Security for Your Wooden Front Door: A Guide

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Security of Wooden Doors

Wooden doors exude charm and warmth, but concerns often arise regarding their sturdiness and resilience against potential intruders. The perception of wooden doors as less secure than their metal counterparts is not unfounded, yet with proper enhancements, you can significantly improve their security.

Augmenting the Security of Wooden Doors

Fortifying your wooden front door is a proactive step toward a safer home environment. One effective method is to reinforce it with a deadbolt. This additional layer of security provides a robust barrier that deters intruders and enhances the overall strength of your door.

Strengthening Your Door: The Deadbolt Advantage

A deadbolt is a simple yet highly effective security feature. Installing a deadbolt lock on your wooden front door adds a powerful layer of defence. Unlike standard spring-loaded latches, deadbolts extend deep into the door frame, making it considerably more challenging for burglars to force the door open. Choose a deadbolt with a one-inch throw for optimal security.

Revamping Door Hinges for an Extra Layer of Security

Often overlooked, door hinges are a critical component of door security. Standard hinges, especially when they are visible from the outside, can be vulnerable to tampering. Upgrading to heavy-duty, non-removable hinges significantly enhances the security of your wooden door. Consider hinges with security pins that thwart attempts to remove the door by lifting it off the hinges.

Exploring Alternative Methods to Secure Wooden Doors

Beyond deadbolts and hinge upgrades, there are various other strategies to fortify your wooden front door. Reinforcing the door frame with metal plates and strike plates reinforces weak points and discourages forced entry. Additionally, installing a wide-angle peephole allows you to assess visitors without compromising your safety.

Here are a few other security upgrades to consider for your wooden door:

  • Install a peephole
  • Upgrade your letterbox with an internal draught excluder
  • Install a strike plate
  • Install a night latch and/or door chain

Securing Your Wooden Doors with Technological Advances

In the digital age, technology offers innovative solutions to enhance home security. Consider installing smart locks that provide keyless entry options and can be monitored remotely. These locks often come with features such as access logs and temporary digital keys, adding an extra layer of control and convenience to your home security.

Bolstering Security: Replace Your Outdated Wooden Door

While reinforcing your existing wooden door is a viable option, sometimes it’s prudent to consider a more drastic measure for maximum security. Replacing your outdated wooden door with a modern, secure alternative can provide peace of mind and elevate the overall security of your home.

Upgrading to a More Secure Door Option

Investing in a new door crafted from materials designed with security in mind can be a game-changer. Steel or fibreglass doors, for instance, offer heightened resistance to forced entry. These materials are not only more durable but also less susceptible to warping or rotting, common issues associated with traditional wooden doors.


Are wooden doors more secure than uPVC?

While both wooden and uPVC doors have their merits, security depends on factors like quality and installation. High-quality wooden doors with solid construction can be quite secure, but uPVC doors are known for their durability and resistance to weather, making them a secure option as well.

What type of door is most secure?

Security often depends on the specific features and construction rather than the material. Steel doors are generally considered among the most secure due to their strength and durability. However, a well-built solid wood or fibreglass door with robust locks can also provide excellent security.

How to secure your door from outside?

Enhance door security from the outside by investing in strong deadbolt locks, reinforced strike plates, and security bars. Consider installing a peephole and motion-activated lighting for added safety. Regular maintenance of locks and hinges is crucial to ensure they function optimally and prevent vulnerabilities.

About the author

Glen Ramsey, who presently holds the positions of customer support and content manager, is a cherished member of the Sash Window Refurbish team. He is in a unique position to provide advice on all questions pertaining to the renovation of historic windows because he has a wealth of experience in all elements of window renovation, dealing with clients regularly and assisting them in choosing the best window-related course of action. He oversees the creation of information for all of our platforms in his capacity as content manager, including web content and other materials. Glen has witnessed the whole gamut of Sash Window Refurbish's window restoration activities, from our work on significant listed Georgian homes to a wide variety of smaller-scale private residential projects.


My technician Andrew replaced all my sash windows that had rotten sills. Accessing the rotten sills was not an easy task. He explained to me what needed to be done in order to fix the problem. He is a great person and I’m happy that he was the one who did the job. He is reliable, tidy, friendly and very professional. I highly recommend him.



I hired Andrew and Alex a while back to repair my damaged sash windows. They were was very considerate and very patient as he did his job. A few days ago, I had another problem with one of my sash lock keys and I called him again to come and fix the problem. I’m very impressed that Liam responded quickly and he not only fixed the problem but he also gave me a spare key. What a great after sales service!

Alan W.


I’m very impressed with the new windows that Andrew installed and also the reconditioning job that he did on other sash windows. The quality of his work is by far more superior than what we got when we hired another company a few years back. We will certainly hire him again if any window work arises

Kelly (Sleaford)


Our decorator referred us to Andrew because some of the work needed a window expert. Andrew together with our decorator did a fantastic job. The work was done efficiently and to the highest standards. Andrew is understanding, committed and very professional. I recommend him without any hesitation.

Steaven Reader


Alex did a great job in fixing windows in our terraced house. The windows were broken, frames damaged and the wood was also rotten. Alex's job was high quality and he did it pretty fast. I was also very impressed that he was considerate of my son’s asthma condition and maintained cleanliness. Top work.



Andrew just recently replaced three sash windows in my Edwardian house. He also repaired and replaced some sills and draught proofed three windows. In addition to that, he also did some carpentry work. What I like the most about Liam is that he did a clean job. He is very professional and always updated me about the timescales and costs. He also did his job with minimal disruptions. I highly recommend him.

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