When it comes to front doors many homeowners opt for aesthetically pleasing designs which make a great first impression. On the back or side entrance a security door is much less attractive but more functional. A security door does not usually have windows and features a smooth, solid finish. Consider these tips for choosing the best type of security door to protect your home.
Security Door – Basic Features
The material your door is made of is important. Doors made of steel are generally the strongest option available. When shopping for a security door choose a door with the thickest available gauge of steel. The thicker the steel the more durable the door will be against wind or pressure from someone trying to kick it in. Fiberglass doors are as strong as steel and can be even more durable. A fiberglass door can be made to resemble the look of wood doors at much lower cost.
Another important thing to consider when getting a security door is the type of lock it will have. If a door has only a simple three pin lock you should install a deadbolt. Deadbolts reinforce your door’s security because they combine a long bolt which inserts deeper into your door frame than an average exterior lock.
In addition to a high quality deadbolt lock you may want to install an auxiliary lock. This type of locking mechanism is usually installed on the inside part of your door and door frame. A great example of an auxiliary lock is a chain door lock.
Door Jamb Kit
In addition to the door itself you will need to make sure you have a strong door jamb kit. The jamb kit includes a hardened steel plate and strapping. Your door installation team may also provide this kit for you. A solid door jamb helps to protect the strike plate from separating from the frame if the door is forcefully opened.
If you have any questions about a security door or need any advice on how to secure your existing door, contact us by visiting our contact page and filling out the form or call us at 843-946-3500. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook as well for more tips we post there!
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