Sliding Window Screens

Measuring Sliding Windows for Screens


Measuring and Installing Screens for Sliding Windows requires some thinking, most sliding windows have channels that the screens go into but then there are the exceptions, the windows without channels,
we'll talk about those in a bit, the  channel windows are pretty easy once you catch on, if you happen to  have the old screens you have a lot of useful information right there,  measure those screens first then take your own measurements like this :
First you must measure for the THICKNESS of the screen that is to be used, to do this you want to measure the channels inside dementions and not how deep it is, that comes next

you measure all of the channels for thickness and deduct 1/16th of an inch from your measurement usually you should end up with : 5/16" or 3/8" or 7/16 of an inch

for the width of the screen you measure from the deep channel on one side, to the edge of the channel on the opposite side, less about 1/8th of an inch
For the height you measure the same as the width, you measure from the deep channel on the top, to the edge of the shallow channel on the bottom less about 1/8th of an inch

 again  if you have your old screens, you must look and see if they might need  some kind of springs or clips to hold them in, also look in the channels  on your window framing to see if there are any springs that are already  there, you might ask the neighbors if you could look to see if they  have the same type of windows that you have so you can get information  on what the original screens might have looked like.

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Windows without chanels

 Windows Without Channels
Windows without channels require some special hardware, flange clips usually, these chips are made to go against the flange of the window like a couple of cradles they hold the screen in on the bottom, and you use knife latches or a couple of screws on the top . 

 For measuring windows without channels, you measure the daylight measurement  (inside the flange) then you have to measure the depth of the flange  clip and figure as much to the top, add them together and that's your  measurement. 

 For windows with channels on one side only and the opposite side is just a nubb , just measure from  the deep channel, to the edge of the nubb, less about an eight of an  inch and use a couple of corner flat springs on the deep channel, that  should keep that puppy in there real tight, here are some knife latches  and flange clips to look at. 

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Flange clips and knife latches


Installing Sliding Window Screens
Installing screens is quite easy once you learn how to do it , like anything else
its all in the knowing , after measuring from the deep channel to the edge of the opposite channel your gonna put the screen in the same way "in the deep channel to the edge of the Shallow channel

how do you get the screen in both deep channels at the same time ?
the  answer is simply turn the screen to where you can put two corners in  the deep channels first and then simply turn the screen until it goe's  in like magic, but if it doesn't, a thin puddy knife is a good tool to  install screens with or even a spatula will do,
but dont pry it too  hard and go and break it, if its too big re-measure again and just bring  it back in and we'll fix it for you.

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