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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Paul and this is blog is going to let you in on some of the best tips which will make buying a property a piece of cake. I am not a professional estate agent but I do have a few years experience of buying and selling property across several Australian cities. I started developing and selling properties when I inherited a large house which used to belong to my grandmother. I didn't have a clue how the real estate market worked so I called in a friend who works in the industry. He taught me everything I need to know.

What to Look For in Residential Security Screens

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Security screens have some advantages over security bars in that they don't look as industrial and prison-like and may allow someone inside the home easier egress in case of fire or other emergency. Security doors are also good for when you want to open the inside door and let in light and air while still keeping your home protected. When you are ready to shop for security screens, note a few details to look for so you know you get the right choice.

Mesh

There are two measurements to note about the mesh that makes up the screen itself; the gauge will tell you how thick the metal is, and the measurements will tell you how many strands are used to create the mesh. It may be confusing, but the higher the number for the gauge, the thinner the metal. A low number of gauge will mean a very thick metal that is tougher to cut, something to consider in high crime areas where you want maximum protection for your home.

The number of strands used to create the mesh will typically be noted in horizontal and vertical strands per square inch; for example, a measurement of 16x16 would indicate 16 horizontal and 16 vertical strands per square inch. The higher the strand number, the thicker the mesh, so a 16x16 screen would mean a thicker mesh with thinner holes than a 12x12 mesh. If you need maximum protection from your screens, choose the most amount of strands, but note that this also means less air circulation and less light getting through the screen when windows or doors are left open.

Latches

For the most security from your screens, choose latches that are placed on opposite sides of the screen and need to be opened at the same time. This will reduce the possibility of someone being able to open the screen by cutting the mesh and reaching just one latch needed to release the screen.

Hinge

If you want to open the screen during the day for more sunlight and fresh air, choose piano hinges. These allow the screen to open completely and then lie flat against the exterior wall. This will get the screen out of the way of exterior furniture and other such items and also protect it from potential damage caused by sudden gusts of wind. Screens that lie flat can also just look better than those that jut out from the home.

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8 May 2017