how to secure a door from being kicked in

how to secure a door from being kicked in
Tools Needed
1 Solid core door
2 3” stainless steel screws
3 Steel strike plate
4 Hinge bolts
Materials Needed
1 Door jamb or “anti-kick” plate
2 Security window film
3 Safety Glasses
4 Protective Gloves
Total Cost
$50-$100
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how to secure a door from being kicked in

We can have many concerns when it comes to our homes. Are they energy efficient? Is everything in good repair? Is this a neighborhood near good schools? Those are just a few of the worries we may have. However, while we can control or manage many of the concerns we have with our homes, home security may seem like something that’s a matter of luck. That’s not exactly true, though. While we can never control what other people, especially strangers, do, we can take steps to make our homes less attractive to would-be burglars and we can take steps to make our homes more secure.

These steps may range from installing top-of-the-line home security systems to making sure our exterior property is well-lit. We can also secure the home itself, by installing quality locks, for example. One of the easiest ways to secure our homes is by making the entrances harder to breach. You can do that by securing your doors from being kicked in. It’s a simple project to complete and depending on the methods you choose, even a beginner to home improvement can do it.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Start With The Door

how to secure a door from being kicked in

If your door is weak, any measures you take to secure it are just going to be for show. It’s unlikely you have a hollow-core composite door as one of your entry doors, because these doors are more likely to be used as interior doors. In the unlikely event that your entry doors are hollow, though, you should replace them as soon as possible. This may be more difficult if you’re renting, so be sure to clear it with your landlord.

A solid core door is a good choice for home security, but for the absolute best security, choose a door with a core that’s made of metal, like iron or steel.

2

Then Move On To The Door Hardware

how to secure a door from being kicked in

One of the ways a door is kicked in is by targeting the weak spots, which are often the door’s hardware, like the hinges and strike plates. The first and best way to secure the hinges, besides replacing them with the highest quality hinges, is by replacing their screws. It’s common to use shorter screws, typically ¾” screws, when installing hinges and strike plates. While these work fine for the day-to-day operation of the door, they will not hold up against repeated ramming or kicking.

To give your doors a fighting chance, replace the screws in the hinges and strike plates with 3” screws. In addition, you can also just add 3” screws to the screw configuration you already have. If your door is strong, with a solid core, then reinforcing the hardware is often the easiest and cheapest way to secure the door overall.

3

Improve Your Strike Plate

how to secure a door from being kicked in

Before you replace the screws or reinforce the strike plate, you might also want to replace the strike plate itself. Using a longer strike plate not only distributes the energy from a blow over a larger area, making it much harder to find one weak spot, but it also gives you more space to put in more screws.

If you choose to replace your strike plate, to make it extra secure, choose one that's made of a strong metal. Steel, for example, is a good material for strike plates.

4

Reinforce The Door Frame

how to secure a door from being kicked in

Another option for reinforcing the hardware is to replace the standard or longer strike plate with an “anti-kick plate.” This is a modified strike plate that's much larger than the standard kind available. Typically about 4', these plates have tapered metal at the ends so they look like standard strike plates. However, not only do they reinforce the weak spots around your locks, but they also reinforce the door jamb itself.

5

Install Hinge Bolts

how to secure a door from being kicked in

These products do double duty. They can reinforce the door, proving support against kicking or battering. In addition, they can also prevent would-be invaders from taking the doors off their hinges.

6

Reinforce The Door Hardware

how to secure a door from being kicked in

The area where the door knob and locks are can be vulnerable because this part of the door had to be hollowed out to place that hardware. You can secure this area by reinforcing it. Adding a steel guard, for example, around the hardware will do the trick.

7

Improve Your Door's Hardware Itself

how to secure a door from being kicked in

While some locks are vulnerable to drilling, in most cases, someone trying to invade your home will try to avoid the attention that loud metal grinding on metal can attract. It's more common for someone to try to kick through. You can prevent both, though, by investing in a lock made with thick metal. Be careful in your browsing—some locks are made of metal, including hardened steel, but their interiors are mostly hollow. Those locks are strong, but not as strong as locks made of thicker steel.

8

Get Stronger Glass

how to secure a door from being kicked in

In many areas, it's not uncommon to see windows with iron bars. That's certainly one option to keep people from coming in, but some homeowners may find it unsightly. If iron bars aren't for you, you could consider improving your glass. Placing security film on the windows will keep the windows from shattering into pieces if they're broken.

9

Secure The Doors From The Inside

how to secure a door from being kicked in

There are devices available that reinforce your doors from the inside. However, these can only be removed or adjusted from the inside, so they can be used only when you're home or used on all but one door.

Conclusion

Make your door unattractive. By that, I don't mean painting an angry face or a warning, but that's up to you. What I actually mean is to make your home more of a hassle or a danger for would-be thieves. Keep the area around your doors clear, for example—trim back any overhanging trees or bushes. Put good lighting around your doors, so if anyone is trying to get in, they're in a spotlight. If you've got a home security system installed, then you might want to advertise it in some way, with window decals or yard signs.

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How do you reinforce a door?

To reinforce your door you should remove your old locks and replace them use a grade 1 or 2 deadbolt metal lock. You should also replace the strike plates of lower quality with a high-quality, heavy-duty plate. The really great places have four screws to secure them, minimum 3" length.

How do you secure sliding glass doors?

There are several ways that you can secure sliding glass doors. The first is to make sure that you have locks at more than one point. There should be a lock at the bottom of the door and the door handled. You can install a bar also for extra protection.

How do you fix a door that won t latch?

If your door will not latch the most common cause is that it is out of alignment. If you are able to look at the door and determine that it needs to be aligned then there are techniques that you can use to make the door line back up.

What is an Addalock?

An Addalock is a locking device that is portable. You can easily install and remove the lock in only a few seconds from any inward opening door. This allows you extra privacy after you have closed the door. This is a great lock for hotels, rental units, and students.

What is a door stop alarm?

A door stop alarm allows you to take security with you on the go. This alarm is activated once pressure has been applied to the device and the door is opened. There is a trigger switch that will sound the alarm after the door has been opened, therefore preventing bypassing.

How do I cut a hole for a door knob?

When installing a doorknob you will need to drill two holes. One hole will be for the doorknob itself and the other hole will be for the latch. The actual drilling process will be determined based on the material of door that you have. It is a fairly simple process.

What does a door jammer do?

A door jammer is a simple, yet very effective way to keep your home or business secure. It helps with protecting your home or building from burglars.

How can I make my front door more secure?

There are many ways you can make your front door more secure. Having a door jammer installed and installing a steel door are two of the ways you can do this.

How do you lock a door from the inside?

You can lock a door from the inside in various ways. The inside lock may have a twist and turn lock. It may have a button lock. You may also have a deadbolt or key lock as well.

How do you install a security door?

You will measure the door’s size. Put on the handles and locks. Measure where the hinges should go and mark the spots. Square out the door jamb. Drill and attach your hinges. Mark a spot for door’s striker, drill holes and attach it.

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