The decision to install security screen windows or doors is usually triggered by the desire to protect a home from unwanted intruders. However,
The benefits of a multi-use security screen
Selecting home security screening with multiple features means a home and its occupants will be not just protected from unwanted guests, but from other less obvious dangers such as:
- bushfire protection
- window fall prevention
- damage from extreme weather events such as cyclones
Multi-use security screen doors and windows can even help with improving the energy efficiency and comfort your home.
Fire safe window screens
Screens such as
- Fire attenuation: this is where a product can reduce radiant heat and the spread of flames, thereby reducing the intensity of fire impacts. This rating is important regardless of where a building is located.
- BAL rating: the ability of a product to resist fire. These ratings are most relevant to buildings in bushfire prone areas.
Window fall prevention by security screens
To have fall prevention credentials, a window security screen must undergo testing to Australian Standard AS5203-2016 Protection of openable windows. This demonstrates the ability of the product to resist pressure and outward force. With
Where a window screen covers a window which may be needed in an emergency (e.g. on lower levels) it may be desirable for a window security screen to be quickly opened from the inside. Here
Cyclone rated security screens
For those living in cyclone prone regions, a cyclone rated flyscreen provides protection for people and property.
Energy efficient screen doors
A security screen can improve energy efficiency by acting as a solar shading screen. The semi-transparent mesh can diffuse direct sunlight, reducing the amount of heat which reaches the screened portion of the window.
Screens also contribute to lower energy costs by allowing safe use of open windows for passive cooling and ventilation. If security window screens are present, people are more likely to leave a window open to allow natural breezes to do the work, instead of turning on air conditioning.
Invisi-Gard security screen solutions
While some security screen windows and doors may claim to be multi-use, it is important to ensure the product you choose has the right credentials and will perform as described. With
For a detailed discussion of home security screening see our White Paper: Smarter Security: A Guide to Specifying Multi-Use Security Screen Solutions