Security screens in a home's windows are a good way to add safety to a home, especially for rooms on the first floor and that are out of the view of neighbours, as these are often prime entry points for thieves and intruders. Having security screens can mean being able to keep the windows open when you're home and enjoy some fresh air without worrying about someone coming into the home. If you're hesitant about installing security screens in your home, note a few common misconceptions about these screens you might have so you can understand why they're such a popular option and why they can be a good choice for your home as well.

Escaping from the home

One misconception many people have about security screens is that they lock you in so that you're actually trapped in your home, or that they're so difficult to open that you can't quickly escape in case of a fire or other emergency. This actually isn't the case; security screens do typically lock in place, but they also unlock just as easily as an entryway door! Many security screens are installed with hinges inside or outside the home, so you can unlock them and then swing them open for quick and easy egress.

Note, too, that most areas have building codes that affect the screens you're allowed to have in windows and how easily they can be opened in case of emergency. Security screens must meet those building or fire safety codes, so don't let this fear keep you from getting security screens installed. Have your installer demonstrate how they open, and practice opening the locks and the screens so you know you can do this quickly in the event of an emergency.


You might assume that security screens are so heavy and their mesh so dense that they look very prison-like and unattractive. Dense mesh is part of what makes these screens so secure, but these screens can have different mesh patterns; squares rather than a diamond weave can make the screens look very modern and less industrial, or you might even opt for punched circles, which can also have a more unique and updated look. Thick grilles that run through the screens can also create a pattern or design that tones down the appearance of the mesh and makes it look more attractive and appropriate for a residential home.