How do you measure windows for replacement screens?

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  1. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
    Paul Edmondsonposted 3 years ago

    How do you measure windows for replacement screens?

    We have a few windows that are missing screens.  I'd like to get replacements, but I'm not sure how to measure the windows or where to go to get them.  How does it work to measure the windows for screens and where is the best place to buy them.

  2. lisavollrath profile image96
    lisavollrathposted 3 years ago

    I've built my own replacement screens, because I wanted solar screens, which are horrifically expensive to have installed, but pretty reasonable to build. You measure for your screen inside the channel that holds them. (The really easy way to do this is to grab a screen out of a window that's the same size, and measure it.) If you're building your own screens, there are instructions in the packages of frame parts on measuring, cutting and assembling.

    Lowe's has a pretty complete page on how to DIY: … en/project

    If you're looking to have them built and installed, check with places that sell windows. Lowe's or HD might do it, or might know who does in your area.

    1. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
      Paul Edmondsonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I went to the the lowes screen it tool and put in my measurements, but they ask for a screen profile to be selected. From their images, I can't tell what that is or figure out which one I need. Do you know what the screen profile is?

    2. lisavollrath profile image96
      lisavollrathposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      This is another place where looking at a screen you have already will help. They're asking about the contours of the frame. Worst case, take a screen from your house to Lowe's, and let the guys at the windows and doors desk figure it out.

  3. janderson99 profile image58
    janderson99posted 3 years ago

    I suggest you don't measure, but use cardboard or thick paper to create a template for the glass area. Then cut the screen material, allowing for the frame and overlap for securing the screen to the frame. Simply trace around the template on the screen material, and measure the excess to cut out for the frame allowing for the overlap. Your windows may not be perfectly square. Using a template is simpler and more reliable.

  4. bravewarrior profile image92
    bravewarriorposted 3 years ago

    Paul, you can buy rolls of screen at any hardware store. They're not hard to replace. Just make sure you have that tool that presses the rubber stripping into the notches of the screen frame. It kinda looks like a pizza cutter.

    Here's a video that shows you how to measure:


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