How to Mount Solar Screens – Common Window Examples

Not sure how to mount a solar screen to your window? Here are several examples of windows we often see and our recommended mounting method.

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Single Hung Window in Stucco

The most common way to mount solar screens to a single hung window in stucco is to use casement clips. Keep in mind, however, that putting holes in your window frame can void the warranty. If you don't want to put holes in the window frame, you can mount a solar screen using 3M Dual Lock. For more info on how to measure using either mounting method, check out our How to Measure and Install page here.

Alternatively, you can get 2 screens for this type of window. You would replace the existing insect screen on the bottom part of the window with the exact same size solar screen, mounted with leaf springs. For the top section, you can attach it using Screws Only or 3M Dual Lock, assuming you have at least 1/2" of flat window frame around all 4 sides of the upper glass.

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Horizontal Sliding Double Window

For the window with left/right panes (that slide open horizontally), here's what I would recommend. I would get 2 solar screens. You would replace the existing insect screen on the left with a solar screen. The solar screen for the left side would be the same exact size as the existing insect screen, mounted with leaf springs. That takes care of the left side.

As for the right side, you can mount that with 3M Dual Lock. As long as that frame around the right side window is flat and at least 1/2" wide, you can use 3M Dual Lock for the right side screen.

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Sliding Glass Door With Screen

The best thing to do is get a regular sliding screen door locally if you don't already have one. Then you can replace the existing insect screen slider fabric with solar screen fabric. Get that from our bulk fabric section here. You'll also need spline and a roller tool.

For the other half, you can get a standard solar screen and mount it to one side of sliding door using 3M Dual Lock. So then you would slide the slider "open" to cover one side, and the other side would be covered with the solar screen permanently. Just make sure you have enough clearance between the sliding door and sliding screen. You'll need at least 5/16" (the thickness of the solar screen frames).

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Horizontal Sliding Triple Window

For a triple window with horizontal sliding windows on the left and right, here's what I would recommend. I would get 3 solar screens. You would replace the existing insect screens on the left and right with solar screens. The solar screens for the left and right side would be the same exact size as the existing insect screens, mounted with leaf springs. That takes care of the left and right side.

For the middle, you can mount that with 3M Dual Lock. As long as that frame around the middle section is flat and at least 1/2" wide, you can use 3M Dual Lock for the middle section solar screen.

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Mobile Home Window

For a mobile home style window like the one pictured here, I recommend using Screws Only as a mounting option. We don't really discuss this mounting method on the How to Measure and Install Solar Screens page, but it is an option on the ordering page.

To measure, you simply measure the trim around the window from outside edge to outside edge, for both the height and width. The solar screen frame will sit directly on top of the window trim, and you'll screw the self-tapping screws directly through the solar screen frame and into the window trim.

Alternatively, you can get 2 screens for this type of window. You would replace the existing insect screen on the bottom part of the window with the exact same size solar screen, mounted with leaf springs. For the top section, you can attach it using Screws Only or 3M Dual Lock, assuming you have at least 1/2" of flat window frame around all 4 sides of the glass. You would attach the top screen to the window frame itself (the metal part immediately next to the glass), not the trim surrounding the window.

Window with Hardie Board or Wood Trim

You have a couple different options with this type of window:

1. You can mount a solar screen using 3M Dual Lock or Screws Only and mount it directly on top of the metal trim surrounding the window. To measure, simply measure the metal trim (that sits directly on the Hardie/Wood trim) from outside edge to outside edge for the width and height and order a solar screen for that exact size.

If you don't have that little metal trim, you can mount a solar screen directly to the Hardie/wood trim. Since our screen frames are 1" wide, measure from the inside edge of the Hardie/wood trim to inside edge for both height and width, then add 2 inches to each measurement. Then your solar screen will sit directly on top of the Hardie/wood trim and you screw them in or mount them using 3M Dual Lock.

2. Alternatively, you can get 2 screens for this type of window. You would replace the existing insect screen on the bottom part of the window with the exact same size solar screen, mounted with leaf springs. For the top section, you can attach it using Screws Only or 3M Dual Lock, assuming you have at least 1/2" of flat window frame around all 4 sides of the upper glass. You would attach the top screen to the window frame itself (the metal or vinyl part immediately next to the glass), not the trim surrounding the window.

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