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Best Types Of Security Screens

Choosing the best security screens for your home is an important job. Ideally, you want to choose screens that protect your home and your family and are designed and made of top-quality materials. This is easier said than done, especially when there are so many choices on the market.

If you’re having difficulty sorting through all your options, let us break it down for you. Take a look at the top 2 security screens on the market below and why we think they’re the best.

Read on to find out more.

What Are Security Screens?

Security screens or safety screens are special screens that are placed over the entry and exit points of your home such as your doors and windows. They are designed to help prevent break-ins or forced entry into your home while also helping to maintain good airflow through your home and ventilation.

They’re the perfect option for the homeowners who are security conscious but also want to have the luxury to leave their windows or doors open for some fresh air.

1. Aluminium Framed Security Screens

Aluminium isn’t as fragile as many people initially think it is. Aluminium has come a long way in recent years with many of the best security doors featuring a special heavy-duty aluminium alloy that is the perfect material to provide your home with plenty of extra security.

Often, this extra strong heavy-duty alloy is up to six times stronger than standard steel and is long-lasting, which makes it a great investment that will last well into the future.

Aluminium framed security screens are generally customisable to your home and needs, so you can ensure you get security screens that are exactly what you’re looking for.

2. Stainless Steel Mesh Security Screens

Stainless steel mesh security screens are the perfect option for homeowners who want to enjoy the outside breeze coming into their home while not having their view entirely obscured. Stainless steel mesh security screens feature mesh that is highly resistant to forced entry, while also preventing bugs and insects from entering your home.

Stainless steel is rust-resistant and incredibly strong, so you can be sure that your investment will keep your home safe for many years to come.

Again, stainless steel security screens can be tailored to your home and needs, all you need to do is provide us with some precise measurements and we’ll create a screen that’s the perfect fit.

Are You Planning On Installing Security Screens In Your Home?

If you’re planning on installing security screens in your home, you’re making a great choice.

Security screens are tough, resilient, and long-lasting, making them a fantastic way to help deter would-be criminals from targeting your home. Whether you opt for stainless steel mesh security screens or aluminium framed screens, they’re sure to help keep your home safe.

If you need assistance with security screens, or you’re ready to install yours, get in touch with us today for a free quote.

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Top Interior Design Trends For Australia 2022

As we enter a new year, many of us are considering giving our homes a much-needed makeover, but what are the top interior design trends for Australia in 2022? Let’s take a look.


Room With Sliding Windows

Embracing natural light with large windows

One of the first trends that many modern Australian homes will be embracing is making the most of natural light with large windows. Installing large windows, paired with blinds and sheer curtains, is a great way to add interest and depth to a room while embracing Australia’s warm climate and abundance of natural light.

Check out our range of large, sliding windows at Southern Cross Glass Windows & Doors to flood your home with natural light.


Bedroom With Sliding Door

Opening up spaces with sliding glass doors

Interior and exterior sliding glass doors is an interior design trend that was abundant in 2021, and it looks like it’s here to stay in 2022. Installing internal door systems and glass partitioning is a great way to separate your interior spaces, like your home office and living space, without blocking out natural light.

Traditional hinged doors have become outdated as homeowners value making the most out of their existing space with contemporary and open designs. Sliding glass doors can blend seamlessly with the design of your home while adding a sleek and contemporary touch.

Take a look at our range of high-quality sliding glass doors at Southern Cross Glass Windows & Doors today.


Interior With Potted Plants

Bringing the outside, in

The houseplant trend skyrocketed throughout 2021, and it looks like it is set to continue this year. Bringing greenery into your home is a great way to give your mood a boost and improve the internal air quality of your home.

Whether you have a green thumb or struggle to keep your houseplants alive for more than a month at a time, there’s a species of plant to suit everyone’s needs. Fiddle leaf fig trees are a great option for homes with plenty of light, while sweetheart plants are happy to thrive in shaded spaces. If you’re likely to forget to water your plants frequently, snake plants and cacti could be ideal low-maintenance options.


