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Do you love solid wood doors, hallow-core doors, French doors, screen doors, security doors, garage doors or any other type of door? If you said yes, we have that in common. Hello. My name is Pat, and I take doors seriously. Whether I'm hanging a bedroom door for my kids, buying new doors for my rental properties or advising a real estate client on new doors, I take the task seriously, and I spend a lot of time researching. After years reading about and testing multiple types of doors, I have decided to share my wealth of knowledge. Please explore, and I hope you like what you find.


Entering and Exiting: A Door Blog

How to Add Security to Your Home If You're a Technophobe

by Brad Barnes

A technophobe, or someone who is uncomfortable with technology, may be hesitant about installing a complicated alarm or monitoring system in their home. The good news is, there are many ways of making your home virtually impenetrable to intruders, and of alerting you to potential intruders before they even make it to the house, that doesn't involve alarms, floodlights, and the like. Note a few ways to add security to your home if you don't want anything technical, computerized, or otherwise difficult and complicated to manage.


An alarm can alert you to someone on your property, but so can gravel! Think of how loud your footsteps become when you walk on gravel, and you realize how it works as something of a natural alert system. Use gravel for your home's driveway and walkways, and add some under the windows of the home as well. When shopping for security gravel, be sure you test it for noise; some gravel is purposely rounded and buffed to make it quieter, so those types obviously wouldn't work for added security.

Reflective film

Many potential intruders like to look into a home's interior to note the overall layout and see what items they might steal. Curtains and blinds can keep the home private, but only if you remember to close them all the way, and keep them closed! A reflective film on the windows doesn't need closing or adjusting; a potential intruder might also be startled to have the light from their flashlight shine back at them when they try to see inside your home.

Security screens and fences

A small hurricane fence will probably not offer much security against potential intruders, as these fences are easy to climb. Wood or vinyl panels, or a tall glass fence, will offer no toeholds, so they're more difficult to scale and can mean more security for your property. Wood and vinyl panels also mean more privacy, as they cut off the view of the home if you forget to close the curtains and blinds, as mentioned above.

Security screens for doors and windows are also more secure than standard screens, as they're made with a thicker metal and mesh that is difficult for someone to cut through or force open. Security window screens are an added layer of security against an intruder trying to break a window to enter your home, and these screens can keep you safe when you're at home and want to keep the windows open.

Contact companies that handle security screens for more information and assistance.