How Secure Is Your Home?

Like many people, you may be living with a false sense of security about the quality of your home's front door, other exterior doors, and windows. Despite the common misconception that burglars often smash open windows to gain entry to homes, the truth is that they're far more likely to slip in through unlocked doors — or to gain access through poorly secured windows and doors. Consider bolstering your exterior door's safety with security storm doors and security screens.

Security Storm Doors

Homeowners often install storm doors to save on energy costs, but these specialty security doors provide an extra layer of protection as well. Security doors typically feature reinforced steel to ensure they won't be easily kicked in. Some are reinforced with steel bars worked into ornate patterns that bolsters the door strength and often add curb appeal.

Choose a locking security storm door and make sure that lock is easily visible to deter criminals, and make sure the storm door comes with tempered or exceptionally strong glass. The door's frame and proper installation are also critical to security, so consider hiring a professional door installer. 

Security Screen Doors

Security screen doors are another option to protect your front door. These barred screen doors are available in steel, aluminum or metal alloy and come in a variety of attractive designs. They allow airflow and visibility, while also sealing out weather, bugs and criminals. 

Each screen door material offers pros and cons, and all require proper installation, so consider hiring a door professional. When shopping around, ask about other security door features available, such as mitered corners and matching keys to your front door. Also inquire about a warranty or guarantees.

 
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