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Old 02-24-2013, 02:03 PM  
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Default Replacement Screens or Windows For Older Alum Screen Doors

I'm trying to find a source for screens and windows for older aluminum screen doors. I've talked to a few people at the big box stores, but they don't have anything that fits and ask for a model number, which of course there is none anywhere on the old doors. Any ideas from the experts out there??

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Old 02-24-2013, 04:24 PM  
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do you want a whole new door or just a screen? The hardware store down the street from me replaced the screen on my door for 10 bucks.



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We have lots of choices ... Screen door shops will do it. Take the screens to them and let them do it. We also have mobile screen guys who will come to your house and do the job. If you are determined to do it yourself, I wouldn't. Too specialized to bother.

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Uh oh, I didn't make it clear, my fault. The doors have removable screens and windows with little aluminum frames held in by thumb screws. Problem is, I don't have any replacements, so I have some doors with screens but no windows for winter, and a couple of doors with windows and no screens in summer.

What I need is the aluminum framed screen or window, not to have someone replace the screens.

I don't want to spend the money to replace the doors with new ones as in a few years I'm going to have new wooden screen doors made that match the tired originals that I found in the garage

Thanks again!

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You should be able to find material at the hardware store to build your own screens. For the glass I would just use a peice of glass and hold it in with some aluminum weather stripping.

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Thanks, Neal. I was looking at the channels and stuff at the big box stores the other week, but I was hoping there might be a place I could just buy the screens and windows from rather than building my own.

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That stuff is old and may be impossible to find. You might try used building material places or window and glass companies.
I drove by a window outfit the other day and noticed that they had a bone yard full of old stuff they have removed. But finding the exact replacement, good luck. Might be better just to find used doors for less money and effert.

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If you build your own frames do not put regular glass in them. Use plexiglass or safety glass. It is dangerous to put regular glass into storm doors. It is also illegal or at least against code due to injuries sustained from people being cut by glass from doors.

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Thanks, guys. I knew the doors are old, but they otherwise work fine and I like them better than the newer ones. I have looked at some places, but there seem to be very few old aluminum doors out there, maybe they've been recycled. I will try to build my own, and I agree about not using glass, too hard to work with and easy to break.



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