How to Repair Screen Enclosures


Whether screening in an outdoor pool, a deck or a porch, screen enclosures are a great way to enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about mosquitoes and other biting insects. The material is flimsy but it is also very strong. Over time it will start to weaken and you may notice a small tear or hole in the screen. Provided the tear or hole is not too large, repairing the screen is fairly easy.

Things You'll Need

  • Screen patch kit
  • Two pieces of wood larger than the rip or tear
  • Cut a section of screen patch from your screen repair kit. Make it large enough to cover the rip or tear and have a one inch of overlap on all sides.

  • Position a helper on the outside of the screened enclosure and have them hold a piece of wood against the screen. The wood needs to be larger than the tear so it provides a flat working surface on which to apply the patch.

  • Remove the adhesive backing from the screen patch and apply it to the rip or tear on the screen. Press and hold a piece of wood against the patch for one to three minutes or as per the patch kit instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • After the screen patch has been applied, you can stitch around the outside of it to add more strength to the repair.


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