In North American we have window screens, so we can throw open our windows and enjoy the fresh air. Where we live in central Texas however, we do have screen but never really open our windows as it is either to hot or to cold! Personally, we have removed ours to give a cleaner look to the exterior of our home but if you do use your screens and want to identify what you have and how to remove / install them then this is for you.
So! let us look at what type of screen you have first. There are a few different types of screen and a few different ways on how they are fitted. Let us look at the most common.
If the frame is covering the screen from the exterior these are going to come out from the side. We have found the best way to get these out is Dynamite!! (only kidding slightly) Being careful not to bend the screen push either to the left or to the right (usually right if they have been installed currently) This will then expose the edge of the screen allowing you to get your finger into the gap and pull it towards you slightly then pull out in the opposite direction. If you cannot get your finger in, make sure you have a paint can opener handy the small lip will hook onto the screen giving you leverage to pull towards you.
If the frame is not covering the screen, push upwards with your thumb on the top of the screen, it should feel springy and when pushed expose the bottom of the screen allowing you to get either a finger or paint can opener under the screen allowing you to pull towards you then down to get it out of the well it is sitting in. These are generally the easiest screens to remove and replace. If you are dealing with an upstairs window and do not want to climb on ladders, simply open the window from inside, pull up on the two tabs, push out from the window and then pull down. Please be careful not to overextend! We do not want any accidents!
The last bug screen we will discuss here is perhaps the biggest pain in the ass the one than can be taken out from the inside only. Now! If you have a full screen internally this is not a half screen and will be discussed next. These half screens must be removed internally, step one, if you look at the top of the bottom window you will see two sliding tabs.
(Note no window screens were harmed during the writing of this blog!)
Lastly if you have a full screen on the inside of your window then you will probably have a double hung window. To remove these screens loo to the side and you will see clips around four two on either side, just unlatch then using the two at the bottom pull out towards you and the screen should come away easily.
Remember with A+ window cleaning, we remove, inspect, clean and replace all screens with any window cleaning we undertake. Please feel free to call with any questions. Keep an eye open for our next blog on screen maintenance.