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I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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3 Security Standards That Every Security Screen Door Must Meet

by Chloe Cooper

You must have experienced one of those hot and stuffy summer afternoons that force you to stay indoors. As the heat inside the house ramps up, you question whether you are going to last another ten minutes of summer. However, since you want to keep your energy bills at a minimum, turning up the A/C system is not an option. Therefore, you are left with one choice in such an instance: to open the doors and windows. However, each gust of fresh air brings with it a sense of worry. You wonder whether your security screen door is robust enough to keep away bugs and burglars. Against this backdrop, make sure that your security screen door meets the following standards during installation.  

Sturdy Frame -- You might have the most robust screen door in the neighbourhood, but it won't help much if it has a weak frame. For instance, if you install a steel screen door inside a wooden frame, the door's weight will compromise the framing material. Burglars also find it easy to break into doors with weaker frames. As such, you want to make sure that the frame you choose for your screen door can handle the associated weight. Additionally, the frame should be sturdy enough to ward off would-be-buglers. For example, if you go for a steel security screen door, it would be wise to match it with a steel frame for security reasons.

Secure Grille Attachment -- Just as a strong door is not worth much without a sturdy frame, so is a grille that is not fixed to a standard frame. You can decide to rivet the grille to a frame or weld it into place. If you choose to rivet, the rivets should not be accessible from the front to prevent burglars from pulling them out. Additionally, the rivets must be appropriately aligned to ensure that they fully connect with the grille as required. On the other hand, if you prefer to weld, ensure that you do not miss any connection points. Notably, welding is considered the most secure frame attachment method compared to riveting.

Custom Design -- If you think that your door is the same standard size as your neighbour's, think again. Doors are custom designed and vary in size. Therefore, do not make the mistake of ordering a screen door without providing accurate dimensions. Although the difference in the screen door and frame dimensions might only be a few millimetres, it is sufficient to introduce weak points. Therefore, have a professional design your screen and frame with the exact dimensions. This way, the security screen will fit snugly into the space, consequently improving security. 

Contact a company like Southern Screen Scene to learn more.