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How to Make Sure Your Front Door is Secure

At Euroclad Windows and Doors we talk a lot about improving your entryway with a big beautiful front door focal point. What we don’t often talk about is one of the many reasons you have a door on your home in the first place: security.

Undeniably an exterior door on your home has many benefits; from energy savings to comfort but security can often be major concern for homeowners. The type of door you choose, and how you install it, will impact the security you can expect. Here are a few of the details to look for when considering the security your door will provide.

headerDoor Material

The first thing to consider is what your entry door will be made of. Almost any quality of door you buy, whether it’s wood, metal, or fibreglass, is going to get the job done. If someone is determined enough to take large tools to your door, they’ll get through no matter what it’s made of.

How secure a door is generally comes down to how much you’re willing to spend. For example, if you think about how thin and flimsy an interior closet door is, you can imagine how much easier it would be to bypass compared to just about any type of exterior door. Buying a quality door is much more important than the door material itself.

If you want to get into the nitty-gritty details of which material is the most secure, technically metal is stronger than fibreglass, and both are stronger than wood. Most commercial doors built for security are metal, including our hollow metal fire-rated doors. However, if we put one of our quality solid wood residential doors in front of you, you’re not likely to get through it without power tools.

drillDoor Framing

The weakest point of any door security is the framing. Most often when a door fails, it’s because the door jamb failed, not the door itself. A properly installed exterior door should not be able to be “kicked-in” easily. Of course, there is always a chance, so if you are worried, ask us about our Euroclad loaded alloy T-bar, specially designed for added security.

Getting a professional to install your door will ensure this is not the weakest link in your home entryway.

Door Hardware

Again, you get what you pay for when it comes to door hardware and locks. A deadbolt will do more than just a key latch, and multipoint hardware will do more than a deadbolt! Like the door itself, it’s rare that hardware would fail before the door frame itself.

Fortunately, there is plenty of secure and beautiful door hardware to choose from in our showroom.

The Rest Of The House

Lastly, the front door is probably not the weakest link in your home security. The majority of home break-ins don’t occur through the front door. If you’re really serious about home security, you’ll want to spend more time looking at the rest of your home first. Pay special attention to ground floor windows, and patio doors – both are common ways security can be compromised.

If you’d like more information on the strength of our doors, drop by our showroom and speak with our staff and we’ll be happy to help you out.