3 Tips to Burglar Proof Windows and Doors

A burglar breaks open a house window.

The holidays are here! It’s a time of fun, celebration, and giving gifts. Unfortunately, theft and home burglaries also increase during this time of year, simply because burglars see it as a great opportunity to steal. There are packages delivered to front doors and left vulnerable to thieves and gifts are left under the tree, which burglars can see and break in to rob. Did you know that burglar proof doors and burglar proof windows are great ways to hinder burglars from having their way? Here are some helpful tips on how to burglar proof windows and doors this year.

Tip #1: Install new doors.
Strong metallic or fiberglass doors with locks that are almost unbreakable are a great way to deter robberies. Another option is a reinforced steel door, as these are very sturdy. However, these will require a little bit of maintenance on your part, as they are prone to rust. The bottom line: all of your exterior doors need to be solid and kick-proof.

Tip #2: Install a deadbolt and don’t overlook the frame.
Your lock needs to withstand even the craftiest of burglars. When choosing a deadbolt, look for brand name options that have positive reviews. Going with a poorly made deadbolt means that you aren’t protecting your home as well as you could be. In addition, don’t overlook the frame of the door and the doorjamb. One kick to a weak jamb or frame, and your door will crack open. Reinforce your doorjamb with galvanized steel and don’t install a thin strike plate. We can help you with options on how to reinforce your frame and doorjamb.

Tip #3: Install additional locks and have impact resistant glass on your windows.
Did you know that you can install more locks on your windows? If you have additional locks as well as impact resistant glass, you will be safer and burglars will find it a lot harder to break through.

Tip #4: Install flood lights.
Flood lights are an important part of keeping your home protected. Be sure that you put them around your windows as well, too. Burglars hate light and seeing a flood light near a window will help dissuade them from trying to get into your house.

If you’re traveling for the holidays, be sure to plan ahead and take measures to keep your home safe while you’re out. Be sure that you keep your valuables hidden and out of plain view and have a good home insurance in place, just in case the unfortunate happens.

Need new doors or windows for your home? We have a variety of quality door and window options that will fit your style, budget needs, and any other specific needs you have for your home. Our installation jobs are completed by an experienced professional team and because of that, you can trust that the doors and windows won’t need to be replaced again soon. And not only do we serve customers across the Portland area, but our new location also serves customers in Bend and Central Oregon! Contact us today for a free, no pressure quote on doors & windows for your home!