I have some experience as a DIY'er installing pre-hung Masonite Interior
doors in my home. I'm about to pursue an installation of exterior-type doors
for my basement and a first floor bedroom. In addition to an alarm, I want
these doors to be stronger and more secure to segment the basement and
bedroom from the rest of the house to prevent break-ins. This is why I
intend on a metal or solid wood exterior style with heavy-duty locks.
My question then is - Is there a different way of installing a heavier
and/or more secure door than nailing pre-hung doors to the framing? Should I
use screws instead, or install these somehow differently? Also, what would
be the best lockset for security?
On a separate note...After seeing how doors are installed and framed, I'm
beginning to believe that doors are not so secure anyway, even with a
deadbolt. I could easily see two heavy men charging a door and smashing the
deadbolt through the framing. What do you think?
I found a Stanley metal 6 panel door pre-hung in a metal frame at Home Depot
for about $139. It has a lip around the metal frame that butts up against
the jamb, then gets bolted all along the one side straight into the jambs. I
also found some with a metal plate surrounding only the deadbolt, but I was
not confident that this was secure enough as the full metal frame and the
frame was not metal but wood. Is the metal framed pre-hung door with the lip
what you were referring to? Id this door secure if I mount the lip with
bolts into the jamb on the side that I'm trying to prevent entry from?
I did not buy my door yet because I still need to still take measurements.
It appears as thought I will need to be quite exact, because if I'm off on
the opening size by more than an inch, I think the lip will not sit flush
against the stud and the door will just fall right through the opening.
Otherwise, maybe I can slip in a stud to shrink the opening?
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