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How to Patch a Small Screen Tear

Screen doors are not only stylish, but they add security to your home, increase airflow, and keep pests away. They also provide a clear view of the landscape; however, they can rip easily. Screen doors/windows tear for various reasons, for instance, continuous sharp impacts; pets might scratch the mesh, and kids might push the screen instead of the handle.

Screens not only keep bugs and pests away, but they let in a cool blaze, and add class to your front door. A screen door is not just a decoration; it’s made of mesh and a metal frame. When the mesh is ripped, it becomes ineffective. Small screen tears need fixing because they can turn into large holes and tears that might require you to replace the entire mesh screen.

Ways to Patch Small Screen Tears

You don’t have to replace your entire screen door whenever they tear. Fix a small tear as soon as you notice it, so it doesn’t get larger. Here are ways to patch small screen tears;

Determine the Material

The first step is to determine the screen’s material. Fiberglass screen is the most common because it is flexible, economical, offers good visibility, and does not crease. Solar screen is used to keep away heat and direct sun; it blocks 90% of the sun’s rays. Pet screens are common for pet owners for dogs/cats to claw at or jump. The aluminum screen is used on windows because it creases easily.

Measure the Size

You need to measure the size of the hole and get a larger piece for a replacement that matches the material and color of the existing screen. You need a tape measure and knowledge about different screen materials. Start by measuring the width and length of the tear. If the hole’s diameter is wider than 3 inches, you cannot patch it; you need to replace the screen. A small tear requires a patch that is has a broader diameter. Your screen door will look even and new if you use the right materials. You also save money, and the screen looks professionally done.

Measuring tape, exacto knives, tape, and pencils

You need to measure the size of the tear on the screen

Patching a Wire Screen

Fixing a small screen tear is easy; start by cutting a square of the wire screen material. Ensure that it is at least 2 inches wider and longer than the tear. The metal screen material openings should be the same size as your screen door.

Yank the horizontal wires on all sides of the patch; ensure that there is ½ inch untangled section on every side. Twist down the wire on each side, so it is perpendicular to your patch. Bend them down over a counter edge or ruler, so each side has a sharp, uniform curve.

Place the patch over the tear on the outer part of the screen and cover the entire hole. Press your patch on the screen; this helps the curved prongs attach to the wires and hold it. Support the patch, so it doesn’t fall; you can tape it to secure it in place while you work from the inside. If you have help, one person can support the patch from outside while you secure it from the inside.

Yank the prongs down and above the screen, through the middle of your patch. Curve every prong individually; this allows it to lay flat on the net. This prevents it from snagging on your fingers or clothes.

Spools of thread, buttons, a thimble, and a tailor's tape measure.

You need a heavy-duty thread to sew the patch on the screen

Patching Fiberglass or Vinyl Screens

Most homes have fiberglass screens because they are affordable, keep insects away, durable, and are environmental-friendly. Vinyl screens, on the other hand, also keep bugs out and resist mildew and mold. Although these screens are durable, they are prone to tears because of age, pets and kids, and other elements. For this method, you require heavy-duty thread and an upholstery needle.

To patch a vinyl screen, you need vinyl screen material similar to your door. Cut the material ½ inch large in width and length than the tear. It would be best if you had a needle and a heavy-duty thread; thread it and double it together and make a double knot with a 2-inch tail. Place the patch over the tear and then sew the patch over the hole; loop the thread above the edge of your patch over the screen; this holds the edges in place. Sew around the patch until you get to your starting point. Tie all the tails in a double knot and then cut them off.

You can also buy patches from your local store; snap together, or self-adhesive tapes are easy to use because they attach easily. You only need clear glue to stick adhesive patches; this prevents unraveling.


Screen doors are common accessories found in many homes; they are stylish and affordable. They improve air quality by allowing fresh air to circulate around your home. Screen doors are also environmental-friendly. After all, they cool your home in summer without harmful emissions because they do not require electricity. Although they have many benefits, screen doors can tear because of age, weather, or mishandling by pets and kids. If the tear is small, you can patch it instead of replacing the entire screen.