The entrance door to your home is the first challenge that any burglar attempting to access the property will face. This makes your choice of front door quite an important one – there are several different types of material to consider, some better than others, along with a plethora of design features and styles. Whatever your cosmetic preferences are, there are a number of things that a front door should do to perform its function of keeping the threshold secure.
It should definitely feature several points of contact for example as this makes the door much harder to force. Having only one contact point means that a sharp, well-placed kick could break the lock and open the door.
Glass on doors should be toughened and covered with a security film to further reinforce this more vulnerable area. The film prevents burglars smashing the glass and reaching in to open the door. With these basic considerations ticked off, what type of material should you go for?
Doors made using composite materials are very strong and robust. Composite has the physical sophistication of a timber door but it will never warp and it won’t require painting or staining. Composite is made from glass reinforced plastic (GRP) making it sturdy yet elegant. A composite front door will withstand the toughest of burglars and most determined of intruders. Most doors made from this material feature impressive security features with multipoint locking system, PVCu reinforced frame and toughened glass as standard. Composite doors come in a variety of styles and may even offer a wood grain finish.
PVCu doors require next to no maintenance. They are not as sturdy as a composite door but they are usually cheaper. You can still have a multiple lock system, making it harder to force open. Glass is double glazed as standard so is difficult for burglars to use as a point of entry. PVCu doors are secure and built to last with a large range of styles and finishes available. This is a cheaper option than a composite door but still secure enough to deter the most committed of burglars.
Steel and Aluminium Doors
Arguably using a solid metal like steel or aluminium will make your door exceptionally secure. They are almost impossible to break through and the multipoint locking systems further reinforce them against attacks. As with both composite and PVCu options, steel and aluminium doors are available in a wide range of styles and finishes. They also feature security glass.
There is a lot of choice when it comes to your front door and the security conscious must consider the locking system, frame and materials used above all else.