Check that Front Door when You Leave the House November 16, 2015 Set of keys in lock of old wooden door You run out the door heading for work or school and don’t think twice about whether or not that front door actually locked behind you. You may hear the familiar click as the door handle’s mechanisms engage, but does that mean it is completely so secure? It doesn’t. That’s why it’s a good reason to take some time, an extra five or 10 seconds, and check the front door to make sure everything is safe and secure. Why is the front door so important? It’s usually the first point of entry a burglar or somebody else attempting to illegally access your home will try. It may seem to be an obvious target that criminals may look to the back door or some other entry point first, but they want to know whether or not somebody’s home first. That means they will generally go to the front door, ring the doorbell, or not. If nobody answers they may try to see if the front door is old, weak, and outdated. They may also find a gift just waiting for them: the front door didn’t actually close all the way. While the front door looks closed when you’re heading down to the driveway to your car, if you go back to it and push, will it open? It can from time to time. That’s why it’s a good idea to head back, check the handle, make sure it is locked and secure, and there is no give in the doorway itself. If there is any looseness in the frame then it’s time to consider securing the door or replacing it. Replacing an exterior entry door can improve security and energy efficiency and also a great new appearance and curb appeal for your home. If you want to see what types of front doors are available for your home, contact Platinum Windows and Doors today.