MORE THAN SECURITY
As a popular home security option, security screen doors and window screens are synonymous with providing protection from intrusion, but have you considered that quality security screening products can be effectively used for purposes other than security?
Security screens can in fact provide many other benefits, other than security, and enhance the value, liveability, privacy and comfort of your home and perhaps even reduce your annual home insurance, whilst providing protection from the elements and enhanced safety.
Natural light and Improved Ventilation
It’s a proven fact that people thrive on natural light and fresh air. Security screens allow you to open up an indoor environment and let natural light in, creating a more spacious feel to your surroundings.
The wire mesh design of security doors also allows for improved ventilation. The flow of fresh air into a room is essential for preventing mould and removing stale air from the environment, whilst providing fresh air without jeopardising security.
Protection from Falls
The National Construction Code (NCC) specifies various requirements for the prevention of falls from openable windows. The intent of these requirements is to limit the risk of a person, especially a young child, falling through an openable window.
The options provided by the NCC that are deemed to provide the appropriate protection are:
- A fixed screen across the openable part of the window, or
- A fixed device attached to the openable part of a window.
Peace of Mind & Comfort
Feeling safe, secure and comfortable is paramount in the minds of homeowners, and is essential to the health and well-being of many residential occupants.
One of the most popular ways for intruders to break into residential homes is through the front door, back door or windows. Compliant Security screening on your home will withstand most attempts of a home invasion, providing the homeowner peace of mind and comfort.
If you are in a bushfire area, check that your screens meet the local bushfire regulations and the requirements of AS 3959 - Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas. The wrong flyscreens can burn in a bushfire and can be the cause of your home burning.
Security screens are also popular because of their ability to maintain better privacy.
The thickness and angle of the mesh make it harder for those on the outside to see inside the property, yet provide the occupant with qn uninterrupted view of the outside. The security mesh can be designed in a way to increase levels of privacy, without obstructing views.
Protection from the Elements
Security screens and doors not only offer protection from intruders, but also protection from Australia's harsh, and at times, extreme weather conditions.
Security Screens offer;
UV protection, reducing internal heat and fading of curtains and furnishings.
Heat protection through glass.
Cyclone and flying debris protection.
Fire Protection/Fire Attenuation, helping to block heat and flames, and slowing down the spread of fire in medium to high density housing and buildings.
Hail protection for your windows.
Fire and emergency security screens allow for quick and keyless escape from the inside, whilst providing full security and protection from the outside.
Homes with security bars, grilles or shutters covering the windows may be useless in an emergency, if the devices on them do not have a functioning release mechanism.
It is important to select security screens with overriding devices that can be released by an adult. Alternatively, ensure that you select a product that has an emergency egress feature and teach your family how to safely use an emergency egress device in an emergency.
Ensure keys to all security door locks are readily accessible to enable escape from the home if required. Deadlocks, if engaged, will stop you from opening the security door without a key.
Fire attenuation is the reduction of radiant heat and spread of flame.
The Building Code of Australia requires any opening within 3 metres of a fire source to be protected, and any openings within 6 metres of another building on the same allotment be protected.
The amount of attenuation screening required depends on transmitter and receiver buildings, and each building will have a particular fire loading depending upon its use.
The Purpose of fire attenuation screening is to reduce any radiant heat transmitted from one area to another, helping to prevent the spread of fire between buildings.
Security screens can help to improve the energy efficiency in a building, home or structure. Security screens provide an innovative and energy efficient way to improve the quality of air and energy efficiency in your indoor environment in warm and cold conditions.
In Winter, security screening can help reduce the risk of moisture condensation on interior window surfaces and reducing heat loss. In the warmer months, security screens can also provide an effective way to create a cool and comfortable environment, by providing natural ventilation and lessening UV light and solar heat coming into your environment.
Cyclonic Impact Protection
In cyclonic conditions winds can reach over 100km per hour, turning every day objects into windborne debris.
With cyclonic debris screening, your home is protected from cyclone debris at all times.
Under the Australian Standards, security screening products independently tested under a NATA Certified testing laboratory must achieve the performance requirements for cyclonic regions to achieve compliance.