From Plat to Place
The Step By Step Home Construction Site
Step 64 - Front Door Installed
Deadbolt the Door
The temporary door knob for the front door is removed and the permanent handle set is installed in its place. This set, from Schlage, features a long curved handle and thumb lever to open the door. A matching deadbolt lock is also installed. A door knocker with integral peep-hole is hung at eye level and a satin kick plate is mounted at the bottom of the door.
Things We Learned Along The Way
Securing your Front Door & Security Tips
Currently, you need to consider home security systems and get back to the basics, like learning how to make sure your home's front door is secure. Do not overlook the possibility of random people lurking in your area, ready to pounce on unsuspecting victims to rob them. A strong modern lock can offer tremendous peace of mind for the average homeowner. Others leave nothing to chance and complement front door locks with state-of-the-art wireless CCTV that is professionally installed and offers a clear continual view.
Avoid personal property loss and even threat to life with intruders who can kick & destroy, pry open, hammer away, or drill out the lock on your front door. Update your knowledge, especially if your front door lock is rickety and inviting to trespassers. Enlist the help of a professional locksmith and scour hardware online sites for quality door locks that adhere to the standards developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Choose companies and brands with a record of accomplishment of experience in offering the highest level of security to residences and businesses. Check to see if weak strike plates were used for your front door lock.
Design-savvy homeowners go for front door locks that are not only easy to install and solidly constructed, but also have fashionable finishes. You can browse leading door lock manufacturers' online news releases, product descriptions, brand use studies, and learn about the most popular door locks among home remodelers. To keep your front door secure 24/7, you need to be knowledgeable about security devices, not all of which are expensive, and go about fortifying doors and entrance gates. An unlocked or improperly locked door invites trouble, specifically home break-ins. One of the things you can do if you are thinking about home security is to add a deadbolt lock.
To make your home secure, whether you are away on vacation, at work or sleeping at night, you can have deadbolts installed with a doorframe reinforcement kit. Using a multi-point locking system that connects to the doorframe at three points may also be a wise option. Before you upgrade your locks and bolts, make sure that your door hinges are not loose (which happens with repeated door use) and if they are, have them fixed immediately. For a high level of security, make sure that your front door has a door viewer and door chain, so unwanted people will not be able to shove their way in.
To sum up, some ways to ensure home security is to fit quality automatic dead-latch cylinder locks on all doors leading to the outer part of your home. Reinforce your doorframes too. Other ways to deter prowlers is to keep the entryway to your home lit at night. A motion sensor light is always a good idea. In addition, purchase double glazed windows. If you are building a home, choose a strong material for your front door, like metal or UPVC doors installed with multi-point locks, which are generally more secure than wooden doors. It really doesn't take a genius to figure out how to make sure your home's front door is secure; securing your private sanctuary (and office, if you have one at home or in a typical remote location) simply requires checking out product innovations that can deter burglars and other criminal elements.
Installing a security system may be another option to ensure security. There are many different systems available today. Call around to different security system installers to explore your options. You may find that a security system is an inexpensive investment that will bring peace of mind for you and your family. In most states, it will also lower your home insurance premiums. Having someone come out and explain the system may be beneficial in choosing the one that will best suit your needs.