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How hard is it to put screens on an old window?

Posted by swampwiz (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 8, 09 at 23:21

I will be buying an old house that has 14 windows - all of them without screens. I would prefer to get new energy efficient windows, but I don't have the cash. However, I would like to get screens on them, so I can open them up without worrying about bugs.

I've never had windows without screens before, so I'm not sure how difficult (read expensive) it would be to add them. I suppose that Home Depot or whatever could make screens of any size, but I'm wondering how they would be attached to the window.

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RE: How hard is it to put screens on an old window?

They can be made by custom window companies. They usually hang from hooks on the exterior and are hooked at the bottom to eyelets on the interior side.

RE: How hard is it to put screens on an old window?

Depending on how old, as well as your local building practices at the time, there may be a "groove" on the exterior of the moldings that is just about the right size to hold a screen. If so, cleats would be able to hold them from the outside, if accessible, or hooks from the inside if not.

I would recommend against box stores and pay the modest premium to have a local screen shop make them for you, especially if they are of any significant size.

RE: How hard is it to put screens on an old window?

I guess that I'll just call up a local window dealer and ask him to make them. He should be able to do that!

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