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Screening System Facts & FAQ


What types of screens can I use?

Fiberglass screen is recommended for our screening systems. The MeshGuard system requires a special polyester screen for infill usage. Aluminium screens are not compatible with Fast Track or Mini Track systems.

What size spline do I need?

For most of our screening systems, the recommended spline sizes are .175-in for fiberglass screen and .160-in for aluminum screen.

How large an opening can I screen?

All of our systems hold screens secure and tight for standard size porch openings. If you have large openings — over 60-ft without a post — the screen may be slightly looser but the system will still work. Our Screen Wall is able to handle the largest openings with the tightest screen.

What lengths do the screening systems come in?

8-ft lengths are standard. For some systems, longer or custom lengths can special ordered. Please find a dealer for special orders.

What colors are available?

The caps for the original Screen Tight system and MeshGuard are available in White, Grey, Beige and Brown. The aluminum track products are available in white and powder coated bronze — which is almost black. Screen Block and Screen Wall are available in white only.

Can I paint the parts of screening systems?

Although the parts of our screening systems can technically be painted, it is not recommended. To ensure, the lowest maintenance screen porch, it’s recommended that you choose one of our stock colors (see above for colors available).

What tools do I need?

For all of our screening systems, you will need a drill or power screwdriver to install the base; snips or shears to trim the base and cap; a standard utility knife to trim the screen; and a screening tool like our RollerKnife to install the screen. For the original Screen Tight system you will also and a non-marking rubber mallet to snap on the cap. For framing systems and aluminum tracks, it’s recommended to have a chop saw to cut to size.

What happens if part of my screen comes loose?

All of our systems were created with easy repairs and maintenance in mind. You can easily change out the screen or re-screen as needed. Most of our systems use a spline method of screening which every window manufacturer in the country uses. Re-screening is easy. Simply roll back into place with spline and a screen roller.

Is mitering required?

No. Everything is straight cut. No miters.

Screen Door Facts & FAQ


How much can I trim off the sides of a screen door?

You can trim up to 3/8-in from the top and the sides and up to 1-in off the bottom.

Can I trim a solid vinyl door?

Yes, our solid vinyl doors can be trimmed just like wood with regular wood cutting tools.

What size spline do vinyl doors require?

Our vinyl doors can easily be re-screened using .150 spline.

Can I paint my door?

Yes, our wood doors are paintable. It’s not recommended that you paint solid vinyl doors as it will void the warranty.

  1. Before sealing, priming, staining or painting your wood screen door, remove the screen. The removable screen feature makes this step fast and easy.
  2. If you decide to paint your wood screen door, use a Primer first, wait until it dries, then sand the door with 100 grit sandpaper then add your coat(s) of paint. All edges must be Sealed or Painted top and bottom.
  3. Replace screen once your wood screen door is dry.
Are your pressure treated doors eco-friendly?

Screen Tight’s Pressure Treated Wood Screen Doors are made with an Eco-Friendly treated wood that is odorless, clean to the touch and is non-arsenic based. This treatment is the most effective and eco-friendly alternative to CAA treated wood. This treatment helps protect the door against termites and fungal decay while reducing demands on forest resources. With removable screens for easy painting and repairs, there is not an easier treated wood screen door to work with.

What tools do I need?

Measuring tape, a drill with screwdriver bits and a circular saw if trimming the door is required. For vinyl doors, a carbide tip blade with as many teeth as possible is recommended.

Do I need seal my door?

Sealing is not required for vinyl or pressure treated wood screen doors but is highly recommended for our standard wood doors.

  1. Before sealing, priming, staining or painting your wood screen door, remove the screen. The removable screen feature makes this step fast and easy.
  2. If you decide to paint your wood screen door, use a Primer first, wait until it dries, then sand the door with 100 grit sandpaper then add your coat(s) of paint. All edges must be Sealed or Painted top and bottom.
  3. Replace screen once your wood screen door is dry.
Do vinyl doors fade or yellow over time?

Everything fades over time, however, PVC compound has been used in windows, siding and numerous other outdoor building product applications for years. The Screen Tight profiles are comprised of the same amount of UV stabilizers found in these proven products.

Product Documentation Downloads

Video Demos

Screen Tight System

Learn the basics of the Screen Tight system.

Mini Track System

Get to know the Mini Track System.

Fast Track Overview

An overview of how to install Fast Track.

Installing a Wood Screen Door

Step-by-step video of how to install a wood screen door.

Installing a Solid Vinyl Screen Door

Step-by-step video of how to install a solid vinyl screen door.

Painting a Wood Screen Door

Choosing, installing and painting a new screen door from Screen Tight.

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