Residential Entrance Door Security Tips

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Your front door has to serve a couple of purposes beyond simply providing you entrance to your home. First, it is often the main focus of the front of your home, so you want an attractive door that increases your home's curb appeal. Even more important, though, is that the door needs to provide you with security so you don't have to worry about a thief forcing entry into your home. The following tips will help you choose a door that is both secure and attractive.

Tip #1: Watch the windows

Windows right next to the door frame can compromise the safety of your home, but they are an attractive addition. They also can give you warning if someone is standing outside of your door before you open it. If you want to have windows by the door, opt for a multi-pane window, since this is more difficult to reach through if it's broken. Windows are best placed only on one side of the door, opposite of the side with the door knob and lock. Also, opt for frosted glass so no one has a clear view into your home.

Tip #2: Be careful with the peephole

An entrance door should always have a peephole of some type. A basic peephole is sufficient, although a wide-angle viewer allows you see more of the porch. Windows and speakeasy grates are another option, but these can compromise the security of the door. If you go for one of these, make sure they are small and that they have a decorative yet protective grate installed over them so no one can break them out and reach through to open the door.

Tip #3: Opt for metal doors

Metal doors are the most secure option. If you must have a wood door, opt for a solid hardwood with no inset panels so it's harder to kick in. With a metal door, you can opt for a lightweight hollow door and not have to worry about it being kicked in. Modern hollow metal doors can be made to look just like wood, and they are easy to repaint if you want to change the look of your entrance.

Tip #4: Skip the wood frame

Traditionally, door frames are made of wood. The problem is that a wood frame can easily be forced with a small crowbar. Metal door frames are the only logical choice for an entrance. Much like metal doors, these frames can be painted any color so that they match the rest of your home.

Contact a door manufacturer for more help.


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