Strike Plates for Doors
At PROTECTION PLUS® we offer security solutions for your home and business. We understand the benefits and flaws of various security options and offer products that help enhance your current security setup. When you are looking for an affordable way to add an additional layer of security, a new strike plate might be right for you. Strike plates are designed to help prevent entry door break-ins, but most lack the strength to protect from forced entry. In the Greater Toronto Area, intruders use entry doors to access property, making entry door security enhancements the logical choice when looking for effective security improvements for your home.
What is a Strike Plate?
The strike plate is part of your door hardware. Its job is to reinforce the door latch and lock area of your door to protect and strengthen the door jamb when the door is closed and locked. However, standard strike plates for entry doors tend to be too small and are installed with screws that are too short to withstand forced entry such as a kick. Security strike plates are larger and thicker to provide additional reinforcement around the door jamb offering better support for your extended latch or deadbolt. They can withstand common break-in tactics including kick-ins, door prying and jamb spreading.
Who needs a New Strike Plate?
Unless you have a quality deadbolt lock mounted in a high-quality door, the chances are high that your door jamb won’t withstand forced entry. What tends to be the weakest link for a basic entry door installation is the strike plate and door jamb. Even the sturdiest door lock won’t protect your home from forced entry if the strike plate is missing, or weak. Although you can purchase a strike plate from a hardware store and install it yourself, most options you’ll find are far too “light duty” to protect against intruders. If you want extra reinforcement, your door requires a longer plate designed to grip more of the door frame and remain in place when force is applied thanks to the longer, sturdier screws that penetrate several inches into the door frame and stud. This is the only way to ensure your door has the strength needed to withstand forceful entry, such as an intruder trying to kick your door in. As well, if you have a smart lock, they are even more vulnerable with insufficient installation hardware and short, poor-quality strike plates that fail when someone kicks in the door.
Security Strike Plate Features
Security strike plates offer three key improvements to your entry doors:
- Added length: The longer strike plate provides sturdy metal reinforcement to the softwood door jamb making it difficult to pry the door open or kick the door in.
- Longer screws: The length of the screws provide extra strength by securing the plate more effectively to the door jamb by connecting to the stud located behind the jamb. This reduces the risk of the screws dislodging when someone tries to force the door open.
- Staggered screw placement: The holes provided in a security strike plate are staggered to provide extra anchors and different positions for the long screws that go directly into the stud. This adds even more strength to protect against forceable entry.
If you would like more information about security strike plates, speak to our team today. We specialize in security solutions and can recommend affordable options to help protect your property.
The strike plate on most doors is often a weak and overlooked part of your door hardware. If the deadbolt is a quality lock mounted in a high-quality door, the chances are slim that the door will break if someone tries to kick in the door. The weak link then becomes the door frame, not the door or lock. Consequently, it is imperative the deadbolt strike plate is large enough and strong enough to reinforce the door frame and deter, even prevent, the door from being kicked in by robbers and home invaders.
Most Big Box store brands of deadbolts and locks come with small light-duty door strikes. For extra reinforcement longer plates that will grip more of the door frame with screws that penetrate several inches into the door frame and wall are needed. The way the strike plate is installed (or not installed) will determine the real strength of your door system.