Security screens and doors are necessary upgrades for some homes. There are a few things to consider as you begin browsing through the available options.
Are you in need of security screens to prevent things from getting out or stop others from getting in? If it is the former, such as ensuring that children and pets don't push their way out of a window or door. Window screens can be fixed or openable from the inside, but they must have child-proof locks. The same goes for security doors, as you don't want little ones opening the latch and wandering off.
When outside security is the concern, you need a screen that will prevent intruders from getting into your home. These screens are made of much more durable material. Window screens are often fixed in place so they can't be forced open. There may also be mesh on door screens to prevent would-be intruders from reaching through any bars to access the latch on the other side.
The next consideration is where you plan to use the screens. For window screens, a decision must be made on whether they are necessary on all windows. Some choose to only use screens on windows that are hidden from neighbourhood view, such as those on the back of the house. Another option may be to only install screens on lower-level windows since these are more accessible to intruders. Or, you may opt to put in screens only on upper levels if your concern is more that of a child falling out.
Security doors are usually placed on every entrance door into the home. Some security doors look decorative, so they won't detract from the appearance of your home's entryway in the least.
Security screens provide the most protection when they are made of steel or aluminium. Both materials are durable, and they resist corrosion. When finished in a powdercoat, the material is even more rust-resistant, and the finish improves the appearance of the screen or door.
Look for screens and doors that have been strongly clamped together as opposed to welded. Welding creates a weak point, which will be more prone to damages in the event of an impact or attempt at forced entry. Clamps are much more secure against impact and result in a more durable screen.
Contact a security screen dealer to learn more about the various options that are available.