Home security is an undeniable necessity and security screens and doors provide a superb means of
protecting your property from break-ins and burglaries. Alongside this they can act as a barrier which stops the annoying insects and pests entering the home, reduce electricity costs and ensure that fresh air can pass through a building without leaving it exposed and unprotected. These benefits are without question but whilst looking through a variety of security screen doors in Brisbane the next consideration to account for is what material is best suited to your needs. Security screen doors were traditionally manufactured from wood but the popularity of aluminium and steel security doors has grown greatly so how do you decide between them? There is no definitive answer to this so let’s have a look at some of the merits of each.
Wooden security screen doors provide a high end appearance which can look very complimentary to properties, particularly if they feature a lot of wooden features already. They are simple to paint and have a satisfying feel to them as well as the natural beauty that cannot be duplicated by alternative materials. The most secure types of wooden doors will tend to have a metal core which provides the added protection that wood alone simply cannot. If you do decide to go with wood, it is highly recommended that you look for one reinforced by other materials.
There are however a number of drawbacks to choosing wooden security doors. Firstly, they can suffer from rotting in adverse conditions and of all types these will require the most maintenance. Hinges on wooden doors can often be a weak spot and by nature of the material, are potentially easier to break through. Some wooden security doors can prove to be very expensive and they are also the least energy efficient.
Generally speaking, steel security doors are the most robust. They also make an obvious visual deterrent to criminals. Whilst wooden doors may be reinforced, this is not noticeable from first inspection and so they regularly appear to be standard doors. Steel doors are simple to maintain and they can be cleaned with regular detergents and water. Unlike wooden doors they will not warp or shrink over time and they are very energy efficient. One of the main weaknesses of steel security doors is that they have the potential to rust. Cheaper ones may not be galvanised or powder coated so you should check this when purchasing any steel
security screen doors. This protective layer will make steel doors much more resistant to the effects of rust.
Aluminium is very light, particularly when compared to steel. If the weight of your security doorscreen is a major factor, such as it being used by an older person, then aluminium doors will be the easiest to deal with. Aluminium is also cheap to transport due to this light weight so you might save on delivery costs. Unlike steel, aluminium is naturally resistant to rust and corrosion. Due to this it will not need coating and therefore is easy to maintain. It is weather resistant also energy efficient.
It is however, slightly, less durable and strong than steel. One great way to mitigate this is to consider purchasing a security screen door comprising of an aluminium frame but with a steel security grille. Suppliers such as Down Under Screens manufacture doors combining these two materials and this combination will provide you with a happy medium between the two giving you the best of both worlds.