When the seasons change and the weather grows colder it is time to change your screen window coverings to storm windows. Before you trade in the old for the new, you need to remove the screen windows without damaging them or the window itself. Follow these steps and you can remove a screen window with little hassle.
- Warm water
- Flathead screwdriver
- Stiff toothbrush
- Foam brush
- Spray lubricant
- Set up a work area. You shouldn't just remove the screens and store them away until spring. You need to clean and prepare the screens so they don't rot during the off season.
- Find the pin or plunger. Most window screens have a mechanism that releases it from the window frame. Look at the sides for a pin or lever. Older screens may have a tab on the top or bottom that when pulled will release the screen. Locate the release mechanism and gently pull to try to remove the screen. If it doesn't budge, move to the next step.
- Loosen the screen. Often screens are trapped by paint, dirt and debris from the preceding months of weathering. If the screen didn't move in the previous step, it needs to be loosened. Use the warm water and toothbrush to clean around the edges of the screen. If the screen still doesn't loosen, use your screwdriver to chip off stuck paint and gently pry open the edges of the screen. Then spray the lubricant around the edges of the screen. This will loosen any edges that have swelled or are stuck between swollen wood corners of the window frame. Wiggle the screen loose and slowly pull it out of the window frame. Place the screen on a worktable.
- Clean the screen. Before you put the screen away for the winter you need to clean the screen so you will be able to use it next year. Hose off the screen netting with hot water and wash with soap and the stiff toothbrush. Scrub the netting until there is no longer any dirt or debris in the screen. Then use the brush to clean the frame of the screen. Remove any remnants of paint and dirt. Once clean, allow the screen to dry in the sunshine.
- Clean the window. Now is also the best time to clean the window to prepare for the installation of storm windows. Use the foam brush with the soap and water to scrub out the tracks all around the window frame. Remove any loose or chipped paint from the trim. Use this chance to caulk an unsealed gaps then paint the window trim. Let everything dry before you install the storm windows.
- Put the screens away for the season. Now that you have removed the screen windows you need to put them away for the season in a shed or basement where they can stay clean and dry for the season.
By following these steps, you can remove the screen windows around your home. Keep your home windows in good repair by removing the screens and keeping your home maintained through all seasons.