When it comes to our homes we all like to make sure we are as secure as possible. Your front and back doors are the entrance to your home, for this reason they need to offer as much security as possible. There are a number of different options available when choosing a new composite door for your home.
Choosing the right door style
The first stage of choosing a new composite door is to decide on a style, this a major security factor but you also want to choose a style that will look good.
Wooden composite doors are the popular choice with customers today, however there are also other options including uPVC, Aluminium, Steel, Fibreglass, Mirrored and more. Wooden composite doors have become a popular choice due to offering both an elegant look and high security features. These doors are constructed of solid wood and can be very secure when used with a high security locking mechanism and anti-snap cylinders. uPVC Doors are also one of the popular choices among customers. These offer similar security features to wooden composite doors, but can very basic in style.
The frame type of your door can also contribute to the look and security of your home. There are a number of frame options available on today’s market, including single door, double door and frames with top boxes/side sections. Most frames are constructed from uPVC and come in a selection of different colours to suit your taste. There are wooden frame options available, these are also very secure but are more commonly used with internal frames rather than external.
If you have decided on a door type from above, the next option you need to look at is the glazing for your door. Some people assume that having glazing in your door is a securing risk, while this can be true it can also offer security benefits. The main benefit of this is that you can physically see who is behind your door before opening. This can help you to identify the unknown guest who is ringing your doorbell!
If you decide that glazing is something you would be interested in, there are a number of styling options available for this. Clear glass is the recommended option for security purposes, however there are also textured glass options available. The Glazing on your door can also contribute to the appearance of your home. There are glass features available including diamond leading, rectangle leading, astragal bars and Georgian bars. These are strips of material that run through the glass to give an elegant finishing touch.
Coloured cassettes are also available for the glazing on your door, these give a coloured border to the outside of each pane of glass (see picture on right).
The security components of your door are the main factor you need to take into consideration when securing your home. This can include key cylinders, multipoint locks, night latches and more. Here are a few bits of information about key factors you need to look into when looking at the security components for your home.
When replacing or looking for a new key cylinder, most people tend to purchase the “cheapest” possible cylinder. This is mainly down to the belief that any kind of cylinder will secure your home. While this is true, did you know it can take a thief only 20 seconds to access your home with a standard cylinder? You may have heard of the term “lock snapping”, this is a common method used by burglars to easily access your home. This method does not require any specialist tools or knowledge and with the use of a domestic pair of household pliers/brute force will allow anyone to access your home in a relatively small amount of time.
I hear you asking how can I prevent this?
It’s pretty simple, security companies have aimed to solve this issue by introducing anti-snap cylinders. These have an anti-snap feature which is located to the front of the cylinder (see right). This feature will prevent the whole cylinder from snapping with brute force and will only snap the small section at the front. Once this section has snapped off the thief will not be able to grip hold of the cylinder as the other section of this is now inside the door/unreachable with tools. When purchasing an anti-snap cylinder look out for the 3 star kite mark or the SS312 Diamond Approved logo (these can be seen on the cylinder to the right). This marking proves that the cylinder you are purchasing is up to industry standards and will help to prevent burglary of your home.
You may not realise it but your choice of door handles can also contribute to the security of your home. There are many different designs of door handle and some of these have been manufactured to combat potential security breaches. Like with the cylinders above, standard door handles can take a thief only a few seconds to break, which gives them easy access to your key cylinder. High security door handles tend to use a contoured edge design, this makes it harder for a thief to grip hold of the handle plate with pliers. These handles also tend to have extra security features around the cylinder area, preventing easy access to your key cylinder.
The Locking Mechanism on your door is for a fact your homes main security feature. As you can probably understand, the more locking points that this has, the more secure your door will be. Door lock manufacturers have introduced multiple components to increase the security of the door locking mechanisms that are available on today’s market. This includes anti-lift bars, hooks, rollers, mushrooms, deadbolts and more. I will explain these a little more for you so you can decide which option you prefer.
Hooks – As you can imagine, hooks do exactly what they say on the tin. These simply hook into a keep which is positioned on your main door frame. Hooks prevent your door from being opened when engaged and are one of the most popular choices on today’s market.
Rollers/Mushrooms – Rollers or mushrooms are small rounded metal sliders that are positioned at 2 or 4 different areas on the strip of your door. These slide up and down when the handle is engaged and lock into a keep on your door when closed.
Deadbolts – Most door locking mechanisms feature a deadbolt in some area of the strip. These prevent any movement when engaged and also prevent potential thieves from lifting your door during a burglary. These were introduced due to thieves lifting the hook mechanisms of older locks out of place.
Anti-Lift Bars – These were introduced to combat lifting of the door during a potential burglary. Much like the deadbolt mechanisms above, these are positioned directly above the hooks on your mechanism and prevent any lifting of the hooks.
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