According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, burglars are more likely to enter your home through the front door than any other point of entry. Their survey indicated that 34% will use the front door, 22% will use the back door, and 9% will enter through the garage. These stats demonstrate how important it is to make sure every entry door in your house is secure.
While you can always upgrade your locks and home security system, sometimes the problem lies within the door itself. As you check your doors, ask yourself these questions to help you determine if it’s time to replace them or not.
What Materials are Your Doors Made of?
The most secure material for front entry doors is steel. Steel is extremely sturdy to guard against bending and other damage. Fiberglass composite doors are also a great option, and while solid wood doors can be sturdy, they run the risk of warping over time. Also be sure to check the door’s rails and stiles – components used to help brace the door. For those, laminated wood with veneers tends to be more reliable than solid wood.
When it comes to back doors, sliding glass doors are pretty common because of the natural light and ease of entry. While standard glass is not the best option for home security, your door and window provider can offer selections that help you find a balance between the bright, inviting light you desire and the defense against intruders you need for peace of mind.
How Old Are Your Doors?
In general, most doors probably need to be replaced every 20 to 40 years. Things like weather corrosion, water damage, extreme temperatures, and impacts can all cause entry doors to deteriorate over time. As the door gets worn and damaged, it won’t be as secure as it used to be. Another thing to keep in mind is that doors today are simply built better and with multiple layers, increasing their resistance.
The following signs could indicate it’s time for a new door:
- Squeaky hinges – If the hinges are showing signs of aging, then the door probably is, too.
- Visible cracks, rot, and warping – All three of these can affect your door’s structural integrity, making it more prone to break-ins.
- Drafts – Over time, a door’s seals will naturally crack and shrink. Not only does this impede the door’s ability to insulate your home, but it also indicates the door is getting older.
Is the Glass Reinforced?
Glass panels are a popular choice for front entry doors because of their elegant appearance. However, glass tends to be more breakable than the door material. If the panel is located next to the lock, intruders could potentially break the glass, reach in, and unlock the door. But don’t let that deter you from enjoying beautiful glass panels. Just make sure the glass is properly reinforced.
For example, large sheets of glass can be reinforced with techniques like glazing and placing mesh inserts between multiple layers to help prevent the chance of shattering.
Is your Northern or Central New Jersey home in need of more secure entry doors? Start exploring replacement options from trusted brands by contacting Bellari online or calling us at 908-725-8401 for additional information.