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The Best Door for Security

The jamb is even more important

What’s the best door for security?  Honestly, the door is almost secondary, because it’s the wood jamb, or frame, that typically breaks first.  A steel jamb is an absolute must.

The best pragmatic choice?  A true steel door with metal edges, and with the metal face welded onto the edges.  No, they’re usually not pretty: it’s a commercial product with few aesthetic choices.

But here is a caveat with steel or steel-clad door: beware if it faces south or west. I heard of a toddler who suffered terrible burns after running to the front door of a townhouse late one hot summer afternoon and placing both hands and her forehead against the blistering hot metal.  Be sure that the entry is covered by a porch or deep overhang for shade to prevent the buildup of heat.

Other than steel doors, the most secure are solid core doors, which are solid all the way through, even though the guts are usually compressed wood particles like particleboard. 

When kicked, metal doors tend to bend and hold the bend.  Wood doors are resilient and spring back.  Real wood, frame and panel doors are usually sturdy, though the thinner panels can be busted out. The lock area should be reinforced with a steel door shield that wraps the edge to prevent breakage.

But even that wood door can be vulnerable. In one case where the burglar was unable to open the door, he broke out the wood panel, gained entrance through that, and was able to pass the flat screen TV through that narrow hole. He must have been a skinny crook.

Duncan Cottrell, The Entry Enforcer, is a home improvement technician specializing in Home Intrusion Prevention.  He offers door and window reinforcing, free home security assessments, and answers questions at Duncan@EntryEnforcer.com or (404)289-6960.

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Ms. June 18, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Good stuff. Would love to see several more articles for home security along these lines.
Duncan Cottrell, The Entry Enforcer June 18, 2012 at 02:56 AM
For more home security articles, check out my previous Patch blogs under Local Voices starting April 15, 2012. If you or your neighborhood have particular questions, email or phone me. I can come to a gathering of neighbors and explain all your options for securing doors and windows. Meanwhile, stay tuned here for more.
Jonathan smith May 28, 2013 at 07:37 AM
Security is the main concern for the people in their home or private place. There are so many factors that should be considered while choosing the security doors for the home. They must be reliable and long lasting. http://www.dslautomation.ie/

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