Dear PoPville – Anyone Use Door Jamb Reinforcement?

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“Dear PoPville,

Due to recent break-ins in our neighborhood like this one, we are considering door jamb reinforcement products like the “Strikemaster II” and “Door Jamb Armor” (perhaps along with a new front door).  I was wondering whether your readers have any experience with those products and options for getting them installed.  We’re in a historic district, so we’d need a good installer who knows how to operate with old buildings, HPRB requirements, and the like.  Thanks very much!”

We spoke about some security options here. Anyone know specifically about door jamb reinforcement?

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  • Years ago, we bought a fairly heavy-duty solid wood panel door with insulated window paines on the top half for our house in Mt. P. We had a steel strike installed in the door frame on the door knob side. It’s a pretty sturdy door and probably pretty impossible to kick in. We paid more than $1,000 for it probaby 18 years ago. We got it at House of Doors in Virginia. Don’t know if there have been any attempts at a break-in, but we felt like it was a good alternative to a steel gate.

  • We installed a steel security/storm door instead. Steel frame and door. You don’t need permits for them, even in historic districts, since they are considered a ‘temporary’ addition. Plus they will help to insulate the house.

    We used MasterSeal and couldn’t be happier. Good Luck!

    • Estimate of how much it cost to buy and install your steel security door?

      • 2 Doors were 2600. Doors are powdercoated and come with screen and glass inserts for both the top and the bottom of the door.

  • There is an older woman who seems to live alone in Bloomingdale — except for a tiny dog (poodle or chihuahua or something) and a big-ass Rottweiler. Unlike a door, that dog barks like hell if you even look at her yard and comes running after you.

    No to door. Yes to big angry meat-eating dog.

  • A nicely oiled 9 mm S&W will do the trick,and you dont need to feed it nor walk it nor install anything.
    be safe.

  • +1 to bongo. Locked and loaded is a much better and cheaper solution than the heavy-duty door.

    • a) The gun doesn’t go off if you’re not home, ace…

      b) Wouldn’t ya just rather they can’t get in than getting in a shootout/taking someone’s life/shooting up your house/getting blood and flesh spattered on your wall?

      I’m just saying, less than elegant solution …

  • We had a bunch of breakins in our area so I installed ez armor on our doors. It took about 30 minutes and cost $69 each at Lowes. A lot less than the other options listed here. Haven’t had an attempt yet but several people I know used it and it did stop kickins on their doors.

  • A little off topic: Consumer Reports recently tested outer door locks, and I believe Medeco came out on top…expensive though. There was one other brand that tested well but they were very expensive. I need to dig up the article.

    All others scored very poorly.

    (captcha: LUSH)

  • Many thanks for all the replies! We actually have Medeco locks (although I understand Abloy and Bilock are better), as well as a dog. Will check out the steel security door options if the Strikemaster, &c, don’t work out.

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