What to Look for in Security Doors and Security Screens

In the height of Summer when you’re desperate for a bit of air to flow through your house, it’s often tempting to fall asleep with the windows flung open, and leave the door ajar to let in that little bit of breeze.

Many Australians spend a lot of time and money worrying about keeping pesky insects out in these situations, unfortunately there’s also a much bigger threat in the form of burglars and intruders into your home.

By installing well fitted security doors and screens, you’ll be able to find a climate efficient option for your home that’ll most importantly keep you and your family safe and sound.

An Open Door

There are a huge number of security doors available so have a think about your particular situation including:

  • The style of your home and the type of door that would blend in with your design
  • The budget that you have to spend – always invest as much as you can in the security of your home
  • The climate in the area that you live and the types of weather conditions that you have most often – such as intense heat, strong winds, heavy rain.

Features of a Security Door:

There are a number of features that you may be asked about when approaching a security door company so it’s good to know the best options for your home to ensure maximum safety.

1. Locks

Security doors work best with dead locks as wafer locks are generally much weaker. Using a three point lock on the door will provide additional strength and prevent intruders from being able to pull the door off at either the top or the bottom.

2. Hinges

The minimum amount of hinges on a security door should be 3 and these should have fixed hinge pins which the intruder will not be able to remove

3. Frames

Steel frames are generally seen as the most effective frames for security doors however often the effectiveness of a frame is as much about its installation as the material that it’s made from. Aluminium is an alternative option for frames and can be less prone to corrosion.

4. Door Mesh:

The most common type used in security doors is Fibreglass mesh, which is splined into the frame. However this is only available in black therefore can restrict vision. If you want to prevent outsiders from seeing into your home or office, fiberglass mesh or Restricted Vision mesh (RVM) are both good options.

However if you are keen to still maintain a good view of the outdoors or simply to be able to see as and when people are appearing at your door, you may want to consider Invisigard.

This is made from woven aluminium and the mesh has holes in it which not only do not restrict vision but also allows a light breeze to flow through it and does not trap heat inside.

What about the Windows?

It’s important to remember that it’s not just an open door that can unwittingly offer an invitation for someone to break into your home. In fact, the vast majority of break-ins actually occur through a window instead, so you need to make sure that you install security screens to keep safe.

There are a number of things to look for when finding the best security screen for your home:

Custom fitting: this is extremely important as windows come in all shapes and sizes so you’ll want to ensure that you get the best installation possible and that the screen is well fitted to the window with no room for gaps.

Grille or Mesh: you’ll have the option of choosing between a burglar proof grille and stainless steel mesh. It all depends on the look and feel of your home, as well as the climate in your area and how much air flow you want to ensure.

Locks: to ensure extra security, it’s always worthwhile fitting window locks in addition to your security screens.

Fire Escape: although you want to keep your home and your family as safe as possible, double check with your security screen installer about the best way to get out if you need to escape in the event of a fire.