Keeping our families safe and protected from harm is a primary concern for most of us when it comes to home security. But, it’s important to realize that if you don’t have a security system installed, your entry door hardware is the only thing preventing a prowler from coming in to your home to steal from you, and possibly even harm your loved ones. Buying entry door hardware, then, is not a task to be taken lightly. It’s important to do your homework and choose carefully, and buying something cheap just to save money may not be your best option. While we all want to keep costs down, is it really worth it if your family’s safety is compromised?
When it comes to keeping your front door secure, a mortise lock is by far the most effective choice. This type of lock involves carving a pocket or “mortise” in the door where the locking mechanism is housed so that the lock is flush with the door. Mortise locks are most commonly found in older buildings; the cylindrical locks that we commonly see today were invented later on. Some people insist that mortise locks weaken the door because a portion of the door must be carved out to house the lock, but this locking mechanism has proven itself to be the most effective when it comes to protecting your front door from intruders.
One negative aspect of a mortise lock is that it will require installation by a trained professional. In contrast to the newer cylindrical locks that most homeowners can easily install themselves, the installation of mortise locks should be left to the professionals only. This means that you will end up spending a bit more, but this extra expense it worth it since you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you’re giving your family (and your possessions) the maximum possible protection.
Prices for entry door locks and hardware can cost you as little as $50 or less at the inexpensive end, or may run into the several hundreds of dollars at the high end. In addition to the function of the lock, chances are you’ll be concerned with the aesthetics of the lock hardware you buy. It may be necessary to buy a certain lock that matches with the style, period, or decor of your home.
If you want to learn how to install an exterior door than you should stay right where you are. Installing an exterior door is not very hard at all, but it can be a bit time consuming especially if it is your first time. The easiest way to put in an exterior door is by buying a door that comes with the frame.
Let’s take a look at how a door functions so that you will have a better understanding of all of the different components that are attached to the door and why they are important.
A door is held up by various door hardware such as door hinges and the door hinge is connected to the frame and the door with hinge pins. There is going to be a door knob or door handle, door lockset, and other various door hardware that you might add to your exterior door to increase the look of it.
Generally an exterior door is going to be 32″ and 36″ in width, and 6″8 or taller in height. These are the standard sizes that give us the necessary width that we need to fit most of our furniture and appliances through.
Okay now let’s take a look a t how you can easily install an exterior door.
First you are going to need to remove the molding from around the door so that you can expose the nails. Now once the molding is removed you will take your sawzall and begin cutting the nails around the door. Doing this is going to remove the entire door frame. It’s always a good idea for you to install an exterior door, or even an interior door with two people. You will be able to do it alone, but it’s a lot easier when you have some help.
Once you have removed the old door you can now begin installing the new door in the opening. It’s very important that you make sure that the door is level before you begin nailing the door jamb into place.
And this is basically all there is to installing an exterior door with the frame. There are many online how to websites that will be complete with pictures to make this process much easier for you to follow along with.
Before you begin removing your existing door it’s a good idea to ensure that you have all of the necessary tools, and the right size door before you start. There is nothing worse than having to leave in the middle of this project.