Security Screen Doors – What Should I Be looking For?

security-screen-doorIf you’re considering installing a brand new security screen door there are a number of features and factors you need to think about before you make a purchasing decision. To help you make your mind up, let’s take a look at some of them.

Frame materials

Generally speaking security screen doors are made from either steel, aluminium or metal alloy. Although each material can be made durable enough to function as a security door, what is worth remembering is that aluminium and metal alloy are weaker materials. This means the frames need to be wider than steel (sometimes up to twice as much) in order to gain the necessary strength needed.

If you’re looking for longevity, then aluminium frames aren’t susceptible to rust. However they are significantly more expensive. Alternatively, steel frames can be powder coated and treated and should easily last for eight to ten years. If after this time they do start to show signs of rust, the they can be rubbed down, treated and powder coated again, thus prolonging the longevity once more.

Flush-mounted or tube-frame mount?

While both are tried and tested to provide good security, when it comes to aesthetics you might want to consider a flush-mounted installation. It looks more natural and provides a greater seal because there’s no gap around the opening. If you opt for a tube-frame mounting, you should know that it will stick out about 2.5 -3cms because it’s mounted on the trim and not the door recess.

Is my door best painted or powder coated?

Although a painted door may look nicer, it doesn’t typically hold up well under the sun. As such you might find that you need to repaint frequently. Conversely a powder coated door is typically applied using electrostatics. This means that it’s cured under heat to allow it to form a skin. The end result is a harder, tougher finish that’s more durable than paint. If you do decide to opt for powder coating, make sure that the screws and screen frames are also coated so that everything ties in aesthetically.

What about keeping insects at bay?

Many companies use a peel-and-stick style foam tape in order to create a seal around your door. However in Australia, the heat has a tendency to make it harden and crack. For this reason it’s best replaced every year. If you want something that’s longer lasting then you might want to seek a company that uses felt strips. They’re durable and require little or no maintenance.

Security screen doors don’t come cheap so it’s worthwhile finding out all the facts before you part with your hard earned cash. If you need any advice then contact Down Under Insect and Security Screens. We’ve been in the industry for over 25 years and have been fitting quality screens for the residents and businesses of Brisbane and the surrounding suburbs throughout this time. Why not give us a call on 07 3807 3355 and get all your questions and concerns answered today.


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