Window Screens


Window Screens helps keep insects out while allowing cool breezes to come in through open windows. Window Screens can be made of metal or vinyl porous mesh fabric, which is stretched over frames and placed on the inside or outside of windows, so that air can come in and out of your home, but bugs and other pests cannot pass.

Window Screens can be left in place all year-around in some climates, or they can be removed in the off-seasons to keep them from being damaged when not being used.

Routine Care

Inspect, clean, and install screens

Screens allow cool breezes to come through, that can help you save energy on your air conditioning bills.

Cleaning and maintaining the screens will help extend their useful lives.

Timing: April (yearly)

How To

Inspect each window screen. Holes should either be repaired with a screen patch, or replaced.

To clean the screens, lay them flat on a picnic table, driveway, or saw horse, and scrub them with a soft bristle brush and a mild detergent.

Put a cloth underneath the screen to help keep the screen from being scratched. Rinse with a garden hose, and allow to dry thoroughly.

When installing the screens be sure that there are no gaps between the screen frame and the window frame, where insects can pass through.

Apply weather stripping if needed.


The benefits of this task are improving the effectiveness of your window screens, and enables you to use natural breezes to cool your home which can reduce your air conditioning energy bill.


The cost of this task is relatively high from an investment of time standpoint, depending on how many window screens you have and how difficult they are to install.


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