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The Proper Use of a Screening Spline

August 24, 2018

Often used to secure screens on windows or doors, a screening spline also prevents the screen from moving over time and stops mosquitoes, flies, wasps and other insects from getting around the screen.


A screening spline is commonly used in professional home construction and renovations to help secure a screen onto wooden or aluminum window frames and doors.


The screening spline acts as a filler that secures the screen onto the frame, whether it is a window or door. It produces a snug fit in the channel or groove for the screen without causing any damage to the door as would nails or adhesives. It also provides a layer of insulation which will help maintain the desired temperature of any room.


Like many securing or sealing components, it provides flexibility and ease of installation when working with the frame. With the proper spline, the screen should fit nicely while extending the life span of the screen.


Despite a varied range of options for installation, there are some methods you should avoid in order to avoid shortening the screen’s life span or having to carry out early repairs.


Here are three things you certainly want to avoid when installing a screening spline, from the experts at Alcot Plastics:


1.       Securing the screen with nails- This crude way often damages the frame itself because you are punching holes into the frame with nails, which will look crude and uneven.

2.       Screen being secured by clips or brackets- This will cause certain screen damage give the clip or bracket’s pulling force, damaging the screen it in the installation process or overtime.

3.       Wedging- Using a form of inner frame to wedge or press the screen into place makes for an unusual window or screen. It also has the drawback of decreasing a window’s size due to the additional frame.


The best way to ensure your home construction or renovation goes perfectly is to partner with the right supplier. Contact Alcot Plastic today to learn more about screening splines, rod backers, and other polyethylene foam products.