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Burglary Rates in Brisbane

BRISBANE CRIME RATES AND HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME SAFE

Brisbane has been growing at an accelerated pace. You may have noticed a lot of new buildings and construction sites everywhere. Unfortunately, along with this growth, the burglary rate has also been increasing. And increasing at an alarming rate.

We collected some information that can help you to understand this problem and to learn how to protect yourself.

Do you need a free quote for security screens? Contact us on 07 3272 2974. If you need more information keep reading this post.


BRISBANE CRIME RATES ARE SOARING

Brisbane crime rates triple population growth.

In the last four years, Brisbane’s population grew about 7.8%. It’s estimated that there are 2.48 million people living in the Brisbane area, which makes it the 3rd largest urban centre in Australia. It’s not hard to imagine that with this population growth the crime rate would go up as well.

However, from July 2014 to June 2015 there were 56,827 crimes against property in Brisbane (property crime includes burglary, larceny, theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, shoplifting, vandalism and others) compared to 71,738 incidents from July 2017 to June 2018. This means that over the same 7.8% population growth period the crime rate has soared by more than 25%, which is more than three times the population growth rate.  A very alarming development.

Even when we only look only at unlawful entry (entering someone’s property without that person’s consent, by force or fraudulent pretence), the increase is 15.9% or almost double the population growth rate over that same period.  2015 had 9,267 events compared to 2018’s 10,742 events.

BURGLARY SURVEY

In 2012, DUMA (Drug Use Monitoring in Australia) conducted research to understand burglar’s behaviours. Although this survey was with just 69 detainees caught for burglary in Western Australia, the results are profound. This research showed that 66.2% of burglars enter in a property through unlocked doors or windows, and the other participants answered that they entered by breaking a door or window.

The survey also asked the participants what factors would stop them from breaking in a house. Most of them answered that a dog would keep them away. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a big dog, but a loud and noisy one because their concern was not drawing attention and avoiding being caught. Here are the things that kept them away:

  • a dog (61.4%);
  • working alarm systems (49.1%);
  • lights inside the house (19.3%);
  • grilled windows/doors (19%);
  • unknown area (14%);
  • visibility of property from the road (14%);
  • sensor lights (22.8%); and
  • gates (12.3%).

BURGLARY PREVENTION

Knowing this information, you need to take action to protect yourself.  Given the deterrent factor, a dog seems like a good idea. But along with the responsibility of dog ownership to be effective you need to have a barking “unfriendly dog”.  For many, this is not a practical long term solution.

We recommend you take these affirmative actions:

  • Locking your security doors. Even when you are home
  • Installing security screens to all your doors and windows
  • Installing security film on all your window and door glass fixed panels
  • Avoiding hiding a spare key
  • Installing an alarm system

WHY YOU SHOULD GET SECURITY SCREENS:

We believe that security screens are one of the most effective ways of preventing burglars from entering your home. Although alarm systems are great, they often only activate after a criminal is already inside your house, and if you have any valuable items close by the entry, they can steal it and leave the premises before the security company or the police arrives. Furthermore, when your home has security screens and security window films, they act as a fixed barrier to entry preventing the intruder from entering your home.  I’m not sure about you but if I had to see a burglar, I would prefer them to be outside instead of inside my home. Keep yourself safe and install security screens and doors because burglary rates in Brisbane are increasing faster than even we suspected. I can’t imagine it’s any better in Sydney or Melbourne either.

 

Starline Security installs SECURITY SCREENS and SECURITY FILM in your windows and doors. We work with high-quality products and we have different SECURITY RATINGS to meet your needs and to create a safe space inside your home.

 

Get in touch with us to get a free quote for security screens and security film:

If you have any questions or would like more information about the different screen types, please contact us. Call 07 3272 2974.

References:

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What is the difference between single and triple lock?

Choosing the right lock for your screen door

So, you’re about to buy security screens for your house, and you need to decide between a single lock or a triple lock system for your doors. If you are not sure which one is the best option for your house this will help you to decide.

Do you already know the right option for your house? Then contact us on 07 3272 2974 to get a free quote. If you need more information keep reading this post.

 

SECURITY OR SAFETY RATING

When choosing security screens for your home you need to know what the security/safety rating that your premises require. If you don’t know yet read our section on Understanding Security Screens and learn more about their different characteristics.

To summarize, there are 3 different grades, which are:

  1. Safety,
  2. Barrier and
  3. Security grade

Each one of them has a different lock system that is suitable to fit in with the rating specification. When you buy a specific security grade screen from Starline Security, we ensure the product will be customised to your needs, from the screens to the locking system.

