French doors are a favorite feature among homeowners, both for their beautiful appearance and ability to create a large open space. With large glass surfaces running the length of each door, they add great views, natural light and a touch of the outdoors. The same large glazed surface however, can also be a potential vulnerability if not properly secured. Luckily, there is wide variety of additional hardware and options for boosting the security of these and other patio doors.
Why is it so important to secure your French Door?
Patio doors and French doors are especially popular targets for burglars for three main reasons.
First, they are typically situated in the back or side of the house and cannot be seen from the street. For burglars, this lowers the risk of being seen, giving them more time to attempt entry without being discovered.
Laminated safety glass is the best method of securing any ground level door or window. A special foil between the panes maintains the integrity of the glass, even when struck.
Second, most French doors feature larger glass surfaces than standard entrance doors. Since it is easier and faster to simply shatter the glass instead of breaking open solid aluminum, wood or even vinyl doors, a typical burglar would prefer this approach whenever possible.
Last but not least, most homeowners tend to put more emphasis on the security of their main entrance at the cost of side, rear and patio doors. While the entrance is often equipped with upgraded security cylinders, alarms and deadbolts, the French door is neglected. Burglars are well aware of this and thus usually check these areas first. By properly outfitting your French door with additional measures, you can turn it into a visible deterrent and help prevent problems before they start as crooks look elsewhere.