What You Need to Know About a Security Door For Your Home

Posted on: 28 November 2017

Installing a security door at your home's entryways is a good way to enhance home security, without having to use a complicated electronic alarm system or spotlights that can be bothersome to both you and your neighbours. Security doors come in a wide range of materials and styles, so you're sure to find one that fits your home's overall appearance and decor very easily. When you are ready to shop for a security door for your home, for either the front or back entrance, note a few considerations to keep in mind so you know you get the right type and have it installed properly.

Steel versus aluminium

Steel is much stronger than aluminium, but it's also quite heavy. If you want to invest in a solid steel door, you will usually need a new frame for the doorway, to ensure the door hangs properly and doesn't pull away from the home, causing it to sit crooked and not open and close as it should. Also, steel is prone to rust, so the door will need to be powder coated to protect it from this corrosion, and you may need to have this powder coating checked regularly so that it can be reapplied as needed.


A security doors are meant to sit very snugly in the frame, so that a potential intruder cannot get a pry bar between the door and the frame itself, to force the door open. This also helps to keep out insects, rodents, snakes, and other such pests, which is a very important consideration if you live in an area where these critters are common. However, installing a security door so that it fits the frame securely without gaps, and without it scraping the doorframe, can be a challenge. To ensure the door is hung correctly and evenly, it's best to leave this work to a professional.

Stucco homes

If you have a stucco home, or one with a concrete, plaster, or other such finish on the exterior or interior, you may have been told that you cannot have a security door installed. This isn't typically the case, as special bolts and connectors can be used to install a new doorframe that will easily hold that security door in place. You might note this detail to your door installer, so they can recommend the best type of door and connectors, and this will ensure you have a strong and secure entryway that doesn't damage your home's building materials.