What to Know about Patio Door Security Bars

Sliding patio doors are a wonderful invention. You can get a beautiful view of your yard and beyond, as well as getting the convenience of a door that’s easy to open and close, without taking up space.

However, they can be weak, security-wise. One of the most vulnerable aspects of a sliding patio door is, ironically, the standard lock—the part of the door that is supposed to be most secure. You can solve some of the issues with a weak patio door by

  • installing a more secure lock
  • installing more secure or reinforcing the glass
  • installing a patio door security bar

It’s that last option that will solve most patio door security issues. While some security solutions may be beyond your budget, like installing impact-resistant glass, a patio door security bar is an economical option that you really can’t afford to live without.

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Pole Position

There are two main places you can place your patio door security bar. The classic space is on the bottom, directly on the track. This keeps the security bar out of sight from the outside, which you might prefer if you don’t want to break the visual line. However, some people prefer having their security bar be more obvious, as it’s more likely to be a deterrent if would-be burglars can see it.

Having the security bar in the middle of the door is also helpful for people who have trouble bending down. If you have small children, placing the security bar in the middle can keep it out of their reach as well. Many patio door security bars come with childproof locks, if that is a concern, though.

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Made of Materials

Patio door security bars are manufactured in a few different materials. Most are made of metals, though. Common metals used for patio door security bars include steel and aluminum. Aluminum has the advantage of being lightweight, although that doesn’t mean it’s not strong, especially if it’s made of extruded aluminum. In addition to metal, PVC is a common material used for patio door security bars.

Whatever the material used, they are all made to be durable and to withstand impacts. Any advantages or disadvantages they have in relation to each other are pretty infinitesimal. And since they’re all pretty economically priced, the patio door security bar you choose will probably come down to minor differences and features. A common, but not universal feature, for example is that some security bars come with rubber stoppers on one end, so they prevent scratching.

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Handle the Hassle

If you are still unsure about whether you need a patio door security bar, because you think it will be a lot of trouble or at least, more trouble than it’s worth, let’s discuss that. First, as we’ve already discussed, they’re relatively cheap, so they will more than prove their value. Second, if you’re thinking they’re going to be bothersome because you’ll constantly have to be removing it and putting it back, that’s also untrue.

Many patio door security bars are able to be adjusted, so that you can open and lock your sliding door at a predetermined width or any width you’d like, depending on manufacturer. This means that you won’t miss out on ventilation, but you’ll still be able to keep your door secure.

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