This time we’re going to look at another way you can improve your home security with a simple do-it-yourself project. Last time we looked at the importance of peepholes and how easy it can be to install or upgrade your peephole for additional security. Now, we’re going to look at some different ways you can reinforce your doors so they will be more resistant to break ins. This can basically be done by installing a reinforcement plate on the door and door jamb that stop either from splintering or breaking upon heavy impact. Here’s how it’s done:
To begin you’ll need to take measurements of the thickness of your door and the distance between the entry knob and the deadbolt cylinder. Once you have these measurements you’ll need to purchase a door reinforcement kit with the appropriate proportions according to your measurement. Here you have a few options based on materials and either single side or wraparound. The price will fluctuate based on strength and you should buy what you think is necessary for your home.
Next you’ll use the same measurements to buy a door jamb reinforcement plate. This tends to be a little bit more expensive but is necessary for this project and works well in conjunction with the door reinforcement.
Once you have the materials you will need to remove the door knob and deadbolt cylinder and begin installation of the door reinforcement kit. This should come with instructions and likely longer screws than were previously used. You’ll need to drill pilot holes before installation but it should be pretty straightforward and sit snugly on the frame of your door. Once this is complete you can reattach the door knob and deadbolt cylinder.
Now you can begin installation of the door jamb reinforcement. You will need to mark the latch and deadbolt centers on your door jamb before installation with a pencil so that everything will align correctly. Remove the original latch and strike plates and any previously added weather stripping. Now you will need to drill pilot holes where indicated by the instruction and attach the door jamb reinforcement.
Once this is all in place your door and lock will be much more resistance to break ins by force. The wood or other material won’t splinter and break upon impact because of the metal reinforcement and you can rest easier with the knowledge that your home is more secure through a simple and fun home security project.