When choosing a new front door, safety and security are often the top priorities for homeowners. With so many options on the market, knowing what’s best for your home and family can be difficult. Check out some of the most popular types of front doors below and our best recommendations to help keep your family safe.
Wooden Front Doors
A wooden front door offers a classic look and a solid defense against anything that may try to get past it. When selecting a wooden door, it should be at least 44mm thick to ensure it cannot be easily broken through.
While a wooden door itself can be very solid, door strength ultimately comes down to the quality of the lock and frame as well. Even the heaviest wooden door can be broken down when paired with a flimsy lock or frame. Wooden doors also require additional maintenance and upkeep over other door materials to maintain the integrity of the wood.
uPVC Front Doors
Introduced in the 80s, uPVC doors are an excellent low-maintenance front door option. However, it is important to do your research as there is a wide range of quality when it comes to uPVC doors currently on the market. One common issue with cheaper uPVC doors is around the lock that is included with the door. These are often poor quality and easy to snap during a break-in, and homeowners are unable to replace the lock in a uPVC door for additional security.
Luckily, there are high-quality uPVC front doors available with anti-snap locks built-in. This, combined with a multi-point locking system, is an excellent option for a secure front door.
Composite Front Doors
Composite front doors were designed and created with safety in mind. They are made out of a mixture of materials covering a solid wood internal frame and finished with glass-reinforced plastic. When paired with a reinforced steel door frame, a composite door is one of the most secure options for your front door.
Glass Front Doors
Glass front doors have some inherent issues when it comes to safety, namely that glass can be broken or removed easily, allowing access to your home. If you are looking for a front door with security in mind, a glass door may not be your best option.
However, there are a few things you can do to make your glass doors more secure. When installing glass doors, internal beading can be added to prevent the glass from being removed from the frame. You can also choose to use laminated glass, which is more difficult to break than regular glass. Finally, consider installing a multi-point locking system so that your door cannot be opened, even if a window is broken to access one of the locks.
Best Front Door Locks
Other than the material you choose for your front door, the most important factor to consider when it comes to safety is your front door lock. A solid front door will do very little to prevent break-ins if it’s paired with a faulty or snappable lock.
When selecting a lock, look for multi-point locking systems that have multiple locks, double cylinders, or other moving parts that are difficult to break. A deadbolt can also be a beneficial addition to any front door security system.
Find Your Safest Front Door with Cypress Door and Glass
If you need help selecting the safest and most secure front door for your home or business, our team of experts is ready to help. Contact Cypress Door and Glass today to discuss your project and learn more about what we have to offer.