If you want to add security to your home without the hassle and cost of an alarm system, you might consider installing security doors. These doors are stronger than standard entryway doors, and they are less likely to be kicked in or pried away from the doorframe.
If you've considered having security doors installed, but aren't sure if they're the best choice for your home, note a few misconceptions you might have about these doors. This can help you determine if they are the best choice for keeping your home, and your family, as safe and secure as possible.
They're all made of metal
Security doors can be solid steel, but they can also be steel with a wood skin or outer layer. Some security doors may also be solid wood; these are usually made from any number of very dense, strong species of wood that make them almost as strong as steel. Other security doors might have a steel frame with security glass insets; the glass is usually frosted for privacy, but it's also very strong and nearly impossible to break. These other options give you the strength you expect from a security door but without the drab, industrial look of solid steel.
If you want to expand a home's entryway, don't assume that it would be too expensive to have large security doors custom made. Many wood security doors can be built from scratch very easily, and stainless steel can also be cut to any size, so you can have oversized steel security doors, or steel frames with security glass insets, for a very affordable price. Talk to your security door contractor about your options rather than assuming custom made security doors will be out of your reach financially.
One common misconception about security doors is that you can get the same level of security from thick deadbolts that you have installed on standard doors. It is true that upgraded deadbolts can provide added security, but security doors are more difficult to kick down or pry open, as said, whereas even thick deadbolts on standard doors won't offer that same resistance to a potential intruder. Many security doors also come with their own reinforced frame, so that these are less likely to splinter and pull away from the home itself. Security doors may also have reinforced hinges that are impossible for someone to remove or break off the door for access to your home, making them stronger than standard doors with upgraded deadbolts.