So, you are looking to protect your patio doors.
Well, that is a very good idea. See, when sliding patio doors became popular for homeowners, they ideally became popular for robbers. Initially, people used jamb bars to prevent burglars from gaining access after picking the locks. However, as you can guess, it is a hobby for robbers to find new and creative means to break into homes fast and easy. Sooner than later, thieves began lifting the sliding doors and removing them all together in order to gain easy access to the house.
Well, the most recent types of patio doors Essex have been upgraded to fit more sturdy security measures and make it even harder for burglars to gain access into homes. In this article, we shall be taking a look at some of the best ways to protect your patio doors. To implement these things, you will require the following:
-Drill and drill bits
-Pan head screws
-Door jamb bar (one with swinging hinge and saddle)
-Keyed interior sliding door lock
– Interior dead bolt lock
-Tempered screen-reinforced glass
This is the first thing I would advise you to do. If you already own a security system, then you certainly know the many benefits it can offer.
However, if you can’t afford to install a sophisticated security system right now, you can purchase an ‘alarm on premise’ sticker and put it on the glass of the patio door, or even a sign on the lawn.
Just ensure you place it where it is visible to everyone, including potential robbers. The idea here is to give burglars the impression that an alarm system protects your house and hopefully, it can deter any potential robbers.
It is also advisable to replace the glass on the sliding door with tempered glass. Here you will need a professional so do your homework on patio doors Essex companies. This could be an expensive option, but it will certainly prevent burglars from gaining access through your patio doors.
You will ideally need to open the doors completely and screw six ½ inch screws on the upper part of the patio door track. Ensure that you drive a pilot hole before placing the screws and place them along the track evenly. When doing this, ascertain that you just go far enough to have the door functioning without touching the screws. Ideally, ensure that you leave the screws far enough so that the door track can’t be lifted.
The next step is to install a swinging door jamb bat to the rail of the door in the interior. Put the saddle on the interior of the patio door frame. Ensure that you align the saddle to the end of the bar for it to rest correctly in the saddle. Again, use a drill bit to drive a pilot hole before you screw in anything.
Lastly, you will want to install the keyed sliding door lock at the bottom part of the inner track, and this adds a layer of protection. Please note that this step is just for reinforcement as the jamb bar will have already protected your patio door. Again, make sure that you use a drill bit to drill a hole prior to using any screws to fasten the patio door lock.
So, there you have it. A few simple but effective steps to protect your patio doors. With time, of course, things are bound to change, and you want to stay ahead of the robbers to secure your property and family. If you are unable to perform any of the tasks mentioned in this article, you can always consult a professional in patio doors Essex installation and protection.