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Do you have one of those residential security screen doors? The kind with that flimsy screen that is easily punctured and ripped? If you have one of these, chances are you are always having to fix the screen, either getting a screen door replacement or replacing the screen.

I like having a screen door on my front door because it allows in fresh air and keeps the bugs out.

And when the back door is open at the same time there is a nice flow of air that I especially like on cooler days.

Security Issue with Screen Doors

front door security screen

However, the problem with screen doors is they almost always have a flimsy screen. It is prone to puncture, get ripped, torn from the frame and, more importantly, they are way too easy to punch or knife through.

On nice days I like to have the front door open all the time and let the air flow through the house. But the problem with that is I would like to be in a separate part of the house and not worry about someone gaining entry through the screen door.

screen door handle replacement

I’m sure you’ve seen them. A typical screen or storm door has a push button latch release on the exterior handle and that flipper latch release on the inside. It’s very easy to strong arm and bypass.

So rather than do a screen replacement (I just feel like I’ll need to replace it again and sooner rather than later) I looked into security screen doors. I wanted the extra security and the better screens that come with them.

In the long run a security screen door is an investment for me. I don’t have to replace the screen every time the dogs or kids push on the screen.

Benefits of Security Screen Doors

Easy Installation – Most security screen doors attach right to the exterior trim of your front door. But you want to be sure the screws attaching the screen door go all the way to the door framing and not just the trim. Some security doors are surface mount and others are recessed mount.

Increased air flow – allow fresh air to flow through the residence reducing the need for additional use of electricity for fans or air conditioning

security screen door airflow

Increased security – most of the screens that come in residential security screen doors are made by MeshTec. It allows airflow and visibility while remaining impact and cut resistant. And is resistant to scratches or cutting from pets’ claws.

security screen door secure from attack

You can use better and more secure door hardware than a typical push button latch that you usually get on a screen door. Security screen doors come a lockbox with universal cutouts for a deadbolt and handle. The deadbolt and latch lock into the frame of the security door.

security screen door locks

Methods of Installation

There are 2 types of installation for a security screen door:

  • Surface Mounted
    • Usually the easiest method of installation
    • Attaches to the front of the door frame
    • Easier to seal from the weather because the tube frame is on the face of the door frame
    • Because it sits further from the entry door it allows a lot more choices with door hardware, wreathes, signs, etc. basically anything on the front of the door
    • Width of screen door frame is less critical than recessed mount
  • Recessed Mounted
    • Usually more difficult of the types of installation
    • Sits flush with the door frames
    • More difficult to seal from weather because of the gap between security screen door frame and door frame opening
    • Must keep in mind the distance between screen door and entry door when choosing hardware
    • Security door frame width is more critical to get accurate due to limited space from inside to inside of door framing

Titan Ultimate Security Storm Door

  • 36in. X 80in.
  • Powder coated aluminum frame and door – will not rust
  • Recessed mounted
  • Full view Meshtec screen – high tensile strength steel screen allows airflow but prevents punctures, tears and knife attacks
  • Comes with a tempered glass panel – easy removal and installation depending on the season
  • 3 point locking system – with security cover to prevent intrusion and exposed screws
  • Only comes in white

Titan Ultimate Security Screen Door

  • 36in. X 80in.
  • Powder coated aluminum frame and door – will not rust
  • Surface mounted
  • Full view Meshtec screen – high tensile strength steel screen allows airflow but prevents punctures, tears and knife attacks
  • Reversible door – either left or right handed opening
  • 3 point locking system – with security cover to prevent intrusion and exposed screws
  • Comes in White, Bronze, Almond and Desert Sand finishes
  • Does not have a glass insert

Unique Home Designs ClearGuard Security Door

  • 36in. X 80in. powder coated frame and door
  • 2in. X 1in. steel tube welded frame
  • Full view Meshtec screen – high tensile strength steel screen allows airflow but is also impact and cut resistant
  • Surface mount frame
  • Comes in 4 finishes – Black, Copper, Navajo White, White
  • Reversible design for left or right handed installation
  • Heavy duty lockbox with 2 3/8″ backset handle and deadbolt holes for easy installation of hardware
  • 4″ one-way screws and one-way driver bit included for increased tamper resistance

