Your front door is one of the first entrances an intruder would use when attempting to break into your home. This is often difficult to believe because you would assume intruders would use a less obvious entrance when in fact, it’s the most convenient.
Unfortunately, a weak front door makes it that much easier for a burglary to take place. Just how secure is your front door?
Keeping your front door secure should always be a top priority and if you haven’t considered it in a while, now is the perfect time.
Steps to Take to Make Your Front Door More Secure
Step 1: Evaluate the Integrity of the Door
Is your front door still structurally sound? Look at the quality of the materials as well as the door frame to ensure nothing has warped as this can affect the security of your front door. You may find that you need to replace the door to enhance your home’s security.
Step 2: Upgrade Your Door Locks
Is your front door lock still in good condition? How old is the lock? It’s important that your lock is in good working condition, which means it should be free of damage. Replacing or upgrading this lock is another way you can make your front door more secure. There is a wide variety of locks to choose from too. From multi-point locking systems to night latches and high security locks – it all depends on your preferences and budget.
Step 3: Add a Deadbolt
Next, consider reinforcing your door with a deadbolt. A deadbolt can only be locked and unlocked from the inside and in most instances, you can install a deadbolt yourself. If you want an additional reinforcement option, you can also add a better door handle or steel reinforcements around the hinges and screws of the door.
Step 4: Replace Your Hinges
If the hinges of your door are damaged or weak, this makes your front door weaker too. Hinges can deteriorate over time, so it’s important to replace them every few years. It’s also important to make sure that any hinges are tightened if they become loose.
Step 5: Install a Strike Plate
A strike plate is what reinforces your front door jamb. Unfortunately, the door jamb is another area that can weaken over time. Installing a strike plate makes your door that much stronger and more secure, giving you added peace of mind.
Step 6: Add a Peephole or Glazing
Knowing who is at your front door before you open it instantly increases the security of your front door. If you would prefer a more advanced option, you could also install a video doorbell. As for glazing, this can not only prevent burglars from seeing into your home, but it reinforces any glass panels too. As an additional measure, you can also alter your mailbox to ensure intruders can’t see in.
Expert Help with Your Front Door
Ready to upgrade your front door and feel safer at home? We can assist. Let us help you evaluate how you can make your front door more secure, while also providing you with product recommendations. Naturally, South Beach Locksmith can also assist with the installation of any new security measures.
Contact us on 305-692-0234 today.