A Guide to Replacing Fly Screen Mesh


In Australia, insect screens are essential; hot weather means doors and windows need to be open to allow cool breezes to flow through.

However you may have noticed that over the years your fly screen mesh has become unsightly from a push or two, or worse still, has holes in it which let summer insects in?

It does not have to remain that way, the replacement of flyscreen mesh in a window or door is something the home handyperson can definitely do.

Here’s how:


  1. Measuring Tape
  2. Pen and paper
  3. Sharp knife
  4. Spline Wheel or Roller


  1. Flyscreen Mesh – To determine how much mesh you will need, measure the height and width of the screen you are replacing. Then add an additional 75mm all round. You will be able to purchase the mesh from your local hardware store.

Step 1 – Take down the door or window screen frame and remove the rubber tubing that holds the mesh into the frame. This is done by prying it up at the join and pulling gently until it comes free.

Step 2 – Lay the frame on a flat surface and place the new mesh over it. Using the spline wheel push the rubber tubing into the slot at one corner and down along the longest side of your screen. You can use also use a small piece of timber dowel or similar by holding it at an angle and applying downward pressure on the mesh.

When you have finished one side then move to the opposite side. Don’t pull the mesh too tight, it will be forced into the groove by the tubing. Note: Make sure the weave in the mesh is parallel to the screen or it won’t be straight.

Step 3 – Continue by completing the top edge and the bottom edge; again do not pull the mesh too tight. Let the tubing do it for you.

Step 4 – Trim the excess mesh very carefully with a sharp knife.

Step 5 – Replace the door or window screen frame with the new mesh.


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2 comments on “A Guide to Replacing Fly Screen Mesh

  1. Hi there,

    I am trying (& I emphasise the word ‘trying’) to replace the fly screen in my hinged domestic security screen door. The problem is in removing the transparent plastic ‘prowler panel’ that is attached onto the inside of the door near the handle. It is about 20cm x 15cm in size. It is in place to stop an intruder making a hole in the screen & slipping their fingers through to unlock the manual latch or removing the key (if I were dumb enough to have left it in the lock, that is).

    This panel is securely fitted into the channel reserved for the rubber piping & is installed over the fly screen, hence my needing to ask the removal technique. It seems very secure (which is a great thing) but I do not want to force it. I break enough stuff underestimating my own strength. I do not want to add the door to the list.

    Thanks in advance for any advice you may be able to help with,

    Kind regards,


    (P.s- I was sure to click on all your sponsors too & had a good browse around. Cheers.)

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