Secure a sliding glass door to protect against burglaries
Whether it’s for the front, side or back of the house, securing a sliding glass door is surprisingly simple. And it will provide much-needed protection for rooms in the house that are apparently more easily accessible to burglars.
If you’ve ever thought about the best home security system, this is an easy addition and doesn’t mean you have to change the aesthetic. In fact, to ensure that nothing interferes with the clean style that a sliding glass door can add, we’ve kept these hacks simple and understated.
With a little expert planning when designing your home and a few adjustments here and there, you can lock in and leave your home feeling well protected. And – if you’re like us – you’ll walk the road with as much confidence as Starsky & Hutch have solved a case. Minus the flares maybe …
Your options for securing a sliding glass door
1. Check that the locks or latches are in working order.
It is advisable to regularly check the locks or latches of your sliding glass door, so that they remain in perfect working order. If any of the locks seem a little loose and you are under warranty, ask the company you purchased them from to come in for service. Sometimes latches are used, which can make the doors particularly vulnerable.
Some companies offer a maintenance service where they can check the alignment of the latch and ensure that all anti-lift locking points fully engage with the standard locking system.
“Locked doors and windows are your first line of defense when it comes to preventing intruders from entering your home, so it is essential to verify that your locks are in perfect condition,” says Louis McGee, glazing expert at Cloudy2Clear Windows.
“In addition to a maintenance check, we can verify that the wheeled trucks are fully functional and engage with the anti-lift blocks at the top of the frame. This is important because it will prevent anyone from lifting the door out of position and entering.
2. Add heavy duty push locks
In addition to a maintenance service, you can increase the locking security of your sliding glass doors with heavy-duty push-type locks. These are found at the top and bottom of the door.
Push locks do not interfere with the aesthetics of your sliding doors, but provide an additional level of protection. “They attach to the inner side of the frame and pull a bolt through the sliding door that can only be released by a key,” says Louis McGee.
To secure a sliding glass door – and any door or window lock for that matter – it’s worth consulting your local MLA (Master Locksmiths Association) locksmith for expert advice.
You can check the association’s website to find the nearest MLA licensed locksmith.
3. Add shock and vibration sensors to your sliding doors
Whether you add shock and vibration sensors as part of a complete home security alarm system, or buy them individually from the store and install them yourself, these little gadgets are invaluable.
They are designed to alert you if someone is trying to break into your property and are an important additional factor if you are wondering how to protect your home with smart security.
“Shock sensors – also called vibration sensors – from companies like Ajax or Texecom – attach to your door frame,” explains Michael Glarvey, former CID manager and security expert at Birch Security Services. “They sound an alert and / or send a notification to your smartphone or home control panel to let you know if someone is tampering with the lock or knocking on the door.”
“Shock sensors should not be confused with motion sensors. While motion sensors alert you if someone is already in your home, a shock sensor will catch them as they try to break in.
4. Adjust your blinds and curtains to close at night
Large sliding glass doors allow anyone outside to have a clear view of the contents of your home. Especially when it’s dark outside and the lights are on inside. What you need to know is how to make it look like you are home when you are not.
“Make it difficult for would-be burglars to see the interior of your home at night by getting into the habit of closing your curtains and blinds at nightfall,” says Michael Glarvey.
Better yet, invest in a bespoke automated system that is programmed to close your shades at night, whether you are away from home or not. This can be programmed so that the lights come on and music plays in certain rooms when the shades and curtains close, to make it look like someone is at home, even when there is no room. is not.
5. Add laminated glass protection
Carefully consider the type of window you are purchasing. For intruders, tempered glass can be quick and quiet to shatter compared to other materials like uPVC panels and methods like opening a window or breaking locks, which is noisy and takes time.
“It is possible to replace toughened safety glass with 6.4mm laminated glass,” explains Louis McGee. “As a glazing service, we see a lot of break-ins by breaking tempered glass. The advantage of laminated glass is that it does not shatter and allows easy entry. Instead, it will break into larger pieces and stick together due to lamination, making it almost impossible to access.
“Replacing the toughened safety glass for the laminate isn’t a big job and doesn’t take extra time compared to replacing any other unit. It is purely just a different specification of glass. You will need to hire professional service to replace the glass, but it’s a quick and easy job to do. ‘
6. Install a security bar
Adding a smart safety tool that will prevent the glass door from opening easily when you don’t want it to be a quick and secure fit.
“Installing a security bar – also known as the Charley Bar – takes less than five minutes and is a very simple way to prevent the door from opening,” says Louis McGee. “Not only does this protect you from break-ins, but it’s also a good way to keep your home safe when there are small children around.”
You can find an adjustable crash bar door brace for around $ 25 / £ 24 on Amazon.
How to protect a sliding glass door against burglary?
- Choose from practical solutions such as checking hinges for rust and, if necessary, replacing vulnerable parts.
- Keeping your doors and windows locked when you are out of the house is key.
- Also close your blinds and curtains at night to make sure that no one can see in and nose around your house and its contents.
- Check the locks to see if they are functioning properly and if not, have the manufacturer perform a service repair if necessary.
- You can invest in shock and vibration sensors that deter potential intruders before they enter your property by sounding an alarm and receiving alerts on your smartphone or home security control panel.
Are sliding doors worth it?
We think so. Modern sliding doors can look very stylish in an open plan extension and help open up your interior so that the garden looks like a seamless extension of your home.
Sliding doors give you an uninterrupted view of the garden and help fill your home with plenty of natural sunlight – and this is especially useful in winter, when the days are shorter.
You can choose from contemporary aluminum frames with slim profiles that look incredibly sleek, as well as popular PVC and wood designs.