Whether you are at work, out being social or travelling, few things will give you more peace of mind than knowing your home and family are safe and secure.
And, when you are at home, it’s nice to be able to let fresh air in without worrying that insects or other unwelcome visitors (read: burglars) are going to accept it as an invitation to let themselves in.
Windows are often a point of weakness in home security set-ups, making an attractive entry point for would-be thieves. To give your place the best chance of protection, it’s important your windows are secured with window security screens appropriate for your home.
Our guide will help you get ahead of potential thieves by helping you to choose and install the right security screens.
Step 1 – What type of window security screen do I need?
The type of security screen you need depends upon what your existing windows are like and what access to them is required. As a starting point, security screens can be sliding, double-hung, awning, or casement systems.
A window security screen specialist will be able to fit windows in a variety of styles, colours and finishes to suit your needs.
Step 2 – How do I know if it’s a good quality window security screen?
Your window security screens should meet a range of standards: they should be from a credible company and be made of quality frames, infills, and grilles.
Meeting the standard
It’s important you choose a supplier with an exceptional reputation and who meets all relevant industry and national standards. In Australia, this means meeting AS5039-2008 for the product and AS5040 for installation.
The credibility of the company manufacturing and supplying the screens is also important. There are few things worse than a screen which isn’t durable and needs to be replaced a short while after installation.
There are plenty of options out there to suit the style of your home and meet your entry and ventilation needs.
Types of screen include hinged, fire escape, fixed and angle screens with winders.
Your frames should be fitted to your windows. Whilst there are standard sizes, customisation of the frame may be required.
Advances in technology mean there are now smaller frame sections available; their slim profiles are likely to be better suited to your windows.
Security screens are made of steel, stainless-steel and occasionally aluminium. Typically, the steel combinations ensure the best protection.
The screens should be tough enough to withstand knives, heavy objects and any physical contact that might be used to break the screen in an unwanted entry.
Whilst the style of the grille can vary, it is important that it is securely fixed to the frame. This will ensure that the infill can’t be pried off or peeled back.
A clamping screw is widely considered to be the best means of fixing the grille in place. Welds or rivets are more susceptible to damage by would-be intruders.
Each room must have at least one screen fitted with a release mechanism. This will ensure your safety, and that of your friends and family, by allowing an escape option in case of a fire or other emergencies.
Step 3 – Can I DIY or should I hire an installer?
Specialised tools are required to make sure the security screens are cut to the right size for the window frame, otherwise their effectiveness may be compromised.
If you’re set on installing the screens yourself, have the screens made to fit your windows, and then go for gold putting your DIY skills to the test.
For your ease and peace of mind, Clearview Security can manage the supply and install of your window screens. Reach out to us and we’d be happy to help.
That’s it! Now you’ve selected the right, high-quality window security screens for your home, you’re able to rest and travel easy, knowing your family and belongings are safe.
Ready to get security screens for your home? Get a free quote from Clearview Security now.