Quality External and Internal Doors at Great Prices
0 Items

Call 01332 770588

Filter Products x

Express Delivery

External Door Security

It’s well known that the majority of burglaries are opportunistic crimes, but did you know that 70% of burglars enter using a door? Rather than smashing a window or squeezing in through an open window, they bypass patio door locks or force open French doors, because poor door security is so often the weak point in your home’s security system.

Making Your Home Burglar Proof

When it comes to home security, burglar-proofing your external doors is one of the most important improvements that you can make. Ideally, you should have solid-wood front and back doors, or at the very least a door with a core that is solid-wood. Fiberglass doors are fairly secure too, and metal doors can be secure if they are internally reinforced and have a lock block that prevents would-be intruders from bending them open. A reinforced steel door will provide you with very good security, however it will require regular care and maintenance so that it does not rust.

The type of door lock that you will need depends on the style of door. Patio door and French door security poses rather different challenges to normal doors. For a standard front door, you should ideally have a spy hole and a door security chain, robust hinges and a lever mortice deadlock that is rated to either British Standard 3621 or the equivalent European Standard EN12209.

Doors with no windows will, naturally, be more secure. However, it is understandable that some people prefer to have small windows to let some light into your entryway. If you must have a window, don’t opt for a glazed pane – rather, choose reinforced glass. Consider having a window with decorative bars that will offer extra reinforcement. If possible, have a second door lock fitted lower down on the door, away from the window.

Securing French Doors and Patio Doors

French doors are a popular target for burglars, because their size and design makes them inherently less secure. Choose mortice rack bolts or surface-mounted locking bolts for your French doors, or improve security even more with mortice sash locks. If you have French doors that open outwards, then hinge bolts will add an extra layer of security.

Patio doors are also quite a popular target for burglars. Older designs are particularly insecure since it is easy for burglars to just lift the door from its tracks. More modern designs have anti-lift devices as well as a multi-locking system for added security.

Multi-locking systems are particularly important for UPVC doors, because you cannot add extra locks to the door because of the way it is built. A multi-lock has a three-point locking system, with two hooks – one at the top and one at the bottom of the frame, and a latch plus deadlock in the middle of the door.   

A Final Reminder On Door Security

Physical security is just one part of the equation. Your locks and deadbolts are only as secure as the door and frame that they are installed upon, so make sure that the frame is secure and not rotten. Never leave spare keys in a ‘safe space’ outside, and always remember to lock the door when you go out.

Browse our selection of solid wood external doors. Front and back doors to suit any home. 10 year guarantee & free delivery over £750!

View Range ⟩

Articles & Information

Types of External Doors

Choices for curb appeal: Discover the various types of external doors, each offering a unique blend of style, security, and functionality.

How to Paint an Exterior Door

Add a splash of curb appeal: Follow our step-by-step guide on how to paint an exterior door for a fresh and inviting look.

External Doors and Building Regulations: What you need to know

Compliance and style meet: Understand the essential building regulations related to external doors with our informative guide.

Which External Door Should I Choose?

Navigate your options wisely: This guide will help you choose the ideal external door to elevate your home's appearance and security.

How To Fit An External Door

Our practical guide shows you how to fit an external door for an instant curb appeal upgrade.

External Door Sizing

Ensure a perfect entrance: Our guide simplifies the process of measuring and selecting the right size for your external doors.

External Door Security

Safeguard your home with confidence: Learn key tips for enhancing the security of your external doors without compromising style.

External Door Glazing: Are Glazed Doors Secure?

Explore how glazed external doors offer both security and elegance for your home's entrance.

Energy Efficient Exterior Doors

Boost your home's energy efficiency: Discover how to choose and install exterior doors that save energy and enhance comfort.

If you have a question which isn't covered by one of our handy guides, why not drop us an email and we'll be happy to assist.

Contact Us

Copyright Vibrant Doors 2024. All rights reserved. Sitemap