a home security door to add another level of protection against burglary
of your home. Door security is an issue with front, back, side, and
even garage doors. Recently, mainstream educational cable TV shows have
illustrated how easy it is to break into a residence through a door.
In addition, Consumer Reports magazine conducted security tests in the
1990s which found how many residential doors could fail when placed
under duress by a burglar. This placed a new high profile focus on doors
as a first barrier to entry to protect the homeowner's loved ones and
When shopping for a home security door, look for material that will
not fail when force is applied to it. Consumer Reports magazine found
that solid wood doors were stronger than the metal skin doors common
in newer construction. Some door manufacturers now claim that steel
doors are the strongest on the market.
Consumer Reports magazine also found in its test results that lower
quality deadbolts did not hold up under force. Therefore, homeowners
should pay attention to both the kind of lock and the way it is mounted.
This is not just an issue for the main door, but for side doors as well.
In addition, principles that apply to a home security door can be applied
locks on windows.
The most effective home security locks must have a deadbolt the keeps
the door from being opened regardless of whether or not the burglar
is able to pick the lock. But more important is the strike plate or
box at the constructed bolt fits into. A bolt has to be a minimum of
1 inch or longer in order to hold when under duress or force. Many high-security
steel locks can withstand thousands of pounds of pressure
There are other devices that will transform an entrance to your house
into an effective home security door. Alarms can be wired to the door
to alert you or an outside security service such as ADT that there may
be an intruder trying to get into your house. If you want to visually
inspect someone knocking at your door you can purchase a door viewer
which is a small lens that allows you to view outside, or a door window
which can be made of highly resistant material and reinforced with bars.
Also, door chains allow the door to be opened slightly while keeping
it in a locked position.
Consider investing in reinforcing your deadbolt, door, or frame. A
number of products are made to prevent splitting when any of these security
devices are struck by a potential invader. Metal wraps can be placed
beneath the deadbolt in the door edge. Heavy-duty plates on either side
of the door frame that are tied together can further reinforce the door
to help it withstand more stress.
After investing so much money in purchasing a home and filing all the
paperwork with a lawyer and real estate agent, no one really wants to
deal with spending money on replacing locks rather than filling their
new home decorations and attractive furniture. However, it is worth
the time and expense and will give you peace of mind when protecting
your loved ones.