Clearing Up Some Common Misconceptions About Residential Security Screens

Residential security screens can be just what you need to add a layer of security to your home, without a complicated alarm system or an overbearing fence that looks uninviting and unwelcoming. When you are ready to shop for residential security screens, however, it's good to understand a few important details about them, including how different screens are constructed and the different locking mechanisms they offer. This will ensure you get the best screens for your home and your security needs. Note a few common misconceptions about security screens so you can shop with confidence and make the best choice for your property. 

The material of screens

Don't assume that the material used to make a screen is unimportant; for example, aluminium is very lightweight and better for older homes that may have weakened frames. Aluminium is also naturally resistant to rust and corrosion, so it's better for areas with high humidity levels.

While aluminium is a sturdy metal, steel may offer more security against someone trying to bend or cut the screen and may be the better choice when you need maximum security. Your contractor will tell you if your home can support the added weight of a steel security screen.

Design of the screen

As with the material, don't assume that the design of a screen is unimportant. Note if the grill is riveted to the frame or welded on, as a weld is more secure. If there are rivets, note if they're lightweight aluminium, and if they're located in an accessible location that would make it easy for someone to undo them.

Also, you want to consider the size of the mesh; a smaller mesh is harder to cut, but it also means less air and light that get through the screen. This can make your interior uncomfortable when you keep the windows or inside door open.


It's a common misconception that the locks of security screens are all alike and offer the same level of security. Wafer locks use tumblers that are made of one piece, so they're easier to force open than a pin cylinder lock. The pins of a pin cylinder lock have a spring that presses back down on the pin, making it harder to pry it open. A solid deadbolt on the security screen can also make it harder to kick in the door or pry it open. Be sure you note the type of locks offered on security screens and choose one with the amount of security needed for your home.