A new security door for your home can mean peace of mind when it comes to the potential for a break-in, as a security door will usually offer more features to keep your entryway secure than a standard door, even one made of steel. As with any other feature for your home, not all security doors are alike, and it's good to ensure you shop wisely before you make a purchase, so you know your security door will work for your home for years to come. Note a few things to keep in mind before you ever start shopping for your new security door.
Interior bolt lock
A good way to secure any door is to have an interior bolt lock that works with a key to open it. This can add a layer of security as it's more difficult to pick or force open this type of lock than one that simply closes with a latch. When choosing an interior bolt lock, be sure you consider your safety in case of a fire or other emergency, as you don't want to lose the key and be literally locked inside your own home. Keep the key in a table or other area next to the door for such emergencies, and if you don't have room for keeping the key nearby, opt for a standard latch bolt.
A security door can actually come with a glass insert for letting in light to the home and keeping your entryway from looking too claustrophobic. Check the thickness of the glass and be sure you opt for something tempered and shatter-resistant; double-glazed and even triple-glazed glass can also be stronger and more secure than a single pane.
Stainless steel hinges
A security door may only be as good as the hinges that connect it, as being able to pry the door off the hinges means it's no longer secure. Look for solid hinges made with stainless steel and not just steel tubing over a hollow core. This will ensure that they are stronger and more resistant to opening. Recessed hinges are also a good option; these are inside the door frame itself and not sitting on one side of the door. This too makes it more difficult to lift the door off the hinges or kick the door open along one side, as hinges are less likely to pull away from the doorframe when they're recessed.