Door Jamb Armor was designed for contractors. It is the most effective door security product ever created but it is difficult to install. If you read the history of how Door Jamb Armor was created, we were looking for the most effective solution, not necessarily the easiest. EZ Armor was designed for customers needing an effective solution that is not as difficult to install.
It depends on the situation but we recommend EZ Armor for almost all door security and jamb repair applications. EZ Armor has been thoroughly tested and has been proven to be extremely effective. EZ Armor does not receive our Platinum Protection Designation is because we have done so much testing on Door Jamb Armor. EZ Armor has never failed in our tests. We simply know that its design dictates that it is not as strong as Door Jamb Armor and we feel the need to be honest with our customers. Had we never known about Door Jamb Armor, EZ Armor would be our platinum standard.
Door Jamb Armor pieces are more like sleeves that wrap around the jamb where EZ Armor pieces are plates that lay against it. Door Jamb Armor therefore requires that you remove your interior trim molding and cut the nails connecting the jamb to the stud for installation. This is why Door Jamb Armor requires more advanced handy skills to install. EZ Armor does not require removal of the trim, cutting of any nails or even removal of the locks to install. Other than strength, the other benefit of Door Jamb Armor’s wrapping design is the prevention of prying. The added rigidity helps prevent the jamb from bending when pried and shims added during installation help eliminate the space between the stud and jamb that makes prying possible. Wrapping design also allows you to repair a jamb, even if all of the wood is gone. This is why we recommend Door Jamb Armor for “extreme jamb repair”.
Many can install Door Jamb Armor in about an hour. Typical installation time for EZ Armor is less than 30 minutes.
Unlike competitors, we do not give bogus PSI (pounds per square inch) ratings for our products. Why, because it is useless information. We have never been able to test Door Jamb Armor to the point where anything other than the deadbolt breaks. A very large insurance company tested Door Jamb Armor several years ago and concluded that at 400 foot pounds of pressure,any of the deadbolts used would break, causing the completion of the test. The bottom line is that they were never able to get our product to fail. We could post that Door Jamb Armor can withstand more than 4,800 PSI of pressure (the value if we were to do a straight conversion) but that would be misleading. Foot Pounds is a measurement of work. PSI inch is a measurement of pressure. On a door that is 72 inches tall by 36 inches wide, how do you measure the pressure exerted on a single point? The answer is that you cant. That is why we know that the PSI measurements used by our competitors are bogus. You cannot put a price on integrity.
Now, if you want to know the relative strength difference between Door Jamb Armor and EZ Armor, use this as your barometer. If an intruder can kick on your door for more than 30 minutes and none of your neighbors will call the police, then you probably want to install Door Jamb Armor. For any other situation, EZ Armor will be more than adequate.