Is my sliding door lock secure?

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Sliding glass door detail and rail embed in floor

Is my sliding door lock secure?

Sliding glass doors and French doors are a beautiful addition to any home. Most people love the natural light and views their sliding glass doors and French doors let in, but sometimes it’s those very views that make the doors unsafe. They offer a wide-ranging look into your home so anyone can see what you have and what might be worth taking. That is why it is vital you have secure and a good quality sliding door lock.

A sliding glass door lock often is just a small latch that hook onto a piece of metal in the door’s frame. These latches are generally operated by moving a small lever and are extremely easy to open. There are steps you can take to ensure the security on your aluminium sliding door locks are up to standard. Often enough a sliding door lock is just locked with a snib or small turn lever, you can in most cases install a new lock that is locked with a key this can provide some extra security on your sliding glass door lock.

Patio Bolt

Another option is to install a patio bolt, they are locks that can be attached at the top or bottom of the door. These key-operated locks have pins/bolts that slide into the floor or upper door frame and keep the door from sliding, even if the sliding glass door lock is damaged etc.

Screen Door

Aluminium sliding door

Aluminium sliding door locks can also be found on sliding screen doors. This is also an alternate option to ensure security on your home. A screen door adds an extra layer of security before your average sliding door lock on a glass door. 

It is always recommended to lock your sliding door locks with a key, this is an easy step that can taken to provide that little bit of extra security. Locking your doors with keys instead of just the snib or lever can eliminate people poking holes in your screens or opening your doors by reaching around some glass they may have broken. 

It is easy to mistake a broken Screen Door Lock with a repairable fault. The best way to establish if you need a new security lock or if the lock can be repaired is to contact one of the Knowledgeable locksmiths at Toowoomba Locksmiths.

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