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“A lot of those security doors are only held on by the skinny trim that’s on the house,” he adds. “If that door’s open, a gust of wind can pull the door off the house.” Maher suggests homeowners shop around, “opening and closing doors” to check for quality, and that they look for at least 16-gauge steel in a door, as well as double dead-bolt locks. To ensure that those living or staying in the home aren’t trapped by the door intended to keep them safe, the door’s key should be kept near, but not in, the lock.


“In the credenza,” says Maher, “or you could hang it on the wall behind another door.”


The choice of installers can be as important as the door. Maher has heard horror stories about security door scams, and advises homeowners to deal with a reputable company and pay with a credit card so questionable charges can be disputed.


“Today you have to be so careful who you’re doing business with,” he explains. “Homeowners should do a little background check on who they’re giving their money to. Deal with a company that’s registered with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.”


Although security doors can be as strong as jail doors, they needn’t look like them. Steel Shield’s custom- made products come in 45 colors, and while some


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DOUBLE DUTY: Doors like this one discourage burglars and add flair to a home.


Community


www.SanTanSun.com Chandler 99 years old


The City of Chandler quietly marked its 99th birthday on May 17. The low-key affair was intentional, according to City offi cials, because the City is marshaling its resources for the big community bash being planned for Chandler’s 100th birthday in 2012.


“Reaching birthday number 99 is great, but next year’s celebration will be one for the ages,” says Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “Residents are


already excited, and I’m getting asked about our centennial plans all the time.”


The Chandler Centennial Steering Committee, comprised mainly of representatives from a broad cross section of the community including Chandler schools, nonprofi t agencies, faith-based organizations, service clubs, businesses and the Chandler Historical Society, meets regularly and is getting close to fi nalizing plans for the main event.


consumers opt for the prison-bar style, the ornate Tuscan-style doors are “very popular,” says Maher. “They add aesthetically to the house and provide safety and security for the homeowner.” To learn more about Steel Shield Security Doors and the products they carry, visit www.steelshieldsecurity.com. To try out a door, visit Booth C228-230 at the Mesa Swap Meet, 10550 E. Baseline Rd., or the Deer Valley factory and showroom at 1725 W. Williams Dr., Phoenix. For additional information, call 623-581-DOORS (3667).


K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email KMLang@SanTanSun.com.


A 100-day countdown to the birthday festivities begins in early February 2012 and several community groups have already come forward to have their 2012 special events designated as Chandler Centennial events. Some of these include the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony in February, Chandler’s All Class & Retiree Reunion in April, the 4th of July Celebration and a series of Chandler Symphony Orchestra performances. A special program to honor Chandler’s centenarians, those 100 years and older, is also being planned.


For additional information, visit www.chandler100th.com.


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