The process of purchasing your very own security mesh system can be quite a task when the constant bombardment of information is being produced by multiple organizations due to the growing popularity of Security Mesh in Malaysia.
Panther Protect being the leading security mesh in Malaysia, is here to clear some of the noise and guide you to making smarter purchases.
1. Does The Mesh Thickness Matter?
Security meshes are made from high tensile stainless steel wires woven together to form a mesh-like layer to prevent intruders while providing other benefits superior to the conventional metal grille system.
On the contrary, the thicker the mesh is – the better it is against intruders. However, how thick should the wire of the mesh be before it loses its benefits to provide airflow, sunlight and vision? The thickest wire mesh can be produced is 0.9 mm to 1.0 mm before powder coating to retain optimal airflow, vision and light while keeping your home safe from intruders.
Other brands may claim their meshes are to 1.4mm and above which may sound like the best, but best keep in mind those measurements includes the additional layer from the powder coating (the layer of paint that covers the mesh). At Panther Protect, we have tried and tested the limits of security mesh thickness and the best will be 0.9mm-1.0mm before powder coating.
2. Testing and Certifications
A security mesh system must serve its purpose of preventing intruders from various methods of breaking-in such as force by impact, leveraging , cutting (shearing), burning , etc. .Therefore investing into a security mesh system would mean the product must be certified and tested by an official 3rd party organization. Video demonstration of the product alone without any supporting certifications does not qualify the security strength of the product. Failing to pass the security test would result in faulty products and security breach.
Panther Protect Security Meshes are fully tested and certified by a NATA accredited laboratory.
3. Materials Used For Mesh and Frame
Most security systems such as security doors and the conventional metal grille are quite prone to rust and corrosion due to the environmental extremities. Over the time of use, such conventional security system durability is pale in comparison to the materials used to develop security mesh systems.
Security meshes are made from the standard SS304 grade stainless steel while another grade above is the SS316 grade stainless steel containing an additional mineral called “Molybdenum” to further strengthen the mesh against corrosion.
The frame holding the security mesh must be on par in terms of durability against corrosion and impact as the frame must be made from 6063 T6 aluminum grade also known as “Architectural Alloy”. Moreover, the thickness of the frame is measured at 2.5mm while other brands will make exhaustive claims to have thicker frames (2.6 to 3.0mm and above) is redundant as the section of securing the mesh thickness is at 2.5mm to be optimal. Any higher is over-engineered as the main point of intrusion is forced on the section securing the mesh and not the frame.
Buyers be aware of the materials used to produce the mesh and frame, and always inquire about it with your security mesh provider.
4. Origins and Technology
The manufacturing origins of where the mesh and frame is made from can be quite difficult to locate as most security mesh brands will mention their mesh is made from countries like China or Thailand but claim their mesh technology is from other countries like Germany or Australia.
It is important to understand the origins of the mesh will determine the quality of the mesh being produced and the technology used to secure the mesh. The most common method of securing the mesh is the “Screw-On” and “Crimping” method most brands have adopted, is no longer a viable method as the screw punctures the mesh causing it to be damaged during production. Also, the contact between screw and mesh causes galvanic corrosion (contact between dissimilar metals)
When the security mesh is being secured by screws, the force of impact is being absorbed mainly by the screws attached and eventually the entire mesh system will rip and tear from the immense tension of impact.
Improved Screw-Less Mesh System by Panther Protect
Panther Protect Security Mesh System is proudly made and developed in Australia with premium materials to ensure superior quality. We went a step further to overcome the issue of galvanic corrosion by incorporating our patented screw-less technology , making our product last longer against corrosion and retain its structural strength. The screw-less mech technology performs by minimizing the chances of the mesh dislodging and spreads the force of impact load across the entire mesh and frame.
5. Not All Locks are Made Equal
The types of locks securing the security mesh system is just as important to consider during your shopping process. Each door and window should have its own multiple locking mechanisms (multipoint locking system) with the purpose to counter the various methods of intrusion as well as keeping the frame aligned.
However, many security mesh providers will state their product has a multi-point locking system but many buyers are not aware the locking mechanism are just alignment locks for the frame to reduce vibrations.
Panther Protect multi-point locks are made to prevent tampering and breaking of the lock while keeping the entire frame in place such as the hook locks are to obstruct panel-lifting and bolt locks are used to mitigate forceful tempering. The locks are then distributed at every feet of the frame’s connecting side.
As a point of reference, The multi-point locking mechanism must satisfy these functions:
- Alignment of the frame and lock to reduce vibrations
- Prevention of lifting the security mesh frame
- Locking in the security mesh system to withstand the force of impact
- Prevention of tempering the locking mechanism itself
- Unique key system (lock picking prevention)
Besides fulfilling the multi-point locking system, Panther Protect has innovated the locking mechanism to prevent lock snapping (a common method for intruders to break locks quickly) by introducing the “Premium Gen 4 Sacrificial Snap Cylinders” to break off when being tempered causing the locking mechanism to be inaccessible for the intruder.