Unless you are one of the “Three Little Pigs” hoping to keep the “Big Bad Wolf” out of your home, you are going to need exterior doors that offer security. That is because in the world today, you will not be dealing with the “Big Bad Wolf” who wants to huff and puff and blow your door in. These days, any wolves that may come to your door are much more difficult to protect yourself from.
Doors Equate to Safety
An exterior door is more than just a way for you to enter and exit your home. It acts as a barrier between you and the outside world. Those doors need to be able to protect you from thieves who break in and steal. Or from those who would invade your home and put your home and put the safety of your family at risk.
Crime is all over the news these days for several reasons. For our purposes here, we will concentrate on the crimes of home burglaries and invasions.
The latest national crime statistics made available by the FBI, violent and property related crime rates have been dropping over the past several years. You should bear in mind, that the statistics kept by the FBI do not necessarily include your individual city or neighborhood.
Here are a few factors that are known to affect the crime numbers from city to city.
- Population density along with urbanization.
- Variations in population composition.
- Stability of the residents.
- Economic conditions.
- Cultural and educational factors.
- Family conditions.
- Effective strength of local law enforcement.
- Administrative and investigative techniques of local law enforcement.
- Policies of other parts of the local criminal justice system.
- The actual attitudes of the local citizens towards crime.
- Whether local citizens even report crime.
As you can see, there are a myriad of things to keep in mind when thinking about actual crimes in your local area. They are the things that should make you consider installing secure exterior doors. Simply having a door that locks is not sufficient in most urban areas in the U.S.
Can I Purchase and Install a Security Door Myself?
Yes, you can purchase a security door yourself. The big box home improvement stores carry doors that are secure. Doors made of aluminum or steel are the most secure. Security doors require security hinges as well.
The answer to the question of whether you can install it yourself is also yes. However, you should give that one serious consideration. Have you ever installed an exterior door yourself, let alone a security door? If you answered no to that question, then you should probably have a professional install the door for you. A professional installer will usually give a warranty along with their work. To do that, they will need to furnish the actual security door themselves.
There are a lot of things that go into installing an exterior door. Along with the door, frame, and hinges, you must be aware of things that are part of the home. This includes things like the door jamb and the strike plate, for instance.
Why Should I Hire a Professional?
Hiring a professional to furnish and install a security exterior door is really the best way to go. For the door to work the way it is intended, it needs to be installed properly. And most individuals just are not qualified to do that.
If you hire a professional such as Rusco Windows, you can rest assured that the job will be done right, and your home will be more secure as a result. Rusco has decades of experience in several areas of construction. We appreciate your consideration!