Most burglars break in via the front or back door of a property. That means that door security is vital, but it’s not just these things we have to worry about! Doors come in various materials and as locksmiths we know that there isn’t one clear best door – every situation needs its own tailored security solution so don’t forget this when choosing what security measures you want for your home. There are three factors to consider when buying a door: your budget, what type of material the door is made from and which lock fits on it.
Common Types Of Front Doors
Wood – Wooden front doors are made from strong, solid material for your property, but it needs regular maintenance to keep it in good condition. Wooden doors are more expensive than other types of exterior entry-level hardware like aluminium or steel; however they do have an added advantage with being able install locks on them which can be customised depending upon what you need e.g., whether there’s room enough under the threshold without installing another deadbolt where keys will fit through easily when unlocked from inside as well as keyless access using proximity sensor technology instead if having two separate sets and so on.
UPVC – UPVC doors are a popular choice as they are affordable and low maintenance, as well the fact that they’re thermally efficient so can help cut energy bills. On top of these benefits there’s also aesthetics – many people will choose a uPVC door because it looks sleek in comparison to other options available on the market today such as steel or aluminium frames with louvered panels! The only downside is you can’t fit additional locks onto this type of construction. However, most good locksmiths will be able to come and upgrade the locks that come installed in uPVC doors to more secure snap safe locks helping to give your home better protection from potential burglars.
Composite – The best composite doors are a hybrid between the strengths of traditional wood and up-to-date vinyl. They offer durability, easy maintenance but with lower costs compared to either material on its own or in combination with each other makes them an excellent choice for those who want all these benefits without breaking their budget!
Most Secure Locks For Front Doors
Wood – The most secure type of lock for timber doors is the 5-lever mortice deadlock. This should also be BS3621 compliant and you can check this by looking at your door when it’s opened, as all locks must have a symbol proving that they comply with British safety standards in place before being sold or installed on site!
UPVC – A multi-point locking mechanism connected to a euro cylinder lock is what UPVC doors use. Although this type of design provides an extra layer of security, many old uPVC doorways can easily be broken into because they’re fitted with basic locks like those that snap back when you try and pick them, this is a flaw called ‘lock snapping’. Fortunately, for homeowners looking at upgrading their home’s entranceway protection from burglars or vandals alike there are now anti Snap Euro Cylinder Locks which effectively prevent any break ins by burglars using the lock snapping technique.
Composite – Composite doors are very similar to uPVC doors as they are usually secured with a multipoint locking system and anti-snap euro cylinder.