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Replacement Sliding Screen Door

Updated on January 19, 2011

Find replacement sliding screen doors and know the best places to source them, and read tips on cost-effective fixes. If you are interested in such then you have come to the right hub. Read on to find more information on this product and find guides and tips on getting replacement units.

Screen doors are essential in houses that choose to be one with the outside. Using nature’s natural lighting and air circulation is not only good for you and the environment, it is a huge penny-saver as well. However, we simply cannot leave the doors always open, lest we want harmful bugs and insects to freely fly among us. A screen door is quite literally, what separates us from Mother Nature.

A screen is made from tiny strands of steel or artificial fabric in weave pattern millimeters apart from each other. The design is what makes a screen a screen. It makes it possible to still see the other side and let air in. The small holes are tiny enough to separate us from even the smallest of insects. Unfortunately, because of this unique design—and the fact that they are always exposed to the elements—a screen will inevitably wear itself out.

Getting a replacement sliding screen door

Doing such should not be much of a problem and replacing it can be done with little handyman experience—should you decide to go the do-it-yourself route. For a sliding screen door, the rollers are just as vulnerable as the screen itself so these are the two common fail points of such a door.

To replace a screen you would also need a screen spline rolling tool

If in luck the screen is the only thing damaged—a hole, perhaps—some door assemblies make it possible to replace only the screen. This could save you a lot in maintenance fees. Replaceable screens are those that are usually paired with metal screens. Metal-screened doors have removable fasteners at its ends that hold the screen in place. If you can figure out how to remove the fasteners—sometimes removal of a few screws is all it takes—you can go on and purchase replacement screens. Screens are sold like fabrics; they are normally stocked on rolls, and you can usually buy them per yard or per meter. A trip to your local handyman store and you’re good to go.

We also mentioned that the door’s rollers also commonly give in to regular use. Replacement screen door rollers are also widely available from hardware stores. However, it would be hard to explain how to replace such rollers from an article, not all rollers (and doors) are made the same way. To be able to tell which replacement roller you can buy, you must at least know exactly how your rollers look like. Try to dislodge the screen door from the rails and take measurements. Measure the diameter of the wheels, the width of the tracks, and the number of wheels for starters. If you find exact replacements, then replacing the rollers will be easy enough from then on.

If in the odd case anything other than the roller or the screen breaks, or if you really want to replace the whole door, you can get whole replacement door fixtures. Doing such might be a little harder and it depends on a lot of factors to get the replacement right—unless exact-fit replacements are offered from where you got the doors in the first place. Specialty screen stuff stores like ScreensDepot and Metro Screenworks do everything and sell everything related to screen fixtures. Look them up and maybe they have a branch near you.

That’s it for now. Good luck on your fix and let me know if you run into any other problems by hitting the comments below.


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