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Which is the Most Secure Front Door You Can Buy?
When it comes to installing a new front door, for most people, security is their top priority and will only settle for installing the most secure door available.
To find the most secure front door, you will need to consider the material, locking system and type of window glass. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about front door security to give you the confidence that you’re installing a burglar proof door.
Secure Door Types
We’re going to look at the 3 types of door, popular among UK homeowners, to see which is the most secure material: uPVC, timber or composite.
uPVC doors have become commonplace across the UK, popular among homeowners thanks to their low price tag.
So, are uPVC doors secure? On the whole, uPVC doors are secure, largely thanks to having a highly secure multi-locking mechanism. Locking a uPVC door requires the handle to be lifted when turning the key, putting several locks into place.
uPVC doors tend to have a shorter life than other materials, around 10-15 years, and as they age their level of security can deteriorate. So, if your current uPVC door was installed around 10 years ago, you should consider a replacement door to increase home security.
Wooden doors are often the front door of choice for homeowners looking to add a traditional charm to their home. As well as being widely considered the most aesthetically-pleasing door, timber is a very secure material, especially modern timber front doors.
They’re often fitted with a yale lock and a mortice lock but they are available with the multi-locking point system found on uPVC doors for added peace of mind – remember to check which locking system the door has with the manufacturer or installer.
Composite is the material of choice for high security front doors. Single material doors, like uPVC and timber, might have their benefits but composite doors boast the benefits of several materials (insulating foam, wood, glass reinforced plastic, aluminium).
A high-quality composite door not only offers the highest level of security but durable and weather resistant too.
Secure Door Prices
Once you know which material you’d like to have installed, it’s time to consider the potential price. The total cost of a front door will vary depending on the size and style:
|Door Material||Potential Cost|
|uPVC||£250 – £1,500|
|Composite||£550 – £2,000|
|Timber||£750 – £4,000|
You will also have to consider the price of installation, in addition to the cost of the door itself, which will vary from installer to installer. You can get free installation quotes from local installers by completing one of our online forms.
Best Way to Secure a Door From the Inside
There’s more to be considered than the material when looking to install the most secure front door. To feel completely safe in your home, and make sure you have a burglar proof front door, consider the following:
Five lever mortice deadlock
We’ll start with a recommendation from the Metropolitan Police, install a five lever mortice deadlock that can be opened with a key from either side.
Most traditional key-in-the-door locks can be moved without the key, you can see this by turning the key in the lock while the door is open and pushing the lock back into the door. A deadbolt can’t be moved unless the key or knob is turned. As far as adding extra security to your door, installing a deadbolt alongside the primary lock will be very effective.
It’s worth noting that many insurance companies will require you to have a five lever mortice deadlock on your door to make a claim.
Toughened glass or windowless
Being able to smash a window to reach the lock on the inside of the door is one tactic used by burglars, so installing toughened glass that’s resistant to breaking is one option, but better still, opt for no windows your front door.
Long hinge screws
The further the screws, used on the hinges, go into the frame and the door, the more resistant the door will be to a break-in attempt.
A peephole allows you to see who is at the door before opening it, so you can choose not to open the door to an intruder.
If you decide to open the door to someone you don’t know, then a door chain allows you to partially open it. We recommend adding a chain to your front door as an additional layer of protection.
The letterbox is an often overlooked part of front door security. If the flaps can be easily removed, then all of a sudden, you have a large hole in the door. In addition to making sure that it’s secure on both sides of the door, you might want to consider fitting a letter basket to the inside.
A letterbox should be no closer than 40cm to the locks anyway but the addition of a letter basket will prevent a burglar from reaching in.
For more help making the doors around your home as secure as possible, read through our guide to door security systems and locks.
Free Secure Door Installation Quotes
The best way to ensure that you get the most secure door fitted to the front of your home is by getting quotes from a professional. A trained installer will be able to survey your property and make a recommendation based on their knowledge and experience.
You can get free quotes from up to 3 installers in your area by completing our simple online form.
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