We built our home 12 years ago, which means there are things starting to show wear and tear. One such item are the screens for our windows and patio doors. A few of them have developed some small holes, which not only looks shoddy, it also allows bugs to enter our home. As the weather gets warmer, we’d like to be able to open all our windows and doors. But with the threat of an insect invasion, there are some that would need to remain closed.
Something needed to be done about the holes in our window and patio door screens.
A skilled person would by some steel mesh, take apart the screens and do the repair themselves. There is a certain level of difficulty with this Do It Yourself repair as you need to get the screen tight. I’m a huge advocate of DIY projects, but I wasn’t comfortable that I would be able to do this repair done with quality.
Did not fixing the screens myself mean we would have to buy brand new ones for our windows and patio doors?
While walking through a nearby ACE hardware store, something on the back wall caught my eye. Investigating further, there was a ripped up screen displayed on the wall, and next to it was a perfect looking screen. Above them both was a sign that stated, â€œTurn this, into this.â€ My local hardware store fixed screens!
I brought my two patio doors and two window screens to the hardware store for repair.
A few days later, they called to tell me the repair was complete, and I could pick them up at my convenience. Here’s the cost breakdown:
- Patio Door Screens : $72 ($36 x 2)
- Window Screens: ($40) ($20 x2)
- Total Cost: $112
- Patio Screen Doors: $238 ($119×2)
- Window Screens: $90 ($45×2)
- Total Cost: $328
By having my screens repaired, I saved $216 over buying new ones!
Normally I’m a big fan of DIY repairs, but in this case I’m not confident that I would be able to get the screen tight enough to look good. I was happy to find having the screens repaired as a middle ground to be able to open all my doors and windows and still save some money.
Have you ever had a tear in your window or patio door screens? Did you have them repaired, or did you just buy new ones?
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