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Protect Your Home with Golden Windows Secure Entry Systems | Golden Windows

People often underestimate how important it is to own a secure front entry door that has a proper locking system. After all, the common perception is that an intruder will usually try to gain entry into your home through the windows or even back door. While it may be true that most break-ins occur through basement or ground-floor windows, that doesn’t mean that a burglar can’t take advantage of an unsecured entryway.

In fact, according to statistics on home invasions, 36% of burglaries are committed via entry from the front door. Do these numbers surprise you? It’s no wonder, since this is actually a fairly high percentage especially considering many people like to believe that their front door is keeping them safe. Of all the entries into a home, it’s the one that people generally spend the most time thinking about; whether they are locking it safely before leaving home or making sure it’s locked tight before going to bed.

So with all that said; what makes a door safe, and are there any products out there that can keep my home safe? Is it just about the lock, or is it about the door itself? Well, the simple answer is that it is both. Let’s start by looking at what qualities make a door secure and what you should be looking out for when choosing a new product. After, we’ll talk about the locking systems that work well against intruders and also work to protect your home from the elements.

Golden Windows Offers Quality Entry Doors

When looking at all the door companies in London you will see that no one can compare to the quality and care that Golden Windows brings to the table in the window and door industry. We are a fully family owned and operated business that is passionate about the work we do and about providing our customers with quality products that will never fail to disappoint.

Our products are manufactured here in Canada from a facility in Kitchener, Ontario, with the highest standards in mind. We are also one of the only window and door companies that have obtained the ISO 9001 designation, meaning we are able to consistently provide exceptional lead times and on-time delivery of our quality products. Our philosophy is one of continuous improvement, and our doors have been designed to provide our customers with beautiful front entry options that offer trouble-free performance, home-energy efficiency, and above all else security from the outdoors as well as intruders.

The GoldenClad® and GoldenWood® Entry Systems are manufactured and preassembled in accordance to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) as well as the applicable requirements of the 2012 Ontario Building Code. They undergo rigorous testing in order to ensure their strength, resilience, and quality.

We provide different types of options for doors that include a wide range of door, sidelite, and fiberglass or steel panel designs that can be combined in order to create an entry system that suits the style of your home as well as your budget.

Standard door features include:

  • Goldenguard® Sill door sealing system that stops air and water leakage with a perimeter seal that gets activated when the door is closed, leaving any water to drain on the outside.
  • Compression foam weatherstripping with a soft inner core wrapped in a tough vinyl skin that will not shrink or deteriorate with time even in temperatures of up to -40 °C.
  • A unique drainage cap that allows water to escape but that also prevents debris from blocking the drainage holes.
  • A frame design where sealants are contained inside so that there are no visible silicones or adhesives.

While you want your door to protect you from intruders, it’s also important that you are protected from the elements, especially in a climate like Canada. For example, residential door locks may jam in certain weather conditions causing issues that can affect performance as well as jeopardize the security of your home.

This is why Golden Windows puts so much research and care into creating entry systems that are low maintenance and that can continue to perform optimally even when exposed to extreme cold or heat.

Steel vs. Fiberglass Entry Doors

When choosing a new entry doorway, you may be wondering what the difference is between the steel and fiberglass panel options. While both are solid choices when it comes to your front door, you’ll usually see homes with steel doors as it accounts for half of the market – but fiberglass is quickly becoming just as, if not more popular for a number of important reasons.

This is because fiberglass is strong, durable, lightweight, and can hold up against the general wear and tear caused by exposure to extreme temperatures over time. They do not rust, are resistant to denting and warping, and are generally easy to maintain. What’s more is that fiberglass doors are highly versatile and can even be textured and stained to resemble wood. With all this in mind, it’s no wonder that fiberglass is a becoming an increasingly popular choice for residential homeowners.

So what’s the advantage of steel entryways, then? Typically, steel is more affordable than its fiberglass counterpart, and another advantage is that they are extremely secure in that an intruder wouldn’t be able to kick your door in. That being said, if someone (or something) were to hit your steel door, it may cause a dent, which can be difficult to fix. And if it gets any scratches you will have to paint over them right away or else risk rusting.

While steel doors are generally good at protecting you from the elements, they do not perform as strongly in comparison to fiberglass. This means that over time you may begin to see signs of damage from general wear and tear, and from common Canadian weather conditions that can involve torrential rains, strong winds, snow and hail, and even intense sunlight.

