Home security starts with the front door. This is one of the first places a burglar will attempt to enter your home. If it’s unlocked, their job is made much easier. But even a locked door is no match for a seasoned criminal intent on getting inside.
There are many things you can do to help secure your home and your family. And the entry door is a great place to start. Here are some tips to improve your entry area and door security.
Solid Exterior Doors
To start, you’ll need a strong, durable, and kick-proof front door. Hollow core doors may be less expensive to install, but can be easily defeated. Solid wood is a good choice, or at the very least, a door with a solid-wood core. Fiberglass and metal are also good options. Metal doors should have interior reinforcements and a lock block so thieves can’t bend it open with a car jack. Reinforced steel doors are the most secure option on the market today, but you will have to invest in added maintenance to prevent the formation of rust.
Many homeowners choose doors with decorative windows or sidelights to improve the overall aesthetics of the front entry way. This is nice from a curb appeal point of view, but in terms of security you are leaving yourself vulnerable to break-ins. All a burglar has to do is break through the sidelight and reach around to unlock the door.
Either choose a new entry door without windows or make sure you choose a windowed door with extra security measures such as reinforced glass, decorative bars or metal reinforcements. You could also install a secondary door lock at the level of the floor if your local fire codes allow it.
While shrubs, trees and plants make your house look nice, they provide extra spots in which burglars can hide. Refrain from planting shrubs, bushes or trees that can grow and obscure your windows and entry door area. If you already have shrubs in the front, trim them back as much as possible to ensure thieves have no protection from prying eyes across the street.
Install a Deadbolt
Remember: a door is only as strong as its lock, and even the best reinforced steel door can be opened with one strong kick if the lock doesn’t extend deep enough into the frame. When selecting a deadbolt, choose a reputable brand name, not the cheapest model. You may also want to add a secondary, one-sided deadbolt which do not have keyed access to the outside. Thus, you can only see them when you are home, guarding you against a dangerous and traumatic home invasion.
Choose a Durable Frame and Doorjamb
These two elements are vital to door security. A kick to a weak jamb or frame can crack open your door in no time. Forgo the thin, flimsy strike plate and go with a deeper box strike with screws that extend deep into the wall studs, rather than just the doorjamb. Reinforce your doorjamb with galvanized steel so a burglar can’t get in by kicking down the door or using their shoulder.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
For high-quality entry doors, contact us for the best prices and thorough installation. We know the best door for you and can recommend the highest door security measures to take depending on your needs.