How to Repair a Screen Door


Repair any damages to your screen door with do-it-yourself!

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Have you been in and out of your house so much, or pushing at your screen door, or closing it too hard that it has worn away and the springs are not working, plus it may be falling off of its hinges? Please read on because this article will help to give you do-it-yourself (DIY) tips on how to fix your screen door yourself, at a low-cost with the tools guide that will help you to repair your screen door quick and easy.

You can do this yourself – DIY! Here’s how:

1. Having the Right Tools to Fix Your Screen Door

Having a screen spline will help to tear away the broken mesh, or spline, of a screen door, as well as to seal in the new and fresh mesh that you have to replace any torn mesh. You will also require measuring tape to ensure that you cut a piece of mesh that is approximate to the size of your screen door to replace it with the fresh screen door mesh. If the new mesh is larger than the size that needs to be covered for your screen door, please do not worry about this. A pair of scissors will help to cut away any excess screen door mesh around your screen door.

When it comes to the hinges or the actual screen door, you will need to have a screwdriver that is adjustable. If your screen door has a convex roller, the aspect of the screen door that gauges how the door opens and closes, you may also need to purchase a new convex roller if you cannot fix the new one. A screwdriver, as well as a hammer, will help you to replace the convex roller, as well as to fix the convex roller.

2. Different Problems that You May Be Having with Your Screen Door

Your screen door may be experiencing different problems and targeting or identifying the exact problem that your screen door is having will be the key to fixing it just right.

The problem could be that the spline or mesh is torn or broken. The problem could also be that the door itself is literally off its hinges. The problem could also be with the convex roller that adjusts the opening and the closing of the door. You could also have a problem with broken plexiglass on your door that would need to be replaced and you would require safety gloves, as well as heavy goggles to fix this problem. You will need to extremely carefully remove the broken glass. With a screwdriver from your adjustable screwdriver that has a flathead, take away the glazing compound and the glazing points on the screen door. You will also need waterproof paint because you should use this along with the sealer of the glass portion of your screen door. Purchase some plexiglass and make sure you measure your screen door before you purchase and get it cut to size and replace the glass using an X-Acto knife.

3. Tips on How to Repair the Screen Door

Some key tips on how to repair a screen door include making sure that you are wearing the right safety gear. Make sure that there are not any children or animals around, the area is clear and unobstructed, including any vehicles, bikes, lawn chairs, tables, etc. removed from the surrounding area in order to provide you with enough room to do this do-it-yourself project (DIY).  Have all of your tools ready at hand to use, plus ensure that you are protecting your eyes, your hands, and your feet, and not wearing any fancy clothing, but rather comfortable and protective clothing while you fix your screen door.

4. Tips on Improving Your Usage of Your Screen Door to prevent it From Needing to Be Fixed Often

Screen doors really do need to be treated with care. This means that if the screen door has a convex roller, you should really not be forcing the door either open or forcing the door closed. If the screen door has a spline or mesh, you need to make sure that your screen door is fully open and not in any contact with either furniture entering the home, bikes entering the home, or anything that could tear the mesh or spline. The same is true when it comes to the plexiglass. You need to really protect the plexiglass and also gently wipe it clean at least once a month, depending on the weather conditions in your area.

5. When the Problem with Your Screen Door is Unsolvable and it’s Time to Buy a New One

Sometimes, the problem with your screen door may go beyond a basic do-it-yourself repair job and you may need to purchase one. When this happens, go to your local hardware or home shop and discuss with the knowledgeable staff on hand about some good prices and good deals that you can receive for purchasing a brand new screen door. Screen doors can cost approximately $250 so please do shop around because if you can fix the damage to your screen door, you will be saving yourself a lot of money.

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