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.
A security screen door will let you enjoy fresh breezes flowing through your house without the threat of burglars wandering inside. You can save on air conditioning costs on summer evenings and keep bugs out with the mesh. Here are some considerations to bear in mind when choosing a model for your home.
One of the most important aspects of a security door is a label saying it complies with Australian regulations. Look for a sticker specifying AS5039. These standards cover the door's manufacturing to ensure it can resist a break-in as much as possible. A model with this label will have passed tests such as the shear knife and jemmy tests in a controlled environment. These tests emulate what a criminal might try on a home. A door without this labelling is unknown as to how it will respond to a break-in attempt. Another crucial facet of a security door is how it's installed. Ensure the contractor is fitting the door in a way consistent with installation security door standards.
Once the door's security is sorted, consider its aesthetic appeal. The mesh can consist of stainless steel or industrial-grade perforated aluminium. For an inconspicuous door, opt for a model without decorative grillwork. If you're fitting sliding or bi-fold security doors at the back of your home, you probably want them to be as unnoticeable as possible to maintain the garden view.
However, if you install a double-hinged door or a front door, you might opt for an appealing metal design. You could choose a rectangular pattern for a mid-century house style or go with ornate scrolls for a heritage house. If you select a decorative aesthetic, you could highlight it with a bright red, blue, or green colour. Security doors can be customised to protect any configuration and style of home.
A security door aims to help keep trespassers out of your house. However, they can also help with natural perils such as cyclones and fires. Some doors have passed additional standards to say they're suitable for cyclone areas. It may be handy to opt for a model that can protect your home in different ways. You'll have to check on each particular product. Other doors are built to better withstand being in fire-prone areas, and they may help maintain a barrier across the door in extreme situations. Ask your installer what the best options are for your needs.