A security entryway door for your home is a good way to deter intruders and thieves, without complicated alarm systems or an unsightly set of security bars over the entryway. A security door may be harder to kick out of place or pry open with a pry bar, and may have built-in heavy-duty deadbolts that also make it more secure than a standard door. When you're ready to choose a security door for your home, note a few details to consider, so you get the right type and are happy with its appearance and function for as long as you own your home.
Wood doors can be very secure, if you choose a solid wood and a strong, dense species, such as cedar. Softwoods such as oak may be cheaper, but are easier to splinter or crack, making them less secure.
Note, too, that a wood door may be made of wood skins or outer layers, with a strong inner core. A steel core is typically the strongest choice available, and good for those who need maximum security for their home. However, steel may conduct both heat and cold, so it may not be best for those who live in extreme climates. A foam core board may be a better choice for added insulation, as the foam doesn't conduct temperature and will help to block heat and cold, which may lower your utility costs through the year.
Vinyl and PVC
Vinyl and PVC are very dense and difficult to break open or pry apart. To ensure maximum security, choose a vinyl or PVC door with its own frame, so it will sit securely inside that frame, not allowing room for someone to slide a pry bar through any gaps in an attempt to open the door. Note the thickness of the door as well, and opt for a thicker vinyl or PVC, as this means even more security for this lightweight material and even more insulating properties for your home.
Solid steel is very secure but very heavy, and it may be more secure than needed for most homes. You might opt for steel skins around a vinyl or PVC core, to reduce the door's weight and prevent it from eventually leaning and sagging. As said, steel can also conduct heat and cold, to consider this choice carefully if you live in an area with extremely hot summers or cold winters, as this can mean added heat or cold in your home during these seasons.
For more information about what material of security doors would work for you home, contact companies like Southern Screen Scene.