Keeping your home secure is essential to protecting your family, your investment, and your belongings. If you have a malfunctioning glass sliding door, you are leaving all of these items at risk for potential burglars. Even if your glass sliding door functions as it is designed to do, you will want to take a few extra precautions to make sure that people can’t simply slide the door off of its tracks and enter into your home without you allowing them to. Follow the steps below to make sure that your glass sliding door is secured.
Step 1) Horizontal Blocking Stop – A horizontal blocking stop goes in between the frame, and the sliding portion of your door. The bar prevents the door from being slid open when you are not home, and also protects your family members by preventing the small children from being able to slide the door open and escape to the outside.
Step 2) Prevent Lifting Of The Door – One of the ways that burglars enter into your home through the sliding glass door is by lifting the sliding portion out of its frame and pulling the bottom of the door out. The way to prevent this is to make sure that the rollers are in excellent condition. You can also use a vertical lift preventing device that will keep the door from being able to be lifted against the pressure of the rollers.
Step 3) Sliding Door Alarms – Along with the bars that are featured here, you can also consider purchasing sliding door alarms that will alert you to when the door is opened. If you have alarm monitoring, you can ask your alarm company to install the sensors for you, and have them monitor whether or not the door is opened when you are away from the house.
Step 4) Security Decals – While it may seem incredibly low tech, adding security details to your glass sliding door is another great deterrent for keeping burglars out of your home. If the burglar sees the security decal they are going to assume that your home is protected by monitoring, and move onto the next best target instead of entering into your home.