If you are buying a new home or remodeling the one you live in, take some time to consider whether your door and window choices provide adequate security. Windows and doors that are intruder-resistant can dissuade those who might otherwise invade the sanctity of your home. A few things to look for that keep you and you family safer:
1. Solid Kick-Proof Doors
Ensure that every exterior door in your home is solid. Choices include solid wood doors, solid wood core, metal or fiberglass. These doors stand up to pressure and can’t be kicked in by someone trying to gain access to your home. The most secure choice is a reinforced steel door; however, these doors require additional maintenance to avoid rust.
2. Windowless Doors
Doors with windows can be attractive and can add natural light to your entryways. However, they can be an additional security risk, especially if the window is within arm’s reach of the lock. If the door that you want has a window, opt for reinforced glass or decorative metal coverings.
A door with windows can also be made more secure by having a secondary lock at the bottom of the door. Check with your local fire codes to see if this is permitted.
3. A Strong Deadbolt and Lock Block
You can have the most secure reinforced metal door on the market, but, if you don’t have quality locks, that door can be passed with a single strong kick. When installing a door, install a strong, quality deadbolt at the same time. Make sure you get one that extends far enough into the door frame to defend against forced entries. A lock block can keep your door from being opened with tools like car jacks.
4. Reinforced Door Frames
If a doorjamb or frame is weak, they can allow a determined thief to get in easily. Galvanized steel reinforcements protect against brute force entries. Deep strike boxes provide more protection than basic, slim strike plates.
5. Impact-resistant Glass Windows
If you are looking for extra protection, consider seeking impact-resistant glass. In contrast to the ordinary annealed glass used in standard windows, impact-resistant glass uses laminated layers to give better protection. By layering tempered or chemically strengthened sheets together, windows can be made nearly impossible to cut or shatter, meaning thieves have a harder time getting inside.
6. Quality Window Latches
If your windows slide open on a track, they can be very easy for intruders to conquer to get inside. Look for windows that come with tough latches or bolts. If the windows of your home lack this security, have bolts and securing pins installed as an add-on.
It’s not necessary to spend thousands of extra dollars equipping your home with top of the line materials. However, when you consider that the average burglary results in a loss of around $2,000, spending extra on the entry points of your home is a quality investment. Shop carefully and do your research to ensure that your home and your family are well-protected.