Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 30
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TinManUnited Great product. Easy to use. Nice finished look.
This is a review of both the 1.5" and 3.5" base pieces as well as the caps for both. Overall this was fairly easy to install. Depending on the sections of what sort of look you want to accomplish you can mix and match the various sizes as you can see from my pictures. They do need to have a black or dark bronze cap because I needed to paint mine (rustoleum spray cans worked great) to match the stain I plan to use on the pressure treated lumber. White is ok, but the grey, light brown, and beige are too similar. For some reason fixing the spline and the caps into the 3.5" base was a lot easier than it was for the 1.5" base. But not a huge negative. Used one of those mouse rollers which helped. Placing the screen mesh was daily easy as well, should be easy doing replacements. Use couple piece of masking tape to hang up the screen before putting the top spline. Overall a great product and a lot more appealing looking than your average builder's methods of screening things in. Depending on the size of your project go ahead and get their bucket of spline, makes thing a lot easier.
May 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave highly recommend it
This stuff is great, ideal for mounting on 2 x 4 wood construction, easy to cut and mount
April 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Screeen tight base
This is part of the "Screen Tight Porch screening system". All of the product worked well, and I was pleased with the result. I installed the product (base, screen, and cap) about a week ago. I used 1" large head screws in the slots provided in the base and it attached very easily. We have strong winds at our house, and so far the screen has not come loose. I have about a 5 ft. wide and 5 ft. high screen span, and the fiberglass screen has held tight thus far. The rubber spline seemed to be very tight so I expect it will hold well. The cap is a little difficult to install in tight places, it is a very snug fit into the base, but I expect it will not come loose. My only complaint is the color of the cap, I ordered Brown, but at best it is a tan color. (It is the color I saw on my computer screen, but I expected the cap to be darker, and that the computer color was not as dark as the actual product.)
March 22, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by screamtight Defective batch of 1.5 inch caps??
We decided to rescreen our back porch using this product since the videos and reviews were so positive. We had previously screened our porch using staples and wood... so this system looked like an easy project. The 1.5 and 3.5 base strips was super easy to install, screening material once installed was beautiful, 3.5 " caps snapped right onto the basestrip material. Then, we tried to install the 1.5" caps onto the 1.5" base. After three hours my husband and I went from screening to screaming! We pinched, shoved, hammered, twisted but the 1.5 inch cap would not "snap onto" the base. We called the manufacturer and spoke with the most helpful Stephen...his response being "well, it should work..." Finally, we abandoned the project and returned the unused screen tight material to Lowes. On a hunch, we went to the local Home Depot and discovered that the same screen tight material EASILY snaps together by hand. The original 1.5 base and cap we purchase would not snap together. We purchased additional material from Home Depot to finish the project...went together like a dream and looks great. This being said, if you plan to use this product be sure base and caps snap together easily in the store before trying to install at home. We were actually out about $25 trying to cut, recut, hammer, mallet, pinch, ect the defective caps into place. Our new favorite saying..."it should work...!
April 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by newk Easy, peasy
Easy to use: cut, position, apply screen and cap. Best to use screws v. nails. Do not over tightem screws so that the plastic can expand and contract like vinyl siding.
March 1, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ElBoardo Good for a novice screen installer.
My wife and I used this to replace the screens on our front porch. Neither one of us had ever done anything with screens before, so we were true novices.
The Screen Tight base tracks were simple to install, though having a second drill would have been handy (to avoid having to switch between drill bit and driver bit). The screen and spline rolled into the tracks simply enough, though it did occasionally take some muscle to get it started.
My only complaint (and the reason it didn't get 5 stars from me) is the caps. The video makes it look like you simply tap them into place with a rubber mallet, but it's much more difficult than that. Installing the caps (which I thought would be the easy part) was honestly the most frustrating part of the whole project. The other complaint I have is that, when looking from the side, you can still see the black base tracks under the white caps. Maybe I should have painted the sides of these before I installed the screens...
Overall, I'm pretty happy with the way it looks. Screens are tight and look good. I'm also happy that screen repairs should be simple in the future...just pop the caps off, pull out the spline/screen, replace, and then put the caps back.
June 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Whitehart I'm lovin' this system
This system is really as easy to use at it says, and our resulting porch looks very good and functions well. This is good for a DIY project. Pushing in the screen with the spline takes quite a bit of hand strength, and working high up on a ladder (if necessary for your project) can be a challenge, though.
Hints on additional tools for this job:
--Lath screws work well for attaching the base to wood framework--flat enough not to interfere with the trim and wide enough for good contact on either side of the pre-drilled holes.
--To make the project go faster, it would be helpful to have 2 drills--one with a screwdriver bit and
another with a drill bit to add a few holes for screws at the ends of cut strips.
--A small, flat pry bar is handy to start pulling up sections of the trim.
--A good quality anvil pruner cuts the base and trim well. Just be sure to straighten any little crushed sections of spline channel or the pieces of the trim that lock it to the base after cutting.
--A pair of diagonal cutting pliers is good for cutting the spline and trimming it close after placement.
--A spline roller with a blade on the back end would probably be more danger to the screen than it would be worth in convenience. Standard scissors work for fiberglass screen, anyway.
October 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Carcor63 Screen tight
Screen tight is an amazing product. Easy to install.
July 15, 2014