Are wooden back doors secure?

Last Updated: 5 September 2022

Timber back door

When it comes to improving your home, especially for aesthetic or security purposes, many homeowners will focus their efforts on a new front door, without really considering the back. After all, the front door is often the main focal point of the property and serves as the main entrance for guests and visitors. 

With a wealth of styles and design options available across uPVC, composite and wooden doors, a new front door is a great way to add a unique stamp to the property, and to help your home stand out on your street.

However, it’s important to remember that because front doors are so visible, potential intruders will often turn to the back door for a discrete way to enter the property. If the back door is particularly unloved and in need of replacing, it provides an easy access point without causing disruption or raising any suspicion.

So while a new front door along with lights and security cameras are positive steps to make, homeowners cannot overlook the importance of a durable back door.

Are wooden back doors a viable option?

Whilst uPVC doors have become a common sight over the past 40 years or so, and composite doors have grown in popularity over the past decade, wooden doors have been proving their worth for generations. The inherent strength and durability of timber has made it a reliable and long-lasting choice for all kinds of interior and exterior door.

Accoya wood timber stable door and white uPVC window

In fact, with the right treatment throughout its lifetime, a wooden exterior door can last for over 100 years. As a material, timber is incredibly dense, making doors exceptionally solid. This not only helps to thwart any attempts to force them open but means would-be intruders cannot quietly drill or cut through the door.

It is also important to remember that many of the best performing composite doors utilise timber as their core material for added strength and security. So, when you combine these qualities, along with a high-specification multi-point door lock, timber presents a truly viable option for a secure back door.

No compromise necessary

This will be welcome news to those homeowners with more traditional properties, or those with existing timber windows and doors. There’s no need to compromise on those authentic timber aesthetics when it comes to replacing your back door.

Instead, you can choose from an extensive range of styles including glazed or solid doors, or maybe patio or French doors if you’re looking to maximise access to outside spaces. There’s plenty of ways to create something unique with a variety of glass and furniture options too. But if in a few years’ time you feel it’s time to mix things up, you can easily repaint the door to give it a fresh new look.
Across over 50 years in business, we’ve helped thousands of customers across Greater Manchester and Cheshire improve their homes. If you’re looking to replace the back door on your property, the team here at Reddish Joinery can help you find the perfect solution to match your preference, your budget and your property.

Just give us a call on 0161 969 747 or send us a message online, and our team will be delighted to help.

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