Security Screens vs Flyscreens – What’s the Difference?

Security Screens vs Flyscreens

We talk a lot about security screens here; how they can secure your home, save you money, and overall, prove as a highly worthwhile investment for your home. However, a lot of homeowners make the mistake of thinking that they’ve already got security screens installed. They consider flyscreens and security screens to be one in the same, when in reality, these two products are actually very different. 

You may have flyscreens installed over your doors and windows, but can you expect them to hold up in the unfortunate event of a burglary? To answer this question and more, we’ve uncovered the difference between security screens and flyscreens down below:

Let’s Talk Materials

First off, what are flyscreens and security screens actually made out of?

Most flyscreens are made out of aluminium and mesh; however, you can also find them available in fibreglass varieties as well. Security screens can be found in aluminium and stainless steel, with stainless steel being the preferred material for many residents who are wanting the highest level of security possible for their home. Stainless steel security screens are excellent for application in a number of different environments. For instance, if you live in a bushfire-prone area, you can expect stainless security screens to resist against high heat and flaming debris. Unfortunately, you can’t expect the same level of performance with a flyscreen. 

Purpose of Design

The purpose of flyscreens is to act as an additional barrier over your windows and doors, so that you can open them up and enjoy fresh air, natural lighting, and all the other benefits, without having to compromise on pest-control. On the other hand, security screens are manufactured to address security requirements specifically. They are designed to be durable, sturdy and long-lasting. Essentially, they’re built to protect your property against physical break-in attempts and buy you as much time as possible in the event of a burglary. 

Certified or Not

At the end of the day, you can’t expect a flimsy flyscreen to keep out burglars, when it’s only designed to keep out bugs and insects. How do we know, you ask? Well, because security screens have been tested against a number of forced entry conditions. Flyscreens, on the other hand, have not. 

In order to be deemed fit for use as a security product, security screens are required to pass a variety of simulated attacks most commonly used by burglars. Australian Standards 5039-2008 requires the screen to pass the dynamic impact test, knife attack test and anti-jemmy test. Screens that manage to hold up well against all the aforementioned attacks are then considered suitable for use as a security product over your doors and windows.  


The soft, woven mesh of most flyscreen doors can be prone to holes and cuts caused by everyday wear and tear, pets, children, as well as a number of other factors. Aside from this, flyscreens are generally something that you have to replace quite often, as they are simply not designed to withstand against strong impacts or severe weather conditions for long. Conversely, security screens are manufactured from high-quality materials that ensure to resist against sun damage and highly corrosive environments. In addition to this, they also feature a smooth, durable mesh that resists dust collection and is super easy to clean. This makes them far more capable of lasting for a longer time on your property. They’re also great for households with allergies. 

Turn to Aus-Secure for Durable Security Screens in Perth

It’s high time you replaced those old and busted flyscreens with strong and durable security screens from Aus-Secure. Security screens come with all the benefits of a flyscreen plus more, so there’s really no way to go wrong with them. If you want to increase the security, safety, value and aesthetic appeal on your premises, then getting security screens from Aus-Secure is the perfect way for you to do so. 

For more on our range of custom security screens, contact Aus-Secure. Call us now to get a free measure and quote!