If you are getting a new exterior door, not only do you want to make sure that you are getting a door that will look good, but you also want to make sure that you get a door that is secure. There are things that you can do that will keep your house secure, starting with your exterior door.
One thing that you can do is to make sure that you have a good, strong deadbolt on your door. A deadbolt makes it harder for a bad guy to pick your lock and get in your door. While you are getting your new exterior door and deadbolt put on your door, you may want to talk to the person doing the installation if they can put a reinforced and deeper strike plate on the door jamb as well. A deeper strike plate means that the tongue of the lock goes further into the door jamb, making it harder to shove the door open because the deeper the tongue goes, the harder it is to push the door open.
Everyone thinks about making their door stronger, but they don't always think about making the area around their door stronger. Your door is only as strong as its weakest point, and in most cases, that's the door jamb. Getting a steel door with a top of the line deadbolt is all well and good, but if you are putting it in a doorjamb that is weak and flimsy, then your door isn't as secure as it could be. Ask the person who is doing the door installation about making the jamb stronger. On top of adding in a reinforced and deeper strike plate, you may want to see if you can get some steel reinforcement on the door jamb and the door frame. Anyone who tries to kick or knock in your door is going to get a nasty surprise and end up hurt. It will probably cost more to get the door jamb and frame reinforced, but the extra cost will make your house and your family more secure, which will help with your peace of mind.
If you are going to get a new exterior door, such as from Southland Exteriors LLC, there are things that you can do that will make sure that your brand new door is secure and your house and family is as safe as you can make them.