Windows and Doors as Part of Your Home Security
Assault-Proof Doors, Impact-Resistant Windows
Doors and windows are primary entry points for intruders. These points of entry offer the least resistance, therefore their security is one of the primary goals of any home security system or burglar alarm.
Security doors are designed to provide a much higher level of resistance to intrusion or impact than traditional residential doors. Types of security doors include:
- Security screen doors are manufactured from much more durable materials than your run-of-the-mill screen door. They are designed to lock solidly but still offer the same benefits as those of a traditional screen door: visibility and fresh air.
- Security storm doors are also built of much tougher materials, usually steel or aluminum, and may be outfitted with security or impact-resistant glass, plus vandal-proof locks and hinges.
- Secure entry doors provide brick wall security and are designed for homeowners that need assault-proof doors. They are often constructed of steel and architecturally detailed to compliment any style home. Security entry doors are also designed to resist worst-case hurricanes and debris flung from tornadoes.
Is there such a thing as a security window? Windows are common points of entry, simply because they offer the least resistance to intruders. In the case of blasts and impacts, glass shatters fairly easily immediately offering entry or making your home a safety hazard.
Security windows can be fitted with laminated glass or types of glass designed to withstand high impacts whether from weapons and intruders or from natural or manmade disasters.
Don’t overlook the resistance provided even by a vandal-proof high quality door lock. Doors can be retrofitted with security designed locks and mechanisms or should be included with security doors:
- Keyless door locks provide heightened security and eliminate keys that can get lost or stolen. Many automatically lock behind you.
- Biometric or fingerprint locks only permit you or family members to enter. Identification may be made via fingerprint or other biometric, such as eye scanning mechanism. These locks usually lock behind you automatically.
- Video door phones can be as simple as a standalone unit or built-in to a complex multi-station intercom/video system.
Only when doors and windows are kept locked does your security system work properly.