Is your front door as safe and secure as it should be? A good question to ask is how easy would it be for someone to break in through your front door? In this blog, we are going to look at a few of the safety features that exterior doors should have.
Perhaps the best place to start is the construction of the door. If the door is lightweight with a hollow core, it is going to be much easier to break into. The best option is a solid wood or steel core. You will also want to check the door and surrounding framework for signs of deterioration such as warping, cracking or rotting.
One essential aspect of a safe door is its lock. Choose a good quality deadbolt lock. You may decide to use a door chain as well, just keep in mind that this should only be used in addition to the deadbolt and not instead of it. Another option to think about is a bump-resistant lock as bump keys are often used by thieves these days. Installing a peephole will also give you the benefit of seeing who is at your door before you open it.
Many front doors have glass paneling in them. While these are nice to look at and provide extra light you should consider the positioning of the lock with a door like this. Try to position it as far away from the glass as you can which would make it harder to reach if it were smashed.
A front door will sometimes have a mail slot in it. If this is the case make sure there is a box or cage surrounding the slot inside the door, otherwise it may be possible for someone to access the lock inside by way of the mail slot.
Perhaps after considering some of the front doors safety features there are some improvements you could make to increase the security of your home.