If you are thinking about renovating your home or property, there is more to consider, during the planning phase, than just aesthetics. One visually striking design feature, which is commonplace in most modern homes, is the sliding glass door. Although an excellent addition to a home in many ways, questions will necessarily arise about the security of sliding glass door locks. The following paragraphs will address some of the most common concerns with regards to the sliding glass door lock, and will discuss some strategies for making your home extra secure if you do eventually choose to install patio doors.
Most people believe that the easiest way to break in through a glass patio door is by breaking said glass. This belief is a misconception. In fact, most modern glass doors are constructed with at least two panes of thick, shatter-resistant glass, making smashing the glass to gain entry a formidable task, and one that would be impossible to accomplish without making considerable noise and attracting attention as a result. With this misconception out of the way, it is time to focus on what does and does not make a sliding door lock effective.
Most patio doors are comprised of two framed glass units. One of these units is most often secured into the door frame, so that it does not move, while the other unit is installed on rollers, within a track, to facilitate simple maneuvering back and forth. As a result, the secured glass door unit is already locked into the frame, and the other sliding door locks into the side of the door frame by one or more of a variety of different locking mechanisms. Believe it or not, most security issues arise not out of the patio door locks themselves, but out of the integrity of the door frame.
Easily, the most popular way for burglars to gain access through patio doors is by actually lifting the glass panel off of its rollers and out of its frame. This task is possible to accomplish with older sliding doors, whose roller tracks are misshapen or compromised because of age or wear and tear, and with poorly installed sliders. If you have old doors, or newer doors that you fear have been poorly installed, it is possible to remedy this problem without undertaking a major renovation, by installing a special auxiliary patio door lock that functions as a sort of deadbolt; simply fitting into the base of the slides so that the door panels cannot be removed from their track.
Regardless of the structural integrity of your sliding glass doors, it is always a good idea to employ more than one type of locking mechanism at every entrance point. For instance, if your current sliding glass door lock is a mortise-style fixture, complement it with vertical deadbolts or telescoping bar locks. For an added sense of security within your home, consider installing door alarms, a motion detector, or a more intricate alarm system.
Although, as with all door styles, there are security issues to consider when installing patio doors, security concerns should not be a reason to forego the style and appeal of sliding glass doors. Equipped with the knowledge of what most home invaders target when dealing with patio doors, combined with a comprehensive understanding of the multiple available options in patio door locks, you can rest assured that your home will be well-secured. Remember that multiple types of locks and security measures always create an additional deterrent for thieves, making your home a less likely target.