How To Make Sliding Glass Doors More Secure?
While sliding glass doors provide that touch of elegance and ample amount of natural light to your house, we must not forget the various security risks that are involved with them. The glass panes (unless bulletproof) are vulnerable to breaking and can also provide access to burglars. The bullet proof glass is extremely expensive and is not available easily. The sliding tracks are mostly made with aluminum and the glass can easily be lifted off them and provide access to the burglars. Installing a sliding glass door is a piece of work any only experienced personnel can install them without any hassles and make sure they’re secure. If you’re looking forward to making your sliding glass panes more secure from the forces of nature and burglars, here are some quick tips that can help.
Easy to install security systems can notify you if the glass is broken or is struck. The security alarm can easily detect and differentiate when a glass is broken or is struck by something. You might have to invest some extra money to get the shatter system installed but when it comes to the security of your humble abode, no price is too big.
A dowel rod is simply a round stick that is placed in between the metal slide to prevent the door from being opened from outside. Even if the latch is opened the dowel rod secures the glass panes in place and restricts any unlawful entry from outside. Home owners must make sure that the rod is just about half an inch shorter than the track and is thin enough to fit inside the track properly. A triangular rod is a much better option for doors with narrow tracks as they provide a much secure fit in the tracks.
Security sensors are another effective way of protecting your home from any unlawful entry without your knowledge. If the door is opened without proper access, the sensor sends a signal to the alarm triggering it and notifying you and the neighbors about the possible security breach in your house. The sensors also notify the alarm company of the unlawful entrance which also doubles up the security in your house.
The regular locks that come with the sliding doors are totally unreliable and can be easily broken and lifted by the most common of thieves. The best solution to this problem is to install heavier locks on your sliding doors. The locks are specially made according to the client’s specifications and are double bolted. The heavier gauge metal makes them extremely strong and difficult for thieves to break through.
Securing The Glass With Sheet Metal Screws And Washers
The standard glass sliding doors are often installed poorly and it is pretty easy for anyone to lift the glass off the tracks to gain entry into your house. The best way to prevent it is to secure the glass using metal screws and washers. The metal screws secure the glass onto the tracks and the washers make it impossible for someone to lift the glass panel past the height of the track. Although while installing screws and washers make sure that the glass slides smoothly on the track.
While glass doors provide a point of easy access and leave a big gaping hole in your security, these above fixes can ensure that they do not become a weak link in your house’s security. You can also refer to the guide to sliding glass doors for more information about glass door security and installation.