Are Sliding Doors Safe?

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If you are thinking about investing in sliding doors for your home, but you are worried about how secure they are, then prepare to have your mind put at rest. Despite many people believing that glass sliding doors are less safe when it comes to intruders, this is no longer the case.

From the use of double glazing to the implementation of a multi-point locking system, to the benefits of automatic sliding doors, keep reading to discover why sliding doors are equally, if not even safer, than traditional doors for your home.

How secure are sliding doors?

Even though sliding doors are predominately made of glass, they are incredibly secure against both external threats and daily exposure to the elements. Check out below the features of sliding doors that make them a safe option for your home.

Double Glazing  

When choosing sliding doors for your home, you will want to pick the glass that is either double glazed or even triple glazed, for enhanced security. The additional layers of glass not only make the doors more secure, but it also makes them more long-lasting and more energy efficient.

Safety Glass

You can find certain types of glass for sliding doors such as laminated and safety glass that is specifically designed to be shatter-resistant. They work by holding the shard in place if the glass is broken to prevent home intruders from getting into your property.

Automated Door Systems

Automatic sliding doors can be fitted with sliding door systems that give you complete control over your sliding doors. You can choose from hands-free opening, motion sensors, pressure sensor mats, and so many more safe options that will make the doors in your home work better for you and your family.

Some sensor systems can even be connected to your existing home security system, alerting you to intruders by sounding an alarm or sending a notification to your phone.

Obscured Glass

Obscured or patterned glass is the perfect option for those who want to be able to enjoy natural light flooding into their home without the worry of outsiders peering in. If you are not sure about obscured glass as you want to be able to see your surrounding scenery, you can always invest in blinds or privacy film.

Aluminum Frames

If you are still worried about the security of sliding doors, you may want to choose ones that are made with metal frames. While wooden or uPVC frames can become bent or broken over time or under extreme force, aluminum frames are durable and incredibly strong.

Security Bars

If you don’t choose automatic sliding doors, you may want to invest in a security bar which offers one of the best ways to stop your glass door from sliding when you don’t want it to. Security bars are normally placed in the track of your sliding glass door, and most come with padded ends to prevent damage to your doors.

Security Camera

As an additional method of security, you might want to install a security camera on your sliding glass door to deter thieves and intruders from your property altogether. Although these can be expensive, they can be worth it for complete peace of mind throughout the day and night.