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If you’re looking to make your Illinois home a little safer, a security door can be an excellent choice. The right door can give your home a fresh look while protecting your family and belongings from everything from burglars to severe weather. If you’re considering a new security door installation, here are some things to keep in mind.
Choosing Your Door
Security doors come in a variety of styles, including solid exterior doors and screen doors. Solid doors are often made from a combination of metal and wood to provide security without sacrificing a traditional look. Screen doors are usually made from steel or aluminum and may have a more contemporary look to them.
Solid doors are often a little more secure, as a determined burglar could cut through the metal mesh portions. However, this would take quite some time. Screen doors also have the benefit of allowing you to open the door and speak to people without allowing them access to your home.
If you choose a solid metal door rather than a door with a wooden overlay, you also have to consider what type of finish you prefer. They typically come either painted or powder-coated. Since these are exterior doors, powder coating is usually preferable. Paint has a tendency to peel and flake away, while powder coats are more durable even when exposed to the elements.
Understanding Security Door Installation
A good installer can work with both new and old construction to fit a security door to almost any house, but there are a few different techniques in use. The two main choices are flush-mount installation and frame installation. If you choose flush mounting, your door will be mounted directly to the existing door jamb, just like a normal front door. Flush mounting is a popular choice among do-it-yourself installers because it is fairly quick and simple. It also tends to cost less than frame mounting. However, it is slightly less secure since a determined criminal could break the door jamb to gain entry.
The other option is frame mounting. In this technique, the installer builds a separate metal frame into your wall, then mounts the door onto that. This option is more secure, but it is also more labor-intensive and expensive. In addition, with some older construction, it may not be possible to install the frame into the wall. This results in a security door that sticks out an inch or two from the wall.
Choosing an Installer
No matter what type of door and installation you choose, the most important thing is to work with a door installation company that knows that they are doing. As you shop around, be sure to ask all potential providers how much experience they have. Be wary of anyone who who cannot provide references and examples of previous projects. In addition, make sure that the company you choose is bonded and insured. Any company you work with should also be transparent about their pricing and have quotes available upon request.
If you’re shopping around for a security door or other home security needs in Illinois, we can help. Contact us today for more information about our services and to get a quote for your project.
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