Minimalist Style Room


Minimalism has transitioned from being a popular habit to becoming an interior design trend we’re likely to see in homes across the country. As homeowners attempt to clear out their unwanted belongings at the start of each year, they tend to focus on the core purpose of each room.

By decluttering your space, you can highlight the most basic requirements for each room and strip back unnecessary items to create a clean and organised space. If you think that your home might look a little bare, consider decorating with contrasting colours and textures. Minimalism might not be practical for everyone (particularly those with large families), but if you can achieve it, it can provide you with an open and relaxing living space.

Shop our range

If you’re looking to give your home a makeover this year, take a look at our range of high-quality windows and doors at Southern Cross Glass Windows & Doors today.

5 Ways to Identify When to Replace Windows and Doors

It’s no secret that good doors and windows are pretty important. After all, they help regulate the temperature in your house and keep your family safe. So, knowing when window and door replacement is necessary is a responsible choice that any homeowner should make. It’s an investment to replace them but it will give you peace of mind and protect your home and the people living inside. Here’s how to know it’s time to call the experts at Southern Cross Windows.

1. You feel a draught

If you walk past any of the doors and windows in your house and you feel a draught, it’s a good sign that you need to replace them. Obviously, you’ll feel a breeze if the doors and windows are open, but you’re looking for a draught that you can still feel if they’re closed. That indicates a seal that is worn out or gone. This can make your heating and cooling system work harder, increasing your energy bills, but a replacement makes a big difference.

2. There’s visible damage

If you look at your doors and windows and see splintered wood, cracks, broken seals or chips, you need new ones. Letting it go too long can compromise the structure of the door and window openings and can lead to further (and costly) damage. At the same time, damaged windows and doors aren’t as safe as those that are intact.

3. They’re hard to open and close

Windows and doors that are old may be rotting, rusted or warped and you’ll know this because they’ll be hard to open and close. Ideally, you should be able to slide windows closed and push doors closed without much effort. If you have to struggle to open or close them, you have a problem and likely need new ones.

4. You hear a lot of noise

Your doors and windows are designed to block a lot of the noise from outside, including people and traffic. If you notice that you’re hearing a lot more sounds from outside than you’re used to, it could mean that you need new doors and windows. This is probably because the seals are broken down and degraded or you have damage to your windows and doors.

5. Your windows and doors are ugly

If you’re ready for window and door replacement, call the experts at Southern Cross Windows today to get started. We can replace a single door or window or install replacements in multiples.

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How Can I Make My Front Door More Inviting?

If you are somebody who is particularly house proud and keen to make a good first impression with new visitors to your home, then there is nothing better than having an attraction front door! When you think about it, the front door is one of the first things that a person sees up close when coming to your home, so it makes sense to pay that extra care and attention to it.

Here at Southern Cross Windows, we are the people to come to when you need a good quality door, but after installation, the rest is up to you! With that in mind, here are some suggestions for how to make your front doors on the Gold Coast more inviting!

  1. Clean The Clutter
  2. Welcome Mat
  3. Flowers
  4. New Paint
  5. Replace Old Hardware
  6. Add some lighting
  • Welcome Mat

Don’t underestimate the power and impact of a well-designed welcome mat! You might think that they are old fashioned at this point in 2020, but a funky and fun doormat can be the little accessory touch that really takes your front door area from being just okay to great! You don’t need us to tell you just many design choices and shapes there are out there on the market.

  • Flowers

If you have some nice wall space on either side of your front door, you can frame the door in handing flowers or hanging baskets that can make it look like something out of a whimsical French movie. The great thing about doing this is that you can follow the seasons and keep the flowers you display in accordance with the time of year.

  • New Paint

When was the last time you gave your front door a fresh coat of paint? A long time ago, right!? If you have gotten bored by the neutral colour that you see every time you let yourself in, then be bold and pick something vibrant to replace it with. Don’t be afraid to stand out in your street, people will be jealous that you made a big home changing decision!

