We don’t do a lot of thinking about doors, really. They’re just one of those things in a home that are there. Like oxygen, you don’t give a lot of thought to a door until it isn’t there. At that point, it becomes all you can think about. It’s how you get in and out of your house and, more importantly, how you can ensure that you ensure that other people do or don’t. Internal doors are one thing – an open plan home may have virtually none other than in the bathroom and bedrooms. But the external door to your property is absolutely fundamental. That’s not news to anyone, of course, it’s just the way things are. But ensuring the quality and security of that external door is what really needs to be a focus.
Not only may an insecure door be the access point for a burglar. It may also be the reason you then aren’t entitled to insurance payments for a burglary. You don’t want your home to be unwelcoming to visitors, but you do want it to be a very present problem for the unwelcome ones. Protecting your security and your privacy is a key part of a house being a home.
So when you are building a house, or overhauling an existing house, getting the right door needs to be a priority. Additionally, if you have experienced an issue with the exterior doors in your home, replacing them cannot wait. While you can take some time to think about the carpets, curtains and appliances in a home if they develop a fault, the same luxury does not apply to a door.
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If security were the only thing that mattered, then installing a door would be a relatively simple process. Heavy steel, dotted with locks and solid as a rock. Of course, the issues of expense and aesthetics are at play here too. So you need to make sure when you’re in the market for a door that you can get the latter without sacrificing the former. It means knowing what to look out for.
Perhaps the most fundamental aspect of what a door needs is to be durable. This is going on the front of your house to keep out invaders both human and animal. It’s also got to keep the elements out. Because it is directly exposed to the climate, the door will get wet. It will face extremes of temperature. As it gets very cold it will contract and as it gets hot it will expand. This can expose structural deficiency.
You don’t need to be replacing your front door every few years. The right one will last for potentially generations. But picking one that is cheap, because it is cheap, is a false economy. Poorly-made doors can become easily pregnable with exposure to the elements and mistreatment. A small weakness is all the encouragement a burglar – or a blizzard – ever needs.
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Locks, plural. More than one, and ideally more than two. And they should be of different types. If it can be locked by key, bolt and potentially by code, then so much the better. Resourceful burglars can pick some locks and hack some digital keypads. Not many can get through a few different types at once, especially if they’re completely internal. Sometimes all you need to do is discourage someone.
Insurers have people in place called loss adjusters. Their role is to identify not only the extent of your loss but also the extent to which you may be liable for it. It seems harsh, but to keep down premiums they want to keep down payouts. This is achieved by prioritising claims from people who have taken every measure feasible to protect their property.
The right door for the job is one which complies with insurer’s regulations – see Advanced Exteriors for examples. When you’ve got the right one, you’re covered doubly – you’re harder to burgle but, if someone does get in, you’re fully insured. This can provide substantial peace of mind, which is essential for secure living.
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Looks aren’t everything. However, people buying and selling homes do need to consider “curb appeal”. Essentially, how does your house look to someone walking past? The better it looks aesthetically, the higher price it will fetch at the point of sale. So you do need to balance the obvious importance of security with the financial importance of a home that people want to buy.
Bear in mind, anyone who wants to buy a house also wants it to be secure. So it’s not a case of prioritising appearance over security. They’re both important and, in the grand scheme of things, security is more so. But with the right consultation, you don’t need to lose out on either front.
Shopping around for the right doors for your home means getting the door that will protect you from everything you don’t want getting in. It means getting the door that you can arrive home to in the evening with a smile on your face. Everybody has different needs and different tastes, so what you pick needs to work for you and your family.
Bear in mind also that a better door will increase the energy efficiency of your house by keeping heat in in winter and out in summer. Before too long it will be paying for itself in cheaper bills, and a more comfortable home for longer. Also, take into account that with guarantees from the provider any issues that may develop can be repaired swiftly.
You may not put much thought into the doors on your property right now. As long as they’re there and secure that’s all that you really need to know. But when there is a problem with one, it’s also important to keep in mind that they are an absolute priority. You can’t leave it and you can’t half-do anything. Keep all of the above priorities in mind and ensure, when you need to get a new door installed, it’s one that’s built to last.
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