Three safety improvements for doors
Your front door is the most important safety feature in your home. FBI statistics show that an astonishing 34% of burglaries take place by accessing the front door. The best security system in the world will do nothing to stop a burglar from simply walking up and kicking down your front door. At Owen Enterprises we specialize in high-quality, durable doors that can stop even the most relentless intruder. Our award-winning service and quality will have you sleeping easier in no time. Read on to find out the 3 safety improvements that you must make to your front door in order to keep you and your family safe from burglars and other criminals.
1. Use a solid-state exterior door
Most importantly, all of your exterior doors must be kick proof and made of solid wood, fiberglass, or metal. If you choose to install a metal door it is vital that the door has interior reinforcement and a way to block the lock, preventing a would-be intruder from opening it with a car jack. Installing a hollow door may be cheaper and easier to install, but it is extremely easy to penetrate. An additional advantage to solid core doors is that they are easier to maintain since they are made with heavier and more durable materials.
2. Choose a window-less door
If you’re concerned about security, you should definitely choose a door that does not contain any windows. While windows are great for allowing light into your entrance way and they certainly look great to anyone passing by on the street, they’re also a big risk in terms of security. If the window on the door is situated close to the door knob, it is incredibly easy to simply smash the window and unlock the door. If you already have a door that contains a window or you absolutely want to buy a windowed door, there are some security measures that you can take. First of all, choose glass that has been reinforced and add some metal decorative components such as metal bars.
3. Install a deadbolt lock
The final thing to consider when installing a door is the locking system. Even if you choose an incredibly strong reinforced steel door, it can easily be bypassed if the lock is not strong enough. A high-quality deadbolt is the bare minimum needed to protect your home. Make sure that when you choose a deadlock don’t go 4 simply the cheapest model because it probably isn’t made with the right quality materials. If you’re very concerned about protection, you should consider installing a secondary deadbolt that is one-sided. One sided deadbolts are not accessible to the outside so they can only be opened from the inside when you are at home. This makes them nearly impossible to be unlocked by a burglar. Statistics show that 28% of burglaries occur when the homeowner is in the home, and 7% of these burglaries result in violent crime. As you can see it really pays to have this additional protection.
Contact us to find out all of the different options we have on door installations in your area, including the exceptional Therma-Tru doors. If you follow these guidelines, you will be able to easily make improvements to your home’s security.