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What is the price difference between the various insect mesh types?

Standard Fibreglass Insect Mesh:

Our most popular by far is our standard fibreglass insect mesh. A typical aluminium fixed frame window screen would be around $60 installed into a modern aluminium framed OX sliding glass window.

Standard insect mesh has an opening weave that’s between 1.22- and 1.5-millimetres square resulting in the best compromise between strength, visibility and ventilation. The standard mesh is by far the least expensive.

Patio and Pool Insect Mesh:

From the standard fibreglass insect mesh we move into some of the stronger and thicker insect mesh options, starting with our patio and pool insect mesh. The strands in the weave are similar to standard in this option, with the opening size being anywhere between 1.3 and 1.5 millimetres.

Patio and pool insect mesh is made from a heavier fibreglass mesh. It is still in the same vein as standard insect mesh, but it is heavier, and it is more damage resistant. It also comes in larger width rolls, which is why it is mostly used for insect screen enclosures, especially those seen going over swimming pools, or being used for patio enclosures.

A patio and pool screen insect mesh may cost around $70 for a standard sized screen.

Paw Proof Lite Insect Mesh

The next option up from that is called paw proof lite. This is one of the insect meshes that’s designed to be more resistant to cats and dogs. These are very sturdy mesh insect screens that have been vinyl dipped. Vinyl dipping involves many, many hundreds of strands of fibreglass in segments being woven inside each strand; then, when the weave is put together, it is run through a vinyl bath and covered in in a vinyl coating which makes it very impact resistant.

A paw proof light insect mesh screen is likely to cost $80 for a standard window size.

Paw Proof Insect Mesh

So there’s paw proof lite, which is still fairly easy to see through and does let through good ventilation (but is certainly a lot darker than patio and pool mesh, which is darker than standard insect mesh). From there, we move onto something even heavier again, which is paw proof insect mesh.

Paw proof mesh is what most people get when they have cats and dogs that are prone to scratching and tearing the mesh. It is stronger than the paw proof lite option, but again this does come at the cost of visibility. It is the sturdiest synthetic mesh that we carry.
It should be noted that the paw proof mesh option is not resistant to burglars in any way. There is no flyscreen mesh option that is resistant to break-ins – for break-in resistance, please refer to our full range of security screen options.

A paw proof insect mesh screen will cost around $90 for a standard window size.

BetterVue and UltraVue

All of the options we have looked so far offer a stronger, more scratching or damage resistant option than your standard fly screen mesh. But their strength does affect their visibility and ventilation. We now start to move in the other direction with options that offer greater visibility and ventilation, but which are not as strong as a standard flyscreen mesh.

BetterVue and UltraVue are both manufactured by an American company called Phifer. They are high quality insect meshes. While being a premium product, their pricing is comparable with aluminium insect mesh. A BetterVue or UltraVue screen might cost around one and a half times the cost of a standard mesh screen.

Insect Mesh Pricing:

We’ve covered off some of the main options available for insect screen mesh and their average pricing for a standard sized window:

  • Standard Flyscreen Mesh starts at around $60
  • Patio and Pool Mesh starts at around $70
  • Paw Proof Light starts at around $80
  • Paw Proof starts at around $90
  • BetterVue starts at around $80
  • UltraVue starts at around $90

These prices include the frame for the window as well, not just the mesh. They are for a standard window in a standard colour – some different types of windows like louvres, may require build-out frames or additional alterations and are therefore going to be more expensive than the pricing listing above. This is just a starting point to give you an idea of the price variations between the different standard and premium mesh options; it is not a quote or exact pricing.

If you would like to request a quote for any of the flyscreen mesh options listed above, please get in touch with Starline Security.

What is UltraVue Insect Mesh?

What is UltraVue mesh, and what are the benefits?

UltraVue insect mesh is a very fine and easy to see through insect mesh made by Phifer in America. The best thing about UltraVue mesh is that it is really easy to see through. When you stand back from an insect screen that’s been covered with UltraVue insect mesh, you can barely notice that it’s there – it’s super easy to see through. Another benefit of the UltraVue insect mesh is that it lets in a lot of ventilation.

The main disadvantage of UltraVue mesh is that it is not very strong – the strands tend to break, especially when you have dogs and cats or small children. It is ideal for homeowners who don’t have pets and who’s children are a bit older and unlikely to damage the screens. Standard flyscreen mesh and paw proof mesh options are stronger than the UltraVue and better suited to families with young children and pets.

