Is it possible to imagine a patio or pool area without a sliding door? Sliding doors create an unmistakable aesthetic appeal in a home. They have the ability to create both space and light into a room, to bring in fresh air and they are a great way to bring the tranquil beauty of the outdoors inside your home.
They do, however, also pose a number of hidden dangers that every homeowner should be aware of.
Sliding Doors Can Break
Sliding doors are prone to breaking and although some manufacturers cover the glass with laminate to prevent flying glass in the event of a breakage, there are certain sliding door models that are not laminated and can result in flying glass projectiles which can be dangerous.
Sliding doors are also vulnerable to burglars; a good way to secure the glass is to apply a security film on the outside of the glass door for added protection.
They Can Be Susceptible To Break-ins
Sliding doors are easy entry points to your home. Usually located somewhere in the back of your home, they are well hidden from the public eye and the perfect access point for a would-be burglar.
Your first step in securing your sliding door is to install a good quality sliding door lock. Without a good lock your sliding door is an invitation for trouble.
Another way of securing your sliding door is to ensure that a burglar cannot open it. This is easily remedied by inserting a simple item such as a wooden dowel or broomstick in the sliding door track which will prevent the door from being opened and this acts as an extra security precaution in addition to your sliding door lock.
Sometimes, burglars will simply lift your sliding door off its rollers to enter your home. This can be prevented by ensuring that your sliding door rollers are in peak condition. Contact your Local Locksmith and have them replaced if they start to show wear and tear as they can become the weak point in your door’s security. As an added precaution you can also install extra screws at the top of the frame.
As a final precaution against thieves you may want to consider adding a second sliding door lock. Many sliding doors come with very flimsy locks which can easily be broken; by installing a secondary, stronger lock you are making it twice as difficult for a burglar to gain entry into your home.
Whenever you are making adjustments to your home’s security it is always a good idea to get the advice of your local locksmith.
Sliding Doors Can Compromise Your Privacy And Your Safety
Because sliding doors allow light to enter the room, many people choose not to have curtains or blinds over them. This is a sure way to compromise your privacy as well as your safety. Potential thieves and burglars can see into your home and can observe your comings and goings.
As an added precaution, always install curtains or blinds over your sliding doors. Keep them closed at night and when you are away from home.
Sliding doors enhance the value and appeal of your home, but the quality of the sliding doors and the quality of your locks will determine how safe it is. Securing your sliding door properly is of the utmost importance and a task that should not be overlooked.