Sliding Security Door Buying Guide

Everyone is concerned about the security of their homes as well as their loved ones. This holds true all over the world, even here in Western Australia. In fact, according to Western Australia Police, there were 26,909 residential home burglaries in WA in the 2016-17 Financial Year. Indeed, these figures are high and only second to theft.

If you want to keep your home safe from burglary, you should start by upgrading your home security. Installing sliding security doors is a fantastic place to start – whether you’re building a new home or looking to make your current home more secure. Sliding security doors are far more secure than traditional doors and windows. Moreover, sliding doors offer a far greater visual appeal as well.

But how do you go about purchasing sliding security doors in Perth if you don’t know much about them? Don’t worry; I’m here to help you out. As the head of purchasing at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, I am highly knowledgeable when it comes to sliding security doors and today, I’ll offer you a complete guide to buying them, so do read through right till the end.

Structure of a sliding security door

Before you think about purchasing sliding security doors in Perth, you should first know a little more about them. Sliding security doors typically consist of a structural frame with an infill or a grille. The structural frame is usually made of steel or aluminium while the infill/grille is usually made of a stainless-steel mesh or perforated aluminium sheets. While steel bars can also be used for the grille, they do not look as good as a mesh or perforated aluminium sheets.

The structural frame also includes a receiver channel, where the infill/grille is inserted. This receiver channel prevents the grille from being pushed out of the frame. This structural frame is usually reinforced at the corners to provide additional strength. Some sliding security doors have the grille riveted or welded to the frame. This is much more reliable than a grille that is simply inserted into the frame and held with screw clamps.

As the name suggests, sliding security doors can be opened by sliding it on a rail. Unlike traditional doors, sliding security doors do not open out inwards or outwards, and they make use of specially fixed hinges. Sliding security doors also usually include a 5-pin cylinder lock, which is considered to be very secure.

Sliding security doors are incredibly strong, thanks to the special design of the structural frame. It is next to impossible to force open a sliding door. And, thanks to the infill/grille, sliding security doors offer an added layer of security. The special design of the rails, hinges and locks also make these doors much more secure than traditional doors.

Cost of sliding security doors

Several factors contribute to the cost of a sliding security door. The first factor is the material of the structural frame. A sliding door with an aluminium frame costs around $250-$450, while a sliding door with a steel frame will cost you anywhere between $250-$650.

The material of the infill/grille of a sliding door also contributes to its cost. While a stainless-steel mesh costs around $800-$1000, a perforated aluminium sheet will cost you upwards of $650.

Other factors that contribute to the cost of a sliding security door include the features, size and quality of the door. And, unless you have experience with DIY renovations, you will need to hire professionals to install sliding security doors. This is an additional expense to factor.

Typically, you can expect to pay anything between $785-$1000 for a high-quality sliding security door in Perth.

Pros and cons of different types of sliding doors

Not every type of sliding door is as good as the other. A sliding door with a steel frame is more robust than one with an aluminium frame. However, steel sliding doors are prone to corrosion, but aluminium sliding doors are not. While steel sliding doors can be powder coated to prevent corrosion, this increases its cost.

While steel bars are considered the most secure option for infills/grilles, they are outdated and are not very attractive. An aluminium mesh infill is not very secure and will only work as a flyscreen to keep bugs out. However, stainless steel mesh and perforated aluminium sheets are both secure as well as visually appealing.

What kind of sliding security door do you need?

The type of sliding security door you need completely depends on how much security you’re looking for. If you’re living in an area in Western Australia that is prone to burglaries, you may want to consider a high-quality steel sliding door with a steel mesh. However if you live close to the ocean, then it’s also a good idea to get a powder coated steel door to prevent corrosion.

On the other hand, if you’re considering a sliding door that looks good and gives an impression of security, a simple aluminium sliding door will suffice. And, you can always keep bugs out with a perforated aluminium sheet.

What to look for in a sliding security door?

Now that you know more about sliding security doors, you need to understand what to look for before making a purchase. First and foremost (and I say this to everyone), you need to look for a door that meets Australian standards. This includes both the AS5039-2008 standard for safety and the AS5040 standard for installation. Even if you’re experienced with DIY installation, I advise you to go with professional installation.

The next thing you should consider is the manufacturer. I urge you to only purchase sliding security doors in Perth from a reputed manufacturer. If you don’t, your sliding door may not be completely secure, even if it claims to meet Australian standards.

Finally, you should also consider getting a custom sliding security door as opposed to something that is offered as standard. Custom sliding doors are much more secure than stock standard doors. With a stock standard door, you may end up with a gap of a few millimetres after installation. These few millimetres can make a huge difference, especially if someone is trying to break in. However, by going with a custom door that has been designed to fit your opening, you won’t face this problem at all.

Where to buy sliding security doors in Perth?

When it comes to finding the best sliding security doors in Perth, look no further than us at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We’re a reputed provider of home products, and we offer a whole range of products, including sliding windows and doors.

Our sliding doors offer the perfect blend of security, affordability and great looks. No wonder our sliding doors are the preferred choice for homeowners in Western Australia.

Whatever type of sliding security door you need, you can count on us to deliver. We can offer you a sliding door with all the features and functionality that you need. Our sliding doors are versatile, strong and elegant and they’re the perfect solution for your space.

Do note that our sliding security doors are Special Order products. As such, you won’t see them listed on our online store. Simply get in touch with us with your requirements, and we’ll get it specially made for you.

Conclusion:

If you’re looking to upgrade the security of your home, you should consider getting sliding security doors installed. Sliding security doors are far more secure than traditional sliding doors. They consist of a structural frame which is generally made of steel or aluminium and an infill/grille which is generally made of a stainless-steel mesh or perforated aluminium sheets. While steel frames are considered more secure than aluminium, they are prone to corrosion. This problem can be avoided by powder coating the steel frame.

The type of sliding security door you need depends on the level of security that you want. For a highly secure sliding door, go with a steel frame and a stainless-steel mesh. On the other hand, for a sliding door that offers both security and good looks, go for an aluminium frame with perforated aluminium sheets.

The cost of a sliding door depends on the materials used, the features, the size and the quality of the door. Typically, a high-quality sliding security door will cost you anything between $795-$1000 here in Perth.

When you’re looking to buy sliding security doors in Perth, you should always buy from a reputed manufacturer. Also, always make sure that the sliding door you buy meets the Australian standards for safety and installation.

And, for the best sliding security doors in Perth, consider no one else but us at Ross’s Discount Home Centre.  To purchase one of our sliding doors, please get in touch with us directly. Alternatively, you can also drop by our showroom in Guildford to speak to one of our experts. So, get in touch with us today!