Security screens vs home security systems – which is best for you?


With the increase in property crime rates, ensuring that you’re safe with the right home security options is a must. But what’s the best way to keep your family, your home and your belongings protected? Should you go for a home security system or opt for security screens on your doors and windows?

In this article, we highlight the pros and cons of both, so that you can make the most informed decisions about how you wish to secure your property.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of security screens?

Security screens in your home act as a direct, physical barrier from intruders. A good security screen door or window can prevent intruders from jemmying open or dismantling doors, breaking windows or picking locks. With Amplimesh® in particular, security screen doors and security window screens are made using a ‘pressure fit’ system, which means no visible screws, fixings, clamps or bolts. Not only does this make it harder for burglars to break into your home, the seamless finish also looks great, so you can secure your home without compromising on looks.

In addition, security screens are designed to protect against harsh weather and allow the circulation of air and light without compromising the safety of your family.

BurglarWhen it comes to the drawbacks of installing security screen doors and windows, there aren’t many. The outright cost of your security screen solution might be the most substantial challenge depending on your home’s unique configuration. It’s worth noting, however, that this is a one-off payment because unlike home security systems, security screens do not require ongoing monitoring. Some insurance companies will reduce their home premiums once fitted and installed.

Security screens can start around the $700 mark for an entrance door security screen and can go well in excess of $1,000 for floor to ceiling alfresco sliding doors. For a small to medium patio enclosure, you could pay between $3,000 to $5,000 (depending on your home’s configurations). Despite these costs, you can rest assured that your security screens will last for years to come without any major maintenance – other than cleaning them from time to time.

Another potential disadvantage of security screens is that some are susceptible to corrosion, which can diminish their protective qualities. Research your options to ensure that the quality of your security screens is of a high standard. Amplimesh®, for example, uses marine grade metals which are designed to withstand corrosive salt spray testing and are therefore much less susceptible to corrosion and increase the product’s lifespan in coastal and urban areas. With Amplimesh®, you’ll also get a 10-year warranty to ensure that your security screen doors and windows stay in top shape. For extra security, alarms can be easily added to your security screen doors or windows.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of home security systems?

Home security systems are a great way to be alerted to suspicious behaviour around your home. They can act as a deterrent to burglars with the sound of an alarm, and can alert you to an intruder in your home. They often give homeowners the peace of mind that their home is secure with a digital passcode. However, these systems can have their drawbacks.

It can be difficult to always remember to arm or disarm your device, especially if you’re not out of your home for long. In addition, police will charge you for repeated false alarms (even if you accidentally set it off yourself) and, depending on the system, weekly costs can be charged. It’s also worth noting that around 51% of thieves will not be deterred by an alarm and 77% will not be deterred by sensor lights. That means even some of the best home security systems in Australia might not be enough to protect your home and recommend physical perimeter protection.

Professional security systems can also be expensive, starting at around $2,800 for a wireless alarm system, smart switches, installation and 24/7 monitoring. Plus, this offer is dependent on entering into an alarm-monitoring contract for an initial term of 3 years with your supplier.

Both security screens and security systems have their merits and drawbacks. Because of this, having a combination of the two can be one of the best way to protect your home. For example, window screen alarm sensors can easily be fitted to your security window screens.

If you’re looking for reliable home security options for windows and doors, contact Amplimesh®, your security screen expert, for a free measure and quote. Get your free measure and quote today by calling us on 1800 267 546 or by filling out a quote request on our website.