Tips & tricks to keep your sliding doors secure

by Carolyn Andrews 05/28/2023

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Sliding doors can beautify your space, and they’re aesthetically pleasing - offering many benefits to your home. However, it’s crucial to understand the risks of sliding doors and how to properly secure them. This way, your household can enjoy this classy addition to your home, all the while keeping your space safe. 

The risks associated with sliding doors 

Even though sliding doors provide your home with addition light, the space can also provide thieves with view of your belongings if adequate coverage isn’t in place.  

Another possible risk to note is these doors can slide off the track, giving criminals easy access to your home. The deadbolt lock may also pose a security risk if it’s not made correctly, allowing unlawful access to your residence. 

The fix

A dowel rod is an affordable and simple way to secure your sliding door. With correct placement, this rod fits in the track of the door to prevent it from sliding open. To make this fix efficient, you’ll need to measure the track and get a dowel fitting these measurements in length, and make sure the rod is thick enough, so it can’t be easily snapped. 

Sensor alarms can give you more awareness of activity around the door as they can alert you when the door has been opened. An alarm like this deters thieves and even alerts you as to when the door is being opened, which can be helpful if you have kids.  

Another way to secure your sliding glass door is to install heavy-duty locks such as double bolted locks. These locks are a great addition along with the dowel rod as they’re hard to break. 

Check your door 

In addition to adding security features, it’s vital to check that your sliding glass door is locked every night before you head to bed. Check to make sure the dowel rod is in place and any alarms installed are set. Diligence and attention to detail can go a long ways in keeping your space secure. 

With the right examination and updates, you can keep your sliding doors secure, furthering the safety of your space.

About the Author

Carolyn Andrews

Carolyn Andrews has over 30 years licensed Brokerage experience in both California and Colorado. Born in England, Carolyn moved to California in 1980, then relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1991. Carolyn has also received recognition for Top Sales at RE/MAX Alliance Aurora in 2007-2008 and is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame & Chairman’s Club, as well as a recipient of the ReMax Lifetime Achievement Award. Carolyn has sold over 2000 homes personally in her career. Carolyn has been actively involved in many aspects of the Real Estate business including investment property, luxury homes, mountain resort property, skiin/ski out, REO/default management, loss mitigation, valuations, and disposition. She has been a speaker and panelist at several conferences and has been consulted on many occasions by various organizations in the REO/financial industries for her expertise and served on many boards. She has attended numerous ongoing classes to stay abreast of changes in the ever-evolving Real Estate industry. She is the prior State Director for Colorado for VAREP(Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals). She is a member of 3 boards of Realtors including Metro Denver, Colorado Springs and Summit County mountain areas. She heads up The Andrews Group and is or has been an active member of NAR, CAR,REOMAC, CIPS, CRS, AREAA, NAPW, NAHREP, and is an original member of the ELITEReal Estate network. She was ranked #1 for most homes sold in Denver 2007 by Denver Board of Realtors, #2 for 2008, and #2 for 2009, #5 in 2010 and #4 in 2011 and has been consistently in the top 10 ever since. Carolyn Andrews has been a top rated Endorsed Local Provider for the Dave Ramsey Organization and also a Top Producing agent for 2018 for the Homelight Company.