We built our house almost 7 years ago, and unfortunately, we went
cheap on our windows. We ended up with single hung vinyl windows (made
by Binnings). The windows themselves are not too bad, although it is
obvious that they are far from top of the line.
The bigger problem with them is the screens. They are not durable.
They have plastic tabs on the sides that are always breaking, and they
do not sit tight along the edges, providing little protection against
We have since found out that our model of window is no longer
manufactured, which makes getting replacement screens and windows
We would really like to get more durable screens for these windows,
but not the same brand. Are there such things as generic screens that
can fit windows? Is it possible to get screens specially made for
windows? The other option we have talked about is replacing all of the
windows to go to a better brand.
Any recommendations on how to choose the less expensive option:
replacing the screens entirely? Or should we just invest in better
Jim - living in a northern climate also with cheap-o builder's windows (single
pane ALUMINUM) single-hung (front) and sliders (sides and rear) I sympathize
with your plight. Bought this house from 2nd homeowner who said windows never
came with screens either.
I put off replacing the windows until 4 years ago. I did practically everything
else, new roof, new electric, paver driveway, pool, landscaping, cedar decks,
you name it, I did it.
It wasn't until I replaced the old windows with brand new wood interior, vinyl
clad exterior, double hung tilt-sash Andersons that my house finally felt like
a home. Up until that point it was like living in a cardboard box. The old
windows were horrible. I kept 4 sliders for my shed and can't believe that's
all that once stood between my heat and the outdoors.
IMHO, anything you spend on custom sized screens (any good screen/window shop
can make new screens for your windows to fit perfectly) is throwing good money
after a bad decision.
If you even suspect you're headed for a full (quality) window replacement in
the future, then you might as well do it NOW so you can enjoy them, the comfort
they provide, and the fuel savings NOW instead investing all that money later
in order to sell the house.
you take one of the screens with you to the hardware store and let them
see what you have and you buy the screen, the spline, and the frame
material and make your own screens.. been doing it for the past 30 yrs.
since the house was new...... then changed over the Solar Screens
covering all the window... makes it look real nice, never did have the
windows open much,, always had the a/c or the heat on in the winter....
Round_Hill firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim) wrote in message
Two options I can quickly think of:
1. Get storm windows with built-in screens. This gives you better
insulation and the screens you want.
2. Get screens made to fit the window openings. I've used a franchise
operation named Screen-Mobile, they might be where you are, but if
not, I'm sure you can find some similar operation.
I have screens with the same problem as yours. I caulked them around
the edges with some GE silicone caulk last spring. Held up through a
windstorm w/110 mph wind (insurance adjuster's estimate from inspection
of other damage, like neighbor's barn blown away). Of course, if you
want to remove the screens periodically for some reason, this might not
work for you, but I found it simple and cheap.
In the world of hardware, nothing is ever impossible. A real bitch
maybe, but never impossible ;)
If you don't have much problem with the windows themselves (other than
minding every now and then that they're kinda cheap), consider taking
the whole screen frame assembly to your nearest Ace/True Value hardware
store and see what the cheerful employees in charge of screen
replacement/repair might suggest to keep out the little critters.
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