So, if you are in need of a new door or multiple doors on the Gold Coast, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Southern Cross Windows.  Any of our trained and experienced team members will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have and make the best recommendations for your specific needs. We very much look forward to hearing from you.

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Beautiful Beachside Bi Fold Doors

If you are one of many people along any of our coasts who get to live right by the beach, then there is no arguing that you should be designing and improving your home to maximise the beautiful scenery and landscape that is right on your doorstep!

When you live so close to the ocean, you want to be getting as much of that natural wonder in your home as possible, and we at Southern Cross Windows firmly believe that we have the right solution for this.

We’re talking, of course, about bi fold doors!

Let’s take a look at why they are so perfect for beachside homes.

Bi fold doors have the ability to maximise all of that natural light that surrounds your home.

Properties by the sea get to experience some of the best sunny days and bi fold doors can help to bring that sunlight right inside.

The nature of bi fold doors means that they are easily slid away to create a seamless transition from the indoors to the outdoors and vice versa.

When you have the natural beauty of the beach to enjoy from the comfort of your own backyard, you might as well maximize that effect as much as possible.

There is a great deal of easy access to be gained from bi fold doors, which is perfect for when you are entertaining outdoors and want to create an open pathway between, say, the kitchen and the garden area.

This can be beneficial if you are barbecuing and want to go back forth a lot.

Even with all of these great benefits, something that clinches it for many people is that bi fold doors are really easy to care for and maintain.

They don’t require much elbow grease to stay in shape, and the cleaning side of things is reminiscent of any window in your home.

So, if you live near the ocean and those benefits sound like something that you want to incorporate in to your own home, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to explore what kind of bi fold doors we can install for you.

If you’re living with an ocean view but have yet to feel the benefit of bi fold doors, then you simply aren’t getting the full value experience out of your home!

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Tips for Renovators

Window and door replacement is a big part of a renovation job.

As with anything, doors and windows do tend to wear out and quit being as secure as you’d like and don’t do quite as good of a job keep the cold or hot air outside where it belongs.

At Southern Cross Windows and Doors, we have a wide range of door and window options for you to choose from as you renovate your home.

Before you get started on replacing your doors and windows, it’s a good idea to learn what you can expect from the job.

So, keep reading for handy tips you’ll be glad you have.

The Basics

In some cases, a window or door replacement involves putting in new glass and moving parts and the frame remains in place.

If you want to reframe the windows or doors or replace the window sills, you will need to get help from a contractor or carpenter who knows how to do the job.

In this case, it is often better to replace the windows completely as whole units.

We can help you choose the best windows and doors to fit your renovation and what you want from the rooms in your home.

Consider the Options

When it comes to windows and doors, there are plenty of options to choose from.

We offer a wide range of choices, including bifold doors and windows, double hung windows, sliding windows, casement windows, stacker, and hinged doors.

We can help you evaluate your current doors and windows and decide which of our options are the best fit for the space.

Building Codes

If you’re simply swapping out old windows and doors with new ones, you probably won’t need to worry about proper building codes.

However, if your renovation includes reframing the windows or doors or other construction work, you may need to get the work cleared with your city planners.

We can help you decide if this necessary so you know what to expect when you get started.


Window and door installation is best done by experts. Our trained staff can remove your existing doors and windows, create a larger space for the windows and doors and hang the new ones for you.

If you’re not sure you’re up to the job, it’s better to let the pros do it so you have peace of mind that it’s done right.

Call Us on: 07 5534 3300 at Southern Cross Glass Windows and Doors today for a free quote on new doors and windows for your renovation.

You’ll receive expert and professional advice on all your queries.

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Different Window Options For Your Home

If you are in the process of building a new home, remodelling your current property or looking to replace your old windows we can help.

You may not be aware of the vast range of different window options now available from Southern Cross Windows for both residential and commercial properties.

For homeowners looking for windows Gold Coast we have a range of windows that will cater for all tastes, properties and requirements.

At first, the choice may be overwhelming but Southern Cross Windows has a professional team of advisers who can talk you through the multitude of options available.

This means you will find the right treatment for your home or business.

