A Quick Checklist for Buying Security Window Screens for the Home

Posted on: 29 July 2016

Security window screens are not like standard window screens; security screens are made of a tougher, more rugged material that you cannot easily bend out of place. They also lock into their frame and may have a smaller mesh so that someone cannot put a pry bar or cutting instrument through the material. The smaller mesh may also offer more privacy inside when the drapes are open. When you're ready to have security window screens installed in your home, note a quick checklist you'll want to follow to ensure you get the right type for your needs.

Gauge of wire for mesh

The gauge of the mesh wire will tell you how strong it is; it's good to look at the actual measurement and not just an advertisement that something is "very strong." For example, a .018 gauge is just a bit stronger than the standard screens you would buy, whereas a .035 gauge is best for areas prone to hurricanes and other such storms that might damage windows. You'll want to choose the best gauge for your particular security needs as the lightest gauge, even in a security screen, may not offer all the protection you need against storms, potential intruders, and the like.


Your security screens should be on hinges so that you can easily open them in case of a fire or other emergency. Piano hinges refer to those that allow the screen to open so far that it lays flat against the home. This can be the best choice for when you want to keep the screens open when you're at home; without piano hinges, they may simply jut out to a 90-degree angle and get in the way of foot traffic outside your home or run into landscaping features.


The aluminum used for security screens is very thick and strong, but not usually as strong as fiberglass. Fiberglass is also a poor host to insects and mold or mildew. Steel is also much stronger but steel does corrode and rust over time, so it needs constant checking in case of damage. Steel frames can also be heavier than aluminum or fiberglass, so your home's window frames might need added bracing to support that weight. Usually aluminum and steel can be powder-coated a fresh color, but fiberglass frames typically cannot be repainted or re-colored in any way. Consider your needs for security against any work to be done to hold a steel frame and if you think you'll want to change the color of the frame in the future.