Home security is something at the forefront of every homeowner’s mind. Protecting your family from burglars is a task that should not be taken lightly. While a lot of people would point to their windows as the first thing to take care of when burglar proofing a home, the front entry door is just as important, if not more so. The fact is that an estimated 70% of home invaders use a door (front doors, patio doors, even garage doors) to break into a home. Is your front entry door the focal point of your home security? Here are four tips to make sure your front entry door is up to the task of protecting your family.
1. Solid Construction
Exterior doors need to be made of solid materials and ought to be able to resist kicks. So, at the very least, your front entry door should have a solid wood core. You could also go with a door made completely of solid wood, fiberglass, or metal. Reinforced steel doors are the most durable options, but they require more maintenance in order to prevent rust.
2. Install a Deadbolt
A door is only as strong as its lock. The strongest doors can still be forcibly opened if the lock doesn’t extend deep enough through the frame. Installing a deadbolt lock is a great way to add protection for your front entry door. You should also consider attaching a secondary deadbolt that can only be engaged from the inside. These are almost impossible for burglars to bypass.
3. Door Frame and Doorjamb
These two components of a door are critical to door security. If your frame and doorjamb are flimsy or not constructed solidly, it can give way with one strong kick. Ensure that your door frame is solid and give your doorjamb additional reinforcement to withstand any force a burglar may try in an attempt to break in.
4. Clear the Front Entry Door of Shrubbery
Beautiful landscaping and greenery is an important component of making a house a home, but keep it away from your doors and windows. Plants, shrubs, and flowers can obscure your doors and make it the perfect hiding place for a burglar.
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