Located in Currumbin Waters, we provide and install windows and doors to both residential and commercial properties throughout the Gold Coast and Northern NSW.

Bi-fold windows

There is no better window for allowing a seamless transition from the inside to the outside.

Bi-folding windows discretely fold away from view and allow unobstructed access to the outdoors.

From smaller bi-fold windows to almost entire wall size windows, this great design will add a focal point to any home.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows offer the homeowner a sleek and stylish option for their property.

A functional style of window that is designed to improve both the interior and exterior appearance of your home.

Hung Windows

Choosing double hung windows allows the flexibility to direct the airflow into a property by either the top or bottom opening, or both together.

Louvre Windows

A simple and classic design, Louvre windows on the Gold Coast are perfect for controlling the direction of airflow into the property.

This is done by altering the pitch of the glass blades against the weather.

Fixed Light Windows

As the names suggests, these windows are fixed and sealed units, which simply provide the influx of light into a property.

Available in a range of sizes, they are commonly used in conjunction with Louvre windows to allow more airflow into your home or business.

Casement Windows

If you have a coastal property that is prone to extreme weather conditions.

The casement windows will be the best option for you. Specifically designed and tested for extreme weather, including wind resistance up to 360/kmh.

Other types of windows and accessories include: awning windows and commercial framed windows.

Window screens are available to complete the style and look of your project.

How Do I Find the Best Window Treatment For My Needs?

Whatever your project, if you need to discuss your window needs on the Gold Coast contact with our team today.

Call us on 07 5534 3300 or fill in our form via our website.

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Interior of a duplex house with louvre style aluminium windows

Best Quality Aluminium Windows on the Gold Coast

At Southern Cross Windows, we have a huge range of high quality aluminium windows and doors to suit the needs of customers across the Gold Coast.

We are a local, family owned and run business who are market leaders in the best design and highest quality service in the region.

Our sleek aluminium frames make any home look great, and are guaranteed to keep out the elements by housing the best glazing units.

We have a superb back up and after sales service trusted by an army of customers.

Great Range

Over the years, windows and doors have evolved to do much more than let in light and keep out the rain.

Our excellent range of products provides security, safety, energy saving and space enhancing options which also greatly increase the value of your home.

Our super quality aluminium windows and doors come in a huge number of designs.

As well as static frames, we sell and install bi fold windows which cover a large span of window space with the option of opening out to make your home feel bigger by including the outside as well as the inside.

We also have sliding windows which are superbly smooth to open and close securely, giving security with an uninhibited view.

For smaller, upstairs spaces, we have superb awning windows which give the maximum amount of sunlight with minimum fuss.

Expert Service

As we are experienced and trusted dealers and fitters, we have an excellent team of skilled fitters who provide a guaranteed level of craftsmanship.

We will remove your old windows and install our great looking replacements to your exact specifications.

Our experienced team are experts at installing all our designs and making sure they work exactly as they should.

We also provide a back up service to keep your working parts operating to their factory specifications.

As well as domestic services, we have a great range of windows and doors for commercial businesses.

By fitting state of the art aluminium framed glass, you can make your business stand out from the neighbourhood and your competition.

All our products are superbly energy efficient, reducing your heating and air conditioning bills while making your property look fantastic.

Look In

To find out more about our aluminium windows and doors, and the excellent quality of service we provide, get in touch with us at Southern Cross Windows.

Visit our website to contact us for a free quote, or call 07 5534 3300.

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Best Quality Bi-Fold Windows On The Gold Coast

Here on the Gold Coast, bi-fold doors and windows are a very popular choice with homeowners.

Their design makes it easy to seamlessly combine a property’s interior with the exterior, potentially doubling the size of living rooms and kitchens with no fuss.

While this is a stunning design feature to take advantage of the great outdoors and glorious Gold Coast weather, sturdy and well-fitted doors and windows will also withstand the worst the weather can throw at you depending on the season.

At Southern Cross Windows, we have both the products and experience to find the best bi-folds for any property.