SAFETY GRADE

When you buy safety grade screens the doors will have a single lock. These screen doors are made to be a physical obstacle. Whether it is for additional safety when opening your front door, protecting you from insects or keeping your pets and kids safe a Safety grade door does it all.

If you are leaning towards Safety Grade doors choose from these types: Diamond Grille, Basix, SecureView, Xceed and Colonial Castings.

BARRIER GRADE

Barrier grade screens are specified with triple locks resulting in the installation strength increasing significantly over Safety grade screens and doors. They are an excellent option when you want to step up the level of security in your house.  We also believe that most triple lock “security screen doors” sold in Australia are actually Barrier grade because, without further information, most clients tend to compare on price and a triple lock barrier grade door is the most economical and affordable triple lock door available.

If you are leaning towards Barrier Grade doors they are again available in these types: Diamond Grille, Basix, SecureView, Xceed and Colonial Castings.

SECURITY GRADE 

Security Grade Products offer the highest level of security for your window and door screens. They are installed with a quality Lockwood Triple Lock (put a link to download the official Lockwood 8654 or 8653 brochure) with a 5 pin cylinder.

They are made to pass the following Australian Standards:

This grade has makes no compromises in terms of strength, security, and functionality. Including, but certainly not only, a strong and safe triple lock for the screens.

If you are leaning towards Security Grades choose from these types: Diamond Grille, SecureView or Xceed.

Colonial Casting doors can be upgraded to Security Grade but only when a SecureView or Xceed Security Grade screen is incorporated into a Colonial Castings door.

 

TYPES OF LOCKS

Now that you know the different grades available, it will be easier to understand the characteristics of each lock that goes with them. Starline Security provides three different options depending on the security grade. Here are their characteristics:

SINGLE LOCK

Single lock doors only have one central lock, which is generally located in the middle of the door just above or below your main door lock.

Its mechanism allows you to close and open the door safely from inside without using the key. Nevertheless, it’s necessary to use a key to lock and unlock the door from outside.

The mechanisms we use are dependant on the doors system you have, which can be:

SLIDING DOORS

We install a generic “Whitco Leichhardt” lock in our single lock sliding doors. Either left or right-hand closing and they have a key deadlock from both sides and are self-latching. Another feature is the inside snib (small handle that allows you to lock the door from inside), but using the key overrides and deadlocks the snib operation.

 

HINGED DOORS

We install a generic “Whitco Tasman MK3” lock in our single lock hinged doors. they provide the option of choosing privacy-lock or deadlock when exiting the property. They also suit left or right-hand opening hinged security and screen doors.

TRIPLE LOCK

When choosing the triple lock system, your screen doors will have a three-point locking system installed inside the door frame. This means that added to the central lock, there are two additional locking tongues located towards the top and bottom of the door. Those extra locks are connected internally and once you activate the main lock, the other two will automatically do the same. Genius.

This mechanism also allows you to lock the door from inside without using a key, but when opening and closing the door from outside it’s necessary to use the key.

Because it provides lockage at three points of the door it provides you with a significant improvement in security. Sure, they are more expensive than single locks, but when you are aiming for a higher safety level for your premises it’s worth investing in this system.

The locks we use for triple lock doors are the same as the single lock doors: Generic “Whitco Leichhardt” locks for sliding doors and generic “Whitco Tasman MK3 locks for hinged doors.

TRIPLE LOCKWOOD LOCK

In Security Grade Doors we install a Triple lock provided by Lockwood. We’ve chosen to use Lockwood Locks in our security grade products because Lockwood offers innovative and intuitive design, high-security products and guaranteed quality.

Its mechanism is similar to the triple lock for Barrier grade. However, they are stronger than the ones previously mentioned because they meet all the Australian Standards for Security grade.

These locks contain two-stage key locking, which gives a choice of selecting a privacy lock or deadlock when exiting your home. When turning the key to the first section it engages the safety lock. This allows whoever is inside to safely exit using the internal lever and snib. By turning the key to the second section, it engages the secure lock, and a key is required to unlock the door from inside and outside.

In sliding doors, we install a “Lockwood Lock 8653”. Check pictures below:

 

In Hinged doors, we install a “Lockwood Lock 8654”. Check pictures below:  

Click here to Download the Lockwood Security Screen Door Hardware Catalogue.

 

We hope this information helped you to decide the type of locking mechanism you need for your screen doors. If you need more information to decide which is the best security screen or door read the post How to choose the right Security Screen Mesh for your home.

 

Get in touch with us to get a free quote for Security screen:

If you have any questions or would like more information about the different screen types, please contact us. Call 07 3272 2974.

 

What is Window Security Film? And how does it provide safety and security?

Security Window Film

Are looking for a security window film for your house or business? Below is a brief explanation of their functionality and benefits for keeping your family safe.

