Important Tip: Make sure your new doors are steel-edged (rather than wood-edged) as these doors offer much more security.
There are plenty of accents available to help fully customize your entryway to your needs and desires.
Note: When choosing a new door consider the security cons of certain accents. While a design might be aesthetically pleasing, it could be detrimental to properly securing your new home.
Selecting door hardware is an important aspect to choosing the right door since different doors use different locksets.
Before you buy new locks, check to see if your door is right- or left-handed (right-handed doors have hinges on the outside right), and if opens into or out of a room. Also measure your door's thickness. This information will help you choose the right lock and stop a few installation headaches.
Deadbolts should be used on all exterior doors. This lock is the primary burglary deterrent for all entry doors. Some glass-accented doors require a deadbolt that is keyed on either side. Your home is not secure if an intruder can break the glass and simply unlatch your door.
When installing the deadbolt's strike-plate, use mounting screws that are at least 3 inches. Your strike-plate should be secured to the wall's stud and not just the doorjamb.
Sliding and French doors may need special locks for premium security. Locks specifically designed for sliding-glass doors are inexpensive and readily available. For added security, cut a broom handle and fit it in the door's track to prevent entry.
French doors, while stylish, can also be very fragile. To make these entrances more secure, install slide-rod locks at the top and foot of your doors.
You might also want to add secondary locks, like sliding bolts or chains, to some doors for additional security.
If this project seems a tad outside your DIY scope, let Lowe's professionally install your new doors and locks.