Door jamb reinforcement is one of the most cost effective steps to prevent burglary.
One of the weakest links in home security is the strike plate. This is where the latch or bolt extends into the door frame. You can invest in a good security lockset, but a relatively light kick can bypass the entire lock if the bolt throws into a weak strike! We can provide the strength of steel to your wood jamb with a reinforcement strike.
We recently had a call to repair a door frame after a kick in attack. The local police had actually kicked in the door to provide access for the property owner after the tenant disappeared. There were less destructive options available, but none that would be more fun! Who among us can say that we have not had the fantasy of kicking in a locked door cross our mind???
Shut The Front Door Episode 4 demonstrates solutions for a door frame damaged by a kick in. This same solution works for preventing kick in burglaries.
Burglars know that kicking in a door is often a quick and easy way to gain access to a residence, especially when a door lacks a deadbolt! In many cases, strike plates are only attached to the door jamb with two 1″ screws. Even with a deadbolt, a lock is only as strong as it’s strike. When the strike is only attached to the frame with 1″ screws it is only attached to the door jamb, not the frame of the house.
The door jamb is relatively weak when compared to the frame of a house. Your jamb is usually constructed from 3/4″ thick wood which splits out easily. You can see this in the damage done to the jamb shown in the video.
The Jamb Enforcer and products like it such as the Jamb Jacket and Door Devil provide reinforcement to the door jamb. We distribute the force of a kick or battering ram over a much larger area that is anchored to the frame of the house by using 3″ screws and a long piece of steel. This drastically improves the strength of your door frame against a kick-in!
These reinforcement products come in a variety of lengths. They usually start at 2 feet and going up to the full height of the jamb. The longer the strike, the greater the distribution of the force applied to the door. This in turn decreases the likelihood of a burglar breaking through with a kick.
These door jamb reinforcement strikes are also great for repairs to frames that have been damaged by a kick-in. With a little glue and ingenuity we can usually reassemble the jamb. While this will be significantly weaker that the original jamb, remember, the reinforcing strike gains it’s strength from being anchored to the frame of the house, not the jamb! We actually drill pilot holes through the jamb for a clear shot to the frame, and to prevent the jamb from splitting out. The plate conceals all the evidence of damage underneath it.
Because we cannot conceal the split in the trim, we just replace it. With fresh trim and a repaired jamb the door is as good as new, and actually stronger than the original!