Security film is an excellent solution to strengthen the fixed glass panels in your windows or doors. It works like a laminated window panel, only better. Safety or security films have a much higher tensile breaking strength than the plastic sheet (PVB etc) used in laminated glass. This makes it much harder for burglars to break through because the security film keeps all the broken glass pieces together forming a “difficult to penetrate” barrier. Even though the glass itself breaks upon impact, all of the broken glass shards remain bonded to the unbroken film. This prevents easy removal of the glass from the window or door frame.

We use and recommend Hanita Safety and Security Films. Here are some reasons for you to have security films installed in your house:

House safety

Security window can delay or prevent entry by a burglar. Watch this video produced by Hanita Coatings. Get an idea of how difficult it gets for a burglar to come into your house:

Even when continually impacted, the security film keeps the shattered glass pieces together for a long period of time before finally succumbing. After trying to invade your property for a few minutes, thieves, vandals and other intruders will likely give up before getting in. And if they do, they’ll have wasted valuable minutes.

This means that there is a significantly higher chance your criminal invader will vacate your premises. The risk of getting caught is far higher when compared to how easy and fast it is to gain physical entry via a quick single impact to an unprotected glass pane.

Accident prevention

The most common reason people will install security window film in their property is to help prevent robberies, burglary and invasion. But there are other benefits for this kind of product, such as prevention from accidents and injury from broken glass shards.

Since security window films prevent large glass shards from falling from your window or door, they are often used for public as well as family safety. If you have children that play regularly it’s not uncommon for children to fall onto and potentially shatter a glass window or door.  If that happens, safety films will significantly reduce the chance a child is hurt or severely injured from the unrestrained glass shards and can even prevent your child from falling through a broken glass window.

Bad weather

Another reason to have a security window film installed is to keep your house protected from bad weather. If there is damaging wind or hail storm, there is a good chance the glass in your windows or doors will break. If you had safety or security films the rain and hail would not come into your home through all those broken glass windows.

Remember the big storm that happened on November 27, 2014, in Brisbane? In a peak of one hour, this storm caused a lot of damage, including thousands of broken windows in buildings across the city. Domestic and commercial losses were huge (Check it out here). Having safety or security film installed would have prevented much of the water damage that occurred due to glass breakage.

Transparency

Another advantage of installing safety or security window films in your house is their transparency, clarity and cleanliness. This means this product won’t ruin your view and you will be able to see through clearly. If you don’t like the idea of security screens blocking your view, you can install security films to add a similar level of safety to your house. Keep in mind that security films do not provide many benefits that security screens provide, such as insect screening, child safety (when an unrestricted multi-storey window is left opened and unsupervised), ventilation as well as a higher level of security to your house. You can read our section Understanding Security Screens here to check if that is what you need for your home.

Thickness

4mil security film is perfect for the 4mm glass in most homes. There are thicker window films if you require greater security to your home or business. We provide security films up to 15mil thick, which will hold up to even ballistic grade impacts. When you contact us we will evaluate which one is the best for your property. Note: installing thicker films works best when combined with thicker glass panels.

Installation

The installation is critical to guarantee the effectiveness of safety and security films. I’m sure you have seen poorly installed window tint jobs where the film is bubbling and almost impossible to see through. That’s why it is so important to have an experienced professional installing it. At Starline Security, we ensure that your Safety or Security film is installed professionally. We offer a lifetime guarantee on our film and the installation. So if there is ever any issues we will replace your film free of charge for the time you own the premises. Regardless of how long that is. So what are you waiting for?

Contact us to get a free quote on your new safety or security window film installation. Call 07 3272 2974 or fill our form:

Things to consider when choosing a Fly Screen Mesh

FLY SCREEN MESH

There are some aspects you need to take into account before choosing the right insect screen or mesh for your door and window screens for your house. This blog post will help you to understand the different types of fly screens available so you can select the best one.

TYPES AND RATING

Insect screens are the perfect solution if you are worried about insects getting into your house. However, these types of screens will not add any security to your house.

Here are some aspects you have to consider before buying them.

TYPES OF FLY SCREEN:

To choose the best flyscreen option for your doors and windows, you need to know what is important to you. Here is a short list of requirements matched with the best flyscreen option.

