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Security Screen Doors Protect Your Home

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Security screen doors provide are strong and durable, and form an effective barrier against intruders while still allowing homes to breathe in hot Adelaide weather. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the security screen door you choose is well-made, complies with industry standards, and has the quality to give you peace of mind that your home is being protected.

Construction
A security screen door should be made from high-quality, tempered aluminium, that is corrosion resistant, strong and durable, and it should be manufactured with heavy duty extruded aluminium corner stakes - not plastic ones - to ensure that the corners of the door cannot be prised open.  An aluminium screen door should also be made from high-quality aluminium in order to look secure, so that it acts as a visual as well as a physical deterrent to would-be intruders.

Grille patterns
An effective screen door will have a diamond or double diamond grille pattern, and although there are different designs available, you should look for a grille with a strand thickness of 7mm and with a mesh that has been firmly riveted in place around the frame. If you have pets, there are screen door meshes available that are strong enough to withstand an over-enthusiastic dog jumping up against it; additionally, you might also want to consider a one-way mesh, which allows you to see out but makes it very difficult for anyone from outside to be able to see into your home.

AS5039 security screen door manufacture
It is important to note that a door that does not comply with Australian Standard AS5039 in its manufacture is not technically a security door—it is classified only as a barrier door, and as such it does not provide the same level of protection of a security screen door, so if protecting your home is your focus, it is important to ensure that the screen door you choose has been manufactured to this standard.

Locking
The locking system on a security door is extremely important and well-made doors should come with a triple-lock system. When the key is turned in the lock, the door is secured not only in the centre, but also at the top and bottom of the door, with solid steel hooks, meaning that the door and the frame are interlocked into place. The quality of the hinges and fastenings is also important, as these must be strong enough and installed sufficiently well to be able to resist significant force.

Fitting
A security screen door works at optimum effectiveness when it is properly designed and made to fit your doors exactly. For this reason, it is important to have your security screen doors custom-made, so that you can be certain that they can be attached correctly to your door frames and aren’t able to be jemmied or levered off or open.

AS5040 security door installation
Security doors should be installed by well-established professionals like Direct Shutters who understand and able to fulfil the requirements of Australia Standard AS5040 relating to security door installation.