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How to Choose the Right Steel Security Screen for Your Vacant Property

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

Empty property being secured with Steel windows sheet.
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The Security of empty homes and commercial buildings has never been so important. With crime on the rise and property values continuing to go up, it's more important than ever to protect your vacant property assets.

One of the most effective ways to protect your empty property is by using steel security screens. These security screens are particularly effective in preventing squatters, vandals and thieves accessing your property, by providing a highly visual deterrent that can be installed quickly and removed when needed.

In this article, we'll be covering all you need to know about steel security screens and how to choose the right one to protect your vacant property.

Benefits of steel security screens

Securing a vacant property effectively against trespassers means ensuring that access points are impenetrable. The use of steel security screens for windows and doors is always our first option when protecting an empty property from squatters, vandalism, thieves and fly-tipping.

Some of the advantages of steel security screens are:

  • Visible deterrent to criminals

  • Incredible strength and security

  • Resistant to arson attack

  • Temporary and permanent solution

  • Custom fit to suit any property

  • Eliminate concerns for neighbouring occupants

Types of steel security screens available

It's important to choose the right steel security screen for your vacant property. Some of the most common types of steel security screens include:

  • window screens

  • door screens and,

  • security grilles.

Perforated Security Screen for Vacant Property

Perforated security screen for vacant property
Perforated security screen. Safe security solutions

Perforated security screens provide a heightened level of security when compared with timber. The benefits of perforated security screens include: ​

  • Visible deterrent to criminals

  • Creates a steel barrier over the window

  • Perforation lets light through to allow internal viewing

  • Resistant to arson attack

  • Cut to size to fit into window reveals

  • Fairly cheap long term solution

Sitex Security Screens:

Sitex security screen installed in a vacant property
Sitex security screen for vacant property

The benefits of utilising Sitex steel panels include: ​

  • A fully visible deterrent to trespassers

  • Robust steel screen

  • Perforations to allow light and ventilation as required when inside the building Installed from the inside for maximum security and minimum damage installation

  • Arson-resistant

  • Can be fitted over doors, windows and other entry points

Compression Secured Screens:

Our new improved compression system has been designed to provide a rapidly deployable boarding solution that is as secure as Sitex, as quick to install as PS screens, but doesn’t require the time consuming removal of windows or cause damage to the property. ​ Compression secured window panels have many benefits over their counterparts, such as:

  • Quickest method of installation

  • Multiple contact points create a rigid secure barrier

  • Bolted panels cover all shapes of enclosure

  • Rapid removal and re-use of panels

  • No requirement to remove windows

  • No drilling in to window frames or brick work

  • Damage free secure barrier

When should you choose steel security screens?

When it comes to security, strong steel is the best option. That's why choosing steel security screens is a wise decision. Not only are they tough and durable, but they're also corrosion-resistant and easy to clean. Make sure to compare prices and read reviews before making a purchase.

Choose a screen size that will fit your window properly and be sure to have it installed by a professional. Lastly, always keep in mind that security screens offer peace of mind and should be used as part of a comprehensive security plan.

Pros and cons of using steel security screens

When it comes to security screens for your property, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, steel is a strong material that can handle a lot of wear and tear. However, it can also be heavy and difficult to move around.

Additionally, there are pros and cons to using the different types of steel security screens, from the need to remove glazing if using SITEX, to the potential damage caused by PS sheets drilled to brickwork. Consider your needs when making a decision and find the best solution for your property, from PS screens to the new innovative compression system.


After reading this blog, you will be better equipped to choose the right steel security screen for your property, from traditional Perforated Steel sheets, SITEX security screens to our new and most innovative product compression secured screens.


For more information or to arrange a no obligation vulnerability assessment for your property please contact one of our security specialist today on 0330 043 6409.

Propertysec are specialists in the protection of void property.

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