Security Screen Doors
One of the most important decisions you will make in acquiring your door will the selection of the finish for your door. Two similar doors will seem very different depending on the color. We recommend that you select a different color for your screen preferably a lighter shade of gray. This will accent your door style. You can choose from over twenty standard colors. For a more custom and exact color, we can provide you with a color match. Color match gives you the opportunity to blend the trimming of your home with the security door. This effect will also give you an always been there appearance.
Door Painting/Finish

Our primer and paint enamels are applied with an electrostatic system that leaves a coating of at least three times the thickness of conventional air paint application system. This system has an efficiency of about 90% in comparison to conventional system that is about 10%. All our doors are painted separate from the door screen. The screen is attached as the last part of the fabrication of your door. If the screen is attached and the door painted, you will not have paint between the screen and the door. Since the screen is placed on the door after it is painted, it can not be welded on. The screen is attached with pan head screws through out the perimeter of the door and in the center. This method allows the screen to be removed when the door needs to be painted. As an option we offer Powder Coating. This process is a baked on finish that will last three times longer than paint enamel. A disadvantage with powder coating is that color matching is not economical. Because of its hardness there is a tendency for the paint to chip off. Repainting is not possible unless the finish is sandblasted off. In sand blasting the screen material can not be reused so must be replaced. Powder Coating will not prevent the door from rusting if cats spray on it.

Screens Available

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The most commonly used is the Perforated Sheet Metal. The second is expanded metal screen. The size of the holes and spacing on the perforated sheet metal screen gives you the homeowner the security of being in your home and seeing who is at your door without you being seen. Perforated sheet metal screens can not be cut with a knife and if it is damaged it leaves a jagged edge which is extremely sharp. We recommend perforate sheet metal screens for doors facing public access and for maximum security. Expanded metal screen is an option on doors which do not face public access. Expanded Metal Screens can be cut with a knife. Double Cylinder dead bolts are recommended when you use this type of screen. The difference in air flow is approximate 30 % for the; perforated sheet metal and 80 % for the expanded metal screen. Both screens have the disadvantage of collecting dust in the small holes. If not washed periodically the environment elements will burn into the paint causing brown rust spots. This will occur even if the door is power coated. To combat this problem we are now using Galvanized screens. This protection is only available in the Perforated Sheet metal screen.

Designing your door

You can design your door to fit your home décor. There are a multiple of castings available for you to choose from. We have the ability to cut and form steel to give you security doors different themes.

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Door Fabrication

Valley Wrought Iron Security doors are designed for strength and durability they are built with a 1 inch steel tubular frame and a one inch steel tubular door. If the door design calls for it ½ inch tubular steel or ½ by 1 inch material is used. In all cases all material is .065 thickness or better. The door is fabricated with a 2 inch by 1/8 flat piece of steel that closes against the door frame. This prevents the door from being pried open.

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Individual pieces are welded at all strategic locations for the best strength and appearance possible. Care is taken to seal areas that will cause rust. Joint of similar size material are welded then ground and sanded smooth to give the appearance of one piece construction.

The door frame is attached to the door with four 2 inches by 2 inch hinges. These special hinges have the hinge pins flattened at both ends so they may not be removed. A one piece lock box is placed on the door. This box will take any standard deadbolt and lockset. With a 2 and 3/8 back set. Reinforce welds are placed at key locations. This will assure maximum security no matter what type of deadbolt you use.

Door installation
The way a security door is installed is the key to security

A flush mount door can not be pried open or off... The screws that attach the door to the house are special thorax security screws that first prevent the door from being pulled off and second prevent the door from being taken off. A surface mount door can be pried off in less than a minute. The door is normally attached with security one-way screws because they are visible from the front of the door. The weakness of these outside mount doors is that the one way screws go into the space between the stud and the door frame. This space generally is about 1/8 inch to ½ inch. The only thing holding the door up is the molding around the outside of the door. We at Valley Wrought Iron decided from the start that the inside mounts method were the only way that we could provide the customer with maximum security. Inside mount installation provides you with at least three times the security of your existing door. Or five times the security of an outside mount security door.

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