Tools & Supplies
Screen Tight Base
Available 1.5-in or 3.5-in widths and 8-ft or custom lengths
Screen Tight Cap
Multiple colors in 1.5-in or 3.5-in widths and 8-ft or 10-ft lengths
Measure and buy the proper size screen for your openings
Attach the screen to the base using .174-in spline
All-in-one screening tool
Snips or Shears
Easily cut & trim base and cap
To attach cap to base
Screwing base to porch frame
How to Buy
Measure your Porch
Estimate your supplies by using our porch planning worksheet to measure your area and any existing structures that need consideration.Download Worksheet
Find a Retailer
Once you have your measurements, find a hardware retailer near you to get everything you need to create a beautiful porch.Dealer Locator
How to Install Screen Tight
Attach Base to Wood
Cut base to fit over wood framing with snips or shears. Base strips are butted together and do not require any mitering or notching. Attach the base strip to wood framing using 1-in wood or sheet rock screws. make sure put a screw in each slot. Fasters should be snug, but not so tight that the base strip bends. Put a screw no more that 2-in from the end of each base strip.
Roll Screen Into Base
Roll screen into base strip with appropriate spline and screening tool. For fiberglass screen use .175 diameter spline. For aluminum screen use .160″ diameter spline. Start by rolling the screen into the top horizontal piece of base. After the top is rolled in, then roll the two sides and then the bottom horizontal piece of base. When screening the bottom, create screen tension by pulling down on the screen slightly to ensure a tight screen. Trim all excess screening with a razor knife or a Screen Tight Roller Knife so that excess screen doesn’t interfere with the cap snapping onto the base.
Snap Cap Onto Base
The cap snaps onto the base strip and serves as the trim piece. Use a mallet or small block of wood to snap the cap into place. When attaching the 3.5-in cap, the inside leg of the cap should be fitted under the base leg before applying pressure. Always attach cap from one end to the other. To remove cap, start at one end and using a screwdriver gently pry the cap from the base.
Additional Product Information
Suitable for Large Openings
The Screen Tight® system easily accommodates openings of up to 40 square feet with a secure, tight grip, giving even large openings a no-sag appearance.
No mitering is needed. And screen-stretching mistakes can be corrected in no time simply by removing the spline and reattaching the screen.
All exposed materials for the Screen Tight® system are manufactured from weather-proof, UV-resistant window grade vinyl.
Various Sizes & Colors
The base and cap components come in widths of 1.5-in and 3.5-in and are stocked in 8-ft lengths with custom lengths available. The caps are made in longer lengths of 12-ft for 1.5-in and 10-ft for 3.5-in and are available in white, beige, gray and brown.