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When you're selecting a new entry door for your home, it's important to look beyond curb appeal and consider how well it can protect your home from intruders. Exterior doors come in many styles and price ranges. They also come with different degrees of security. Here are some features every front door needs to do its job.
A solid core. Determined intruders can kick through a hollow core door. Make sure the door is at least 1 1/2 inches thick for the best protection.
A sturdy frame. A strong doorjamb makes it hard to break the door in. There should be no more than 1/8 inch of space between the door and the frame to keep someone from prying the door open.
Steel strike plates. The strike plate is the piece a deadbolt slides into. If this isn't strong enough, the doorjamb may splinter and let the door open during an attack.
Hinges that are located inside of the house. Exposed hinges are easy for a burglar to take apart in order to remove the door. If you must have the hinges on the outside, get the type where the pins cannot be removed.
High-quality locks with lock guards. While any lock can eventually be picked or broken, thieves prefer to make a quick entrance. Good locks slow them down. Lock guards protect against someone trying to pry the lock out of the door. They also give the door a more polished appearance.
Visual security. The strongest door is no help if someone lets an intruder into the house. For the best safety, use a multi-layered approach to seeing who is at the door.