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.

 

 

 

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: