What to think about when installing a window security screen

Posted on: 12 May 2016

Security window screens are excellent additions to the windows in your home to ensure protection against intrusion. They can also raise the value of your home, as it will become more secure with security screens fitted to the windows. It's important that the security screens are fitted and installed exactly right, as their functionality might decrease if they are crooked or only loosely attached. In order to make sure your window security screens are properly installed, there are a few things you should think about.

Enough space on the panels

The first thing you need to make sure of is that your windows have flat panels on all sides, as these are the kinds of panels that are needed in order to ensure that you can fit security screens properly. If this is not the case, then you need to call a window security specialist that can install additional panels on the inside of the window frame to create space where you can fit your window security screen.

Fly screen

If your windows are fitted with fly screens, this makes the installation of security screens much easier. You can fit the security screen in the same channel where the fly screen used to be even if you used to have fly screens mounted on the inside of the window glass. This will, however, not protect the glass itself, but still prevent intruders from getting inside your home.  Furthermore, you should avoid using the same screw holes as the ones used for screwing the fly screen. Fly screens are made to be removable, which is a big downside for a security screen. Drill new screw holes beside the holes for the fly screen screws.

Window channel

In order to get your security screen safely installed, you also need to be very careful so that you don't fit the security screen in the same channel where your fly screen slides in. These channels are made for moving windows from side to side, and can't be properly secured to be appropriate for a security screen. If you don't have enough space in your window frames to avoid this, you need to fill the channel with a filler material before you install the security screen to make sure it can't move back and forth inside the channel. You could also place a board on top of the channel and screw the screen onto that.

Visit a security screen company like Bonds Security Products for more information.