh air in. Forget cranking up the air conditioning and running up the electric bill. Instead, opt for cracking open your windows and doors—let the screens do all the work by letting in the cool, gentle breezes.

But what happens when you open the windows or doors and notice you’ve got a slight tear in the screen? Maybe there's a hole the size of a baseball. Don’t panic, don’t despair. With a little elbow grease and a plan you can repair any screen.

Fix Small Screen Tears With Home Products

It may or may not be necessary to replace an entire screen on a window or door. If the repair seems like it’s just a small hole or two, you might be able to use clear nail polish or silicone adhesive.

a screen in front of greenery with small holes

If no one in your home has clear polish, there should be some affordable options at your local drugstore. Add a small amount to the rip to form a connection. This should work especially well on vinyl or fiberglass screens. Be sure to let the painted area dry before touching the screen.

If you go with silicon adhesive, apply it slowly in continuous layers until the tear is filled in.

You may be able to sew small holes in metal screens, too. Unravel one or two strands from a piece of scrap screening you've set aside, and sew the hole or tear closed. You can weave the strands through the screen with a regular sewing needle.

Bigger Holes

If you have a big hole or tear in a metal screen it could be a little trickier to resolve, but it's still repairable.

Start by trimming the area that needs repair into a square or rectangle hole. To make sure it won’t unravel, use a pair of metal clippers or a strong pair of scissors. Then, cut another piece of scrap or patch screen material measuring roughly one inch larger in all directions than the damaged section.

a hand cutting a metal screen with scissors

Unravel a few strands of material around the entire patch, then bend these unraveled ends at each side of the patch to about 90 degrees. Put this patch over the torn area and thread the bent wires through the fabric, then bend the wires flat again to keep the patch from moving.

For bigger holes in fiberglass screening, cut a patch of the same material and attach it to the undamaged material with a clear silicone glue.

If you don't have any extra screen material around, you might consider picking up some screen patch tape instead. If the screen is too loose, you might have to tighten it. And if it's really too far gone, you can always replace it instead.

Get your screen repairs fast done fast so you can enjoy the great weather!