door closer in open position

Door Closers – Do you Really Need Them?

Door closers can come in handy. They close the door behind you and can be adjusted to keep the door open when, for example, you are bringing in the groceries from the car, or large items of furniture into the house.

What exactly is a door closer? It’s a mechanical device that can close the door in a controlled fashion. There are basically two types; hydraulic or liquid closers, and pneumatic or air closers. Both of these perform the same function. There are also lightweight or heavy-duty door closers designed to match the weight or purpose of the door.

standard door closer

Door closers have been around for decades, and are still popular today, especially when you have a house full of kids who never seem to remember to shut the door behind them!

However, there are valid reasons for not installing a door closure when having a new door fitted, and we’ll discuss these below.

Door closers typically don’t last very long. They require frequent adjusting, lubricating and tightening, something that most homeowners are unaware of, or can’t be bothered to do.

No matter how expensive the security door was to purchase, if it has not been locked shut, once you are inside, you no longer have a security door, and your insurance company may not cover loss of your belongings in the event of an intruder, if the door was not locked.

Hinged doors can be easily damaged by weather. A strong wind may slam the door open or closed, damaging the door closer. Even the door itself may be damaged leading to expensive repair bills. Constant rain can cause rusting of metal door closers, causing them to malfunction and rust staining of the door and its surrounds.

Not only can the door closer itself break, but it may also cause misaligned hinges, warped doors, and actual door and frame damage.  So now you’ll be up for the cost of replacing the entire door, and potentially a damaged door frame as well. This is why door closers are not recommended, and are no longer considered a standard inclusion when purchasing a hinged door from any professional security screen installation company.

These businesses all have the same advice, if a door closer is installed, slamming behind you means that it is not locked shut, and therefore no longer considered to be a security door, if it has been closed by the closer, and you have not locked the snib, or used the key to secure it.

If you can’t live without your door closer, make sure you read the terms and conditions of the installation company. Make sure your closer is lubricated and adjusted frequently and are in good working order, because your warranty may become void, if you have not maintained the door closer. If you install a door closer yourself, this will definitely void your warranty on the security door.

However, it may be worth considering not having a door closer in the first place. A door can easily be propped open if necessary, and even kids can be trained to close the door behind them and lock the snib. It may well save you a lot of money in the future, and guarantee the safety of your home.

metal door closer

Why good quality stainless steel mesh is so important for your security door or window?

As a home owner, installing a security window or door is pretty straight forward – you contact a security fabricator, they install the security door or window and your home is secure!

We all know stainless steel mesh is an important component of security windows and doors.

But did you know slight differences in the techniques and procedures used by suppliers to manufacture this mesh, can equate to significant differences when it comes to the performance of the mesh?

Let’s explore some of the factors that affect the quality and performance of stainless steel mesh used in security windows and doors.

There are hundreds of suppliers of stainless steel mesh around the world, claiming to have the highest quality mesh at the most affordable prices. It would be quite a challenge for any security fabricator to compare the various suppliers and the quality of the mesh they manufacture.

There are a number of important attributes to consider when analysing the quality and performance of stainless steel mesh including:

*Raw materials and wire composition

*Weaving techniques and equipment

*Powdercoat finish

*Testing and compliance

*Regular cleaning and maintenance

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 304 AND 316 MARINE GRADE MESH?

Stainless steel mesh aluminium frame
Stainless steel mesh

Wire composition

As you probably already know stainless steel mesh is made of intersecting columns of stainless steel wire. This type of mesh has been around for centuries and is used in a number of applications such as fencing, barricading, grills, sifters and metal safety gloves.

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