Protecting yourself and your family from harm is probably on the forefront of your mind. Bad things happen, even in your home that should be a safe haven. The good news is that there are certain things that you can do to reduce your risk. Studies show that most intruders kick in the front door to gain access to a house. It’s usually the frame that fails rather than the door itself. Here are a few important aspects to consider for front door installation.
Door frames are the weakest part of a door. A door frame is nothing more than two side jambs, a head jamb, some nails, wood trim and paint. It is obvious that they don’t offer much protection from outside forces. If you want your family to be safe, you need to take some extra steps to make your door more secure. If in doubt, get professional help.
Begin with tightening all deadlocks and door knobs or upgrade your existing deadbolt to a more durable one. Install a secondary deadbolt that doesn’t have keyed access to the outside and that you can only use when you’re home. If you just moved into a new home, replace all locks. The next step is to install metal door guards that help prevent intruders from breaking the door knob, latch or deadbolt stem out of the door. Take a look at the screws in the door and doorframe that were used during the front door installation. If they are short, replace them with screws that are at least two and a half to three inches long. This is an important step in strengthening the door and preventing it from being kicked in. Furthermore, replace the strike plates and entire area of the door frame with reinforced paneling products. It’s better to use too many than not enough screws. Make sure the screws you are using are at least three inches long.
However, the number one option is to have a composite door installed. A company that has experience with front door installation can help you understand how this extremely durable door can improve the security of your home.