Unique Home Design Surface Mount Security Door

  • 36in. X 80in. powder coated frame and door
  • 5 5/8in. X 1 1/2in. aluminum alloy frame won’t rust and is 6X stronger than steel
  • Full view Meshtec screen – high tensile strength steel screen allows airflow but is also impact and cut resistant
  • Surface mount frame
  • Comes in 12 different finishes
  • Reversible design for left or right handed installation
  • Heavy duty lockbox with 2 3/8″ backset handle and deadbolt holes for easy installation of hardware
  • Accepts a removable, tempered glass insert for year round use

Titan Ultimate Security Sliding Patio Doors

  • 72in. X 80in.
  • Powder coated aluminum frame and door – will not rust
  • Surface mounted frame with a sliding track system
  • Full view Meshtec screen – high tensile stainless steel screen allows airflow but prevents punctures, tears and knife attacks
  • 3 point locking system in both panels locking the to frame and to each other
  • Only available in white

Final Thoughts on Residential Security Screen Doors

The frame and door should be powder coated rather than painted. Powder coating prevents rust and reduces maintenance. Painting, while giving you a myriad of color choices, is not the best for metal that is exposed to weather. It will eventually flake, peel and fade over time.

When looking for a residential security screen door choose one with a welded frame, MeshTec stainless steel screen and a 3 point locking system or heavy duty lockbox for the deadbolt and handle.


9 Comments

Amy Winters · October 5, 2019 at 8:57 pm

I like how you mentioned the extra security that security screen doors offer because they can be impact and cut resistant. Recently, there have been a lot of car break-ins in our neighborhood, and I feel that it is only a matter of time before someone breaks into a home. I appreciate you helping me learn about security screen doors and how they are an extra layer of security for a home. I’ll have to reach out to a professional in my area and ask about options for adding this to my house.

    Bill Kiser · October 6, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Amy, thank you for the comment. They are an extra layer of security. And if you’re considering burglar bars on your door you should look into these security screen doors. Burglar bars are not aesthetically pleasing anyway. Security screen doors come in many styles and colors so they can still look nice and offer the same or better protection.

Jones · September 11, 2019 at 6:01 am

This is really interesting and educating. My cousins are very good at puncturing my screen door and I’m very tired of it. Thanks to your post, I now have a new security screen door option with no stress and it is easy to install and maintain. Unlike the flimsy excuses I get from my former screen door, I can get enough security and be rest assured of my security screen door durability and enough ventilation because I like enough fresh air. Thanks for the post, it’s very helpful. 

Robert · September 11, 2019 at 5:46 am

This is great info. I was just discussing with a friend about getting a screen door for my front door but was concerned about it not being secure enough. He mentioned I check out security screen doors, which I had no idea there was such a thing. I did a Google search, found this review on residential security screen doors, and now T know what I want.

Thank you for this information. I definitely want the Unique Home Designs ClearGuard Security Door so I can have the added security of a deadbolt. Screens have come a long way from when I was younger. I had never heard of MeshTech. Is it made of metal or is it some sort of durable composite material. Also, do they sell doors with a pre treated wood frame?

    Bill Kiser · September 11, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for the questions Robert.

    MeshTec is actually high tensile stainless steel woven into a screen. 

    There are some that have a wood look, with not treated but stained wood. The frame is 1×1 steel but the wood is applied to the steel. But no, there are no security screen doors made with a wood frame. 

Chloe · September 11, 2019 at 5:35 am

I have been a victim of breaking in. These people saw how easy itbwas yo take down my door and they did with easy. There have been several of such incidence where I live. Counting the numbers, it doesn’t seem like its going to stop soon. I would like to get the unique Home Designs ClearGuard Security Door and see how it can help with this problem. 

Russ Green · September 11, 2019 at 5:32 am

It really is a very sad fact of life that we all need to be on our guard and take extra care in making sure our homes and property is all safe and secure and it always seems like a game of cat and mouse, when we make our homes more secure with the latest equipment etc, the burglars and thieves find there way around them, then it’s a case of finding something newer and better and I think it’s brilliant that you have taken the time to point out possible flaws in these security screens and given some very good recommendations for us, thank you for sharing this very helpful and informative advise. 

Vasilij · September 11, 2019 at 5:31 am

You left one important thing out: These security doors with reinforced nets not only keep you secured (at least legally – if someone decides to break into your house, no screen door is gonna save you), let the airflow through, but they also keep those pesky mosquitos out of your home!

Nothing beats some fresh air without worrying about a buzzing sound around your ear.

    Bill Kiser · September 13, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Thanks for the comment Vasilij. The mosquitoes and other pesky bugs are a nuisance. Even with a screen to keep them out you must also seal the frame around the security screen door with a good sealant tape or they will find their way in.

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