Choosing entry doors: The best home security doors
Entry doors are more than just front doors; they are also the weakest link in the home security chain. When burglars attack, they will most likely strike at the front door. This means that you need to be very careful when selecting entry doors. We have rounded up some important points to consider when making the decision.
Entry doors must be tough enough to withstand the harsh weather while also stopping would-be intruders. It must still be handsome enough to make a good first impression. Meeting these requirements can be a huge challenge. Initially, some of the best home security doors were simply made of wood or wood veneer. These two materials aren’t bad except that they wrap and crack quickly and could easily delaminate after few years. Metal doors are better although it’s important to point out that they too don’t last forever. Then there is also fiberglass. Let’s look at the three materials in detail.
Wooden doors are the most common. But when discussing the best home security doors, they would come at the very bottom of the list. The biggest strong points of wood come in the form of versatility and beauty. There are plenty of options to choose from naturally finished oak and mahogany front doors to custom designed cherry and walnut doors.
Prices for wooden doors vary widely depending on factors such as insulation, the type of wood used, and the construction/design. However, the prices start from $200 (£137.87) with some stronger, more energy efficient ones costing up to $1,000 (£689.37).
There are two types of metals commonly used in manufacturing front doors; steel and aluminum. And out of the two, the one that makes the best home security doors is aluminum. In fact, of all materials used in making doors, steel is considered the toughest and consequently the best steel doors are the most secure doors you can find in the market. Steel doors are also the cheapest in this list with prices starting at $150 (£103.41) though some premium designs cost upwards of $1,000 (£689.37).
Aluminum is another great material. However, you need to keep in mind that unlike other doors that you can easily purchase even in stores, aluminum doors can only be purchased through dealers. Each door is custom built to fit the opening. Aluminum doors are however very expensive; the most expensive on this list with prices starting at $600 (£413.62).
Out of all the three materials, fiberglass is your best option. There are several reasons why. The best home security doors that are made from fiberglass mimic the nice looks of wood and can be textured and strained to match oak, cherry, teak, and so on. But they are also extremely strong and maintenance free. Prices start at around $200 (£137.87) with fully loaded Fiberglass-composite doors costing as much as $4,000 (£2,757.48).
For complete security, always ensure that both the door frame and the locks are of very high quality. In 2015, the Modeco Maximum 11*603 high-security lock which costs about $190 (130.98) was voted the best security lock in the market.
So, there you go. Now you know how to pick the best home security doors and even which lock to pick!