A security screen door not only provides protection against burglaries but also provides an aesthetic appeal to your front door. Are you contemplating mounting a new security screen door in your abode? If so, here are some important features and aspects to take into account.
Think about the frame material
Security screen door frames are available in variety of materials including aluminium, steel or a metal alloy. Generally, steel is much stronger compared to aluminium and metal alloy door frames. For aluminium and metal alloy frames, they should be widened up to 6 inches to attain the requisite strength to work as a security door.
Aluminium door frames are not subject to corrosion although they are considerably more costly. Given that steel frames are prone to rust, they call for proper treatment through powder coating or painting. This will definitely eliminate the possibility.
Flush-mounted or tube-frame installation?
While both installation techniques provide security, the option of a flush-mounted security screen door offers a more natural appearance and a better seal as there isn’t any space around the door opening. In contrast, installing the screen door on a tube frame means that it will stick out a few inches, say 1 inch from the opening given that it’s installed on the trim as opposed to the inside of the door opening. The allowed space could be the entry point for insects such as scorpions and mosquitoes into your house. To avert such a possibility, opt for a flush-mounted security screen door.
Painting or powder coating?
Paint is usually not heat resistant; therefore it peels off when exposed to the sun. What’s more, a painted door calls for scheduled painting which adds to your list of maintenance projects.
On the other hand, powder coating is simply applied as a waterless, free-flowing powder. Unlike paint, powder coating does not need a solvent to maintain the binder and filler sections in a liquid suspension. It typically forms a hard coating that is more robust than traditional paint coating. Powder coating holds up well in extreme weather conditions such as high temperatures, rainfall and snow. It also prevents rust which ultimately prolongs the life of your door.
If you want a maintenance-free door, opt for a powder coated security screen door.
This means that the security door’s corners are rock-solid steel both on top and below rather than being hollow. For doors with hollow corners, this heightens the possibility of water penetrating the frame and causing corrosion to the door. Also, the rust may form stains on your pavement. To avoid such a scenario, opt for a security door with mitreed corners. If you opt for a tube-frame installation, your choice of tube frame should feature mitreed corners, as well.
Contact a professional, such as XL Screens & Awnings Pty Ltd, for more information.