The Best Exterior Doors for Your Home Security System

January 23, 2011 in Home Security System

Exterior doors, or entry doors, are an important part of any home security system. More than just front doors, exterior doors can be side doors or back doors – basically any entrance point to your home from outside. Just like windows, they form vulnerable spots in your home security system unless chosen with care to present the smallest risk possible. You want your exterior doors to be strong enough to withstand force, so they can’t be broken down, and beyond strength, you also want them to be durable and keep cold and moisture out. In addition, most homeowners want their doors to look nice. So when you’re choosing which type of entry door to install in your home, you need to make a smart, informed decision that incorporates function, durability, and style.

The first thing to keep in mind is that glass doors are usually more vulnerable than other material doors. If you must have a glass door, make sure it’s enforced glass, and be careful not to buy a door with glass close to the lock or knob. Install glass break sensors on all necessary surfaces of your door as part of your home security system, so you’ll be alerted in the event that the glass is damaged or shattered. Secondly, it’s important to know that though metal doors might sound very safe, but according to consumer reports, they are actually more prone to wear and tear and will likely compromise your home security system more quickly than fiberglass and wood doors. Though it might seem strange, fiberglass is one of the most practical and cost-efficient choices for entry doors, though they do require slightly more upkeep than metal or wood doors when installed in homes in a moist climate. Wood is perhaps the most conventional choice, and many homeowners love the look. It’s only drawback is that it requires regular upkeep, and can expand and contract depending on humidity and temperature. With all types of doors, it’s important to have an adjustable threshold. Buildings settle over the years and can change the overall height, and even width, of your doorways. With an adjustable threshold, you can keep your door weathertight and avoid irritating and energy-consuming leaks and drafts. And of course, always remember to install high-quality locks on all exterior doors. Deadbolts are proven to be the safest and strongest choice, and are often a requirement for a homeowner’s insurance policy.

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