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How Often Should I Replace My Window Screens?

Many homeowners love screen windows because they keep annoying pests and bugs out while encouraging air circulation. A high-quality window screen is barely noticeable; however, they can degrade over time for various reasons. Most people are all about home improvement but neglect their window screens until they need replacement. It’s necessary to understand when to replace the screens so they can function correctly.

Window screen replacement depends on various factors, such as environmental factors and material. Screens wear out because of tears and rips from your pets, kids, and pests. Debris from bushes and trees like pine needles can get lodged in the screen. Sleet, snow, and ice wears can compromise the screen in winter.

How Often Window Screens Need Replacement

Window screens degrade because of various reasons; here is how to know when your screen needs replacement.

Difficulty to Close or Open

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Damaged window screens are difficult to open or close

It can be annoying when you want to experience a beautiful summer breeze, and your window screen won’t open. A broken screen won’t allow you to relax and enjoy the breeze. These are the first and obvious signs that it needs replacement. Difficulty to close or open can also be caused by a warped or bent frame. The metal frame that protects the mesh can lose shape when affected by heat; this causes improper movements. High impact can also damage the frame. It is necessary to replace the screen even if it operates with difficulty; this prevents further damage.

Shiny Screens

All appliances have a lifespan, and window screens have a shorter life because they are exposed to the elements like sun, rain, and bugs.  When the elements start to take a toll on your screen, it starts to shine. Different weather conditions determine how fast your window screens will wear out.

Visible Signs

Some of the most obvious signs that you need to replace your window screens is that you start noticing damaged parts. Old and damaged screens are unsightly and can easily be burglarized. The screen begins to get tears and holes as it ages; this might be caused by pets, kids, strong winds, or heat from the sun. Rips and tears interfere with the functions of the window and let in bugs. Some defects can be fixed while others require you to replace the screen.


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Pet screens are tough and durable compared to other screens

Different window screen materials last longer than others. The most common material is fiberglass; it is economical. It is flexible, doesn’t crease, is easy to work with, and prevents the sun’s glare while providing good visibility. However, it has a drawback; it stretches and rips easily than other screen materials.

Another common material is aluminum, and it is costly compared to fiberglass. Although it offers excellent visibility, there are glare issues. Aluminum screens are rigid compared to fiberglass; this makes them more challenging to install. However, it is more durable than fiberglass. You have to be careful during installation because aluminum can crease in this process; it can also dent at any time. You will need to replace your window screen if you live by the sea or coastal area because aluminum oxidizes faster.  Pet screens are ideal for people with pets and small kids. Although they are expensive, they are tough and durable.


High-quality window screens are designed to protect your home from the elements like bugs, sun, and even noise pollution. An increase in outside noise, like from your neighbors or traffic, indicates that you need new window screens. You need to understand the screen you need depending on your location and whether you have pets. The right screen lasts longer because it is suited for specific conditions.

Increased Energy Bill

Window screens are ideal for protecting your home from excess heat from the sun. Thick window screens are used in summer to reduce the intensity of heat and sunlight in your home. This minimizes the sun’s damage on your floor and furniture and keeps your cooling bill low. An increase in your energy bills could be an indication that your screens no longer function like they should and are not protecting your home. If this happens, you should replace them immediately.

You Survived a Storm

If you live in an area with severe weather conditions or prone to hurricanes, you’re already used to extreme weather and prepared for damages. If you live near the sea or coast, you know the weather can take a toll on your windows. You should replace your window screens if you just survived a storm because they might be compromised ad cannot protect your home from the elements. You can also invest in storm windows that can withstand extreme weather conditions.


Window screens are excellent additions to your home; they add to the appeal, keep pests out, and protect your house from the elements. You need to understand the different types of window screens to choose the right one, depending on your location and needs. These factors determine how often you need to replace your window screens.