Your house is obviously one of your most prized possessions as it keeps loved ones and pretty much everything you own safe from harm. As a result, you want to do everything you can as a homeowner to protect your house and all of its contents. The hardware that you have on your front door plays a crucial role in this with the lock mechanism often being the difference between your home being safe and secure and it being targets of theft.
Below are 4 ways to reinforce your front door and having some of these added features will definitely deter intruders from accessing your home and if they are not put off by them, they will not get in anyway.
1. Longer screws
Many burglaries occur when an intruder is able to gain access to the home by kicking or ramming the door. This is made easier when screws that typically come with hinges and strike plates, the metal piece that the deadbolt latches into on the door frame, are used and are not nearly long enough. These screws are usually only the length needed to drill into the trim around the door and not a stud that would make the door sturdier.
To protect your door from damage and in turn your home from theft, replace the ¾-inch screws on your hinges and strike plates with ones that are at least 3 inches long. This will ensure you are drilling into a stud and make your door significantly more secure.
2. Strike plate
On a door the strike plate is effective in holding the door shut but it may not be enough to protect against a forced entry. Sometimes the strike plate that accommodates a door knob or handle when purchased is not strong enough and as a result, a different one may need to be considered. A strike plate with a deeper, boxier hole will allow the deadbolt to extend deeper and secure the door more effectively against kicks and rams.
As stated previously, longer screws will allow the strike plate to be fastened to the stud as opposed to just the frame and choosing a model with more than 2 screws will provide additional reinforcement to your door.
3. Frame reinforcement
If an intruder kicks or rams a front door, it will often result in the door frame being damaged before the actual door. As a result, strengthening your door frame should be considered to decrease the chances of your house being accessed after the door is forcefully removed.
Kits can be purchased that consist of steel door frames fastened with long screws and these can be installed by a homeowner in approximately 30 minutes. This frame cannot be cracked like common wooden ones and can easily be altered to fit most types of strike plates and deadbolts.
4. Go solid
How your door is constructed will most definitely be a deciding factor on whether intruders are successful in gaining entry to your home. While hollow doors are acceptable in entryways within your home, they are not suitable at all for an exterior entryway. The front door of your home should be solid with a metal core to prevent people from breaking into your house by force.
While front doors with glass are extremely common because they allow natural light in, they are considered a home security risk because intruders can break the glass and unlock your door from the inside. If you are concerned about the security of your locks, contact a local locksmith immediately for further assistance. Consider having a front door without any glass but if you consider it a necessity, opt for one with reinforced glass that cannot be smashed.