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5 Thinks To Look For When It Comes To Front Door Security

by Ella Curtis

If keeping your home secure against intruders is a top priority, then you need to choose a replacement door that can provide security. The following are five things to look for in the most secure doors.

1. Material

Of the three common door materials -- wood, fiberglass, and metal -- metal doors provide the most security. Wood doors can weaken over time, and a committed intruder can break through them. Fiberglass is durable in some situations but can often be forced open. Metal doors, particularly steel doors, can't be kicked in, splintered, or forced easily. Steel metal doors are also attractive, as they come in a variety of designs and in any color you could want.

2. Frame

A new door is only as secure as its door frame. Much like the door material, a steel frame is the most secure option. Both wood and fiberglass frames (which often have a wood core), can easily be broken through with little more than force and a pry bar. Steel doesn't bend or warp easily, making it difficult to force open. Opt for a metal door with a built-in pry guard over the latch for the best security.

3. Hinges

To be secure, the hinges need to be located on the interior of the door. Otherwise an intruder can simply knock out the hinges to open the door. Even inside hinges can be a weak point, though, as with enough persistence and force the door can be knocked inward on the hinge side of the door. This is because hinges are held to the frame with screws that can be dislodged with repeated strikes from outside. Hidden hinges are the answer. These hinges are actually built through the jamb of the frame. As an integrated system, they are much harder to force apart.

4. Windows

Windows are beautiful on a front door, but they can pose a security risk. If you want a window, opt for one that is too small for anyone to fit through. It also needs to be positioned in a manner that prevents anyone from reaching in and opening the deadbolt or latch. Further, consider a window that is made of tempered or bulletproof glass to further reduce the chances of someone breaking it.

5. Locking System

Choose a replacement door and frame combination that allows for a long deadbolt, at least one or two inches in length, and that features a reinforced metal strike plate. There are doors designed to hold multiple dead bolt pins, which means you can have a locking mechanism with several bolts securing it to the frame. The more bolt pins, the more secure the lock.

Contact a door installation service to learn more about the available security features.