Best Ways to Secure Your Front Door

Since the pandemic, property crimes, thefts, and break-ins at homes and businesses are increasing. Unfortunately,  millions of burglaries happen every year and many of them begin at the front door. So, how do you ensure your front door is secure? Here are some tips.

Use the right lock.
Deadbolts use a locking mechanism that only open with a key. There are several different types of deadbolts to choose from – one-sided, single-sided, double-cylinder, or standard. All of them provide reinforcement against kicking. However, a single-sided deadbolt lock prevents someone from picking the lock and getting in.

Install a door alarm.
Door alarms utilize sensors that detect when the door is opened or kicked in. With a loud, blaring alarm, a burglar could be deterred from stepping into your home. Most people don’t want to be caught in the act, and a simple alarm could make them panic and move on.

Check the hinges.
Small screws in the hinges are a significant security threat. Replace small existing screws with 3-inch-long screws. This keeps the door firmly in place and strengthens it. It costs almost nothing to do this, takes just a few minutes, and protects your door.

Replace your front door.
You can have the best deadbolt and door alarm on the market, but if the door itself is weak, it will still be prone to break-ins. Your home’s front door should be solid. It is also best not to have doors with a lot of glass, as this can easily be broken, and a burglar could reach in and unlock the door that way. Not sure if your exterior doors are solid? Knock on it to see if it sounds hollow. And if it’s hollow, just a few simple kicks opens it.

At Lifetime Windows and Doors, we have a variety of door options that are solid, sturdy, and built to stand the test of time. So, whether it’s solid wood, steel, or something else, we can help find a new energy efficient door within your price range that fits your home’s unique style.

 

 

Benefits of A New Front Door Installation

Has your entry door seen better days? Maybe it’s old or not insulated well.  Is it simply not performing as well as it used to? If so, a replacement door is something you should consider! Once you decide it’s time to get your new door, be sure it is professionally installed by an experienced team. This team should be committed to quality workmanship and attention to detail. Here are some of the primary benefits of professional front door installation.

#1: Style.
Your front door helps give guests a good first impression! The entry door is your home’s introduction to the rest of it! Something that is visually appealing will catch the eye of neighbors and other passersby, as well as friends and family.  If your front door is dented, scratched, or off color, this will also make an impression – but not a good one. Bolster curb appeal with a new, stylish front door!
#2: Energy efficiency.
Saving energy is important – not only for the earth, but for your checking account! A new door is energy efficient, which means you won’t need to rely as heavily on your heating and cooling system.  It will help keep cold air out and warm air in.  And during the summer, it will keep summer weather outside and cool air in! That means you will see a cost savings on your utility bill. That could translate to saving hundreds at the end of the year.
#3: Security.
A new front door will protect your home from outside elements as well as home invasion. If your old door is weak and of poor quality, this doesn’t do much in the way of protection. We offer a variety of doors in different materials ranging from wood to fiberglass and more. We also provide custom doors that are beautiful and strong! When you combine this with a solid professional door installation, you can rest knowing that your door is functioning as it was intended.

Spring is almost here and it’s a great time to spruce up your home! Our experienced team of installation professionals are ready to help get your home to look and feel how you want it. Whether it’s quality products from Therma-Tru, Buffelen, Simonton, or Codel, you’re bound to find something that you love! Contact us today to get an appointment scheduled so you can determine what new front door works for your home and budget!