Addressing Common Concerns Regarding Security Doors
Security doors are a good choice for any home, whether or not you live in a high-crime area, as these doors are thick and solid and typically fit a doorframe very snugly. In turn, they may provide added insulation for a home as well as increased security. If you're thinking of adding security doors to your home but are concerned with their overall design and manufacturer or with how they would work for your home in particular, note a few of those concerns here, and then discuss these types of doors with a home security expert or even with a locksmith.
Are security door locks harder for a locksmith to open?
If you're worried about forgetting a key and getting locked out, note that a security door lock may be more challenging for a locksmith to open, but he or she should still be able to open the lock and let you in when needed. Locks typically work with tumblers, pins or bolts, and these may be stronger and heavier with a security door, so they are often harder to push out of the way with everyday household tools. This makes it more difficult for a thief to force the door open, but a locksmith will have the right tools to open the door and then to also rekey the locks if necessary.
Are security doors difficult to open in case of a fire?
A security door is not any more difficult to open from the inside than a standard entryway door; security doors will usually have thicker and stronger locks, as said, but this doesn't mean they're somehow harder to slide open from inside the door. Security doors may also work to stop a fire from spreading, as their snug fit can mean less oxygen getting into the home, so a fire is more likely to die out. Steel and vinyl security doors also won't feed a fire, as do wood entryway doors, so this can also add to your security in case of a house fire.
Do security doors damage a home's framework?
You might assume that a heavy security door would damage a home's framework, but security doors often come with their own frames which get bolted to the home. This frame actually provides more support for the door and for the structure of the home itself, as it will help disperse the weight of the security door. In turn, your new door shouldn't do any damage to the home's framework or structure.