Covering all the essential steps for installation
You may be surprised to know that not every part of your doors and windows need to be replaced by professionals. In a lot of cases, you can replace door and window parts yourself. A perfect example is the flyscreen mesh you’ll find on your windows. These mesh panels are primarily used to help you let fresh air into the house while preventing pests like flies from coming in.
Unfortunately, not all flyscreen mesh is made to be equal. More often than not you’ll find building contractors try to cut corners whenever they can. Installing cheap and tacky flyscreen mesh is just one way they do it. So if your flyscreen mesh starts to rip and deteriorate it could be a sign you have a cheap product installed. Of course, it’s only natural that elements of your windows like the flyscreen mesh rip over time too. So over a few decades, you can expect to find damage in your flyscreen mesh that’s just caused by exposure to elements over time.
Whatever the reason is for your flyscreen mesh wearing out, there’s an easy way to fix it. Using the right tools and supplies you can replace your flyscreen mesh at home. With the following steps, we’ll show you how to remove your old mesh from the flyscreen window and replace it with a new one.
First off, you’ll need to remove the entire flyscreen frame from the window. These are usually straightforward to remove. Simply locate the pull tabs on either side of the frame. These tabs are usually located near the bottom of the frame. As you pull on these tabs, the frame should gently release from the window so you can remove it.
Now that you have easy access to the flyscreen frame it’s a good idea to give it a good clean. Over the years it’s probably collected a lot of dust and spider webs. With a cleaning brush, these should be easy to remove by brushing away. Your main focus here is to clean the frame as this is what will be holding your new flyscreen mesh when it’s installed.
Next up you’ll need to rest the flyscreen frame on a flat surface. For this task, a large table or workbench will do. Now grab your flathead screwdriver and gently press it down into the corner of the frame. What you’re aiming to do here is pry out the old spline. The spline is the part that helps lock the flyscreen mesh into the frame itself. It looks like flexible tubing which is wedged tightly into the frame. But by carefully wedging your screwdriver underneath it you can gently prop it out of the frame.
Once you have pulled out a small part of the spline it should be easy to grip. As you’re holding the spline gently pull it out by following the edges of the frame. Keep peeling along the edges until the spline is completely removed. From here you should be able to gently tug the flyscreen mesh out of the frame if it hasn’t come out already with the spline.
Your next step involves placing the new flyscreen mesh over the frame. Try to overlap the frame’s edge by at least 10cm on each side with the flyscreen mesh. Inspect the spline you originally removed from the frame. If it’s still in good condition then there should be no issue using it again. If it’s covered in excess dust or dirt, then give it a good clean now. If the spline is too worn out then unpack a new splineand cut it to the exact same length as the old one.
Now it’s time to grab your spline roller. This is the tool you’ll be using to wedge the spline and flyscreen mesh back into the frame. Place the spline along the edge of your frame. Now start gently running the spline roller across a short side of the frame. The aim here is to gently wedge the spline and mesh into the frame as you’re rolling the spline roller along the edges.
Now that your flyscreen mesh is securely rolled into the frame, it’s time to cut it down to size. Using our Safety Trimmer, follow along the edges of the frame and cut off any excess flyscreen mesh. After inspecting your flyscreen mesh panel you may discover other parts that need replacing.
There could be old flyscreen lift tabs that are starting to wear out. Replace these tabs with new ones for peace of mind. The same can be said for any swivel clips installed on the window. These are used to help hold the flyscreen mesh panel in place. If they’re starting to show a bit of wear and tear then you might as well replace these too so your flyscreen mesh panel is installed and secured correctly.
And there you have it! Your new flyscreen mesh is installed. All that’s left to do now is install your flyscreen frame back onto your window. To do this, gently stand your frame up along the window where you removed it from. Gently lift one pull tab at a time as you push the frame in from one side to the other. Now sit back, admire the view and relish the fact that you just became your own home handyman/handywoman.
Get the essentials you need from Rolltrak
Ready to give it a go and try installing a new flyscreen mesh yourself? You’ll need all the right tools for the job like a spline roller and other flyscreen accessories. Here at Rolltrak, we’re proud to bring you premium parts and tools for all your DIY door and window fixes. Visit our flyscreen category today to see our latest flyscreen products available. If you’d rather see them in person, then head down to your local Bunnings Warehouse where our entire range is out on display.