Although glass doors make a beautiful addition to your home, sometimes they do make your home vulnerable. Sliding glass door can provide strangers unregulated visual access to your home, which can increase the chances of a break-in.
Most burglars make their ways into homes using sliding doors because unlike most doors in your home; they give up less resistance. With just a little creativity, you can make your sliding glass door more secure and beef up the security in your home.
Here are a few unconventional approaches to secure your sliding glass door.
Block the tracks
Sliding doors operate by moving along a set of tracks made from wood, vinyl or metal. In addition to the latch lock, a secondary lock goes a long way in deterring burglars from accessing your home. A good way to do this is by installing a bar along the sliding door track to prevent your doors from opening from outside.
Such a bar can be made of any wood, high dense plastic or even metal. Though unconventional, placing a block on the track allows for a cost-effective way of increasing secondary security to your sliding doors.
You can also install a bolt lock along the metal frame of your sliding door to ensure that your home puts up a good fight in a break-in attempt.
Chain them up
Though unconventional, putting your doors in chains can be a good way of keeping intruders out of your home. This method works well for double sliding doors that have pull handles and slides along tracks as well. However, you can customize this method to work with single sliding doors.
This method works by linking the handles of your door using a chain. For doors that part in the middle, run a short chain link through each pull handle and secure them together using a padlock. For single doors that open to one side consider calling a professional to install an additional handle to the wall near the door, which will allow you to chain the door to the wall.
Reinforce the glass of your sliding doors
Though often over looked, reinforcing the glass of your sliding doors using a protective layer of glass film should work well in deterring criminals. Protective films come equipped with tints that prevent intruders from seeing the inside of your home while at the same time allows you to enjoy the view.
Keep in mind that you can use all these three methods together for maximum security in your home.