A sliding door can make it easy to get to your deck, patio, or yard. It can let in sunshine and allow you to enjoy the view of the natural scenery around your house while you relax inside. Unfortunately, a sliding door can also make your home an attractive target for a burglar.
Why the Lock on a Sliding Door May Not Keep a Burglar Out
Sliding doors typically have a latch that’s easy to lock and unlock, but it’s not as secure as the lock on a regular door. If your sliding door still has the original locking mechanism, it may not be strong enough to keep a determined burglar out.
It’s fairly easy to upgrade the lock on a sliding door and make it more secure. You have several options to choose from. Upgrading the lock on a sliding door is a straightforward and inexpensive process.
Types of Locks That Can Make Your Sliding Door More Secure
A foot bolt is a lock that is located on the bottom part of a door inside the house. It sits inside the sill of the door and slides into a hole in wood or concrete. When the retractable springs are triggered, the door locks. When a foot bolt is engaged, the door can’t be opened from the outside.
Another option is a sliding door hook. The fastener has a J-shaped bar that gets secured to the wall. A plate mounted on the door has a cylinder at the center that the J-shaped bar slides through. A sliding door hook can keep a burglar from breaking into your home through a sliding door.
A door chain lock has a chain that attaches to a plate on the door or a wall. Several types of door chain locks are available. Some make it possible to unlock a sliding door from the outside.
Upgrade the Lock on Your Sliding Door
If you’re concerned that the current lock on your sliding door may not provide adequate protection for your family and belongings, All United Locksmith can help. We have a team of highly trained locksmiths. One of them can visit your Connecticut home, look at the existing lock, and tell you if it would be a good idea to upgrade it.