We need a new front door that can't get kicked in but we don't know what to look for.
Our house was broken into on Saturday. They kicked in the front door. The jam cracked a little by the lower latch, the door buckled a bit, and the deadbolt twisted in it's mount. These things combined to allow the bolt to slide out of the strike plate and allow them entry to the house. Everyone is okay (the dog was home at the time but she is fine), they didn't steal a lot of stuff and not much was damaged.
I added a reinforcement to the front door, a slightly better strike plate, and rigged up a brace that should keep the door secure until we get it replaced but have decided that we need to replace the door and the frame.
We're having some trouble figuring out what to look for. We plan on upgrading the frame and locks with these sorts
and they are cheap enough but we're have some trouble when it comes to the door and the locks.
The goal is the make the door strong enough so that if someone attempts to break in again, they'll break their leg before they break down the door.
is the door we have now (though with more dents in it, from the criminally motivated kicking). Is something like this good enough when combined with the other upgrades? Similar fiberglass doors aren't that much more expensive, are they stronger or just more resistant to corrosion? Do we really need to go all the way up to a solid wood door to get that kind of security?
What about locks? From what I can gather, Medeco
are great deadbolts. Are there other (cheaper) options that would be good enough? Are there any other cheap solutions that I'm overlooking?
We're not freaking out too much about this and we're pretty frugal so I'm not prepared to throw money at the problem until we've passed the point of reason but we'd like to feel like my home is secure when we're not there.