UltraVue vs BetterVue

Another option also manufactured by Phifer in America is BetterVue.

BetterVue is similar to UltraVue but the strands are a bit stronger. However, the product is not quite as easy to see through as UltraVue, so the added strength does come at the cost of some of your visibility.

But the BetterVue is still easier to see through than standard insect screens, so it could be a suitable option for families with younger children, who want better visibility than standard mesh offers, but need something a bit stronger than UltraVue.

Place an Order

Interested in ordering UltraVue or BetterVue insect screens? Get in touch with Starline Security to place your order.

How much does a fly screen cost?

How much do flyscreens for windows cost?

The cheapest flyscreen is one for a standard aluminium sliding window. These windows are called OX sliding windows. The O section is where the fixed glass panel is. And the X section is where the glass panel slides sideways. Flyscreens for these windows start at $40 and go up to about $150 depending on the size, frame colour, and the insect mesh specified.

A very large size would be 1200mm wide by 1500mm high, while a small one for a toilet OX sliding window is 250mm width by 500mm height.

Most window manufacturers in Australia have what’s called a drop-in or a pocket fit facility there for the flyscreen to drop into or sit where the flyscreen sits in a channel. Depending on the brand of window the flyscreen is being installed to, it may require fixings, trim angles, spring clips, plastic clips, metal clips, metal springs, pushpins and/or other bits and pieces to hold the insect screen in place. These items can range anywhere from a few dollars to $30 per window.

Another price variability lies with the flyscreen itself. Once again prices range from $40 to $150 depending on the size of the window. The frame colour selected, the type of mesh material selected, the location of the window, how far the dealer has to travel to install the screen, and freight charges for regional areas can also affect the total price of your new flyscreen.

That gives you a bit of an idea how much it costs for an OX sliding window insect screen, but what about if you’ve got a different type of window? We’ve listed some of the more common types of windows below, along with the estimated cost for a flyscreen.

Double hung windows

Double hung windows are the windows that move up and down. They’ve usually got what’s called a centre mid-rail where there’s a lock or a catch. As you flick sideways, you can move the bottom section up, or you can move the top section down.

The insect screen usually goes over the whole area. Usually, the insect screens for these windows are a lot larger so they’re more expensive – maybe $80 to $180 for these windows. They often need a mid-rail in them as well due to their height – any window flyscreen that is over about 1550 millimetres tall will need a mid-rail support.

Louvre windows

With the louvre window screen, price depends massively on whether that louvre window has the facility there to be able to fit the insect screen. Some louvres come with side channels or pockets to fit the insect screen into, otherwise they are going to require a 65mm louvre build-out frame.

A louvre build-out is a 65-millimetre bracket that’s usually installed all the way around, and it moves the flyscreen out so that it clears the louvre blades when the louvre blades are operated. A four-sided louvre built-out bracket alone can be an additional $200 per window. That’s going to increase the price of the flyscreen for our louvre window quite significantly. Louvre build-out frames are quite expensive as are most custom build-out frames.

Metal Louvre Windows

These are the older style of louvre windows with the metal sides. When we say the metal sides, we’re talking about the bracket that holds the glass. Almost all of these older metal style louvres are going to require a louvre build-out frame.

This means the flyscreen is going to cost somewhere between $250 and $1000 per window louvre set depending on the size, colour and mesh material selected.

Metal Louvre Window

Awning Window Screens

Awning windows come in two different categories: lever operated, and chain operated. Lever awning windows are operated by hand to push the window out and are hinged at the top. The screens typically cover the whole area where the awning window panel is and are installed internally. This means access through the screen is required to operate the window. Most of the time, we recommend flexible magnetic insect screens. These types of screens range from $150 to $750 depending on the size.

The other type of awning window is one with a chain winder. These have a little wind turn handle and a chain that’s connected to the window. As you turn the handle the chain moves the window out. These ones have a facility on top of the chain winder to fit an insect screen, but many of them require an awning sill bracket. The awning sill bracket adds about $60 dollars to the cost of the window screen. Adding this to your normal flyscreen is going to be $120 to $220 depending on the size, colour and screen material selected.

