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Which Front Door is the Most Secure?

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The front and back doors are the most common entry points for burglars. It is essential to have a safe door. There are many types of doors available and as a Durham locksmith I am often asked what type I recommend. There is no one right answer to this question, as it is more than the door. There are three factors to consider: your budget, door material and lock type.

Wooden front doors are strong and solid but require regular maintenance. Wooden doors can be more expensive, but they have the advantage of having additional locks that can be added to increase security and convenience. A nightlatch or the rim lock

UPVC doors are extremely popular because they are affordable and require little maintenance. They are stylish and energy-efficient, making them a popular choice for many. This door cannot have additional locks.

Composite doors can be made from many different materials that have been glued together. They are cost-effectively somewhere between wood and uPVC. Composite doors of high quality will last for years and be easy to maintain.
The most secure lock for a front entrance
Wooden Doors

The most secure lock for timber doors is the 5 lever mortice deadlock. It must also comply with BS3621. This can be checked by looking at the lock during opening. The lock’s face should bear the BS3621 symbol.
UPVC Doors

UPVC doors have a multipoint locking system that is connected to a euro cylinder locking. Although the multipoint locking mechanism can be very strong, many older uPVC doors have cylinder locks that are easily snapped. This is known as “lock snapping” and is still a major cause of break-ins. This problem is solved by anti-snap euro locking cylinder locks. They can be retro-fitted to older uPVC doorways and are extremely secure.
Composite doors

Composite doors look similar to uPVC doors. They are typically secured with a multipoint lock system and an anti-snap euro cylinder.
You can add security to your front door

You can also add additional security features to your front and back doors to enhance security.

Door chain
Door alarm – A beep sound when the door is opened or closed
To prevent theft from the letterbox, e.g. Fishing for keys to car or house through the letterbox

Please get in touch if you need a better or more secure lock for your front door.