Torn or punctured window screens are not only unattractive, they defeat their intended purpose by allowing insects into your home. For larger tears, you’ll most likely have to replace the whole screen, but for smaller holes, there are other options.

Screen patch kits will cover small damage, but they can call attention to themselves since the patch appears darker than the surrounding area. Small holes (1/2″ or smaller) can be repaired using clear fingernail polish.

Begin by pressing the fibers back into the original pattern and flattening them out as much as possible. Then layer the nail polish onto each side of the screen, allowing it to dry between coats. The insects are denied access and the repair is almost invisible from a few feet away.

Discover the satisfaction of tackling home improvement projects with ease by viewing our guide on how to replace damaged window screen. Whether you’re dealing with tears, holes, or simply seeking a fresher look, our step-by-step instructions will empower you to rejuvenate your living space. Don’t hesitate – take the first step toward a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing home today.

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Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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