DIY Door Reinforcement: Strengthening Doors for Added Protection
In an ever-changing world, securing your home is paramount. The importance of reinforcing your doors, whether they’re internal, patio, or front doors, cannot be overstated. This article will guide you through effective DIY door reinforcement methods, covering various types of doors, and introduce some innovative products from Securian designed to enhance your home’s security.
1. Internal Door Security
a. Solid Core Doors:
Hollow-core internal doors are lightweight and easier to break through. Solid core doors, on the other hand, are denser and provide better resistance to forced entry. They’re an effective way to reinforce internal doors, particularly for rooms where privacy is crucial.
b. Secure Hinges:
The hinges on a door can be a weak point if not properly secured. Replace the short screws in the hinges with longer screws that extend into the door frame. This prevents the door from being easily forced off its hinges.
c. Use the Securian MX-3 Dual Position Door Jammer:
The Securian MX-3 is a versatile door jammer that offers an extra layer of protection for internal doors. It can be installed in seconds and doesn’t rely on keys or locks. What makes it unique is its dual-position feature. It allows you to partially open the door for airflow while maintaining security. Designed to withstand high attack forces, the Securian MX-3 is a reliable option for internal door reinforcement.
2. Patio Door Security
a. Add a Security Bar:
Patio doors, especially sliding ones, are often targeted by intruders. The Securian PX-4 is a practical solution for reinforcing these doors. It’s simple to install and doesn’t require locks or keys. By sliding over the door handles and securing in place with a retaining knob, it prevents criminals from gaining easy access.
b. Shatterproof Film:
Applying shatterproof film to the glass of your patio doors can make it more difficult for intruders to break in. The film holds the glass together even if it’s shattered, delaying unauthorised access.
3. Front Door Security
a. Upgrade Locks:
Standard locks on front doors can often be picked or bumped by experienced criminals. Replace them with deadbolt locks, which are more resistant to these techniques. A single-cylinder deadbolt requires a key from the outside and has a thumb turn on the inside, making it easy to lock and unlock.
b. Reinforce the Frame:
Strengthen the door frame by using longer screws for the strike plate and hinges. The strike plate is the metal plate on the door frame where the bolt secures. These longer screws reach deeper into the frame, making it harder to force the door open.
c. Consider the Securian MX-4 Double Door Jammer:
The Securian MX-4 is a heavy-duty door jammer, suitable for larger doors, including double doors. It’s installed behind inward-opening external doors. This reliable barricade offers an added layer of security, with the capacity to withstand high attack forces. Despite its strength, it’s easy to operate and can be removed in seconds in case of an emergency.
General Tips for DIY Door Reinforcement:
Use Longer Screws: The strength of the screws in your door’s hardware is critical. Longer screws for hinges, strike plates, and locksets provide better security.
Peepholes and Door Viewers: Installing peepholes or door viewers allows you to see who’s at your door without fully opening it. It’s an excellent safety measure.
Security Bars for Sliding Doors: For sliding doors, security bars can prevent them from being forced open. They are adjustable and add an extra layer of protection.
Reinforcing Glass Panels: If your door has glass panels, reinforcing them with security film or laminated glass makes it harder to shatter the glass for entry.
Video Doorbell: Consider a video doorbell that allows you to see, hear, and communicate with visitors remotely. It enhances security and adds convenience to your door.
The UK’s rising cost of living and the onset of winter bring forth unique security challenges for homeowners. By implementing these security measures, you can fortify your home against potential threats while navigating the financial strains and security risks associated with the cost of living crisis and the darker, colder months.