A sturdy security door protects your home from intruders and burglars. It protects your household from your neighbours’ prying eyes. And if you someday plan to sell your home or rent it out, a high-quality security door boosts property value and makes the next dwellers happy with the safety and privacy that these doors provide.
Security door installation isn’t a beginner’s job, though. You don’t want to compromise the safety and privacy of your home. Instead, you should hire professionals to install your security doors.
But if you’ve had experience with DIY building and home projects, you could install the doors on your own. You just need to have the right tools and gain a clear understanding of what you have to do.
Safeway Security Screens provides a streamlined step-by-step guide to DIY security door installation.
Step 1: Measure the height and width of your doorframe.
Before you even start choosing security door styles and designs, you have to measure your doorway frame. You need to measure the height and width of the doorway — a professional can help. You also have to take note of whether it’s a right-opening or a left-opening door. This information will help narrow down your choices.
Most doorways have a standard size but you can have your security door custom-built, too. After all, the door has to be the exact size and style to blend seamlessly into your home architecture and décor.
Step 2: Choose a security door style, design and colour.
It’s easier to choose a security door once you already know your doorway frame’s measurements. Your choices will also be narrowed down depending on the door type — right-opening, left-opening, sliding or double doors.
You have full reign over what door style and colour to choose for your security door. But you can always ask for the opinion of security door experts if you’re not sure about the best door type for your property. Don’t hesitate to ask them for more options, too, depending on your budget and preferred door designs.
Step 3: Review the door manufacturer’s instructions.
Security door manufacturers typically offer fitting and installation services so you don’t have to do the dirty job. But if you’re set on installing the doors on your own, take the time to read the manufacturer’s instructions.
This step is important because it allows you to prepare all the tools you need beforehand. The instructions would also tell you which screws go together. You can divide them accordingly before you start working. By doing so, you can quickly take the tools and screws you need for every part of the job — this reduces delays.
Step 4: Attach the locks, handles and hinges.
When installing security doors — or any type of the door, for that matter — you must always attach the locks, hinges and handles first. Study the locking mechanism, too, to make sure you screw it on properly.
Attach the backing plates to the security door so that you’re aware of where the locks and handles should go. Then, screw the locking lever and handles into the interior backing plate. Once the interior backing plate is secure, fit the handle and backing plate onto the lock body.
Meanwhile, hinge installation is much simpler. You simply have to screw them into the security door.
Step 5: Install the actual security door.
You can only install the actual door after the handles, hinges and locks are all secure. It’s a relatively simple job. You just have to drill all holes to their respective hinges, starting from the bottom down. The only catch is that the door itself is heavy so you might need manual help when putting it up.
Make sure you drilled all the holes into their hinges properly by swinging the door a couple of times. You’ll know you’ve done a good job with the door installation if it’s swinging smoothly and evenly.
Invest in custom-built security doors today.
As a security door specialist in Perth, Safeway Security Screens provides expert advice and guidance about security door installation. Our team provides custom-built security doors that are well within your budget. These doors conform to Australian Standard AS5039, meaning they have passed various quality and durability tests.
And while we’re confident that you can install security doors by yourself with proper guidance, nothing beats the convenience of an expert door fitting and installation. Our services conform to AS5040, meaning we have the capacity to meet your requirements regarding design and fit, for a variety of purposes and locations.
Call us today for more information: 08 9256 3466.
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