  • On a strict budget?: Standard flyscreens are the lowest cost option.
  • Do you live close to the beach or are allergic to sandflies?: Choose our Sand-fly mesh
  • Have pets but still want good visibility and ventilation: Choose Paw proof Lite fly screen mesh
  • Have cats or dogs that are constantly destroying your standard flyscreen?  Paw proof dog and cat resistant insect screen is your best insect screening option.
  • Want a nearly invisible insect screen?:  You’ll not find a better solution than our UltraVue® by Phifer “invisible” flyscreen.  
  • Need something a bit more sturdy and longer lasting than standard insect mesh? Choose Patio & Pool insect mesh.  Our Magnetic insect screens specify this mesh as standard.
  • Aluminium insect mesh – for Bushfire zones up to BAL 29 rating
  • Stainless mesh – for bushfire zones up to BAL 40 rating.
  • One Way Vision – For enhanced privacy.
FLY MESH COMPARISON

Check the chart below to understand which fly screen mesh is the best choice for your house. If you want to see the complete chart with technical specifications of each mesh download it here.

Starline Security- Fly and Insect Mesh Comparison Chart

FRAME

There are three different types of insects screens on the market.  Fixed, Magnetic and Retractable. Here are their characteristics:

 

FIXED INSECT SCREENS

Insect Screen Queensland

Fixed insect screens refer to is an insect screen that is held taught by a fixed frame. Your typical window screen, hinged or sliding door are all examples of fixed insect screens.

Incredibly versatile, these insect screens can be specified with a huge range of options to suit your needs.

They are the most common flyscreens we sell and it’s easy to see why. They’re cheap, versatile and functional and there is a wide variety of options, accessories and colours that you can choose from.  

For awning windows that do not use a chain-winder mechanism, and for virtually all casement windows, we recommend using magnetic insect screens.

 

MAGNETIC

Magnetic Insect Screen (2)

Magnetic fly screens are a favourite for use in ‘Queenslander’ style homes and other styles that use push out awning and casement windows. Push out windows are those where the windows push out from the inside so screening externally is not practical while screening internally requires access through or around the screen to get to the window handles and catches.

A Magnetic screens border frame is flexible. It allows you to lift the screen to gain access around the screens for opening or closing your windows effortlessly.

Due to this flexible design, magnetic screens require a more robust insect mesh and we specify patio & pool fly mesh in all our magnetic insect screens.

Note: Paw proof and other stiff mesh materials like aluminium or stainless insect mesh are unsuitable for Magnetic insect screens.

 

RETRACTABLE

Retractable-Insect-Screen-in-a-kitchen

There are some great benefits when you choose a retractable fly screen. They disappear when not needed.  They allow through access and their design is durable.

We provide Centor’s retractable screens due to the quality they offer. They have spent years researching and continually improving their patented technology so their designs effortlessly glide with the touch of a finger or pull of a cord. Despite the incredibly smooth glide, you can be sure that your new Centor screen will be built strong to stand up to the everyday rigour of harsh Queensland conditions. Further, their design gives the perfect balance of sun and wind protection with minimal impact on your lovely views.

Centor retractable screens are some of the most discrete retractable screens you can get. This makes their retractable screen a viable solution for a number of applications including Push Out Casement and Awning windows, Bi-Fold Kitchen Serveries, French Doors, All Bi-Fold Doors and Windows, Sliding door screens, Hinged door screens.

 

BUSHFIRE ZONE

If your home is in a bushfire zone, your house needs to be BAL rating compliant (You can check the Guide to Windows and Doors in Bushfire Prone Areas here). There are aluminium or stainless insect screens available for this purpose. This way you and your family are as safe as possible. Note: Always follow directions from the Authorities during bushfires and have a bushfire plan in place.

PRICE

If you are looking for a cheap solution for your house, fixed fly screens are the cheapest ones you can install in your house.

Magnetic screens are slightly more expensive than fixed screens, but they’re still a budget-friendly option for homes that use push out awning and casement windows.

Retractable screens are more expensive than the other options, but their quality is higher which makes them a more compelling option.

SECURITY

Fly screens aren’t classified as a security product. So if you are looking for some level of security besides being free from insects, you need to get security screens.

Read more about security screen ratings here to understand the different security screen grades on the market.

Keep in mind that insect screens are designed to provide ventilation while keeping insects out.

They will NOT prevent a child’s fall from a window. (Check here which Type and Grade of Screens are safely able to prevent children from falling out of any window).

Note: If you only have insect screens on your upper-level windows do not remove any window opening restrictors your builder may have installed without installing a Safety grade window screen in its place or your home will be in breach of the building code.

 

Get in touch with us to get a free quote for Fly screen mesh or Security screens:

If you have any questions or would like more information about the different screen types, please contact us. Call 07 3272 2974

 

How to choose the right security screen mesh for your home

SECURITY SCREEN MESH TYPES

Once upon a time, there was only one Security Mesh. A woven 0.9mm 304 Stainless Mesh Wire screwed onto an aluminium frame. How things have changed. Nowadays there are many types of security screen mesh or sheet. Let’s have a look at the good, the bad and the woeful help you select the best one for your home, office or the whole apartment complex!

