If you take home security seriously, it is easy to learn from hundreds of years of experience what works and what does not. Different materials have been tried in different combinations over the years, and the results are generally mediocre next to the methods that have been proven to work throughout history. Even in the middle ages, when the security of an area became an issue that needed to be dealt with, iron was the material of choice to solve that problem. Iron as a material is nearly indestructible, and for iron to be cut or bent required far more effort than most people were willing to put in. As a result, iron fencing and gates that were constructed hundreds of years ago are still seen every day on churches and older buildings, as well as higher end Victorian homes. The choice to use iron for these purposes was obvious, because it could be shaped as necessary by a person who was trained in iron forming, and could then be joined together to form security for large areas of land. It could also be affixed to buildings at points of entry in order to allow light through, but still make entry by unwanted guests nearly impossible. Iron was popular because it made sense, and no other materials at the time were able to match it's strength and resilience.
More modern homes began to revisit iron as a security measure in the 1970s, when the protection of you home began to become more important. Crime was increasing, and ultimately the methods you used to protect your space would many times be the deciding factor between who got robbed and who did not. Iron security doors and window bars became popular simply as the functional aspects were needed, but those in the business of providing these products soon revisited the old ideas as well. When appropriately welded together, ornamental aspects of iron work are just as strong as solid bars, ultimately allowing iron workers to construct doors and gates that are not only strong but also beautiful. These were the ideas of the past, where churches and more elaborate buildings protected themselves from intruders using iron work that added to the aesthetic of the building itself. Beauty and strength was allowed to function together and compliment each other.
Today, people who are looking for ways to customize and beautify their homes while also adding security to the mix are experimenting with custom iron doors and gates. They are using ornamental embellishments to the iron structural frames to create beautiful doors that also make break ins nearly impossible. The new way of improving your home was once the stuff of wealthy people, but thanks to improvements to the process iron security doors that are also beautiful are available to everyone. Costs are usually associated with the amount of embellishments that are integrated into the project, but the doors can be fit to nearly any budget today. Contact us to explore your iron door options. If you can dream it up, we can make it.