Imagine a world where you could leave your doors wide open and never be in fear of some lurker in the shadows just waiting for the right moment to pilfer cherished possessions, or worse, hurt you and your family.
Well, unfortunately we don’t live in that world.
It is a universally acknowledged fact that most burglars attempt to breach the security of a building via its doors and windows; either with masterful lock picking skills or the exceptional wielding of a crowbar or hammer. It is therefore paramount that the cornerstone of your home security lies with proper reinforcement of your doors and windows.
If one thing stands between criminals and the safety of your family or business, it better be damn good. So here are some things to look out for if you’re in the market for a good security door.
The Company: The first and foremost thing to look out for before purchasing a new security door, isn’t even the door itself, but the company. Ensure that whoever you are purchasing from stands behind their product 100 percent.
Don’t invest or believe in a company that does not believe in themselves. Ensure that the company has a solid policy on damages, repairs and at least a 5-10 year warranty. If a company is willing to put their name and more importantly, their profit-margin on the line, it’s usually an indicator that they have a solid product.
Doing business with a company that has good service and a good reputation can save you a lot of headaches down the road.
The Material: Another thing to look out for when purchasing a security door is the material. Stainless or galvanized steel are typically the materials of choice for security doors.
Either material can be a good choice depending on where you live. If you’re located in a coastal area you should avoid galvanized steel at all costs. The moist salty air and any repeated contact with salty water may render the zinc coating of galvanized steel ineffective.
This will result in rusting and will compromise the strength of your security door. Stainless steel is a safe choice for most people. As with anything requiring a large investment, you should consult with a professional to make sure you’re making the right choice.
The Features: There are certain standard features that security doors should be outfitted with just to ensure basic security and thwart common burgling tactics.
Your doors must have non-removable screws, reinforced hinges, proper insulation, drill resistant locks and a durable inside and outside finish. These are just a few basic requirements and security doors can be custom made to have many additional features based on your situation and budget.
Consult with a local professional to determine the perfect door for your needs.
The Frame: The frame of your security door is just as important as the door itself. The frame of your door must be able to withstand the weight of your door. If not, this could result in a large hole (literally!) in your security. It could also present a serious safety hazard.
They say a door is only as strong as the hinges, and the hinges are attached to the frame. If your door frame is damaged or not strong enough not only will it be easier to accidentally rip the door off (hinges and all) and injure someone, but it also will be easier to exploit by criminals.
The Design: You might be thinking, what does the design of my door have to do with anything? Besides the fact that you don’t want an ugly eyesore gracing the front of your home, a large steel door may send the wrong message to criminal elements. It’s the forbidden fruit syndrome.
A large steel security door says, “Hey, I have something really valuable behind me. Try and break in, if you dare!” The fact is, a conspicuous security door can draw a lot of unwanted attention to your home or business. It may also spark the curiosity of ambitious criminals.
There are numerous options for security door design, and it would do well to choose one that is in keeping with the design of your home. Many firms actually allow you to customize your doors for a unique and stylish look.
Security doors can be built to withstand simple burglary attacks all the way up to full scale military warfare. It’s definitely possible to have your home outfitted with a security door fit for a military bunker- so long as you have the budget for it.
As with every single product on the market, there are high quality versions as well as their low quality counterparts. It is prudent to be very discerning when looking for a security door, and the reason is pretty obvious.