SNAPP® Screen Installation Instructions

SNAPP® Screen installation is quick, simple, efficient and requires no additional parts.
• NO caps NO covers NO expanders NO adapters NO corners
Most installations can normally be performed by one person of average skill with no special tools.
Modify directions as needed based upon your application

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Safety Warning: Please follow all common and accepted safety practices and ensure that you are proficient in the proper and safe operation of any tools, equipment or procedures required to install this product.

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Inside corner, Outside corner, Arch (PVC shown)

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Inside corner, Outside corner (PVC shown)

Step 1: Determine the materials you’ll need to order:

  • • Lengths of Snapp® Screen extrusions
  • • Mounting screws (you'll need 10 per extrusion)
  • • Screen material
  • • Spline
  • • Spline installation tool

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Step 2: Ensure you have the proper tools available:

  • • Measuring Tape
  • • Utility knife (with extra blades)
  • • Screw gun
  • • Spline
  • • Hacksaw or power chop saw fitted with an aluminum/plastic cutting blade. (We find the Freud Diablo series aluminum/plastic cutting saw blade to be one of the best to use 80 or 96 tooth – based on blade size required. Available at any home center)

Step 3: Determine how you intend to mount (“inside” or “around” opening) (“miter” or “butt” corners)

INSIDE THE OPENING

As the installation name implies, the extrusion is installed within or “inside” the opening. The extrusions can be mounted at any point within the opening provided enough room exists for screen installation. Installation can be with miter or butt corners (or a combination of both if required).

AROUND THE OPENING

When installing the extrusion “around” the opening, the extrusion head will be located outside of the opening itself. This gives a picture frame effect or reveal which tends to be complimentary to most installations. This is the preferred method when screening arches. Installation can be with miter or butt corners (or a combination of both if required).

Step 4: Width extrusions

  • • Measure the width dimensions and cut extrusion to proper size
  • • Test fit in your opening then predrill for mounting screws (Use the score line to position drill holes)
  • • Place hole 1” from each end and then no more than 12” apart
  • • Install the width extrusions

Step 5: Height extrusions

  • • Measure your height dimensions and cut extrusion to proper size
  • • Test fit in your opening then predrill for mounting screws (Use the score line to position drill holes)
  • • Place hole 1” from each end and then no more than 12” apart
  • • Install the height extrusions

Step 6: Screen installation

  • • Screen installation is similar to traditional screen rolling
  • • Watch Screen Installation Video (above) for complete screening instructions
  • • Fabric screening (polyester, fiberglass, etc.) is recommended. Avoid metal screening when using PVC
  • • Screening pattern is top, bottom, prime hand side, non-prime hand side
  • • Use only SNAPP® 3/32” nylon spline tool
  • • Use only new SNAPP® spline. (do not re-use spline when rescreening)

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Roll screen in - then roll spline in.
(Watch screening video at top of page)

Step 7: Screen trimming

  • • Run blade along the top edge of extrusion.
  • • Trim location is the same for both sides of the extrusion
  • • Use Caution: Aggressive or deep trimming will damage spline and/or weaken hold.

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Safety Warning: This product is a “build in place” / “screen in place” insect screening system and will not provide fall prevention. Further, insect screening and sunshading materials only intended use is to reasonably stop insects from entering the covered opening.  The misuse of insect screen and sunshading materials may lead to injury or death. These items will not stop persons, children, animals, or alike from falling out of or entering through the insect screen or sunshading material covered opening.


INSTALLATION NOTES / OTHER INFORMATION

SNAPP® Screen is specifically designed so extrusions are simply butted together when required. (always leave a 1/16" gap between joints). Also, aluminum SNAPP® Screen and PVC SNAPP® Screen can be used together whenever needed.

Spline / Spline Installation

Spline must be properly sized and fully seated within the spline channel for hold. If spline is incorrect in size, or not fully seated, installation failure will occur. Use our .170 poly spline for all fiberglass and Super Screen screen materials. Use our .140 poly spline for all .025g sun blocking screen materials. Do not use PE or rubber spline - failure will occur.

Gazebo Installations

Column faces will typically be angled away from each other in traditional gazebo installations. The extrusion can be mounted directly to the columns or a wedge can be installed first. Extrusion can be mounted “inside” or “around” the opening or as required to facilitate installation.

Installing SNAPP® Screen in Arches / Radii

PVC: It is generally much easier to install the extrusion using the “around” the opening method. The PVC extrusion simply flexes easier. On a slow or long radius, the extrusion will fit with little effort. On fast or tight radii you may need to employ a heat gun to help soften the flange. You should also reduce the screw spacing to 6” or as needed for your application. The same points are true for “inside” the opening installations except that relief cuts may be required to compress the extrusion in fast or tight radii. Test fit the extrusion prior to determine the best installation method.

ALUMINUM: All points as noted above except that on fast or tight radii use of a commercial bender may be needed. Caution: When using a commercial bender, fast or tight radii bends may crack the applied powder coat finish. Best practice in these cases is to only bend unfinished (mill) extrusions and apply finish after bending -or- use the appropriate color matching PVC extrusion in the arch location(s).