SECURITY MESH TYPES

There are two main types of security screen mesh.   

Woven Wire Mesh and Perforated Sheet. 

Woven Wire Mesh

  • Starline Security manufactures and uses three different stainless woven wire meshes.  
    • BasiX: 316 stainless 0.7mm wire, 12×12 strand per inch weave.
    • SecureView: T316 high tensile marine grade stainless 0.8mm wire, 11×11 strands per inch weave.
    • Xtreme: 304 stainless 1.0mm wire, 10×10 strands per inch weave. At the time of writing Xtreme mesh and product is currently still in the development and testing stage but we hope this product will become available commercially late 2019.
    • The different meshes have different applications and qualities.
  • Visibility
    • Woven meshes have better visibility VS perforated sheet.
    • The smaller the wire strand the better the visibility.
  • Ventilation
    • Woven meshes have better ventilation VS perforated sheet.
    • The smaller the wire strand the better the ventilation.
  • Cost
    • Stainless woven mesh costs more than a perforated sheet.
    • The larger the wire the higher the cost. Apart from costing more for the actual wire, larger wire diameters are significantly more difficult to weave consistently and be free from imperfections. See “The good, bad and ugly” below for a detailed discussion regarding mesh quality and issues.
  • Strength
    • Upping the wire diameter has a huge effect on the strength of a finished security screen. Starline Security will be conducting extensive testing to show you how much this difference is but anecdotally we are extremely confident in saying that Extreme’s 1.0mm wire mesh would be at least twice as strong a BasiX’s 0.7mm wire mesh.  
  • Manufacture
    • Woven wire mesh is designed and manufactured similarly to insect screening using strands of wire woven into an even mesh structure.  These meshes are a lot stronger than metal fly screen meshes.
  • Flat VS Rolls
    • Woven mesh used for security screens is manufactured into flat sheets rather than rolls like is typical for metal wire insect screens.
  • Types
    • In Australia, there are now many types of woven mesh sold as “security screens” using varying types of steel. Types marketed include galvanised wire mesh (we don’t sell this poor quality product), 304, 316 and T316 stainless wire in varying diameters, strengths and weave profiles.
  • Weaves
    • The various mesh weaves are specified in strands per inch (metric has not been adopted by the mesh industry yet) with smaller diameter wire strand mesh generally having more strands per inch while keeping the aperture or opening size square and similarly sized for mesh adopted and used in the security screen industry.

The good, bad and ugly

What is the difference? Mesh is mesh, right?  Actually, No. Mesh qualities vary across a range of issues.

1. Service Life

Security mesh will last decades in service but only when the highest quality stainless steel wire is used and general maintenance is followed.  There is considerable debate, but in our opinion, T316 marine grade high tensile stainless wire is the best. Then 316 and even 304 stainless wire has its place.  But if the wire is not stainless then forget it. Galvanised steel wire mesh will have a very poor service life when used in a security screen. Regularly washing down a security screen mesh will considerably extend its life while minimising aluminium oxidisation of the screen frame.

2. Weave consistency weaves-consistency

Just like all woven products, there are good weavers and there are poor weavers. The good ones result in a mesh that is easy to see through and has few manufacture imperfections.  Woven mesh wire imperfections include:

  • Inconsistent weave. One wire is woven closer to another resulting in openings that are not identical in size across the mesh. This results in what is called “reed lines”. It gets this jargonistic term because the woven wire mesh looks like grass reeds going every which way. Not ideal.
  • Note: The picture shown here has wire strands missing on purpose but demonstrates the effect.  
  • Curved mesh.  This means the wires are not woven straight and true but curve slightly.
  • Uneven wire weave.  This is where one wire is bent more than the other to create the weave.  Generally consistent with lower quality woven mesh. Results in mesh being more difficult to see through depending upon which way the mesh is rotated during the manufacture of a security screen.
3. Paint 

Almost all security mesh screens are powder coated black. However, poor substrate paint preparation, application, paint quality and thickness all have an impact on how long your screen will remain looking like new. If your security screen mesh looks “cloudy” then you should wash it down immediately and then give it a good rub over with a soft cloth to remove as much of the fine debris embedded in the paint as possible. Do not spray your screen mesh with “Mr Sheen” style products to bring back that black shine as these products attract even more dust and debris exacerbating the problem. The best option is to purchase security screens from a reputable supplier who uses a mesh that has been applied with the highest quality paint possible.

