Aluminum Security Screen Doors

What features should I look for in a security screen door?

The Best Security Screen Doors

If you’re thinking about installing a new security screen door in your home, there are a number of features and factors you should consider.

What type of frame material should I think about?

Most security screen door frames are constructed of steel, aluminum or a metal alloy. Each material can be made strong enough to function as a security door, however, because aluminum and metal alloy frames are weaker than steel, the frames must be made wider to gain the necessary strength.

The main difference is that the 2- to 3-inch wide steel frames allow for more than 40 percent air flow and visibility than aluminum or metal alloy frames that need to be almost 6 inches wide for strength. Aluminum doors will not rust, but are significantly more expensive. If steel security screen doors are properly treated and powder coated, they should not show signs of rust for at least 8 to 10 years. They can then be recoated.

Should I opt for a flush-mounted installation or a tube-frame mount?

Both installation methods provide security, but flush mounting the security door looks more natural and provides a better seal because there’s no gap around the opening. Mounting the security screen door on a tube frame means the door will stick out 1 to 1-1/4 inches from the door opening because it’s mounted on the face the trim instead of inside the opening.

How will the door seal out insects and scorpions?

Make sure you understand how the new security screen door will close and seal out bugs. In the Midwest and Eastern portions of the United States, the biggest problem is mosquitoes. Here in the West and around the Phoenix metro area, we have less of those nuisance insects, but you don’t want pesky flies or dangerous scorpions sneaking in.

Most companies use a peel-and-stick foam tape to create a seal around your security screen door. That foam tape will eventually harden and crack and need to be replaced about once a year. Better quality companies will use felt strips to seal the door. You’re not necessarily looking for an airtight seal, just a bug-tight seal. Felt strips last nearly forever and require almost no maintenance.

Should the door be painted or powder coated?

Paint is typically not heat tested or heat resistant, so it typically doesn’t hold up well under the beautiful, but hot, Arizona sun. A painted door may just add another maintenance item to your list of projects.

Powder coating is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between paint and powder coating is that powder coating doesn’t require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form like paint does. The powder coating is typically applied electrostatically and then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin, ” which creates a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint.

Even the screws and screen frames should be powder coated so everything matches in color and lasts a long time.

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Sliding screen door

My motto has held up well, esp. when talking about doors/screens etc.
BUY CHEAP-BUY TWICE!!
Its worth it to buy the best you can afford. cheap is CHEAP for a reason, it won't stand up to use. IF you are never ever gonna open the door, buy a cheapo, but if you expect to use it, buy the best you can.
If pets/children are apt to poke thru it, I suggest you get aluminum grillwork(sold in sheet form in Home Depot)
to protect the portion close to kids/animals.
Screw on the grillwork if you really need to use it.
Better though to not use it and just repl. the screening as needed its easy and not too $$, and any , I mean any one can replace screening.

HD screed door suck

Hi, Home Depot doors are terrible. It would be better to find a used aluminum door, as a new HD door is cheap sheet metal that will rust in no time. But don't take my word for it, ask 'em if they have aluminum screen doors.
Installing? Pretty easy, but you have to make sure it fits. =-) Measure width _and_ height, in _3_ places each, and take the minimum. Then subtract 1/4" for the door width/height for slack, paint, maybe another 1/8" off the width for the hinges. You can get a larger/wider door and cut the frame with a jigsaw and a 45-degree mitre. Also the door hinge is on a removable girder, so you can hang that nice and straight and then attach the door

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