If you’re considering an additional door format to sit outside your main entry door, you have a few major options depending on your needs. Two of the primary choices available to you: Heavy-duty security doors or lower-security screen doors, both of which hold significant purposes for various homeowners.
At Price’s Guaranteed Doors, we have a wide range of security doors, entry doors and many others to fill your every need, whether you require strong home protection, a screen-door situation or any other area. What are the primary differences between full-protection security doors and lighter security screens? Here’s a basic primer.
For starters, the biggest difference between these door types is the way they’re built. Screen doors are constructed with reinforced corners, generally behind an aluminum frame with an aluminum mesh screen (some manufacturers use vinyl screens).
On the flip side, heavy-duty security doors are much more sturdily constructed. They’re generally made from 16-gauge steel, with a high-strength steel mesh in most cases. They also usually come with welded cross-segments meant for additional security. Then there’s the coating, which is usually steel powder that doesn’t scratch or rust in any way. If built correctly, these products will be very environmentally friendly as well, emitting little to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
An area you’ll often have some input on is the quality and presence of locks and other important hardware, including handles. Both low-security screen doors and high-security doors do well with deadbolt locks that slide into the frame, and many homeowners choose double locking systems for their screen doors to up the security.
For those looking to take an extra step here, consider a keyed or coded lock that works from the inside or outside. There are numerous lock and handle series and options available.
One reason some homeowners opt for lighter-security screen doors: The mesh used in them increases airflow and sunlight passing through the space, while still protecting the home. There are heavy mesh types meant to be sturdier and better for security if this is a concern.
Heavy-grade doors, on the other hand, usually come with high-grade steel wire screens, generally able to withstand at least 60 pounds of force. This does lead to reduced airflow, but the door will be heavier and more secure.
Finally, another major difference between these products will be price. You tend to get what you pay for here – lighter security screens tend to come with materials that are a bit more affordable, though this can vary. How much you spend depends on a variety of factors, including both comfort and home security.
For more on choosing between heavy-duty security doors and lower-security screen doors, or to learn about any of our entry doors, garage doors or other services, speak to the staff at Price’s Guaranteed Doors today.