Sliding glass doors, when not properly secured, can put your home’s security at risk. This is why it’s important to invest in doors with durable and high-quality locks.
Here are solutions to common patio door security problems.
1. Showing Too Much – While patio doors offer a wide, unobstructed view of the outdoors, they give people a nice look of what’s inside your home. A privacy film still allows natural light to enter while protecting your indoor valuables. You may also consider using blinds or drapes.
2. Basic Latches – Most locks on sliding doors have simple latches that can be easily bypassed. Install an extra heavy-duty lock to secure your door. Renewal by Andersen® gliding patio doors feature a unique reach-out locking system that pulls that door panel securely into the jamb for added security and weather tightness.
3. Concealed Location – Patio doors are typically located in the back or on the side of your home. Most of the time, they are hidden from view. With fewer eyes watching, people can easily go through the door without being noticed. Along with a good lock, installing an alarm can quickly notify you when someone has broken into your home. These alarm sensors can also be added to sliding, casement and other operable windows.
4. Easy to Break – The huge glass area of patio doors provides you with a lot of natural light and beautifies your home. However, unlike wood or steel, the glass can be easily broken when someone wants to break in. A protection film made of polyester material can make the glass on your doors virtually shatter-proof. It can resist multiple blows without breaking.
With the right products, you can increase your home’s security without sacrificing its appearance. For the most durable and energy-efficient patio doors, choose Renewal by Andersen of Quad Cities. We also offer casement, double-hung and bow windows. Call us at (309) 644-4769, or complete our online form for a free consultation. We work with homeowners in Rock Island, IL.