First I would like to start by saying that I had originally purchased this product two years ago and it has held up very nicely. Recently purchased two more and these new models are lack luster and leave much to be desired. The screws that came with the units are specialty screws and did not come with an additional screw driver for them. I had to use the wrong type of screw driver to assemble them. Secondly the machined holes are not aligned correctly and the screws are raised just enough to grasp which could be hazardous. I do not know if the company has changed manufactures but I do know the quality has dropped significantly. I have included pictures showing the flaws of the product.
Our child's playroom is upstairs and because of the way we had to set up our evaporative cooler, we have to keep the window up there open all the way. She liked to lean against the screen to look out the window, and It was a heart stopper every time I turned around and caught her doing it. We installed this Window guard, and it has made her SO much safer, and it has given me piece of mind. They were very easy to install, and I have put my whole body weight against it as a test and it didn't so much as bend under my weight. I would recommend this product!
Once installed (which can be tricky) this is an ideal guard for windows that don't have permanent ones. It's easy to open and close and remove in an emergency. The hardware (plastic) is unobtrusive, so you can remove the mesh guard when the grandkids have gone home and snap it back on when they visit. We have these on all upstairs bedroom windows.
Unlike most, I didn't buy this window guard to keep kids safe, I bought it to keep two cats out of my kitchen garden window. This made installation a little easier as I could put it where and how I wanted.
I found the instructions to be antiquate, in fact, better then most. Just lay everything out on a large work space and Get-R done. Having the correct tools always helps.
Concerning the screws, there isn't really anything wrong with the screws. They aren't aluminum, as they pick up with magnetic tipped drivers and they aren't self-tapping. The problem is the tubing, the screw holes are punched, but they haven't been reamed or de-burred, leaving a piece of metal that the screws can't cut through, as the screws aren't designed for that. Solution, ream the holes with a slightly larger drill bit and the screws go right in. Same for the wood screws, always drill a pilot hole for a flawless assembly.
Gave four stars as I had to finish the manufacturing process.
Note the height recommendation: with very tall double hung Windows, the guard doesn't cover enough of the lower window, sill to top. (Some of the room in my Victorian home are tall and narrow). However, it still provides a lot of coverage to keep a child from "walking out" of the almost floor to ceiling Windows. if you only raise the lower portion of the window to a few inches below the top of the Kidco guard, you should be safe. After all, no system replaces parental supervision and common sense. Once we got the hang of it, literally, it was a breeze to install. You will need a drill to give you pilot holes (a huge help to avoid stripping the screw) and a small electric screwdriver. It is a lot easier with two people and takes about 15 minutes per window, after you get the hang of it. Be sure to have the instruction tag facing toward you, in the upper right corner of the mesh insert. It tells you how to remove the mesh frame in case of emergency. These look pretty nice from inside and outside, almost like a cafe curtain in the lower part of the window. I do wish they came in a off white or natural as the white color is very white. Bonus: the mesh frames can be snapped out of the secured slots when you don't need them. Perfect for grandparents, rental units, etc...when children are not present all the time.
This Kidco mesh window guard is impossible to assemble, because the parts do not fit together. I gave up after six hours of wasted effort on multiple assemblies/disassemblies, first following the instructions and then trying different orderings, and eventually even trying different tools (resorting to pliers and levers) -- all unsuccessful. Making things even harder, the screws and plastic parts are poor quality and would be difficult to work with even if the overall device could be assembled at all. This is my first time buying from this manufacturer, and I expect it will be my last. Do not buy!
These are very strong and I feel safe having the window open with this in front of it. Putting these together (the frame with the mesh on it) is tough though. It takes a bit of work to fit them in with the frame... maybe the instructions could be changed to give an easier order. However after that to screw the anchors into the window is pretty easy and it feels strong. Good product. I'll likely buy more and would recommend them. I'm leaving off a star because of putting them together.