how to secure a front door

How To Secure A Front Door
Tools Needed
1 Screwdriver
2 Drill
3 High-Quality Deadbolt Kit
4 Cylinder Guards
5 3-inch Wood Screws
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Materials Needed
1 Wide Angle Peephole
2 Security Bar-Style Lock
3 One-Sided Deadbolt
4 Replacement Glass
5 Security Bars
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$50-$100
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How To Secure A Front Door

Your front door is your first line of defense between you and the outside world. It serves as a protective barrier, preventing intruders from accessing the interior of your home.

But, since a door’s primary function is to provide an access point into your house, it also creates an inherent security risk. Luckily, there are many things you can do to secure a front door more effectively than you are today.

Depending on your current door configuration, you may not need to complete all of these steps. But, if you’re dealing with a basic builder grade door and lock, then these upgrades can make a significant difference.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Install Or Upgrade The Deadbolt

If you don’t have a deadbolt, then you want to add one. These provide substantially more support than a regular door lock, so it’s worth the effort.

Look for a model with a long bolt, as you want it to extend deep into the frame of the door.

To install a deadbolt on a door that doesn’t have one currently, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation. Different mechanisms may have slightly different installation processes, so review the provided material for guidance.

If you currently have a deadbolt, then the process is simpler. You may need a chisel and hammer to make the hole deeper if it doesn’t provide enough room for an extended deadbolt to lock into place. Otherwise, you can remove your current one with a screwdriver and a little elbow grease and replace it with the updated version per the manufacturer’s instructions.

2

Add Cylinder Guards

A cylinder guard adds an additional layer of protection to existing locks, making it harder for the locks to be pried open or knocked loose.

If your locks don’t have cylinder guards already, then adding one is a wise move. You can find a cylinder guard kit with all of the pieces you need. Make sure to find one that is designed for your type of lock, as different models can vary in shape and size.

Installation is usually pretty straightforward. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for details about installing your newly purchased cylinder guards.

3

Upgrade Hinge And Strike Plate Screws

Typically, the screws that come with door hinges and strike plates aren’t very robust. In fact, many will only penetrate the door frame.

If you replace the existing screws with 3-inch wood screws, you can attach the hinges and strike plates to the framing beyond the frame of the door. This makes them harder to knock loose, making it easier to secure a front door should an intruder try to use brute force to gain entry to your home.

4

Update Your Peephole

Most standard peepholes provide only a limited view of your front yard. Criminals can use this to their advantage by knocking or ringing the doorbell, stepping out of range of the peephole, and waiting for you to open the door.

If you upgrade your regular peephole to a wide-angle peephole, you gain additional visibility.

If you don’t have a peephole, installing one is relatively easy. It requires a few basic tools, like a drill, and a peephole kit. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you install it properly.

5

Reinforce Your Door Frame

Doorframes are another feature that are often attached with short screws by builders and remodelers. If you upgrade the screws, you can make it harder to pry or otherwise break the doorframe, a method some intruders use to gain entry to homes.

Add additional 3-inch screws around your doorframe for extra support and security. You can also replace the screws on your threshold with 3-inch screws to make that part more secure.

6

Security Bars And One-Sided Deadbolts

If you want to make sure the interior of your home is protected while someone is home, consider adding a security bar or one-sided deadbolts. These secondary locks can only be operated from the inside, making them incredibly hard to bypass.

There are a wide variety of models available on the market, so you can select one that provides you with the appropriate level of additional protection and suits your space.

7

Replace The Glass

If your door features glass panels that, when removed, could allow a person to get into your home or reach the locks, then you need to make sure you have the right glass.

Reinforced glass or certain plastics, like polycarbonate, are harder to break than regular glass and may deter a potential intruder. You can also add security bars, usually constructed of a strong metal, to make entry even more difficult.

In some cases, it may be easier to replace the door than the glass. When this happens, look for a solid-core door and either forgo the glass or only have panels in areas that wouldn’t provide access to your home or the door locks if it’s broken.

Conclusion

By following the tips above, you can secure a front door more effectively than you may have been able to do before, ensuring that your home’s interior isn’t easy to access.

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Questions And Answers

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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