Tips When Installing Security Screens on Your Home

Your home will be safer once you fit security screens on the doors and windows. You'll be able to let the breeze flow through your house, keeping it fresh and healthy. The screens will also keep flies and mosquitoes from buzzing around the kitchen. Here are several tips to help you choose and install your security screens.

Australian Standards

When it comes to security screens, standards are in place to help give peace of mind and ensure consistency. If you want tough and tested screens, choose models that are labelled as complying with Australian Standards: AS5039, AS5040, and AS5041. These regulations cover the manufacture and the installation of the screens. Different simulated break-ins are attempted in a factory environment. For example, a heavy blade is dragged across the screen during a knife shear test. If products aren't compliant with the standards, they may be sold as safety screens, barriers, or fly screens. But they're not allowed to be promoted with the term "security screen".


These standards also cover the installation. After all, there's no point in installing a tough door that's not fitted securely enough so a burglar can wrench it off the frame. The installation standards (AS5040) cover technical details, such as how much gap or clearance is allowable between the screen and frame. A qualified installer will be familiar with these requirements for fitting a secure door or window screen. In some states, they need a special licence. Check with your state government on what licences a security screen installer requires. They may require a specific building licence or a licence to work in the security industry as a whole. You can ask to see the relevant licences during the installation.

Emergency Escape

These standards cover things that help keep burglars out and stop them from invading your home. But what about an emergency such as a fire where you need to exit quickly, possibly out of a security-screen covered window? The regulations also cover issues relating to removable screens that you can take out from the inside only. Ask your installer what options a product provides and how it will help in an emergency. Sometimes, security screen installation services may install one removable screen per room, so you'll have to be familiar with which window it covers and how to remove it. Find out as much as you can so you know how to exit in a crisis. And make sure everyone else living in your house knows as well.

For more information, contact security screen installation services in your area.