Local Quality

At Southern Cross, we are a family owned and locally run business specialising in finding bi-fold window and door solutions for homes on the Gold Coast.

We have many years of experience in the industry, and offer custom bi-fold doors and windows manufactured and fitted by our own expert team.

By carefully listening to our customers needs, we understand your requirements from the outset of your renovation.

Replacing existing windows and doors is not something to be done hastily, and we appreciate you may be hesitant to take on a large job like replacing all of your windows and or doors.

Because we look after you from design specifications to installation and include efficient after-care, we provide the most comprehensive window and door replacement service.

This is also the most efficient way of doing things, so we are able to keep our costs to a minimum, while providing, installing and maintaining the highest quality bi-fold doors and windows.

Great Options

We offer a bespoke range of window and door sizes based on your needs.

Whether you are building from scratch and have your own design ideas, or are replacing old frames and units, we will advise on a huge range of options.

As well as bi-fold doors, we make and fit hinged, sliding and stacker doors to complement them.

By combining bi-fold windows and doors with some of the other options, you can make your living space feel much more open and free of obstacles and clutter.

For families with young or older members who need room to move about easily, bi-fold windows and doors can make the difference between staying in your current property or trying to buy bigger.

By helping you explore your options, we at Southern Cross will let you get a clearer idea of what you can achieve in your current property.

All our window and door units are made to the highest safety standards, and resist accidental breakage or deliberate break in attempts.

As we manufacture and fit our products to the highest design standards, we also offer your home added security features.

With our superb quality windows and doors, your home will not only look and feel great, but will increase in value quite noticeably.

Find Out More

For more information, or just a chat about our bi-fold doors and windows, contact us at Southern Cross Windows. You can also call us at 07 5534 3300.

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What’s the Best Sound Rating Glass on the Gold Coast?

Here at Southern Cross Windows, we are committed to providing the best glazing solutions for the whole of our customers’ needs. From bi fold doors and windows to security screens, we offer a great range of products and expertise to cater for all your requirements.

One of our fastest growing demands is for glazing products, which offer protection from outside irritants, including excess noise.

We are the experts on the Gold Coast providing multiple sound reduction solutions to help make your living spaces more comfortable and not feel like the highway traffic is going to be coming through the side of the house.

Extra Layer

A lot of people look to double-glazing, which is quite effective but is more suitable for climate control and commercial applications.  Being on the Gold Coast, climate control isn’t really a major concern.  As with all technology, double-glazing is part of a process that has produced a great new generation of products, which still perform like the older-style double-glazing with improved aspects.

Double-glazing was invented to reduce the interference of outside noise while preserving the energy within buildings to help keep heating costs as low as possible. It relies on an extra layer of glass and a spacer to reduce the sound, thus giving extra protection between the outside and the inside, doubling the efficiency of single glazing.

Today, there is a technological breakthrough that gives you this added protection at a fraction of the cost.

Acoustic Glass

Major glass suppliers have engineered an acoustic glass that provides the sound reduction, that you need which we at Southern Cross believe will represent the next generation of Gold Coast sound reduction products, without compromising safety or style.

Acoustic glass is a laminated glass that uses an advanced interlayer enabling it to absorb more sound energy, helping to reduce different types of noise, especially high-frequency types.  According to Viridian, their VLam Hush™ buffers outside sound, decreasing sound by up 34% in comparison to ordinary glass^.

This revolutionary new glass technology has a noise inter-layer inbetween the two layers of your glass, which enhances sound insulation without interfering with the amount of light entering your home or business.

By installing acoustic glass, you will get the benefits of both double-glazing and window tinting, with an extra level of noise insulation.  As this glazing can be made to fit any size of door and window panel, it is perfect for homes and businesses.

Here on the Gold Coast, this kind of solution is a WINNER.  Whatever option you choose, the team at Southern Cross is committed to installing only the best solution for all our customers.

Find Out More

To find out more about Gold Coast sound reduction and all our other great glazing solutions at Southern Cross Windows, visit our website, or call 07 5534 3300.