Security is a concern for most people these days but a secure home can still be an attractive one with a wide range of security doors, security screens and grilles available that will blend in perfectly with your home. No matter which option you end up choosing, you should always keep security doors and screens locked, even when you are at home.
In recent times, security doors have evolved from the traditional metal doors. Now, you are able to install security screens and doors that are set into solid wood frames so that they look like timber. You can also have your door custom-designed to perfectly fit in with the look of your home (heritage, modern, colonial etc) and they come in a range of colours. See security screen door installation and security door installation for more information
A good quality door should have three locks – one in the middle and one at the top and bottom of the door. This is so that a potential intruder cannot simply bend the door to gain entry. For this same reason, the door should also have three hinges. The door should meet Australian Standards and be professionally installed. Finally, if you have an aluminium door, it should have 7mm mesh and if you have a steel door, the bars should be 10-12mm square.
Any security door repairs are best undertaken by the original installer, who will be familiar with the product and also carry the appropriate spare parts. For information about repairs, see security screen door repairs.
Security screens are usually made from a steel mesh that is strong enough to withstand attack, and using such screens means that you can eliminate the need for bars or grilles. This is great if you have views that you don’t want to be interrupted and the security screens will also keep insects out.
Security screens are more than just “reinforced flyscreens”, however. They come in a wide range of options including fixed, sliding, hinged or retro-fit to ensure that they will work with whatever window systems you have already installed or may be thinking of installing. Another advantage is that you can leave the window open. Screens also come in a wide range of styles.
Security grilles should be constructed of solid aluminium or steel. This provides maximum security and aesthetic appeal. It is important to ensure that some of your grilles are hinged so that you are able to exit your home in emergencies. Also, many manufacturers will have a quick release locking system fitted to the grille so that it can be removed in case of fire.
Grilles can be fitted to brick, concrete, timber or aluminium window frames and can be either internal or external. They are substantially better security-wise and provide much more protection than window locks alone. Security grilles are useful in that you can leave the window itself open to allow ventilation but still be secure, especially in more vulnerable areas of your property.
If you do not want the look of a grille, you can opt to install security bars that are custom-designed to suit the aesthetics of your home, whether traditional or modern. The advantage of bars is that you are still able to open old-fashioned windows, such as casement or double-hung. Both bars and grilles come in a wide range of colour options.
Security screens vary greatly in quality, particularly in the materials used and how they are constructed. Expect to pay in excess of $200 for quality window screens and $700 for quality door screens. These will use purpose built materials, powder coating and patented screw clamps. This will typically be a 'fitted' price, and may vary considerably.
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