Beat the Heat and the Thief: What Security Screen Doors Can Do for Your Home
While nobody likes to think about the prospect of having a security breach in their home, it's the kind of problem you should seek to address before it happens - not after the fact. There are plenty of cost-effective ways to help prevent burglaries, robberies and home invasions of any kind; just one of these methods is to have security screen doors fitted to your house. But how effective is this as a solution, and what are the implications for your home? Here's what you need to know.
If you're picturing an eyesore of a metal grate over your doorway, think again. While security screens are primarily constructed for safety purposes, prioritising strength over any other quality, they are almost always produced with your home's aesthetics in mind as well. Nobody wants an ugly grate covering their door, after all. As such, you'll be able to select from a wide variety of options. You can go for something simple, modern and geometric, or something decorative with a fleur-de-lis pattern cut into it. Colour options are broad, too. Whatever the look of your home, then, you're likely to find a screen that suits you.
Your screen may either reinforce the strength of your door and its existing lock, or be fastened to the frame with its own independent lock. Whichever of these options you choose, you'll be making it much harder for criminals to break into your home; the screen will protect your door's vulnerabilities, and prevent access even in the event that your door is broken down. The screen also means that you'll be able to open your door to ventilate your home without fear of opening your home to undesired guests; even as the door is open, your screen will still be in place preventing access.
No doubt, your screen will be strong - but in fact, as with many security features, your screen's main effectiveness may be in deterring would-be criminals from even attempting to access your home. Most burglaries and home invasions are opportunistic, conducted by criminals who spot a way into your home and utilise it. Installing a screen like this makes it immediately obvious to anybody passing by your home that you've thought about security, and that anybody trying to gain entrance would have a fight on their hands. In many cases, this is enough to prevent people from even trying.
In short, there's really no reason to shy away from having a screen installed. It is likely to fit in with the existing look of your home, and can only serve to strengthen your home's security against intruders. Whatever the initial installation may cost, that's the kind of investment that everybody can afford to make.