4. Substitution

It is a big problem in the security screen industry. There are two main types of substitution:

Mesh Manufacturer Wire Substitution
      • This is where a mesh manufacturer substitutes cheaper lower quality wire but markets it as a higher quality stainless steel mesh.  
      • Starline Security bypasses this problem entirely by using a mesh supplier that has their own mesh weaving and manufacturing facility where we know they use a high-quality stainless wire sourced from Japan. Quality control has been brought back “in house” so we have complete knowledge and control over the wire used in the manufacture of the mesh supplied to us.
Fabricator Substitution
    • Although this issue is not specific to the mesh itself, cheaper, poorer quality meshes are too often substituted by local fabricators and sold to consumers as a higher quality mesh. When you can buy mesh at half the price of the good stuff many fabricators fall victim to this temptation.
    • In over 25yrs+ of fabricating security screens and doors, Starline Security has never knowingly substituted inferior mesh in any of our products. We have always sourced our mesh from reputable suppliers and where we can trace who the mesh manufacturer is. Substitution is not worth it.  When the mesh fails consumers will complain, the substituting business will quickly become inundated with warranty claims, bad online reviews ensue and in many cases, the business closes leaving unwitting consumers owning sub-standard failing products. Consumer solutions to this issue:
    • Buy only from a supplier, fabricator or installer you trust.
    • If the quoted price looks too good to be true, then it probably is.
    • Use a fridge magnet on your mesh. If it sticks to the mesh then it is not stainless steel and you have definitely been duped.
    • If the mesh starts “rusting” not long after purchase then we suggest that it may not be manufactured from stainless steel. (or you live in a highly corrosive environment)

Perforated Sheet

Starline Security manufactures and uses one perforated sheet.  Xceed: Black 1.6mm flat structural grade aluminium with closely spaced 2.2mm round holes creating a perforated sheet

  • Visibility
    • Perforated sheets tend to lose visibility VS woven mesh. Especially when viewed from an angle.
    • Thinner sheets offer better the visibility but in our experience even quite thin sheets have less visibility VS an equivalently strong woven stainless wire mesh product.
    • Another aspect to consider is the opening area. We do not have specifications on the opening area of Xceed (hey supplier…where’s this info?) because the opening area can have a bigger impact on visibility than sheet thickness.  If the holes are positioned closer together you get more visibility at the expense of strength. So there is a constant compromise between sheet thickness, opening area and strength. We feel that Xceed has the best result when taking all factors into consideration. 
  • Ventilation
    • Perforated sheets, even those with statistically equivalent opening areas, provide less ventilation than woven meshes in real life. We suspect the reason for this is that a breeze tends to deflect off the very flat surface of a perforated sheet whereas when a breeze hits woven mesh it may be “broken up” by the wire. Theoretical tests have yet to be conducted so this observation is purely anecdotal.
  • Cost
    • Perforated sheet products generally cost less than Stainless woven mesh.
  • Strength
    • Xceed’s 1.6mm thick hardened aluminium sheet is very strong. Certainly strong enough to pass all Australian standards for Security Screen and Doors.
  • Types
    • In Australia, there are a few types of perforated sheet used in security screening. A thin stainless steel perforated sheet is quite good and there is a 1.2mm thick aluminium sheet available however we use and recommend Xceed’s 1.6mm thick aluminium perforated sheet for its great strength while still allowing good ventilation and visibility.

Diamond grille and bar type products have not been included in this discussion because they are not a security sheet type of product.

 

We hope this information has made it easier for you to choose the right security screen mesh type for your home. Contact us if you still have any question about our products. We will be happy to help you 🙂

Contact us to get a free quote on your new security screens. Call 07 3272 2974 or fill our form:

 

Choosing the perfect decorative security door

FRONT DOOR STYLE

Having a decorative security door is a great choice for the entrance to your home.  Call us on 07 3272 2974 or read below to discover why:

CLASSICAL ENTRY DOORS

The front door of your house can be much more than an entrance door.  It is a great opportunity to express your personality in the style of your entrance.  Attract the attention of your guests and neighbours.

When it comes to building or remodelling your home remember the golden rule that first impressions count. Therefore, it is important that you choose an entrance door set that harmonises with the colours, materials and architecture of the facade.

Colonial castings wide variety of patterns allow you to express your personality when guests arrive while complimenting your main entrance door. Here are some tips to choose the best decorative security door for your home:

SIZE

One of the most important factors to consider is the size, or more precisely, the ratio. A front door should reflect the proportions of the facade of your house. By doing so, the entrance door will be balanced.

Colonial castings doors are available in a wide range of sizes and patterns to suit most entry hinged doors and even many sliding security doors. Check out the range here.

COLOUR

The exterior paint scheme of your house should feel appropriate to its style, especially when painting windows and doors, as they have a natural highlight in a residence. The key is to choose a colour that will compliment the style of your home.

