Got Doggy Damage? Here’s How Retractable Screen Door Installation & Repair Can Be Performed

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Got Doggy Damage? Here’s How Retractable Screen Door Installation & Repair Can Be Performed

The combination of dogs and screen doors is notoriously bad. A screen door and anything with paws or claws (we’re looking at you, cat) don’t seem to go together. The mesh screen on your screen door might be torn or holey from your four-legged neighbours’ vendetta against it. It’s important to fix it as soon as possible.

You can fix your screen door by following these steps – hopefully in time to keep out mosquitoes, gnats, and flies.

Gather Supplies

Getting the supplies, you need to fix the screen door involves a trip to the hardware store. You’ll need:

  • Replacing the screen. You can choose between fiberglass and wire screens, and they usually come in black, charcoal, or white. Because fiberglass is heavy-duty by design and pet-friendly, it is the best choice for homes with pets. Replacement screens are generally rolled up.
  • Rollers with splines. Spline refers to the flexible, tube-like material that runs around the perimeter of the screen to hold it in place within the frame. Soft rubber or plastic is typically used for this purpose. Installing the screen requires you to push the spline into the groove in the door frame with the roller.
  • Pliers with needle-noses
  • Knife for everyday use

How Do You Fix Screen Door Mesh?

A screen door isn’t complicated to fix if you’re not a DIY pro. The supplies mentioned above, as well as planning and forethought, are all you need. It takes less than 30 minutes to fix your mesh screen door. Resolute Screens experts suggest you do the following:

  1. The door’s screen must be removed.
  2. Using a screwdriver or needle-nose pliers, pry out the spline of the screen from the door frame groove. If the groove’s metal edges are bent when removing the spline, the new screen may not fit correctly. Set aside the removed screen and ripped spline for disposal.
  3. Using a mild cleanser and a wet cloth, thoroughly clean the door frame.
  4. You should allow overlap on each edge of your new fiberglass or wire mesh screen when you roll it over your door frame.
  5. By beginning at a corner, insert the spline (and the screen beneath it) into the groove in the door frame using the spline roller. As you work the spline into the groove, make sure the mesh goes in evenly. Alternatively, remove the mesh, reinstall it on the frame, and try again.
  6. Consider using small clamps on each corner of the screen to hold the mesh in place if you’re having trouble getting the mesh into the door frame evenly.
  7. Remove any excess mesh with a utility knife.
  8. Place a new screen in the frame.

Is it possible to repair a retractable screen door?

There are minimal exceptions to these repair steps if your door is a retractable, rolling or sliding screen door. Step one is to lift the screen from its spot in the door, and carefully slide it over the frame’s bottom edge so that it clears the frame’s lip. Remove the door from the bottom by tilting it downward. Put the door back in its place in the frame after you complete the repairs by reversing the process you used to remove it.

What is the best way to fix a broken screen door?

The screen or the actual door needs to be repaired if it is damaged. It is possible that your sliding screen door’s tracks are warped if it is not sliding as it should. You can pound the screws back into place using a hammer in this situation. Install the new tracks according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or buy new ones. Moreover, if the door doesn’t slide smoothly or is stuck, the rollers may be to blame. Inspect the rollers and replace them as necessary. Manufacturers usually sell replacement rollers.

Ensure that future damage is prevented

As a pet owner, you’ll need to know how to fix a screen door again and again. Does that really interest you? Your well-meaning but destructive pet can cause screen damage in the future if you take these steps:

  • To prevent your dog or cat from scratching your screen, apply a scratch-deterrent solution
  • To limit damage, keep your pet’s nails trimmed
  • Making sure your dog won’t scratch on your screen door to let you know he wants out by installing a doggy door

With our technology system, we add strength to the existing structure and allow the screen to stretch and spread to accommodate larger sizes. Using our specialized Braking System at Resolute Screens, we can screen corners and large doors without the need for additional, noticeable support. Remote controlled motorized screens are available in a variety of designs. Our screens are built to last.

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