Replacing flyscreen mesh can either be a DIY project or done by professionals
So the Easter weekend has come and gone, and it’s almost time to send your children back to school. However, during their time off, they’ve managed to be a little destructive and break a few things around the house, including tearing your favourite flyscreen mesh, the ones that were specially customised for you. What do you do now? You’ve just spent a large sum of money on new school supplies, groceries and petrol for the month. You have two choices really, either trying to fix the flyscreen yourself saving you the additional repair cost or having it professionally repaired which will save you money in the long run. So if you want to tackle this type of repair yourself follow the three steps below. If this is too much for you why not find out what the cost would be for the professional service.
Step 1 – Dust the flyscreen mesh
For this, you’ll need a dust mask and rubber gloves. Before removing your old flyscreens, check for spiders or any other insects. The best way to do this is to gently brush it, as well as giving the edges a brush down. After this process, carefully remove the screen and lay it on a flat surface.
Step 2 – Remove the damaged flyscreen mesh from the frame
Start this process by inserting a screwdriver into the corner of the frame and pry out the old flyscreen’s spline. What is a spline you may ask? Well, it’s what secures the flyscreen into the frame. Once completed and there’s enough spline to get a firm grip, pull the rest of it out. After this, take the flyscreen out of the frame and give the frame gutters a good cleaning with the brush.
Step 3 – Install the new flyscreen mesh into the frame
Finally lay the flyscreen mesh over the top of the frame. Make sure that you overlap the edge of the frame by around 100mm per side. Once you’re happy with that, install the spline to hold the mesh tightly in place. Begin on the short side of the frame and use a spline roller to drive it into the frame gutter. When it’s all rolled in, cut off any extra spline but be careful, as you don’t want to cut into the flyscreen. You’ll also need to trim off any excess mesh, but still, leave 5mm overlap the whole way around.
So if you want to be your own best handyman this month and make DIY your new hobby, give repairing your flyscreen a go, it’s not only fun but also cost-effective in the short-term. There is always a word of caution in terms of the long-term durability of the flyscreen if done as a DIY project.
We do, however, recommend that your flyscreen mesh is replaced by a professional fitter, to make sure the tension span is set correctly to avoid sagging in the mesh and to also make sure that the mesh remains secure for many years to come. There may also be small parts that are eroded or have become weak and will need replacing, which may not be noted by a non-professional.