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You're settling into your new home when you notice that the window screens - and even the screened doors - are a little dingy. A few are sagging. One or two are even torn. In one afternoon, you can fix up these damaged screens.
Screens are easy and inexpensive to fix with a few simple tools. And the end result can really make your home sparkle like new.
When old screens look unattractive, try cleaning them before you go to the trouble of repairing or replacing them. Often a gentle once-over with a wire brush and vacuum cleaner can make a screen look almost new.
Know the Material. Screens are usually made of metal, fiberglass or plastic. Metal screens can be aluminum, bronze or copper. Always replace metal screens with the same metal as the frame.
Fiberglass or plastic screens are well suited to wood frames because they don't stain the wood.
Assess the Damage. You can repair tears in two different ways.
Your new screens are sure to spruce up your new home's exterior. Add some more sparkle with clean gutters. Find more tips and ideas for outdoor improvements and quick repairs in our Get Settled section.
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