Spring is here! Chances are you have opened the windows once or twice to let in the breeze, but did your check to see if your screens need replacing after the long winter months? Before the bugs start using the holes as a highway into your house, check to see if your screens have any tears in them and we can help you fix them.
What you will need:
- Fiberglass screening, which costs about $8 a roll.
- Spline, which is the rubber rope that holds your screen in. Now spline comes in a few different sizes. So bring a piece with you to make sure you purchase the right size. It costs about $5 a roll, and is enough to do two windows.
- A spline roller, the tool that helps push the spline into the track. A car key works just fine just not as efficient as a spline roller. A spline roller costs about $6.50.
- A box cutter
Replacing the Screen:
- Unroll your screen to estimate just how much you need. Cut it off so you have a couple inches extra all around the window.
- Grab the spline, which will go over the screen, into this channel around the window.
- The spline roller has 2 ends. One with a grove in it, like you see here, and one without a grove. Use the end with the groove. The groove fits over the ridges in the spline and helps it go in straight.
- Hold your screen up to the window and stick the end of your spline into the corner of a channel. Push it in tight with the tool (or your key). Holding your screen tight, roll the spline roller along the spline, pushing it into the channel.
- Continue to push the spline in with the roller all around the window. Make sure you’re always holding the screen tightly so your finished product will be taut.
- Once the screen is in, use your box cutter to cut of the excess screen around the edges.
The same principal works for all window screens, old or new. This also works for a screen door. You might find it easier to take the screen out and lay it on the floor.
Can’t remove the screens and need a new windows?
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When it comes to siding, the real issues are whether it will stand the test of time. And in order to do that, the siding needs to be able to age well by maintaining its shape and color, and low-maintenance. Vinyl siding has this ability to hold up with all three of those aspects.
Benefits of Vinyl Siding
- Low maintenance
- Easy to clean
- Long lasting and durable
- Variety of colors and styles
With Green T Windows, the above principles all show in our vinyl siding selection and professional installation. We also offer insulated vinyl siding options, including fullback. Our premium vinyl siding options include Ovation, Quest, Board+Batten, and Cedar Discovery.
Our vinyl siding will not change shape due to daily temperature fluctuations, nor will it sag. In the rare case of your vinyl siding getting damaged, our siding is designed for easy installation and repair of the damaged section.
Thinking Vinyl Siding isn’t for you? Don’t worry we have other options available too!
Choosing Vinyl Siding
Are you concerned about the visual appeal of vinyl siding? Don’t worry, we have a variety of colors, not just tan and white. Our vinyl is fade resistant, so you never have to scrape, paint or stain it.
The best part of vinyl siding is that it basically has no maintenance. Once you choose your color and have it installed, you only need your garden hose to keep it clean and looking like new!
Related: Tips for Maintaining your New Siding
There’s no question on why most customers are picking vinyl siding is the most popular choice for new siding.
With Green T we sell and install a great selection of vinyl siding. Call us today to learn more about our vinyl siding selection!
You saved for years to get the new siding your house needed, so let’s talk about a few ways to protect your new investment.
By maintaining the proper care of your new siding you will extend the life of your home siding and keep it looking new.
Regular maintenance is also key to ensure that your siding is performing well at insulating your home and keeping the moisture out.
Do Regular Inspections
Every so often go outside and inspect your siding, pay closer attention to where the siding meets doors, windows and the roof. Keep a look out for dents or gaps, and look closely at areas that might be susceptible to damage from trees or long hours of direct sun.
Illinois has a cold climate, which means your siding could show signs of ice damage. Examine your siding under your eaves for stains from water, this would be a classic example of ice damage. You may be able to prevent this condition by sealing gaps around your ducts or pipes in the attic and putting in insulation.
As a general rule of thumb, stay on top of minor problems to avoid high expenses down the road.
Related: Preventing Mold from Growing on your Windows
Cleaning your Siding
A quick rinse with your garden hose can go a long way. It keeps your siding free from debris and tree sap. Don’t spray at an angle, this prevents water from getting up underneath the siding panels. Using a soft bristled brush can help to remove any stubborn stains.
Thinking of pressure washing your siding? Keep in mind that some types of siding can be damaged by the high pressure, and it’s often best to hire a professional.
Tips for cleaning specific types of siding
- Vinyl – Vinyl is relatively maintenance free, and the type of siding that most homeowners prefer. If you have vinyl, it is important to clean it by power washing at least once a year. If dirt and grime sit on the siding for too long it will start to set in. When cleaning, avoid using any harsh chemicals, like ammonia or bleach.
- Metal – Once metal siding is installed it’s relatively maintenance free. This siding should get a thorough cleaning every so often just to keep it clean and good looking. Metal siding can be cleaned simply with a hose or pressure washer.
- Wood-Although wood is a favorite material when its comes to siding construction, it has the highest degree of maintenance. It’s recommended to wash wooden siding with only a hose and not a pressure washer. Using to much water pressure can cause the sealant or paint to come off. And it’s advised to paint wooden siding once every year to make it last longer.
Related: 10 Helpful Fall Cleaning Tasks [A Checklist for Busy People]
Questions about siding? Or thinking you need siding replaced?
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