Home security doors have become a fairly popular option for many homeowners in Australia today. Not only is this option economical, but it is very reliable as well, when it comes to home security. While many traditional home doors are constructed of wood, home security doors are usually made out of iron or steel, which can provide an extra layer of protection to modern dwelling places. Their heavyweight, combined with their metal construction, make these portals more resistant to force as well as partially fireproof. Also, physiologically, this kind of door can make a burglar feel that the property is too dangerous for him or her to enter.
With its heavy weight and durability, most of you might think that installing a home security door is a task best left to a professional. On the contrary, installing is a relatively quick and easy project. In fact, many DIY homeowners have successfully installed their home security doors, without professional assistance, and with a few pieces of equipment only. The following steps will explain how you, as a homeowner, can install home security doors.
– Small silicone tube
– Screw security head bit
– Penny nails
– Chop saw
– Measuring tape
– Goggles for eye protection
Here’s the process for security door installation:
Measure the height and width of your door. Also, check if your current door’s brick mold is at least 1 inch by inch by inch. The brick mold, by the way, is the trim around the door frame’s edge, and it’s where your new security door will be attached to.
If the old brick mold needs to be replaced, pry it off with a crowbar. Try to keep it in one piece, as you can still use it for a template. Afterwards, cut a new brick mold to width and length using a saw.
Attach the newly made brick mold to the door with a hammer and a few penny nails. Put these nails through the mold about every a couple of feet, working your way through the whole door.
Install the door frame by screwing its security lags through the holes that were pre-drilled. To make things simpler on your end, use a cordless drill. Also, don’t forget to ask someone to hold the door, as you install the lags, and go from side to side.
Attach the door to the hinges, using a drill and the provided screws.
Shut and open the newly installed door for a number of times, to make sure that it does not bind up everywhere.
With the instructions provided by the manufacturer manual, install a new deadbolt and lock-set.
Apply silicone to the brick mold’s outside edge. At a 45-degree angle, cut off your silicone tube, and apply it to the mold.