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When my house was renovated in the 1970s they replaced the beautiful old doors with cheap plywood doors. I wanted to replace our current doors with some feature doors that help to emphasise the beautiful dimensions of our house while allowing us to make the most of the light and warmth in the different rooms. I have compared options with a range of different doors before making my final decision. This blog talks about our project to select new doors in our home and I hope it will be useful to other people who are trying a similar project and replacing their internal doors.

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4 Things to Look For When Choosing a Security Screen Door

Priscilla Graham

While no home is entirely burglar proof, there are measures you can take to reinforce security. Security mesh on doors provides a beautiful view and extra protection from criminals, insects and harsh weather. However, before you can venture into buying a security screen, there are some factors worthy of your considerations.

Material of Door Frame

Most security door frames are made from aluminium, steel or a metal alloy. While any of these elements can be strengthened to serve as a security door, frames built with aluminium and other metal alloys are deemed weaker than steel. To compensate for the weakness, these frames are made wider than steel frames. Aluminium doors are still widely preferred due to their inability to rust. However, steel frames too can overcome rust if well-maintained. 

Type of Security Screen

The most popular security screens include barrier doors, fly screen doors and sliding security doors. However, sliding security doors are considered by many to be the most secure among its counterparts and are viewed as a secondary barrier.  Alternatively, you can opt for a barrier door which can also be customised to meet your home's requirements. Fly screen doors, on the other hand, include a thin security mesh which provides adequate ventilation while keeping out insects and bugs. 

Mounting Installation Method

There are two types of door mounting installations; flush mounted and tube frame mounting. While both methods provide ample security, a flush mounted setup provides a more natural look and a better seal since there is no gap surrounding the opening. Mounting your sliding security door on a tube frame suggests that the door will stick out at least 1.25 inches away from the door opening. 

Protection against Insects

Before buying that new security door, it is wise if you understood how it would protect you against insects. For instance, are you concerned about scorpions, pesky flies or mosquitoes? Answering this question will move you a step further towards getting the right security mesh. You will find most door installation services using a peel-and-stick tape to seal the security screen. However, this tape is bound to harden and crack. Therefore annual replacement is mandatory.A felt strip is a better bargain as it lasts longer and requires minimal to zero maintenance. 

Your choice of a security screen depends on your need. Perhaps what you are looking for is ventilation, or you could be searching for a stronger option like a sliding security door. Regardless of your selection, all security screens should make it harder for burglars to access your home.


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