Casement Windows

The screen selection and price depend on whether it is a single casement window, a double, triple or 4 panel unit. Whether there are vertical mullions between the casement hinged sashes or if they are open sets using casement window friction stays can also affect the price. There are also some modern aluminium casement windows that push out.

Other factors include whether they have lever handles, cockspur catches, casement arm stays, turn handles or many of the various types of casement window catches that need to be accessed from the inside.

If you are trying to install a screen on the inside you will need to be able to get either through that screen or push the screen out of the way or lifted up out of the way so that you can get access through the screen to the window handle on the other side and push the window open or pull the window closed. The insect screen needs to go on the inside – it can’t go on the outside because there’s no room to fit it there as the window pushes out.

There is a solution called port holes or port hatches, where you can get access through the screen via a movable hinged hatch, but while they do work for a while, they have only got little plastic window catches and they tend to break easily. For that reason, we don’t usually recommend these; our preference is for magnetic insect screens, and they start at $250 for a single pane casement panel. For a double casement window where they open on either side, and you push them out in the middle, it is probably going to be somewhere around $300.

Another option is to instal standard double-sliding insect screen sets. If a single insect screen is $60-$80, and you want to have two or more sliding sections then that’s $80 times two which is $160. You’ve also got all the track work that’s required for this which is easily $30 per piece of track. So you will have a double track at the top, a double track at the bottom, and some side trim angles on either side to seal things up.

This means that casement windows are going to be $200 minimum, but depending on how big a casement window is, it could be closer to $350 or even more to put a double-sliding insect screen set on.

Another option available for casement windows is retractable screens which are even more expensive than normal insect screens.

How much do insect screens for hinge doors cost?

Once again, it depends…

Is it a single door or is it a double french door? A double french door is going to require two doors, which will automatically double your price.

For a single standard sized door, there are a few complications that can increase the price. Firstly, it is important to keep in mind that with aluminium framed hinged doors, we have to measure the door to the millimetre. To complicate things further, hinged doors are almost never square – the door jambs are always out of square. It is not uncommon that when we measure the width at the top it says 824, and then the width in the middle measures at 828, and then the bottom width measurement is 830.

So now we need to make the screen door out of square and bowed to make sure that the widths comply with our requirements, otherwise the door won’t operate and function correctly – the door needs to have a gap down the side of 3-4 millimetres and that gap needs to be even the whole way down. Measuring the door correctly is very critical to ensure that you get the size right to match up with every single door jamb, and it is not an easy task to do.

So how much does an insect screen for a hinged door actually cost? Insect screen for hinged doors with a midrail and in a standard colour are probably going to be somewhere around the $300 price range. Non-standard colours, oversized doors, and out of square doors will cost a bit more, maybe around $450 (prices based on Queensland, Australia – although this should be fairly consistent in all states).

Other Variables

Another variable for hinged doors is whether it comes with a lever handle or a latch – most of the time we recommend you use a standard security door lever handle lock in the flyscreen doors, rather than the little internal-only catches, or the one with the little knob on the outside because you can’t lock it. The quality on those latches can also be pretty poor.

Further variables include any accessories that might be needed for that particular door. Do you want a door closer? Do you need a doorstop? Is a built-out frame going to be needed?

You can add at least $100 for a build-out frame. It is often very difficult for someone to see if a build-out frame is needed until the dealer turns up on site to check measure. Usually, it is required if your door jamb is significantly out of square, or if your door jamb was not designed to fit an insect screen hinge door. This is often the case for doors that are internal doors within the house. The door jamb depth is not suitable to fit a security door, and a door jamb build-out is required.

For double doors such as French doors, you will often have nice deep reveals – they have a nice deep still. If this is the case, then you are looking at maybe $600-700 for a double door set. If not, then you will need to look at things like build-out frames. Basically, double doors cost twice as much as single doors, with the same set of variables that can increase the costs.

How much do flyscreens for sliding doors cost?

A single sliding door in an aluminium glass sliding door set is probably going to be $250-$350, depending on the size and colour. Some additional variables might be if you get one that’s really big, or if you are located in a high-rise apartment building.

A lot of the newer, more modern sliding doors in apartments do not have tracks for your insect screen door, which means that tracks will need to be added, which will add to the cost. You may also need to consider build-out frames; glass doors often have projections to meet wind ratings and if you’ve got to come out to clear those, it could require a build-out frame which can be more than the cost of the door. The cost of a door might be $400 for a single sliding door but the build out frame might be $600; it all depends on the door the flyscreen door is being installed too.

