Over time, your window screens face wear and tear. Sometimes, the damage is obvious, like if your screen gets torn. Rust can also be a sign that it’s time for new window screens. Other times, a weathered or worn screen can be hard to spot. A faded screen might not look broken, but since it’s weathered, it’s probably time to replace your window screens before they break.

There’s no set timeframe on when you should replace your window screens. A good rule of thumb is every ten years. This can vary depending on the quality of your window screens and how much of a beating they can withstand.

If you think it’s time to replace your window screens, you should call the pros for a free consultation. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do before your appointment so you can make replacing your screens as seamless as possible.

Measuring the width

Measuring your window screens requires a pen, paper, and a measuring tape. You’ll need to carefully remove the screen before proceeding.

For the width, sometimes called the L-channel, measure from left to right at the top and record the measurement. Repeat the process when you’re measuring the top and the bottom to ensure an accurate measurement (measure twice, record once). Take the shorter measurement down and subtract 1/8 inch. That’s typically your window screen size.

Measuring the height

Then, measure the height, sometimes called the U-channel. Like the width, you’re going to measure both sides in case they’re not perfectly symmetrical. Sometimes, that happens due to wear and tear and warping that comes with time. Again, you’re going to take the lower measurement an subtract 1/8 inch. Subtract a quarter inch if you’re having hardware installed.

For the length, do NOT measure from channel to channel or you’ll come up with the wrong size, and your replacement screen will be too big to fit. Measure from the edge of the inside of one channel to a ridge so you can slide your new screen in. This is an industry standard.

If you need help with your window screens, or if you’re measuring your window screens and notice something’s amiss with your windows, give D&W Windows a call! Contact us here or call 1-800-833-9831 for a free, in-home estimate.