Two factors homeowners must consider when choosing security screens

Here are two factors homeowners must consider when choosing security screens for their homes.

The type of mesh the screens should have

Most security screens feature some form of mesh. The fineness of this mesh can vary from one screen to another, and it's important for homeowners to consider how fine they want their screens' mesh to be. As a general rule, the finer a security screen's mesh is, the more privacy and security it will provide. However, a security screen with a tightly woven mesh will also provide those inside the home with slightly less ventilation, as well as a more obstructed view of the areas beyond the screen-covered doors and windows, than one with a more open-weave mesh.

If for example, a homeowner wants to put security screens on their upper floor windows, they might want to opt for screens whose mesh is less fine. The reason for this is that these upper-floor windows are less likely to be broken into than the ground-floor ones, because of their elevated position. As such, by opting for a less fine mesh with bigger openings, the homeowner will still be making these windows a bit more secure and will get to enjoy the higher level of airflow and visibility that comes with this less finely woven mesh.

Conversely, if a homeowner wants to make their exterior doors or ground-floor windows more secure, it might be better for them to opt for finely woven mesh security screens and compromise on the views and level of ventilation in these areas. The reason for this is that these ground-floor entry points are more vulnerable and likely to be targeted by potential intruders.

Whether or not they need the screen to be integrated into their home security system

Homeowners who have security systems should also consider whether or not they'd like their new security screens to be integrated into them, as not all screens are compatible with these systems. For example, if a homeowner wants their security screen to set off their home's alarm if the screen's mesh is cut or its lock is tampered with, then they'll need to order a screen that comes with sensors that can be connected to their alarm system. Furthermore, some security screens that have this technology are only designed to be compatible with specific home security system brands. As such, homeowners in this situation must do their research and check that any screens they're thinking of buying will work with the particular home security system they own.

Lastly, whilst it's possible for a person to install security screens that don't feature this technology by themselves, it's not advisable for anyone to go down the DIY route when fitting screens that are to be integrated into a home security system. The latter requires more expertise than most homeowners are likely to have. Because of this, homeowners who want screens that will work in tandem with their security systems will need to factor in the added costs of paying a professional to do this installation work.