May 5, 2016
4 Easy Ways to Burglar-Proof your French Doors
French doors are beautiful and elegant. However, homeowners often opt against this classic look due to concerns about their house’s security.
French doors have glass panels and a weak point in the divide between the two doors. Burglars know this, which is why French doors are more frequently targeted, and can be a vulnerability to your home’s security.
If you’re considering installing French doors, or if you already have them, here are some important measures you can take to keep your home secure:
Almost half of burglaries do not require a forced entry. All patio doors, including French doors, are more often left unsecured. Ensuring that your doors are always locked when you leave your house may deter potential burglars because they may not be prepared to use force.
Locking them is such a simple, obvious step, and getting into the habit of always locking all your doors when leaving the house might make all the difference.
There are several factors to consider when choosing a lock for your doors: it should be difficult to break, and it should strengthen that weak point between the two doors.
A deadbolt is recommended, and should be at least one-inch long. In addition, a mortise lock (one which is embedded in the door) will be much stronger than one that’s attached to the inside.
Locking both the top and bottom of the doors will significantly reduce the weak point in the middle. This can be accomplished with a three-point locking mechanism, which allows the top and bottom to be locked simultaneously, or with the use of double-cylinder vertical deadbolts, which will lock the two doors together.
Install a home security system
Smart home security systems like Piper are not only equipped with motion sensors and a loud alarm to deter would-be robbers, but can also be installed with sensors so you know if your doors are being entered while you’re away. The night vision allows you to see what’s happening in your house even at night, and the pet setting will allow you to keep the area secure without being set off by your animals, large or small. In addition, Piper’s “armed stay” mode allows you to secure and monitor the doors while you’re at home, especially at night.
Invest in thick doors
It is often the glass panels that concern homeowners most about their French doors. They’re so easy to break, right? Wrong. By purchasing hurricane-rated glass, those panels will become virtually indestructible, even with a sledgehammer.
French doors are often made with a wooden frame, however they can be bought with a steel frame, or reinforced with one. This increases their strength and deters burglars by the increased difficulty of breaking in.
French doors may seem to be an easy entrance for robberies, but properly securing them will keep them from being a risk, and will allow you to enjoy their elegance worry-free. Although they are more frequently targeted, they end up being no more difficult to secure than any other door to your home.