What exactly is a security screen? We have been asked this on more than one occasion. Let me first clarify that security screens are not security bars, although they perform the same duties and more, security (burglar) bars give a home or business an institutional appearance. Security screens on the other hand do not take away from the curb appeal that most people are seeking as well as feeling safe while at home or away.
At Rollshutter Company, we believe that a business or home owner should have the comfort of knowing that their windows and doors are protected at an affordable price. These screens, made here in the USA by TAPCO, Inc., are designed to protect you in your home or business at all times, including inclement weather or security.
All series of TAPCO's sub-frames, main frames, flat bar, center bar, hinges even down to the latch housings we use on our SPR-Latches are all 6063-T5 extruded aluminum. Depending on which series you choose determines the wall thickness of the frames. Most all of our screens have a wall thickness of .062 (1/16") we do offer a series with a wall thickness of .080 ( between 1/16" & 1/8"). Most homes would fall into the .062 range. All series of TAPCO screens come in standard colors of Mill Finish (unpainted), Bronze or White with Almond coming soon (be sure to ask), special colors are available.
Tapco uses .035 Ga, 12 x 12 wire in our hurricane screens. With 12 strands per inch, it easily passed the rigid impact test that Florida code demands. This wire also is easily painted. Additionally, a .028Ga 12 x 12 is available. This is the most commonly used wire in the security screen industry.
We offer a .050 aluminum piano hinge and a stainless steel hinge 1/2 x 1/2, 3/4 x 3/4, 1 x 1. Once again these can be powder coated to match the color of the main frames.
Tapco uses stainless steel barrel bolt latches, one on each side that requires both hands to operate or our patented SPR-LATCH that requires only one hand to operate.
Now back to security screens vs. security bars. Most windows today come double hung with a full screen allowing fresh air into the room or a full sunscreen to minimise the damaging rays of the sun. TAPCO Security screens are mounted directly to the window and thus appear that they belong there. Security bars, on the other hand, look just like security bars, i.e., out of place. Security screens also protect the whole window from vandals, burglars and flying debris, while security bars do not protect the glass or window thus creating maintenance cost to the home owner.