French doors are a great choice for people who desire to add beauty and class to their homes in Sydney. Some homeowners are always uncomfortable with the idea of installing these doors due to security issues, despite the aesthetic appeal they offer. Many homeowners fear that these doors are easy to breach by breaking the glass panel or kicking in the door.
However, the good thing is that it is possible to enhance their security by taking some practical measures. These measures include more secure hinge placement, installing glass panels from the interior, using laminated or stronger glass, and using deadbolt locks.
Installing french doors across front of house proves quite challenges especially with the hinges. These doors are installed in a way that allows them to open either way. The hinges are installed from either the outside or inside. You can enhance their security by ensuring that the hinges are installed to face the interior side.
This way, an intruder will be unable to remove the hinge pins that face outwards to intrude into the home. Hence, a burglar will have a harder time when trying breach the doors since the hinges are installed from the inside, making them inaccessible to remove from the outside.
Once you take care of then hinges, your focus should move to the glass panels that come with these doors. Glass is a fragile material which is easy to break. Hence, burglars take advantage of this nature of glass to easily enter a home by breaking the glass pane.
However, you can enhance your home’s security by replacing glass in these doors with laminated glass. Laminated glass comes with multiple panes of glass that are bonded together with laminate sheets between the panels. This means that in the event that the glass is shattered, it will hold together like in windshields of cars. Another practical way of enhancing the security of glass is applying a plastic sheet or film on the interior side of the glass.
When installing the glass panes for these doors, it is recommendable to fit them from the interior. This will involve using putty from the inside. Note that when you use putty on the exterior side, all that a burglar will do is scrapping it off and remove the glass silently without the noise caused by breaking glass.
You can also improve the security that comes with these doors by fitting advanced door lock systems. You will probably find that these doors come with locking systems that are insufficient to keep out most burglars. The locks that usually come with most of these doors may be easy to breach without much difficult for some burglars.
Hence, it is advisable to install a horizontal deadbolt and it should be at least an inch in terms of length. You can also opt to install double deadbolt locks to double the security rather than using a single deadbolt lock.
This will make it more difficult to a burglar to breach the lock. With these tips in mind, you can easily improve your French door’s security.