A sliding glass door can be a great feature in your home.
It can save on energy costs because it lets in lots of natural light. It also allows for unobstructed views of your backyard and the surrounding area.
But while there are many benefits to owning sliding glass doors, you also want to make sure they are kept secure when you are home or away.
According to the International Association of Home Inspectors, 34% of burglars enter a home from the front door and 22% enter through the back door.
Sliding glass doors are often located in the back of a home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do more to secure them.
Read on to learn the top ways to keep your home safe when it comes to your sliding glass door.
Prevent Sliding With a Wooden or Metal Rod
One of the most common ways to make a sliding glass door more secure is to insert a wooden or metal rod in your door’s sliding track.
When you have a rod in the track, this can keep a burglar from sliding your door open. But to make a rod work most effectively, it needs to be the correct size. If not, your door can still be slid open with the rod in place.
Try making the rod a half inch shorter than the track you are placing it. This way you are able to easily insert or remove the rod when you leave or are not using your door.
Install a Better Lock
To make your sliding glass door more challenging for would-be criminals, you should install a better lock.
Many sliding doors come with a locking mechanism that is typically just a latch. This latching system can work to keep the door secure for everyday use but should not be relied on for more.
When it comes to locks you have a couple different options.
Some homeowners choose to use a traditional lock for sliding glass doors. The main feature of these locks is a small metal rod that slides into the door to hold it into place when not being opened or closed. When you want to use your door, you simply remove the rod.
Another, more secure option, is to use a sliding lock. These consist of two separate pieces — one that connects to your slider and another that attaches to the frame. When you want to lock your door, you simply slide the lock in place.
Use High-Quality Glass
Some burglars may attempt to shatter your sliding glass door instead of forcefully sliding it open.
Your sliding glass door should be made of high-quality glass to help guard against this threat. Instead of traditional single-pane glass, consider double-pane.
Double-pane glass has two separate pieces of glass with a small amount of space between them. The space is filled with insulating gas which helps to strengthen the glass.
This glass is a great way for you to make your home more secure while also enjoying them more.
Besides being sturdy, double-pane glass also cuts down on the noise that enters your home. It also may reduce energy costs by keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Add a Motion Sensor
Installing a motion sensor on your sliding door can be an effective way to secure it while also catching a thief off guard.
Motion sensors do not create a physical barrier for an intruder like a lock does. But they can startle them by sounding an alarm and drawing the attention of others in the area.
If you want to avoid the noise of a motion sensor on your door, you could use them elsewhere. There are motion sensors that detect movement and shine a light. These are a good way to startle an unwanted guest when it is dark outside while also keeping things quiet.
Perform Maintenance on Your Slider Tracks
Another important way to make your sliding glass door more secure is to perform maintenance on its tracks regularly.
Over time, you may notice that your glass door is not sliding as easily as it did when you first installed it. It may even come off the track altogether when you are using it.
Besides being annoying and inconvenient, it can also be dangerous and create a security risk in your home. Friends and family can hurt themselves as they slide the door open. Thieves may also be able to lift the door off of its tracks, making for an easy entry into your home.
You should assess your sliding glass door’s tracks regularly and take care of any problems quickly. For example, clean the tracks to remove any unwanted debris. Once it is cleaned, add a non-stick silicone lubricant to the track to keep your door sliding smoothly.
The Importance of a Secure Home
These tips will help you improve your sliding glass door’s safety but there is no way to make your home 100% secure.
According to Safeguard The World, “About 30% of burglaries are through an open or unlocked door or window.”
To combat the threat of crime, you should take a proactive approach. This means securing sliding glass doors, windows, and other points of entry in your home.
Don’t make your home an easy target!
Make The Most of Your Sliding Glass Door
Sliding glass doors are a great addition to any home. They are easy to use and also provide a great way to enjoy a nice view during winter or summer.
But to make the most of your sliding glass door, you need to maximize its security. Whether it is installing an extra lock or inserting a rod into the track when you are not using it, you can have more peace of mind.
Do you want to learn more about sliding glass doors and how you can enjoy them in your home?
At Glass Reflections, we provide a clear view on windows, doors, mirrors, and glass. Contact us today to learn more about ways we can help you improve your home!