Shopping for security screen doors? Here are some of the things that we should know so that we can ensure the quality of the results that you will get, as well as make the most out of your money.
There are industrial standards that the door should meet
For a door to deserve the term ‘security door’, it has to be able to pass industrial tests that are designed to prove its strength and durability. These tests involve not only weather conditions, but also impact from potential flying objects, among others. And if you want to make sure that the door you are purchasing is worth the investment that you are putting into it, you need to check if it has met industrial standards. In Australia, that means that it should satisfy AS5039-2008, AS5040-2003, and AS5041-2003.
Door design factors into its structural integrity
Technical standards are not the only things that communicate a door’s strength. In many cases, the specific design of security doors is also very, very crucial. The framing, infill, glazing, and structure of the unit must all combine to provide durability and strength, and these differ from case to case, depending on factors such as external weather patterns. For example, a steel-framed door is best for all types of weather, but it has to be coated with an anti-corrosion coating. Similarly, if you don’t have a lot of budget, going for something like a steel mesh door is recommended.
Professional help is recommended
Finally, commission professional assistance when installing the door. Australia has strict regulations about security door installers, and these will help you weed out the undeserving from those who merit your trust. For one, a written guarantee that the door they are offering meets industrial standards is necessary. Also, their work must be insured and bonded, to give you peace of mind in case anything goes awry. And their team should have had the necessary training in the safe and quality installation of the door.
When choosing your installer, it is best to schedule a face-to-face consultation before agreeing to a contract. This meeting will help you gauge the quality of service that they can provide, and help inform your perspective better. Also, your consultation is the most ideal time for asking your questions and relaying your concerns about specifics that apply to your project. Your chosen contractor must be able to give you a customised plan of action.