For most domestic houses that have domestic glass doors, and don’t use apartment commercial doors, then $250 to $350 for your insect screen doors would be standard, depending on size and if you want a security door lock, or if you are just happy with the flick bass latch on the inside.

Door With Insect Mesh Screen Installed

Multiple sliding door sets.

If you’ve got multiple doors, where the doors open in the middle, and you’ve got one that slides one way and the other slides the other way – one door will have a lock set in it and the other one won’t. So that is slightly less than double. Say your single door was $300, then the other door might only be $250, which means you might be looking at $550 for normal sizes.

Stacker doors are another variety of sliding door set. Stacker doors are the ones where you’ve got three or more panels: one fixed glass and two or more sliding sections. You end up with two sliding flyscreen door sets, one with the lock set up one end, and then the other door without; these doors work out at similar prices to the double doors.

Get a Flyscreen Quote

As you can see from the above information, there are a lot of different variables that need to be considered when providing a quote for flyscreens.

If you’d like more information or would like to organise a quote, please give us a call or contact a Starline Security dealer.

How do I get a quote for security screens and doors?

The Traditional way of Quoting

The traditional way of getting a quote for security screens and doors begins with a Google search (or worse, opening up the Yellow Pages!), looking up the various companies, and giving them all a call to request your 3 or so on-site quotes. This is the way that quotes have been done pretty much since forever.

Unfortunately, this way is not great for the customer, because it is quite time intensive for them – they need to take time off work so that they can be at home, and they have to endure the process of dealing with salespeople in their home.

Alternatively, most businesses will have a showroom of some sort where you can go and view the products at a time that you choose, and which is convenient to you. But this option also has some drawbacks, as there are a lot of variations in the cost of security screen products, and you may not be armed with the required information and measurements to receive an accurate quote from a salesperson in the showroom.

Big Data

Advancements in technology have opened up a new avenue of quoting that is proving to be quite accurate. The rise of online platforms like Google Maps and Google Image Search have made it easier for people to access photos and information about your house or home remotely. If you’ve ever had your house listed on a real estate website, then it is highly likely there are photos available online of every room in your home. Add to that Google Map’s ability to view the exterior of your home, and someone can get a decent enough idea of the style of your doors and windows to provide you with a quote.

Tech’s big data as well as tools that can help calculate the window and door sizes from images and there really isn’t any reason to send a sales person out to your home to do a measure and quote. If a screen company is still pushing to do this, it is likely because they want to send a salesperson to employ sales tactics and try to pressure you to sign on the dotted line then and there.

Google Street View Car

Online Screen and Door Quoting System – Ordering Portal.

At Starline Security, we aren’t interested in using high pressure sales tactics. We’re more interested in getting an estimate to our customer, as quickly and accurately as possible. Which is why we have invested in creating our own online quoting portal.

Our online ordering portal allows us to input all of your sizes, your type of screen, your grade and your style, and provides you with a detailed, accurate quote. It covers all of the different types of security screens and doors, and allows us to email our customers their quote directly.

Photos tell us all we need to know

To improve our clients estimate accuracy we ask for photos of each window and door that requires an insect or security door. Our experienced team or dealer can deduce a lot of information from photos. A dealer can essentially provide you with a detailed and accurate quote in a short turn-around time, without actually setting foot in your home.

We can often work out the measurement of the doors and windows from photos without using photo size recognition measure software. For example, if there is brick work in the photo, we can count the number of bricks and work it out that way. And then once we know the height, we can look at the width and estimate the width of the door.

Our dealers check it out, order it and get it all installed for you

Our online ordering portal can send you a price. If you are happy with this price estimate, we will send one of our dealers out to check-measure to ensure they have the exact measurements (and all other product specifications) before finalising your order.

The system also allows us to add in any accessories and other bits and pieces that are required, ensuring that the pricing your dealer finalises with you will be accurate and reflect all costs.

Summarising your role in the Online Quoting Process

The first step in our online ordering process is to get in touch and tell us what products you’re after. We’ll request your address along with photos of each door and window you require screens for. If you are able to provide measurements as well, then great. If not, we will estimate based off the images you provide.

