Security screen doors provide visibility, good air flow into your home, and security against intruders and pests. In essence, they offer the benefits of screen doors and solid steel doors. Most of these doors are formed from steel and are covered in decorative openings or patterns. The back side of the steel door is covered in a screen material, and you can choose the type of screen that you desire. While some people opt for standard aluminum screen, there are some specialty materials to consider.
If you live in a mountain, beach, or coastal area of the country, then you may be extremely familiar with no-see-ums. No-see-ums or sand flies are an extremely small type of fly that is sometimes referred to as a punky or a biting midge. These insects are bloodsucking creatures like mosquitos and are between about one and four millimeters long. Their name is the direct result of their small stature, and their ability to slip into your home unnoticed. The vast majority of the insects can simply slip through the holes in a normal window or door screen. However, there are special screens that prevent these insects, and other small pests from entering your home. The screen is called an insect screen and it is a good option for your security door.
Insect screens are commonly placed on pool cages and screened patios, so you may be familiar with the appearance of the material. Basically, the screen appears as though it is made from a wide and heavy duty mesh. This type of heavy fiberglass makes up the bulk of the screen, and then the holes between the fiberglass are filling in with a thinner and smaller mesh. This allows for good visibility, strength, and protection.
If you do not like the heavy duty look of the insect screen, then you can choose a screen made entirely of the fine mesh that fills the holes of the larger fiberglass openings. These screens are typically made from nylon. However, you should understand that thinner and finer mesh material means a reduction in strength, so you should inspect the screen often for tears or holes that can allow insects into your home.
Pet Proof Screens
If you have a cat or an anxious dog, then you likely know that nylon, fiberglass, and aluminum screens are no match against your pet's claws. Pet proof or pet resistant screen are a good choice if you do not want your new security door to be shredded within a day or two. There are several different types of pet proof screens. One of the more popular options is a screen material with a vinyl coating. Typically, the coating is placed over polyester threading or fiberglass threads. The vinyl adds strength that prevent claws from tearing the material.
The vinyl coating does add some bulk and thickness to the screen material, so you will likely notice this when looking at the screen. However, the openings will be larger so that visibility is not compromised. If you do not like the appearance, then you can opt for a stainless steel screen instead. These screens look a lot like aluminum screens, but they are much stronger. The screens come in a variety of different gauges as well. For residential homes, a thinner gauge between about 18 and 26 is suggested.
You will sometimes be asked to choose the weave of the screen along with the gauge of the wire. Screens are often woven, but they may also be crimped or knitted. Woven wire is often better for homes with pets. The weave creates openings that are harder for pets to get their claws into.
If you have questions about the type of screen that is best for your security door, then speak with an installation specialist. The professional should be able to show you samples and make suggestions so you are happy with a functional, strong, and secure door.