Entry doors in Winnipeg, MB and across the country can pose a big security risk to homes. In fact, 70% of home invaders get in through a door rather than a window. Don’t worry, though. There are easy ways to make your home safer by bumping up your entry door security.
- Solid – Your entry door should be kick-proof and solid. You need a solid door made from a tough material like wood or metal, or one with a solid wood core. This way, home invaders can’t kick or break through the door itself.
- Get Rid of Extra Windows – While have windows in or along side your entry door are lovely and welcoming, they make it easy for someone to break the glass and get into your home. If you’re installing a new entry door, choose one without a window to prevent someone from breaking the window and accessing the lock. If your door already has a window, replace the glass with reinforced glass or install decorative bars or metal reinforcement to make the window stronger.
- No More Plants – Keep all shrubbery and flowers away from your entry door. Burglars might be deterred from attempting a break in if there are clear sightlines from the door to the street or a neighbor’s house.
- Deadbolts – No matter how strong your door itself is, it won’t do any good if your lock is easily broken. A deadbolt is a quick and easy fix. When shopping for a deadbolt, don’t go for the cheapest model as they are easy to break. Go with a trusted brand with a long bolt that will extend far into your door.
- Secondary Bolts – You can also install a secondary, one-sided deadbolt to use when you are home. These bolts are not accessible from the outside, and can only be turned from inside the house. Secondary bolts are almost impossible for a home invader to bypass, so they will keep you safe at night when you are sleeping.
- Don’t Forget the Frame – Your entry door frame and doorjamb are also very important. One hard kick to a weal jamb or frame will have the door swinging open in no time at all. Get rid of thin or flimsy strike plates and go for a deeper box strike. Use 3-inch screws to install these strikes deep into the wall studs rather than smaller screws that only go through the doorjamb. You can also reinforce your doorjamb with galvanized steel to make it stronger.
Want to learn more about security or Winnipeg, MB entry doors? Contact Pioneer Window & Door Mfg Ltd. We have years of industry experience and would love to help you learn more about ways to protect your home or what options you have for entry doors. Visit us at 8 Fast Lane Headingley, MB, R4H 0C5, or give us a call at (204) 889-8422. We would be happy to help you and your family stay safe at home with high-quality entry doors.