At Golden Windows, we aim to ensure that all of our products deliver the highest quality experience that you can expect from a company with our kind of reputation and attention to detail. That being said, if you are looking for a door that can provide you with all-around weather protection, then fiberglass is the best choice for you.

If you are looking for a more inexpensive option which still provides superior security measures, than steel is your best bet. With the addition of our Goldenguard® Sill door sealing system and foam weatherstripping, you can rest assured that your steel door has been made to last in even the worst weather conditions.

Golden Multi-Point Lock Systems

Now that you’ve learned about the entry doors we offer, you might be wondering how to ensure that your front door is absolutely safe from lock-picking and attempted forced entry. Golden Windows offers optional multi-point locking hardware for added security to our doors. When closing one of our multi-point locking doors, the upper and lower latchbolts will instantly engage. Turning the key from outside or the knob from inside it will engage the central deadbolt and block the top and bottom latchbolts to become a three-deadbolt locking system.

This product provides a number of advantages to your home, including:

  • Added security
  • Better weather sealing
  • Reversible latch
  • Warping reduction
  • No need to lift the handle to engage locking points
  • A 1” (25mm) central deadbolt
  • A 90 degree rotation of thumb turn or US-cylinder engages the deadbolt
  • High grade 16mm Stainless Steel faceplate for higher corrosion resistance
  • Radius ends for a clean look and easy installation

With the added protection of our multi-point locking system, you can rest assured that your door is secure while remaining virtually maintenance-free as well as easy to operate. You also have the added bonus of protection from the outside elements, making this option an ideal choice for homeowners who want additional security against intruders as well as the cold, moisture, or debris.

Installation is Key

No matter what kind of door and locking system you choose for your entryway, if they aren’t installed properly then you will run into problems with your whole entry system. Poorly installed doors can begin to warp or break at the frame, leaving them susceptible to kick-ins. Gaps in the frame compromises the sealing potential of your door and leads to air leakage, which in turn will cost you more on your energy bills as your furnace works harder to heat your home.

Poor door installation can be caused by improper measuring and preparation, using the wrong screws or over-tightening them, or even because the sill isn’t level. If you hired the wrong team to do the job or if a DIY project went wrong, you may notice these problems:

  • Crooked door panels with damaged hinges, loose screws, cracked door frame or door jamb.
  • Creaking sounds whenever you open and close your door.
  • Poor operation where it’s difficult to open, close, or even lock – it may even open too quickly and knock into your wall.
  • Marks left on the floor like scratches or lines that move in the direction that your door swings open into; this is a sign that the lower edge isn’t parallel with the floor, resulting in it hitting the floor when used.
  • Drafts around your door which can be felt or noticed when holding a tissue up around it.
  • An increase to your energy bills because of the air leaks.

Why take a risk when it comes to your entry door installation? Shoddy installation jobs means less security for both you and your home, and can cost you money down the road due to increased energy usage as well as the risk of moisture causing your frames to rot. When getting a new front door, make sure it’s provided by a reputable company that supplies and installs all of their products, and who has years of experience in the industry providing quality installation services.

That’s where we come in: you can count on Golden Windows when to provide quality door installation services with our Certified Installation Team who have years of experience on the job and who are considered masters of their craft. It all starts with an Installation Sales Representative who comes to your home during a time that’s convenient to you to perform a completely free onsite measure and discuss various door options with you.

From there, they will follow up with a quote based on their meeting and the options you discussed. A Certified Installation Team member will then set up an appointment with you to visit your home and perform final measurements and confirm the job details in order to ensure that you are happy with the final product.

One confirmed, your product will be made to its exact specifications, and the Certified Installer will arrange an installation date that works for you and your busy schedule. We feel that this extra confirmation is extremely important in making sure that the installation is done correctly and that the product that we order for you is precisely perfect for your entryway.

With our team by your side, you can rest assured that you are receiving a quality product that gets installed properly the first time around, that way you never have to worry about the security of your front door. Not only will you feel safer choosing our services, but you’ll also be left with a gorgeous product that’s easy to use and maintain, all while turning heads and impressing your neighbours.

You’ll also have a more energy-efficient home that saves you money on energy bills and reduces your carbon footprint. You really can’t go wrong when choosing Golden Windows for all of your front entry doorway installation needs – we definitely have it all.

So if you’re thinking of replacing your doors and are concerned about entryway security, or even about how well you’re being protected from the elements, then give us a call. We’ll be able to answer all of your questions and help you choose and customize a product that works best for you.

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