We will then provide you with an estimate based on the information you provide; we will talk you through the different parts of the estimate over the phone and discuss any additional options available.

Once you receive the estimate, you can decide if you want to proceed. It’s that easy. If you’d like to get started with requesting a quote, please get in touch with Starline Security.

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Four Problems with Buying Security Screens Online

One of the biggest problems with buying security screens and doors from places like Bunnings or online is that all these DIY places like to make it look easy. It is not easy. They may show you a video or two of how to install a hinged door or something similar. But these tend to leave out almost all of the difficult issues an installer is going to encounter on site. The variability when it comes to measuring and installing security doors and screens is huge.

It is not about the screen or security door itself that causes the variability issues. It is all the different windows and doors the screen or door is being installed to, and the different installation methods that can be used, that makes it so difficult. Even for the same type of window there are probably at least a dozen different types of installation methods that can be used depending on the brand of window. A dozen ways sounds like a lot but is rather conservative given the number of different window and door brands that have been installed over the last 100 years.

In addition to all the different window brands that have come and gone over the years, you have also to deal with the different styles of joinery. You would have to consider the number of various wooden joinery window and door manufacturers. Or the number of aluminium window and door manufacturers. Each one using their own extrusion profile which requires knowing how to measure and install the screen to that specific brand of window or door. Does that sound easy?

So, how does one learn about which way is the best way to measure and install to that particular type of window or door? Practice.

Most accomplished security screen and door dealers have installed thousands of security doors and insect doors over the years.

Lack of Skill

Most DIY screen and door buyers are completely unaware of the skills required to competently measure and install security screens and doors.

To put this in perspective – installing 1000 screens might get a trades person to a novice skill level. When you consider that a window and door trades person can easily measure and install 10 screens a day, 50 per week, or 2500 per year in his first year.

If you have installed 2500 screens and doors in your career, then you are no longer a DIY. But you can guarantee that a 2500 screen trades person is now aware enough of the pitfalls to start asking a lot of questions when they see something unfamiliar.

A DIY person’s lack of skill will only become evident when they attempt to install that screen or door they have ordered online, and then they find it doesn’t quite fit right.

Lack Of Experience

Cost

It costs almost as much to DIY as it does to get a professional dealer to do it for you. Let’s examine a DIY Diamond Grille Triple-Lock screen door – Barrier grade.

Our Retail price for this door – fully installed – is approximately $500. Let’s bump it up to $525 for a super professional where their size accuracy is measured in millimetres and their installation prowess is clear. We went and looked at a few online screen sites. We could only find one site that sells an equivalent door. That site’s door was $478.37.

What? Only a $47 saving? Another retailer was $355.00 but that was for a single lock adjustable door. You can easily add $120 for a triple lock upgrade resulting in that door saving Mr. DIY $50.

It is easy to see why the cost savings are not there for the DIY buyer for comparable screens and security door products. When the amount of time it takes a qualified and experienced tradesperson to measure and install a security door is measured in minutes then the amount of money that tradesperson needs to include in that door is small relative to its cost. A good tradesperson only needs to charge $50 over the cost of a door to cover its measure, order and installation costs and he’ll make good money.

But $50 is a lot of money to me. I know how to do it. I can’t afford $525. Alrighty then! But remember, if you order that security door online for $478.37 and it doesn’t fit, then you will probably have to order another one that does.

Time

Time? Why is time a problem? Simple. If you don’t have the skills, then it takes a DIY person much longer to achieve a substandard outcome compared to a skilled tradesman professional outcome being done in way less than half the time.

A single lock fly screen hinged door measured accurately to be installed to a rebated door jamb should take an experienced installer no more than 368 seconds to install.

Yeah, seconds.

We measure installation time in seconds because a good installer might take 350 seconds, an average installer 400 seconds and a poor installer 500 seconds.

A good installer will only bring onto site those hardware items and tools needed. No more, no less. They already have the hardware and required tools list in their head and the complete sequence they are going to use to install the fly screen door to this door jamb before they even start the job.

DIY cannot compete with that level of speed or competency

Specifications

It is difficult for a DIY consumer to understand all the specifications required to order their item to be able to complete the job properly.

Even something as innocuous as colour presents a huge problem for many DIY consumers trying to match the screen’s frame colour to their window or door colour. Even professionals find this task difficult as there are many colours that look similar but are not.

