As a homeowner, keeping your home safe and secure is always top of mind. After all, there's nothing more important than protecting the people, mementos, and memories you love most.

You may be surprised to learn that one of the best ways to guard your home against intruders is with a sturdy front door. According to ADT, 34% of burglars twist the doorknob and walk right inside through your front door. That's a more significant percentage than burglars who break through windows, the back door, or even the garage.

Needless to say, front door security is a big deal! Here's some information about two of the sturdiest front door materials on the market — wrought iron and fiberglass.

Left: Double Iron Door with fixed sidelites | Right: Custom Arch Top Fiberglass Door with beveled glass

Security Benefits of Wrought Iron Replacement Doors

North Georgia Replacement Windows installs Phoenix Iron Doors®, made from custom steel and wrought iron. Discover some of the spectacular security benefits of these doors below:

Heavy Material

Did you know the typical wrought iron door weighs about 250 pounds versus a standard wood door that weighs about 50 pounds?

Just by the sheer size and weight alone, even looking at a wrought iron door is enough to deter burglars, especially when compared to a standard wooden door. Wrought iron doors resist force, instantly making them more resistant to thieves.

Weather Resistance

Burglars aren't the only ones who can damage your door. Severe weather, like hurricanes, hailstorms, and flooding, can compromise the integrity of and may cause damage to your door and, even worse — the interior of your home.

Fortunately, iron doors are strong, sturdy, and built to withstand some of these harsh weather conditions. When storms come your way, you can rest easy knowing your family and belongings are tucked safely behind a wrought iron front door.

Minimal Maintenance

Some materials, like wood, are prone to deterioration from harsh sunlight, moisture, and pests (especially termites). Fortunately, iron is a low maintenance material, so you won't ever have to worry about your door losing its tough exterior. However, depending on your sun exposure, you may need to refinish your iron door at some point, but it will remain structurally sound.

Security Benefits of Fiberglass Replacement Doors

North Georgia Replacement Windows installs several brands of fiberglass replacement doors, including ProVia®, Plastpro®, and ThermaTru®, so you can find the perfect match for your home. However, all fiberglass doors contain the following security features:

Durable Material

Fiberglass is a sturdy composite material made by weaving strands of glass fiber with a plastic material. This shatterproof substance is unlikely to be dented, damaged, or destroyed, keeping your home safe, and it will stay looking "good as new" for decades.

Plus, fiberglass doors, unlike wood jambs, come in one continuous piece, making it much more difficult for intruders to bust through them. Some fiberglass door brands, like ProVia, even enhance their doors with security strike plates to prevent them from breaking under stress.

Insulated Interior

Fiberglass doors have a tough fiberglass exterior, but the inside of fiberglass doors is also filled with a tightly packed polyurethane foam core. Plus, the better quality fiberglass doors we offer have LVL reinforcement that adds to the insulation factor.

These extra insulating layers make fiberglass doors thicker than standard wood doors and add additional protection against intruders, storms, and heavy impacts.

More Security Options for Your Wrought Iron or Fiberglass Entry Door

While wrought iron and fiberglass entry doors are sturdy on their own, the following features can be incorporated into your front door system to protect your door against extreme weather, burglaries, and break-ins.

  • Multi-Point Locking System — Some fiberglass doors come with a multi-point locking system, a piece of hardware that locks at the door's top, middle, and bottom. Unlike a standard, single deadbolt, a multipoint locking system has three deadbolts (or more!), making it much more difficult for an intruder to break through.
  • Laminated Security Glass — Both fiberglass and iron doors can be customized with shatterproof security glass. This type of glass also adds to the sound reduction qualities of your door.
  • Home Security Systems — You can mount a security alarm to your door via a surface-mounted system, plunger-style system, or wireless system to add an extra layer of protection to your home's entryway. We can do this at your installation if desired.

Install a Secure Wrought Iron or Fiberglass Door to Protect Your Home

If you want to stop worrying about how your door will hold up against certain weather elements, like wind-driven rain or high winds and determined intruders, look no further than a sturdy entry door replacement from North Georgia Replacement Windows.

Whether you love the idea of a wrought iron or fiberglass door, we have dozens of colors, styles, and brands to choose from to find the perfect mix of durability and style for your budget. Browse our replacement doors to see what we have to offer, and when you're ready to get started, contact our experienced installation team at North Georgia Replacement Windows.