It’s summer time. We all know the feeling; it’s hot and sticky and you want to open the front door and windows to get a nice breeze flowing though. But that could be an open invitation for thieves and unwanted pests to come on in too. Well, the good news it, you do have options…
You can install security screens and doors that keep out home invaders, but also still let the light and air in.
What kind of security screen do I need?
There are many different types of security screens out there with different combinations of features. Choosing the right one for your home will depend on how much security you need and the look that you desire for your home. If you live in a neighborhood with a higher crime rate, you may want to consider a steel door with a steel grille. If you just want to give the appearance of security while still keeping out critters, a sturdy aluminum door could suffice.
- Marine Grade Steel Mesh Security Screens
Made from T316 marine grade stainless steel mesh, this type of screen is great against corrosion. The mesh is woven and then coated black with a powder coating process to further protect it. The mesh is incredibly strong and cannot be damaged by kicking or slashing and it’s fixed to a steel or aluminium frame using a wedge that securely fixes the mesh in place and to ensure that the metals of the mesh and the frame do not meet. By using the wedge, it reduces the risk of corrosion problems occurring. The frame can be custom powder coated to the color of your choice.
- Structural Grade Stainless Steel Security Screens
Another common material for steel mesh security screens is 304 structural grade stainless steel. With its polymer coating or powder coated, this screen has immense strength and is corrosion resistance when treated with a polymer coating or powder coating. The mesh of the screen is black but the frame can be custom color depending on the manufactures capabilities.
- Aluminum Security Screens
The most common material for steel mesh security screens is stainless steel; however you can also find aluminum security screens. These consist of 2mm thick aluminium sheeting that has holes punched all the way through it. Then the sheeting is powder coated black to protect it against corrosion. Aluminium security screens are quite strong and the frame can be powder coated any colors.
Meeting the Standards
A product advertised as a “security screen/ door” isn’t exactly reliable unless the product can meet the Australian Standard AS5039-2008. There’s also a standard for installation (AS5040) to be aware of, so be sure to ask the installation company for a written guarantee that its work complies. Security screens and doors must go through a number of rigorous durability tests before officially being sold on the market, to ensure their reliability. This is great, because when it comes to home safety, and the price you pay for it, you certainly don’t want to mess around!