3 Steps to Burglar-Resistant Doors
Burglars Like to Use the Door
Previously, we discussed that 56% of the time, burglars use front and back doors to enter homes. Either the door is left unlocked (don’t do that, especially when you are home), the door has a poor-quality lock that is easily breached, or the door is kicked in. Doorways have three separate weak points, including the door, the lock, and the door-frame. All three of these must be strong in order for the doorways to stop an intruder.
Today, we will discuss the importance of the door itself. Since many doors are simply kicked in as a way of getting in the home, you must have a strong door that is built to withstand the force of a grown man kicking at it with all his strength. So, do the following three things when choosing a burglar-resistant exterior door for your home:
Make Sure the Door is Solid
This is a must! Don’t be fooled by hollow-core doors that look heavy and solid. These doors may as well be paper. There is simply no way for a hollow-core door to have enough strength to withstand even weak attempts to break through them.
Choose The Right Material
All door materials are not the same. For truly burglar-resistant doors, your three choices of materials are wood, steel, and fiberglass. A solid door of either of these materials will help keep you secure. Each material has other advantages and disadvantages that will ultimately help you choose the material that is right for you. Below is a brief description of each.
- Solid 100% Hardwood Doors. These doors are constructed of thick, solid pieces of 100% hardwood lumber. They are generally the most beautiful doors you can purchase, and can be finished in a variety of ways from paint to rich stains. According to Consumer Reports, well-maintained solid wood doors are weather-resistant, excellent at resisting wear and tear, and easily repaired. All in all, solid hardwood doors are great combinations of elegance and strength. However, depending upon the type of wood you choose, they can be some of the most expensive doors available.
- Solid Core Wood Doors. These doors are made of wood and they are solid all the way through, but they are not 100% hardwood. Instead, these doors are usually made by laminating a hardwood veneer over a thick particle-board core. These doors offer the same level of security as solid wood doors, but, because they combine expensive solid woods with cheaper pressed wood, they are significantly less expensive than their solid wood counterparts. They are more prone to weather damage, though.
- Steel Doors. Steel is another excellent material for burglar-resistant doors. They tend to be more energy-efficient than wood doors, and they are less susceptible to weather damage. In addition, they can provide great physical strength. A 20-gauge steel door may be the strongest door you can buy. Steel doors can dent, and, if they get scratched, they can rust. Steel doors are generally more affordable than wood doors.
- Fiberglass Doors. These doors can be the most maintenance-free choice for an exterior door. They are not susceptible to denting or rusting like steel doors, and they won’t warp or decay like wood doors can if they are not carefully cared for. They are also energy-efficient. However, depending on the door, fiberglass doors can become pricey.
Burglar-Resistant Doors Have No Glass
Glass is very popular in doors because it adds elements of beauty and can significantly brighten a darker entryway. However, thieves have several ways of using even tempered-glass as a way to get a hand inside so they can open the deadbolt. Therefore, if you must have glass, choose a door in which the glass is far away from the lock area. Alternatively, you can place a deadbolt at the bottom of the door where it will be well out of reach of prying hands.
Remember, a reputable locksmith will tell you that it doesn’t matter what type of locks you have, if the door is not strong enough to keep them from giving way. And, it won’t matter what kind of door you have if your locks are not up to the job. So, next in the series – choosing the right lock(s) for your exterior doors.