Other specification issues, among many, when buying online can include lock height. How does that work? Where do I measure from? How accurate do my sizes have to be? Where do I measure to? And what does ‘lock side’ mean? It is the side where the hinges are or the other side where the handle is? Which side of the door do I look from? My door swings out, can the security door swing out too? (The answer to this question is no).

But these and thousands of other questions are what an experienced installer has already learnt the answer to and is on the lookout for. They know what specifications different items are available in and can advise the homeowner appropriately what will work and what won’t.

Buying security screens and doors online or from Bunnings is possible. We don’t recommend it though.

Save your DIY mojo for other much easier jobs. Use one of our qualified and professional dealers to do your screens for you instead – learn more here.

Metal insect screens are stronger than fibreglass flyscreens, right?

Is aluminium or stainless-steel insect mesh really stronger than standard flyscreen insect mesh?

We get asked this question quite a lot. Many people assume that because a screen is made from metal it must be stronger than fibreglass. The quick answer to the question is no. Fibreglass screens, especially the vinyl-dipped paw proof screens, are considerably stronger than either aluminium or stainless insect screens.

A cat or a dog will damage stainless and aluminium flyscreens just as easily as they will damage standard flyscreen mesh. In fact, the metal insect screens tend to get damaged easier. If you run a pencil or a sharp object down a metal screen what you produce is a line or a kink. But standard fibreglass mesh tends to absorb these impacts and rebounds.

Any kinks, scratches or marks tend to smooth away unnoticed. Whereas with metal insect mesh if you get a kink or a bend or a scratch mark, then that mark is going to stay there. And it’s very difficult to get that mark out – once it’s been imprinted into a stainless or aluminium metal mesh it’s there.

Door With Insect Mesh Screen Installed

Abrasion Resistant

Paw Proof insect mesh is also considerably more abrasion-resistant than either of the metal insect screen mesh materials. Stainless, aluminium, or metal insect screens are also more expensive than fibreglass screens.

Cute Dog Near A Window Open With Insect Mesh

Why would you use an aluminium or stainless insect mesh over standard fibreglass insect screens?

Stainless or aluminium insect screens are used in locations to comply with bushfire regulations as they are resistant to embers and resist catching fire.

There are a number of bushfire standards or codes in Australia that specify that you must use either aluminium insect mesh, or stainless insect screening depending on the BAL rating. So, depending on the bushfire ratings will depend on the insect mesh that you need to use, but you can’t use standard fibreglass or a flammable insect mesh.

Want to order insect or flyscreens from Starline Security?

Can I buy my security screens off Starline Security supply only?

Yes. But only if you know what you are doing

If you are wondering if it is possible to purchase wholesale screens from Starline Security to install yourself, the answer is yes. However, there are some criteria that you will need to meet to become a Starline Security wholesale dealer.

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Licensing & Compliance

The main requirement for becoming a wholesale dealer for Starline Security is licensing.

We sell our screens and doors to qualified tradesmen. We are assuming that a wholesale dealer who buys our screens is intending to resell those screens and install them in their customer’s homes. To do that, a dealer will need to be trade qualified.

Each state differs in the specific licensing required; in Queensland, security screens and doors dealers are required to hold a QBCC ‘non-structural metal fabrication’ or higher licence for all jobs they sell and install over $3300.

Applying for a License

To apply for a licence a dealer must have at least two years of experience measuring and installing security screens and doors. This can include glass and glazing or other complimentary trades, as well as those that have worked with windows and doors for at least two years.

Most licences include a management and business skills component which is fairly easy to obtain for a trade licence. The level of skill required to ensure that a dealer is competent enough to be able to measure and install screens without making mistakes is the most difficult element of the license to obtain..

Exceptions

Occasionally we will approve a new dealer application from a dealer who is currently in the process of obtaining their licence. When this happens, we will vet each new dealer application to ensure they meet the minimum requirements to apply for the required licence if they are currently unlicensed.

One of the main factors to this vetting process is experience. Many dealers have let their licences lapse but can demonstrate decades of experience. In this instance we are more than happy to sell our screens to this dealer.

Essentially if a dealer is in a position to be able to apply for, and it is highly likely their licence application will be granted without issue or delay, then they can become a Starline Security dealer and buy our screens and doors supply only.