Starline Security can powder coat your colonial castings security doors in a wide range of colours.  Download our Standard Colour Range.  Our Dulux powder coat colour chart & Interpon D1000 colour chart.

STYLE

You can see all the available styles by downloading the colonial castings brochure. You can also look at some doors we have installed by accessing our colonial casting doors page. Choose the style that you most like and contact us for your quote.

Is a decorative security door safe?

Colonial casting doors, installed with insect screens, are available in our Safety or Barrier grades. If you want to upgrade your colonial castings door to our highest level of security, we can pair your colonial casting door with a security grade screen and this will give you a highly secure door for the utmost in protection. (read more about security screen ratings here)

Get in touch with us to book a quote for your decorative security door:

 

How to get Pet doors installed in your house?

Installing Pet doors to Security and Fly/Insect screens

If you already have a security or insect screen in your home, or if you are thinking of getting one installed, you may want to get a Pet door for your dog or cat. Having your pet accessing the house without the annoyance of scratching at the doors is a delight. It will also bring benefits to you and your pet.

One of the most obvious benefits is your pet can go in and out at any time. So you don’t have to worry about leaving your dog or cat locked outside/inside and you won’t have to get up every time your pet wants to leave the house.

Another benefit is that it discourages your pets from scratching on the insect screening causing unwanted damage.

What are the available sizes for Pet door?

After you have decided that you want to get a Pet door you need to select one from the 3 standard sizes available from the Petway Pet Door range.

Cats generally only need a small size. Even quite large cats can easily access through the small pet door. For a Dog door, you must measure from the dog’s shoulder to the floor and deduct 100mm to arrive at the required pet door size.

These are the available opening sizes:

Small – Flap Size:

240mm high – Suits a dog with Shoulder to ground up to 340mm high.
190mm wide

Medium – Flap size

305mm high – Suits a dog with Shoulder to ground up to 405mm high.
225mm wide

Large – Flap size

400mm high – Suits a dog with Shoulder to ground up to 500mm high.
260mm wide

How about the colour?

There are six standard pet door frame colours you can choose from. Black, White, Primrose, Stone Beige, Bronze and Brown. The flap itself is clear plastic.

Advantages of having a dog door or cat door installed:

– Convenience because you don’t have to open and close the door whenever your pet wants to leave the house;
– Freedom to your pet play outside whenever they want which makes them less bored and happier;
– Cleaner house, since it will be less likely to have an accident on the floor of your house;
– It’s safer for your pet because if there is an emergency, such as a fire, they can escape the house;
– Petway pet doors all have latches that restrict the pet flap movement in multiple ways. So you can set the flap up to allow entry but not exit, exit but not entry, free exit and entry or nil exit and entry.
– Flexible plastic flaps are also available.

Disadvantages of having a pet way installed:

– If you live in an area with wild animals, such as snakes etc it’s not recommended that your pet goes outside without supervision;
– If there is a swimming pool in your house make sure your pet can not access it unsupervised;
– Your pet may run away or be hit by a car if you don’t have a fenced yard, so it’s not recommended to have a pet door in this case.

How to install a pet door into a security screen?

If you are getting new security or insect screens installed by Starline Security, we can install the pet door for you! When ordering your product tell our sales representative that you need a pet door and they will quote it for you, so you don’t have to worry about the installation.

If you already have a security or insect screen you can install the pet doors by yourself or get Starline Security to install them for you (contact us to get a quote). If you decide to install them by yourself, you can follow the Fitting Instructions from PetWay by clicking here.

Note: Be aware that pet doors may increase the risk of theft or damage by an intruder or unwanted animal. This product is not to be fitted on any doors leading to an unfenced swimming pool.

Contact us to get a free quote on your new security screens and pet door installation. Call 07 3272 2974 or fill our form:

Are your windows safe for your children?

Security or Safety screens for child protection

Having children in your home means you need to protect them from accidents or prevent them entirely when the consequences are dire. The list of possibilities that may cause your child harm are almost limitless, but it’s necessary to focus on the direst, and then implement the changes that will make your home safer.

Pool safety has always been the most pressing issue however with more homes being two stories or higher and a growing trend towards families adopting apartment-style living, window safety has now firmly become the second most pressing issue for preventable child deaths in the home.

The Australian Window Association (AWA) has created a Window safety checklist (go here to read the complete AWA checklist) to increase the community awareness on safety for windows and doors. Here are some tips:

Has your family determined an emergency fire escape plan?

Determine your family’s emergency escape plan and practice it regularly.

Do you keep windows shut when children are around?

You should keep your windows closed and locked when children are around. When opening windows for ventilation, open windows with restrictors or compliant safety or security screens. (Check here which Type and Grade of Screens are safely able to prevent children from falling out of any window)

Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent a fall.

