Glass Sliding Door Security

Posted by Sirena Rubinoff | Jan 01, 2011
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Glass sliding doors are a beautiful addition to any home. They allow a good deal of natural light to enter the house, and when open, a flow of fresh air. However, as beautiful as glass sliding doors may be, they are a potential pitfall to your home’s security. Read on to learn how to prevent burglaries by taking glass sliding door security measures.

Why Are Glass Sliding Doors Potentially Dangerous?

Glass sliding doors are pretty, but they are not very practical with their original security systems. Most glass sliding doors are secured by latches, not locks. Latches are made of soft aluminum or cast metal and provide little resistance to physical attack. They get weaker with time and with wear and tear, and thus are a prime spot for a conniving thief to attempt to break into your home.

A DIY Fix to Your Glass Sliding Door Security Problem

You can strengthen your glass sliding door’s security by creating a barrier that prevents the door’s movement. To do this, you need to find or cut a wooden dowel or stick to fill the length of the glass sliding door’s indoor track. If someone attempts to open your door from the outside, the door will hit the wooden stick on the inside track and be blocked from movement. When cutting a stick, be sure to only leave as much space in between the end of the stick and the door as you need to fit your fingers around the stick to remove it when desired.

An Easy Scare Tactic for Keeping Burglars Away

Once you’ve installed your new sliding door stick security system, you can take one more simple step to discourage burglars from trying to break into your home. Just place a few stickers on your glass sliding door that advertise your home’s alarm security system. If you don’t have access to these decals, you can buy a "Beware of Dog" sticker or even a simple "Neighborhood Watch" sticker. Any of these three options will make a thief think twice before trying to open your glass sliding door.

A final security measure you can take to ensure that your glass sliding door will remain in place is to add self-tapping screws to the upper frame along the length of the door in its closed position. These screws ensure that the door can only be moved sideways and not upward. This will prevent a burglar from trying to lift your sliding glass door off its track from the outside.

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