In essence, we will only approve wholesale supply only dealer applications from people or businesses who know what they are doing.

Interested in becoming a Starline Security supply only dealer?

Get in touch on 07 3272 2974. Or apply via our Ordering Portal application form.

The four biggest problems with perforated mesh security screens

Perforated mesh security screens are becoming more and more popular, mainly due to their price (they are a much more affordable than woven security screens), as well as their durability and strength. However, there are a few problems that we see with the perforated security screen product that we advise our customers about prior to purchasing.

Visibility

The number one issue with perforated mesh security screens is that they’re quite hard to see through. It’s not as easy to see through perforated mesh or perforated security screens as it is to see through the woven mesh products. The woven mesh products typically have stainless wire strands that’s a weave resulting in square holes, whereas the perforated sheet products are made from a flat sheet with round holes. Most of the time they are either 1.2-millimetre-thick stainless or 1.6-millimetre-thick structural grade aluminium, where the small round holes are punched into the flat sheet.

Visually, when you try to see through it you will notice that it is a lot darker and your eyes can struggle to see through the small round holes. It becomes more difficult to see through the screen the closer you get – when you get up close, your eyes tend to focus on the black powder coat sheet itself rather than see through the sheet. In addition to this vision is reduced considerably when viewing from an angle too.

Standing a distance of four- or five-meters back from the product, is much better. It is easier to see through the sheet when you look through the sheet straight on. But even then, when you start to get up close within a metre or so of the product, it will become quite difficult to see through the product like a normal door or window would allow.

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Ventilation

The second biggest problem with the perforated mesh security screens is ventilation.

The opening area on a flat perforated mesh screen is only about 40-50%. So, half the area is the material itself which means that the ventilation is reduced quite significantly.

This is usually not a problem when it’s a large area like a door. But if you’ve got a small window and you’re relying on good ventilation coming through that small window then you’re reducing the amount of ventilation that’s going to come through there by half.

Feature 2

Light

The next problem is that they do tend to block more light.

Some brochures list this as an advantage as it provides greater UV protection. However, at Starline Security, we feel that this is a problem – a security screen shouldn’t block too much of your light or your view; it should let as much light through the windows as possible. And perforated mesh products – especially the 1.6-millimetre-thick aluminium ones, do tend to block the light quite a bit.

Cleaning

The final problem is cleaning.

Some perforated mesh screens are marketed as being easy to clean because they are a flat sheet. But what you’re actually doing when you’re rubbing down the sheet is pushing all of the dirt and dust into the little round holes. This fills up the little holes, adding to the light, ventilation and visibility issues already listed above.

Once the holes have been filled with dust and dirt, the only way to clean them out is to wash it properly – so yes, it might be a flat sheet and easy to clean by wiping it down, but you will still need to wash it properly on a regular basis.

Perforated Mesh Security Screen Benefits Block

We’ve listed the four biggest issues with perforated mesh security screens that we believe customers should be aware of when making their purchasing decision. However, there are also a number of great benefits that this product offers:

Feature 1

Strength

Perforated mesh security screens are one of the strongest screens available. Our 1.6-millimetre aluminium sheet is structural grade aluminium – it is extremely strong and impact resistant. Due to its strength and flatness of the sheet, you won’t experience any mesh wobble or warping either. A nice flat strong sheet is exactly what many consumers are looking for.

Feature 2

Anti-Corrosion

Our aluminium sheet is highly corrosion resistant. The aluminium alloy product that we sell is joined to an aluminium frame which means there aren’t any dissimilar metals to cause oxidisation and corrosion issues. The powder coat colour also sticks well to the aluminium.

Feature 3

Durability

This is a product that is going to last a long time in use. It is also significantly cheaper than woven security screens, meaning you’re getting a long-lasting, strong security solution for an affordable price.

Ready to Order?

Want to order perforated mesh or woven security screens from Starline Security? Visit our online portal for more information.

Things you need to consider when moving to a brand new home

Moving to your brand new home

Being the first homeowner of a brand new house is very exciting, isn’t it?

You’ve finally finished the arduous task of making all those decisions during the construction phase or you bought an off the plan home. Buying a brand new home is a great opportunity for a fresh start.  But there are some things that you need to consider. 

Below is a checklist to make your life easier when moving to a brand new home.

