Patio Door Security - Its a must guys on those old Patio Doors - Exclusive
It seemed all the rage back in the 80’s for houses to kick out French style doors and fit sliding patio doors, now you were able to have open plan views of your garden, decked areas, even encompassing the bar b que, right into the house.
French Style doors which opened outward had there place in a house, but the modern 70’s and 80’s styled houses looked on wanting open vistas to their gardens.
Most of the early Patio Sliding Doors were made out of aluminium, as the frames could be a lot thinner than wood, making the whole glass and open feel, feel a lot better. Even when the doors are closed is would still give the feeling of an open space to the outside.
The first sets of these aluminium patio doors, I have to say, was not really up to the scratch when it came to security.
They had simple locks on the doors with simple bolt and simple key sets. You may recall people using spades to lift up the doors from outside off its runners and in lifting the door also lifted the hook out of the frame, man handle the door to one side and you are in no problem what so ever.
Crims, could simply walk in, nick a whole house load of stuff, put the door back on the rollers and the owner would be no more the wiser. How mad is that!
There was a spate of these burglaries all up and down the UK for years until people started to suss out what would be best to add additional security to the doors.
One of the most simple and effective devices was the Patio Door Anti Lift device that simply fitted in the grove at the top of the active door. As the door was closed the gap at the top of the door was reduced by the wedge and stopping the door from being opened with the spade lifting the door scenario.
But, the locks on these doors were poor though, these simple hooks could be forced open with so much relative ease.
The fitting of additional locks soon exploded on the market to exploit the vulnerabilities of these simple and basic patio door locks.
The biggest problem that these thin framed patio doors gave was how to fit the additional lock to the door and frame, in a fashion that would not end up drilling a hole into the glass to secure the door.
I recall, when I was on the tools finding a fixing point was very difficult on these patio doors, I did find fixings to the bottom rail was possible, but sometimes the bottom rail had a cover that could simply be popped off. so to get a good fixing you also needed to fix this rail cap.
If you have this type old Patio Door then perhaps you can relate to what I have just said.
As time has gone on, patio door manufactures are paying a lot of attention to the designs and locking solutions. Adopting projection bolts and hook bolts at the same time to reduce the effects of being able to simply lift the door of its rails. Also much stronger multipoint locking solutions are being adopted to modern doors virtually eliminating the need to consider additional security locks to Patio Sliding Doors.
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