Screen doors are essential for people living in a hot weather climate, especially during the hottest summer days. Screen doors allow for the air to pass through the house and bring some freshness to the interior. However, conventional screen doors offer no particular security to your home.
You can tackle the security issues while maintaining the functionality of a screen door by installing a security screen door. There are many makes and models of security screen doors available on the market today, however not all of them are up to par. Some can be brought down just as easily as conventional screen doors, which begs the question – why invest in them at all.
That being said, you should always conduct proper research before you decide on a particular model
Undoubtedly, having any kind of a door is better than not having one at all in terms of security. However, not all screen doors are as good as they are advertised. According to the National Security Screens Association (NSSA), most of the security screen doors advertised on the market are not up to the necessary security standards. That claim is also backed by the Australian Security Industry Association Limited.
Now you are really wondering how to know whether the screen door you like to buy is good enough or not. Here is what you need to look for.
First of all, as when purchasing other doors, the most important piece of the puzzle is the material the screen door is made of. Next come the grille strength, mesh type, how many door hinges are there and the locking mechanism.
Let’s start with the material. Any professional would recommend getting a screen door made from tempered aluminum. Also, galvanized, power coated steel is a very good material choice. Apart from offering greater protection and security, these types of doors are also more rust and corrosion resistant. Which means they are more durable and can withstand any weather conditions better.
Make sure the screen door has reinforced corners and that they are completely welded to the door.
When it comes to the number of hinges, always look for doors that have at least three. They should have non-removable pins and to up the protection even more, look for screen doors that have absolutely minimal gap between the door and the frame.
The mesh is generally the most fragile part of a screen door. You would want a mesh made of stainless steel, attached to the door with stainless steel screws. If you wish to maximize security look for either 316 grade or 304 grade mesh. There are other mesh grades available on the market but you should stick to those two. Naturally, you will hear people using 316 grade mesh saying it is better and vice versa. You should inspect them yourself and make a final decision.
Regardless of the strength of the mesh, it will all be for nothing if you don’t use the proper tools to attach and hold it to the door. Using stainless steel screws on as many points as possible is crucial. Pac clamps are also perfect for that purpose. If you are buying a complete screen door, you will most likely be unable to see the method used to attach the mesh to the door, but any reputable manufacturer will be happy to provide the specific details about the product.
The next thing to take a careful look at is the grille. A quality security screen door will incorporate a solid, thick grille. The thickness should be no less than 7mm, and welded to the door. As it is the case with the mesh, the grille will only be of any use in terms of security if it is strongly attached to the door. Always opt for welded grilles as opposed to riveted ones, since the former have proven to be stronger than the latter.
Last but not least comes the door lock. A good security screen door will have a quality five pin cylinder. To further increase the strength of the lock, opt for three point locks.
Having a strong security screen door is a crucial part of the overall protection of your house. Especially during the summer heat, when you are willing to do whatever it takes to get a refreshing breeze in your home.