Did you know that you can get a discount when ordering security screens for a brand new home? Call 07 3272 2974 or send your house plans to contact@starlinesecurity.com.au to get a quote!

Checklist

  • Pre-purchase inspection and rectification

One thing you can do to avoid any costly surprises is hiring a qualified and professional handover building inspector to conduct a Pre-Purchase inspection. These types of inspections differ from normal building inspections as they are more detailed and identify issues or areas the builder is obligated to rectify. Your new house will be under warranty and a specialist handover building inspector can find all the little things that need to be fixed by the builder.  

You need to do this immediately after signing the contract and we would strongly advise that this clause be included as a condition of the purchase contract. If the builder refuses to agree to rectify issues found by a qualified handover building inspector, then you have a problem. If they refuse, how likely will it be that you will be able to get serious problems fixed later on? It begs the questions: How well has your new home been built? What else is wrong that you can’t see? Don’t rely on inspection reports unless you have paid for them to be done.

  • Seal the floors

One suggestion is sealing the tiles in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry before you move in. This will increase their longevity since these areas of the house are constantly in contact with water and can deteriorate over the years.

  • Install security screens

Of course, we are going to suggest this. We are a security screen company. However, no one can deny that security screens are great for keeping intruders, as well as insects, out. In our opinion, there is nothing better for keeping your family safe and secure. 

The best time to get security screens installed in your windows and doors is when you haven’t moved in yet. The windows/doors frames are new and the way is clear for installation, making the process simpler and cheaper! After you have moved in, and there is furniture everywhere, the task of installing screens and doors takes longer. This additional installation time will be factored in by all who quote you for screens after you have moved in. Send us your house plans for a quote.

  • Child Fall from height safety screens

If you are moving to a new two-storey or higher home, you will have opening restrictors installed in windows with a fall height over 2 metres (read this post to understand why). These restrictors severely reduce window ventilation which is causing mould and mildew problems.  By having safety screens installed we can legally remove the window restrictors resulting in substantially increased airflow throughout your home. Avoiding this kind of problem is easy when you install an AS 5203:2016 compliant safety screens to all second floor or multi-story apartment windows.

NOTE: Do not remove any window opening restrictors without installing a compliant safety grade window screen in its place or your home will be in breach of the building code and you could find yourself legally liable for any injuries or death sustained as a result of a fall from an unprotected open window.  

Please contact us for an inspection if you are unsure if your new home is compliant and safe. We are qualified to advise and can identify any windows you have in your new home that are non-compliant.

  • Reduce your power bill

Installing security screens reduces your air conditioner electricity bill. The increased ventilation provided by installing screens means many people do not turn on the air conditioner when they otherwise would. Homes become hot boxes when all the windows are closed during the summer months. When you come home to this there is a significantly increased tendency to immediately decide to turn on the air conditioners.

Many clients, who have central air conditioning systems installed, tell us their power bill went from over $1500 per quarter to less than $750 per quarter after they installed security screens throughout. An annual saving of approximately $2000. The payback period on installing good quality security screens throughout is often less than 5yrs.  Making installing security screens a better power-saving solution than solar panels in many real-life situations.

Did you know you can get a good discount from Starline Security when having security or insect screens installed in a brand new home? You can send us your house plans or book a free quote to discuss all the screen options we have available. Learn more about security screen ratings here.

  • Clean

Before bringing all your belongings inside the house make sure your new home is clean. Construction staff and technicians have been in and out of the property and the floor, walls and cabinetry may be dusty because of that, so it’s important your new home is clean before you start moving in or the handover building inspector arrives.

  • Test smoke detectors

Smoke detectors are great for warning you of any fire and protecting your family, so it’s fundamental that they work. Make sure that all smoke detectors in your housework properly before moving in and keep your loved ones safe.

  • Transfer utilities

Don’t forget to call your water, gas, electricity and internet providers before you move. You need to have these things available when you are in your new house and while you are moving. Contact them to know if they provide the service to your new location. If they don’t you will have to cancel the service with your previous property and contact and hire a new company that will provide these to your new home.

 

There are many tasks you need to do before you move to a new home, but it’s always good to have a fresh start in a new place!

Send us your house plans or contact us to arrange a quote for your new house. Call 07 3272 2974 or fill our form.

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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:

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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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police.qld.gov.au/

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