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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.

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:

AS 52032016 Protection of openable windowsfall prevention – Test sequence and compliance method Kids dont fall

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.

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

Outstanding service and value

Just wanted to say how very happy we are with Starline. Prompt, we had a quote in no time and they were very patient while we got body corporate appproval. Installation was right on time and we’re very happy with the quality of the finish and the product. A huge thank you to Hale for his outstanding customer service!

November 30, 2017
Jennyr

Excellent service

I am very happy with the service and quality of the product when I had security screens installed. Ben and Robbie were fantastic and answered all of my questions promptly. I have a 110 year old house which is not completely square and to make sure the screens fit perfectly, Chris came and fitted the build out before he did the final measure so he could take into account any anomalies when he made the doors. Chris even cleaned up everything before he left. I’m very happy with Starline and will definitely call them again when I need more screens.

July 16, 2014
D Miller

Excellent Service and Product

I found Starline very helpful and professional. When comparing quotes Ben was able to offer me comparable quotes in terms of perforated vs woven secureview screens which was great as I got the higher quality woven screens where I wanted the view totally maintained and the lesser cost perforated ones where I wanted an asthetic appearance at the front of the house but having a darker view was not an issue. They were the only company to be able to offer me this choice. Received the quote within a week of my email request. Had Ben come and talk to me and do a check measure within a week of calling them back to accept the quote and had the installation within three weeks as promised. The guys rang and confirmed that morning, turned up as expected and worked quickly and efficiently. The product looks great and of the four quotes I received this was the best priced for comparable products and in one instance the identical product. I had a privacy screen and flyscreens previously put in by another company who stuffed me around no end – hence why they did not get this job. No issues at all Starline and I will be getting you to quote on my custom front door screen shortly and do the screens for the extension once its built!

July 16, 2014
D Miller

Happy customer

Ben and his team did a great job on providing us with security screens. We have an architecturally designed house and were worried that the screens would ruin the look that the architect had craftfully created. We were able to work with Ben to find solutions that looked great and were functional. Ben’s recommendation of colour choice was also spot on. The building team cleaned up after themselves and returned to fix minor issues, but ones that would have bothered us if not fixed. We will recommend Starline to others.

June 11, 2013
Sandi Brett

Good service and product

Very good service with any adjustment and handling with any miscommunication. I feel safe with all security protection now. 🙂 Thanks Ben and other sfaffs! I will definately recommend starline to my family and friends, Cheers

March 25, 2013
Jenny Kim