Replacement window screens

May 15, 2023

So I was at my house in Clendenin today to meet with a contractor and sign a contract.  While I was there I decided to solve a nagging issue with my windows.

This house still has the original windows from 1950, and they don’t have window screens. I am going to replace them eventually, yes, but in the meantime I wanted to find a solution to the lack of window screens.

I really like leaving my windows open in cool weather, but I also don’t like bugs, so I knew I would have to buy replacement screens.

I was all set to go to my local Ace hardware and order custom screens (this is a service they offer, yes) but first I decided to see what Lowes offered in this category. It turns out Lowes carries a bunch of different “one-size-fits-most” replacement screens, and with prices ranging from $6 to $11 each, they are cheap, too. 

Most of the screens consist of two overlapping parts, giving you the option of using them in windows ranging from 20″ to 37″. I bought six of the 18” tall screens. They cost $10 each, and work okay for the price.

I noticed that when I put them in that there is a tiny gap on the top edge between the screens and the window pane, but that can be solved with some rubber or foam flashing. Also, I had a little bit of trouble when I took the screens out of the window; collapsing a screen required using two hands to tug sideways.

If you do buy screens, you should probably examine each model first and then get the one that feels sturdiest. Mine look nice but feel awfully flimsy. It’s not a huge issue for me because I do plan to replace the windows soon, but if you want to use the screens long term then build quality will matter.

This blog was launched in order to share one newbie home buyer’s experience in buying and remodeling a wreck of a house.

Like the house itself, this blog is a work in progress.

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