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Near Year, New DIY Home Improvements

Why Now Is the Best Time to Upgrade Your Window Screens

The temperature might be chilly, but you’re likely to spend significant time outside in the coming weeks for a DIY reset of your home after the holidays. As you’re up close and personal with the exterior of your home, take the time to inspect for any areas that need attention in the new year. Taking down the holiday lights, you might realize your gutters are clogged and need to be cleaned. Or your lawn decor might bring attention to spotty areas in your grass. Another area spotlighted during cleanup? Your window screens.

Unlike other areas of your home indoors and out, your window screen issues aren’t always obvious. While you’re pulling down your wreaths and putting away candles, take the time to inspect this area of your home. You might realize this is the year you’ll need to upgrade your window screens. Find out why the winter is the best time to upgrade your window screens and signs your screens need to be replaced.

Why Now Is the Best Time to Upgrade Your Window Screens

  • Prevent pest infestations. Your window screens help protect your home from pests that search for warmth and safety throughout the year. Bent frames or torn screens give bugs easier access into your house, especially if your window has a faulty seal. Plus, spiders are known for setting up in between window screens and windows, leaving this pest close by and your view tainted.
  • Make your home healthier. Did you know that improving ventilation inside with open windows can support your health? The CDC recommends opening doors and windows as often as possible to bring fresh air into your home. If you are lucky enough to have a nice day this winter, you can enjoy the benefits of an open or cracked window. Or, you can fix your screen now and be prepared as the temperature rises again in a few months.
  • Set yourself up for a breezy, money-saving spring. Get ready to turn off the AC and let nature cool your home this springtime. When the weather hits that sweet spot of not-too-hot, not-too-cold, you can keep your home at the perfect temperature by opening your windows. With new, damage-free screens, you can enjoy the breeze without worrying about nature making its way inside.

Signs Your Window Screens Need to Be Upgraded

There are many reasons a window screen is important for you and your household, but how do you know if yours needs to be replaced? Look for these signs:


  • There are punctures or rips. That rip provides easy access for pests and debris to enter your house or dirty your window. If the damage to your window screen is minimal, you might be able to repair it with a screen patch as a temporary fix.
  • The frame is corroded. A frame that is corroded needs to be replaced, which means it’s probably a good time to replace your screen as well. Not all frames come with new screens, so be sure to find the one that meets your requirements.
  • Mesh is loose or shiny. While many window screens can last 10 years, you might notice wear and tear earlier or later. Shiny mesh points to weather damage, while loose mesh doesn’t provide the required or desired durability—both signs it’s time for a replacement.
  • They are taking away from your curb appeal. Anything worn or unkempt can detract from the appeal of your home—including your window screens. Compared to other curb-appeal projects, your window screen replacement is an easy and inexpensive way to improve your home.
  • You need more from your window screens. While many window screens look similar, they aren’t all created equal. Your window screen needs might change over time, like if you get a new pet with sharp claws or if you’d like to take steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency. If your screen no longer meets your needs, it’s easy to replace to ensure you get what you want out of your window.

Accomplish your New Year’s DIY Project and Get More Screen Time with RiteScreen.

If you’ve determined it’s time to replace your window screen, you don’t need to reach for your phone to call a professional! In fact, replacing your window screen is an easy DIY project with help from RiteFit by RiteScreen. With our proprietary frame technology, you only need to know your window frame measurement to the nearest whole number, making it easier than ever to order the screen you need.

With our custom Window Screen Kits installing a new window screen has never been easier. The product can ship with Amazon Prime and can be ready for you to install yourself in just 15 minutes.

Head to the RiteScreen store on Amazon, and have your new window screen delivered with Prime Shipping to start your DIY window screen replacement project!