Insect screens are designed to provide ventilation while keeping insects out.  They are not designed to, nor will they prevent a child’s fall from a window. (Check here which Type and Grade of Screens are safely able to prevent children from falling out of any window)

Is there furniture placed under or near windows in your home?

Keep furniture — or anything children can climb — away from unprotected windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid.  This also applies to balconies, decks, or any area where a severe consequence fall may be possible.

Are your windows fitted with key locks, vent locks or deadlocks?

Make sure that keys to all locked or restricted windows and doors are accessible in case of emergency. Each and every window and door must be able to be opened quickly when required.  If your window is fitted with a screen then a glass breaking hammer can be positioned close at hand for adults while being out of reach for small children.

Inspect your home’s windows carefully.

Are any windows in your home painted or nailed shut? Never paint or nail windows shut. You should be able to open them to escape in an emergency.

Did you know that strategic landscaping may lessen the extent of injury sustained in the event fall does occur?

Plant shrubs and soft edging like wood chips or grass under windows to cushion potential falls. The ground surface can greatly affect the degree of injury sustained from a fall.

Child fall protection

In 2016 a new building code came into effect that resulted in greater safety for children in all new homes. This code has resulted in two pathways to child fall protection dependant upon the situation. Refer to the Flow-Chart below.

  1. Child Resistant window opening restriction
  2. Permanent window opening restriction

NOTE:  Do not remove any window opening restrictors without installing a Safety grade window screen in its place or your home will be in breach of the building code.  “Child-resistant” means only able to be removed with a key, simple tools, screwdriver or the coordinated use of two hands. “Permanent” means unable to be removed without specialist tools.

The only time any window opening restriction can be legally removed, and not replacing it by installing a compliant safety screen, is in cases of emergency egress; such as a fire.

Check the chart below to see if your house meets the specifications:

Starline Security provides safety and security screens that prevent children falling from opened windows. Go to the page Kids don’t Fly to check out our high-quality products that will make your house safer for your children.  Contact us to book a visit from our experienced team to get a quote for your safety, barrier or security screens.

 

Contact us to get a free quote on your new security screens. Call 07 3272 2974 or fill our form:

CASE STUDY: TAVAKOL

“If I had not seen it there is no way I would believe these are the same doors. They now work so well. It’s amazing the difference a proper installation can make.”

– MRS TAVAKOL

CLIENT BRIEF:

Our client had a stainless steel mesh (similar to our SecureView) product installed onto a new home in 2006. They spent almost $20,000 on quite large sliding doors and screens to all windows and doors. Unfortunately all of their big stacker sliding doors were not installed correctly. In our clients words; “These doors are useless. We’ve paid good money and they are so bad we can’t use them.”

In essence – This is a clear case where a great product has been measured and installed so poorly as to render the finished product virtually unusable.

THE PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS:

WHEELS – All doors were measured about 5mm too short but this could be taken up by fitting good-quality wheels with 10mm of adjustment. We changed all door wheels with new highquality Kegler stainless bearing security-door wheels.

LOCKS – Misalignment of the doors resulted in three locks being broken. We replaced these locks with our Austral triple locks.

INTERLOCKS – There was far too much “slop” in the doors, which made them useless as security doors. We installed super heavy-duty interlocks and used our SecureView 9mm window frame as the female interlock accepting channel. We also installed a super heavy duty 20mm interference Frame interlock with a minimum of 11 tamper resistant screws (instead of 5) down the back of each door. Out of all the problems and fixes this improvement made the biggest difference as far as good security is concerned.

TOP CHANNEL – Canoe buttons (glide buttons) were installed on both sides of the doors at the top so the top wheels would stay on the track and the doors would slide silently.

BUG STRIPS – Bug strips were installed to the bottom of all doors, and minimise the insect invasion.

BARRELS – This is where the key slides in. There are two main types of barrels; disc and 5 pin. We use disc for basic diamond grilles or in our insect screen doors. We use 5-pin (C4 keyway) barrels to all other doors and especially in the SecureView premium products. We replaced all their existing disc barrels with 5-pin barrels.

MAINTENANCE – We did basic maintenance to other door locks using Graphite Powder. You can also use Silicon Spray but not grease or WD40, RP7 or any dewatering fluids as they attract dust and prematurely wear lock internals.

CONCLUSION

The Tavakol’s cannot believe these are the same doors. And they finally feel they have the security and quality fittings they initially wanted.

Fantastic company

This company is fantastic and particularly Haly . I’ve just had all my screens on my sliding doors replaced and some door rollers and Haly was exceptional – highly competent very pleasant gentleman – great value service and product. I would highly recommend this company. 8RD

December 12, 2017
Sharnie Makinson