With issues such as insecurity cropping up in many parts of the world, making sure that your home is safe is becoming more and more critical. For you to have peace of mind regarding this, you will need to use a holistic approach rather than simply focusing on one aspect such as installing an alarm […]

With issues such as insecurity cropping up in many parts of the world, making sure that your home is safe is becoming more and more critical. For you to have peace of mind regarding this, you will need to use a holistic approach rather than simply focusing on one aspect such as installing an alarm system in the home. The best way to approach it is usually to consult a company that provides security services, so that they can assess your home for any security gaps that you can then sort out.
One of the things you will realize is that during such assessment, points of entry such as doors and windows will often be judged critically. This is because they are the obvious points of entry for anyone who wants to breach the home. In addition to obvious issues such as getting a home alarm, you may also need to bolster the security of the doors and windows as well. To ensure that your doors are safe, you will need to make sure that the fasteners used are not the weak point in the door. Some of the factors you should consider to facilitate this include:

Having the correct number of fasteners

When installing a door, always make sure that the correct number of fasteners is used. Some people make the mistake of using too few fasteners in a bid to cut down on the cost of construction. However, this will have the effect of reducing the strength of the door, which means that the average person will simply be able to kick it in.
improving door security with fastener

Using stronger fasteners

Using strong fasteners means that the risk of someone breaching the door will be minimal. Examples of these include titanium hex nuts and alloy 20 hex head cap screws. Of course, you will need to ensure that the fasteners are made of high quality material, since this is the only way you can be assured that you will get the full benefits of the fasteners.

 

Correct placement

When putting the fasteners in place, it’s important to ensure that they are positioned in such a manner that they can bear the load of the door as well as any other force such as an attempted breach. Random placement of bolts and nuts is discouraged if you intend to make the door as secure as possible. Consulting a security expert might make it easier for you to figure this out.

Choosing the right size of fasteners

Larger fasteners tend to be able to withstand higher forces, and this means that they are usually less prone to breaching. You should therefore avoid the use of undersized fasteners particularly if you are going to use them to fasten parts of the door that will withstand a lot of force. You may need to understand the mechanics of door function in order to get this right.
As you can see, simply picking fasteners at random is not going to guarantee the safety of your door. To make it more secure, you will need to ensure that the above and more are optimized for safety.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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