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3 Important Features of Security Doors for your Home

by Evelyn Foster

Securing your home is more than just about the kind of locks that you install. You may have fancy burglar-proof locks, but if the door itself isn't made to withstand and block breaking and entering attempts, one well-aimed kick could be all it takes to have it shattering to pieces. The idea is to ensure that every aspect, from door frame to lock to actual door, is made to prevent unauthorized access attempts.

There are many types of security doors, each with unique features and protection capability. Below are some of the most important features to look for when shopping for a new door for your home.

Caution: be careful that you don't confuse security door with security screen door. The latter is simply intended to allow you to keep your door open while keeping out bugs from your house. Security doors should meet Australian standard AS 5039 – 2008, while their installation should be according to standard AS 5040. Once you decide on the door you want, ensure that your vendor gives written warranty that their product and procedure comply with both standards.

1. The Frame

Most security door frames are made from aluminium or steel. Steel, being a stronger material than aluminium, makes the best material for security doors. Provided the door is constructed and installed according to the abovementioned standards, it is protected from corrosion damage, which steel is prone to. This is done by galvanization or powder-coating the steel.

The frame should have deep receiver channels where the grilles will be fitted. This makes it difficult for the edges to be pushed from the frame. At installation, the receiver channel should be sturdily connected to the frame. You should also look for doors that have their corners reinforced with internal corner stakes – these are not visible, but the supplier can confirm this if you ask.

2. The Infill

The best material for security door infill is steel. This can take various forms like steel bars, decorative motifs, mesh (stainless steel) or grilles. Perforated aluminium sheets (structural grade) or aluminium grilles are also viable options. If using aluminium grilles, ensure you go for heavy-duty aluminium which offers higher security. The stainless steel mesh is ideal if you want to enjoy security without obstructing your view of the outside with grilles or bars. Perforated aluminium sheets are a cheaper variation of the stainless steel mesh and offer similar security.

3. The Hinges

Ideally, the security door should have hinges at the top, centre and bottom. During installation, these should be fastened using fixed hinge pins that cannot be removed. The pins are made of steel and should be welded into the leaf of the hinge to provide additional protection. Bigger pins are better. You can also have a single hinge running the entire length of the door. There should also be a hinge filling connecting the door and the door frame, which will make jimmying impossible.

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