2 Ways a Locksmith Can Help Increase the Security of Your Sliding Glass Door

If you have a sliding glass door in your home, here are three ways that a locksmith can help increase the security of your sliding glass door and your entire home at the same time. 

#1 Install a Door Handle with a Key Lock

The door handle on most sliding glass doors has a lock that you can easily flip up or down that is supposed to secure the door in place. However, the locks that come with these handles are really flimsy and don't even require the use of a key. All someone has to do to break into your home is get a device in between and the door and the frame and push the locking mechanism up. 

Instead, have your locksmith take out the handle and install a more substantial handle that comes with deadbolt lock that requires a key. A deadbolt lock is much more difficult to break into, and adding a key to the lock will make the lock more secure and will allow you a way to unlock your door from the outside as well. 

If you don't want to use a key on your sliding glass door, you could have a handle and lock put on your sliding glass door that requires the use of a code to lock and unlock your door. If you choose this option, make sure you change the code every few months so that an intruder is not just able to detect the wear pattern on the keys, figure out the code, and break into your home.

#2 Prevent The Door From Sliding Open

One reason why sliding glass doors are seen as an easy access point for potential intruders is that it is often easy for intruders to force your door to slide open. Even with a more secure lock on the door, there is nothing to stop the door from sliding.

There are a few different ways that your locksmith can do to secure the door and prevent it from sliding open.

First, your locksmith an install a lock that attaches to the bottom of your door frame where the sliding glass door meets with the other glass door. These locks are designed to attach a pin to the frame and to the door, effectively holding it in place.

Second, your locksmith can install a lock on the top and bottom of the door that slides, that you slide up on the top of the door into the door frame and down on the bottom of the door into the frame. This will help keep your door frame secure and in place.

Your third option is to have your locksmith design a metal stick that you can wedge on the track that will prevent the door from being forced open.

If you have a sliding glass door in your home, call your locksmith today and discuss which of the above options can be applied to your sliding glass door to make it more secure.