Security screens look just like regular door screens, but they are made out of a strong stainless-steel mesh that can’t be cut, kicked, or pried through by burglars and other would-be intruders. These highly durable window and door screens help keep bad guys out of your home to prevent burglary and other crime—but that’s not the only benefit they provide. Keep reading to find out seven other benefits of installing residential security window screens.
1. Help Control Pets
Since security door and window screens are made out of such a strong mesh, they also help keep pets in or out of your home. Dogs and cats can easily claw through a regular screen door, which results in a destroyed screen that you have to replace. However, this isn’t an issue with a security screen.
The stainless-steel mesh is strong enough to resist forced entry attempts by someone using a knife or other burglary tool, so a pet’s claws are certainly no problem! You don’t have to worry about an excited dog plowing through the screen before you can get the door open, or a neighborhood cat clawing at your screen and ruining it. You have complete control over when animals can go in and out of your home, and don’t have to worry about them damaging your screens and costing you money.
2. Prevent Small Children From Wandering Off
If you have young children, you know that they can get into all kinds of things as soon as you take your eyes off of them. With security mesh window and door screens, you don’t have to worry about toddlers wandering out the front door or climbing out of a window and getting injured. These types of screens have locking mechanisms that keep them securely in place, so your kids definitely aren’t getting them open. You can feel comfortable leaving windows and doors open for ventilation without worrying about your little ones.
3. Create Easy Fire Exits
Security screens have an emergency fire egress system, which includes a panic button that you can press from the inside to quickly open up the screens. Other security coverings, like window bars, are fixed securely in place, meaning that you can’t use those windows and doors as emergency exits. Regular fixed window screens would require you to break out or cut through them to escape during a fire, which isn’t always possible or practical in an emergency situation. With a security screen, all you have to do is press the emergency panic button to release the screen from the inside, push it open, and make a quick exit from any room.
Make It Easy to Clean Windows
The emergency fire egress feature has the added benefit that it facilitates easy window cleaning. Regular fixed window screens are a pain to get on and off, meaning that most people tend to skip cleaning their outside-facing glass. All you have to do to open up a security screen is press the fire egress panic button, and then you can push open the screen to easily access the outside glass and clean it as you normally would. When you’re all done and your glass is crystal clear again, just press the security screen closed until it snaps securely back into place.
5. Have the Option to Keep Windows and Doors Open
During those hot summer months, it can be particularly nice and refreshing to leave your windows and doors open to let a cool breeze in and make your indoor space feel more open and airy. However, regular screens are not secure, so there’s always the possibility of someone creeping into your home when you’re not looking by merely cutting, kicking, or prying their way through a screen. With security mesh window screens, you don’t have to worry about this. You can feel confident that nobody will be sneaking in through the windows and doors that you leave open to air out and cool down your house.
6. Add Storm Protection
Whereas a standard window screen will get ripped to shreds by flying storm debris, security screens can withstand a lot of abuse. If you live in a high wind zone or somewhere prone to storms and extreme weather, the high durability of a mesh window screen cover is an excellent way to protect your windows and doors from storm damage. All security screens are installed with special security framing that creates an even stronger barrier against impacts. You can rest easy knowing that not only are your windows and doors safe from man-made threats but from risks posed by mother nature as well.
7. Increase Property Value
Normal window and door screens do very little to increase your property value. If anything, they tend to wear out and just need to be replaced by future owners. Security screens do just the opposite. The added security and other benefits they provide actually help to raise your property value, making them a worthwhile investment for any homeowner. They won’t wear out or get damaged over time like standard windows screens, so you don’t have to worry about them detracting from the appearance or curb appeal of your property. These types of screens are also 100% custom-fit to your windows and doors, so they match the architecture as closely as possible. Standard screens come in predetermined sizes that don’t always fit every window and door perfectly or match the property design as well as they could.
Installing a security screen is an excellent way to keep bad guys out of your home, especially when used in tandem with other types of security glass products. However, these types of screens offer many other benefits that you might not have considered. You’ll be able to notice the improved safety, security, and comfort around your home right away—so what are you waiting for? Call Campbell Corporation today for more information about our security window screens or to schedule a consultation and receive an estimate.