Doors serve as your primary layer of defense against burglars. They fend off intruders and provide you and your family peace of mind. However, not just any door can do the job, especially an old and worn-out one. The responsibility for maximizing the security of your home rests on your shoulders. Therefore, it helps to educate yourself on the door security options available.
Pick-proofing the entry door’s deadbolt is one way to improve your home’s security. It’s still not enough, however. Many burglars can force a door open despite a deadbolt. In fact, statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show that 65% of break-ins are accomplished by forcing or kicking in the front, back, or garage service doors. Reinforcing the doors against such force is therefore necessary.
Opt for a Solid-Core Door
Solid-core doors offer increased security and protection because they’re extremely resistant to being kicked in or shattered. You can check if your door is solid or not by simply knocking on it. If it emits a “dead” sound, then it’s a solid door. A hollow sound that echoes when you knock means you need to beef up its security.
You can replace your door with one that’s made of solid wood or a solid wood core, fiberglass, or metal. These materials are durable and resist almost any physical force.
Get an Excellent Deadbolt Lock
A deadbolt lock is necessary in keeping your exterior door safe and secure. When choosing one, make sure that it extends into the door-jamb opening completely. A metal strike plate should also reinforce the opening to make it work.
Also be sure that the bolt is free of exposed exterior screws, which can be broken from the outside. There are “exit-only” deadbolts that can only be locked and unlocked from the inside. These are the best option for foolproof deadbolt security.
Add Door Lock Reinforcements
Door-lock reinforcements can help thwart forced entries. For example, cylinder guards prevent burglars from wrenching or prying locks to loosen them up.
Solid strike plates, on the other hand, can keep the door steady despite pressure or force. Burglars can’t just kick the door open when reinforced by a strike plate. Just remember that strike plates should use screws that reach the studs around the door frame for better protection.
These are some options to consider when strengthening the doors in your house. You can apply any or all of these measures to any or all of your doors, front, back, side, or interior garage. Just be sure to enlist a professional to install these devices. Improper installation will only defeat your purpose and waste money.
Coastal Contract Hardware is an experienced locksmith serving the entire Grand Strand area, including installation and maintenance of all types of locks and doors. We service areas in North and South Carolina such as Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Horry County, SC and other surrounding areas. To find out more, get in touch by visiting our contact page and filling out the form or call us at 843-946-3500.