A sliding door is an attractive addition to homes, but offers criminals an easy alternative into gaining entrance to your house. Most of these entry point locations are near the back of the house, which give burglars the protection of not being seen by other people. The large openings of sliding, glass doors make it easier for crooks to carry out your valuables. Here’s what you need to know about securing sliding glass doors in your home.
Since the doors are largely composed of tough glass, most homeowners don’t think about making them more secure against burglary. They believe criminals will break the glass to gain entry to the house–a sure way to trigger the alarm and alert everyone in the house or neighborhood. Unfortunately, some burglars don’t care to risk noise from breaking the glass or possible injury during the process.
Improving Sliding Door Security
You can go a long ways towards securing sliding glass doors and preventing intruders from sliding the doors open by installing an adjustable bar lock designed to set in the opposite track. A locksmith can install the device for you. The device prevents the door from being slid open. The bar is attached to the track and side of the doors. It can be adjusted for fitting any size door opening and removed out of the way when you need to enter or exit.
Another great preventive measure for securing sliding glass doors would be to have the locksmith install a mortise lock made of steel. The lock is installed on the frame of the doors. They can be attached at either side of the doorframe, whether it opens to the left or right. Adding both a mortise lock and an adjustable bar lock can increase your sliding glass door’s protection against intruders tremendously.
To prevent glass breakage, you can apply a polyester film barrier over the glass that can take repetitive blows. The security film will offer added protection against burglaries. A final alternative is to have a security alarm system installed by a locksmith service company like Coastal Contract Hardware. You can learn more about the products discussed here by contacting us.
Coastal Contract Hardware is experienced in all areas of locksmith services, including securing sliding glass doors for residential and commercial use. We service areas in North and South Carolina such as Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Horry County, SC and other surrounding areas. To find out more, get in touch by visiting our contact page and filling out the form or call us at 843-946-3500. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter as well!