How to Measure Guides
The most important step in ordering replacement screens to meet your needs is providing accurate measurements for the project. With so many different styles of windows and doors available, make sure you are getting your dimensions based on the Measuring Guide that best matches your project from the options below.
Our replacement screens are manufactured to precise standards and guaranteed to be within 1/16″ of the dimensions you provide. We will do everything possible to help you obtain accurate measurements for your project, but the final dimensions are still your responsibility. Measure twice, order once!
Here are some basic guidelines to apply in general when measuring for replacement screens. More specific tips will be provided for specific situations.
- Use a tape measure in good working condition, with no damage to the “hook”.
- Measurements should be made for each individual window. Do not assume similar-looking windows are the exact same size.
- Measurements are normally stated in “Width” and then “Height”.
- Measurements should be made to the nearest 1/16″.
Measuring from an existing box screen frame
Whenever possible, take measurements from the existing screen you will be replacing for each window, provided the screen is a good fit. If the existing screen fit is too tight or too loose, adjust your dimensions accordingly. Measuring from existing screens is the easiest way to provide accurate measurements. Keep these additional guidelines in mind:
- Take width and height measurements from the outside edge of the screen frame.
- Measure near the corners of the frame, as the middle of a length may be bowed.
- Measure the size of the framing material itself. The most common size is the 5/16″ frame size
- Note the location of any springs, clips or other fasteners.
Common hardware for Half Screens
- Leaf Springs on top or side
- Tension Springs on top or side
- Bale Springs on top
- Lift Tabs to help in removal of screen
Measuring from opening with a channel along the top edge
If the existing screen is not available, you’ll have to take your measurements from the Screen Rough Opening of the window. The SRO is the exposed edge of the window frame that supports the installed screen
Once you have located the position of your window’s SRO, you must verify the type of opening you have to know which measuring technique to use. Chances are you will find one of these 3 options:
- An SRO with a channel along the top edge to help hold the screen in place.
- An SRO with a channel on the left or right side.
- An SRO with no channels, just flat edges on the top, bottom and sides of the opening.
Charcoal Fiberglass or Silver Fiberglass Mesh?
We offer two types of colors in our fiberglass screen material. The most popular fiberglass screen mesh is our charcoal colored mesh. Most customers choose the charcoal finish because it offers a higher visibility from the inside of your home or business. If you’re looking for a lighter color of fiberglass screen mesh, use the silver mesh color