Security screens are a great choice for any home, as they allow you to keep the inside windows open while still being safe from intruders, and they may offer added protection against insects and other pests. They are also much less obtrusive than security bars, which can easily make your home look like a prison. If you're thinking of having security screens installed on your home's windows but you aren't sure if they're the right choice, you may have some common misconceptions or misunderstandings about these screens; note a few of those here so you can determine the best way of keeping your home safe and secure.
They hang crooked
If you know someone who has security screens installed on their home's windows, and the screens hang crooked, squeak, or scrape the window frame when opening and closing, this often means that the screens were installed incorrectly, not that the screens themselves are of poor quality. Security screens are sometimes heavier than standard window screens, so it's more difficult to hang them while keeping them level and even. Also, if heavy screens are installed on older window frames that are not very strong, the screens could pull away from the frames and hang crooked.
To avoid these issues, have your security screens installed by a professional. They will ensure they are installed while staying level and even, and they will also note if they need upgraded and stronger frames to keep them in place.
The mesh is very small
Many styles of security screens will have small mesh in order to keep out pests and to make it more difficult for someone to slide a cutting tool through the mesh to cut the screens. However, security screens come in a wide variety of styles; you can choose one with larger openings in the mesh if you prefer more air and light into the home when the windows are open. Talk to your installer about the best size mesh for your home if you want to allow for light and air but to also cut down on dust, insects, and other irritants getting into the home, and to prevent someone from cutting the screen.
They're a fire hazard
Security screens are usually a permanent fixture to the home, unlike standard aluminium screens that slide into place but are not bolted to the home's window. Instead, they will usually have a hinge and a deadbolt lock; that lock will easily slide open from the inside, allowing for a quick exit in case of emergency.