Sliding Glass Door Broken By Burglars? 3 Steps To Make Your New Door Safer

Posted on: 6 September 2016

Sliding glass doors are a beautiful addition to any home. Unfortunately, they can be a welcome invitation to burglars. If your sliding glass door was recently broken into, you want to make sure that you don't fall victim to a repeat occurrence. Luckily, there are some things you can do that will make your sliding glass door less attractive to burglars. Here are three steps you can take to make your sliding glass door more difficult to break into.

Consider Impact-Resistant Glass

When you look at your sliding glass door, you realize that it's actually just two very large sheets of glass. While the wide expanse of glass affords you a wonderful view of the outdoors, it also affords burglars easy access to your home, especially if your door is made of ordinary glass. Now that you're having your door replaced, choose a door that's equipped with impact-resistant glass. This type of glass can withstand the pressure of a hurricane, which will make it much more difficult for a burglar to break through.

If you've already had your new glass door installed, and you didn't go with impact-resistant glass, you can still reinforce the glass using a protective window film. The film can be applied to any type of sliding glass door and will make it more difficult for burglars to break in.

Add a Security Bar

Sliding glass doors can be pried open using a crowbar. All a burglar has to do is place the crow bar along the lower edge of the door and lift up firmly. The door will lift out of the frame, allowing easy access to your home. You can prevent that by installing a security bar on your sliding glass door. There are several different types of security bars. One type of security bar is attached directly to the door frame. When you want to secure your door, simply pull the security bar down and place it in the locking mechanism that's attached to the slider frame. Once in place, the security bar will hold your door in place.

Install Door Alarms

Door alarms are another effective way to make your sliding glass door less attractive to burglars. For maximum protection, you should install two separate alarms – a door sensor and a glass sensor.

Door Sensor

The door sensor is a two-part system. One part of the sensor is attached to the slider frame and the other part is attached to the frame. When the door is closed, the two parts connect. However, when activated, a high-pitched alarm will sound when the door is opened.

Glass Sensor

The glass sensor is designed to sound an alarm as soon as the glass is broken. Glass sensors are part of most home security systems. Talk to your alarm company about installing glass sensors on your glass doors and windows.

Now that you're replacing your glass door, make sure you do everything you can to prevent a repeat break in. Use the tips provided here to ensure the security of your sliding glass door. For more information, contact local professionals like Avenue Glass Shop.


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