Keeping your home secure is of natural importance to numerous homeowners, and one particular area of attention in many cases here is your patio. Many patios lack common modern security elements like doorbell cameras that often help front door entryway areas maintain their security — luckily, though, there are a number of other options at your disposal for ensuring security around any patio door.
At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re proud to provide a huge range of exterior doors to our clients throughout Utah, including options like multi-slide doors and many others that are often ideal choices for a patio area. We’re also here to help with themes like these, ensuring any door we install on your property is well-outfitted for security and protection of your home. Here are some general tips we often provide on how to maintain patio door security at all times.
Strong Materials and Installation
First and foremost, a large and key factor in ensuring patio door security goes all the way back to your selection of materials and installation quality. It’s important that you select a door made with strong materials like steel or fiberglass, as these are much more difficult to break through than others like wood. Furthermore, ensure that your patio door is installed by a professional team — even if it means spending a bit more money upfront, it’ll be worth it in the long run in the form of a door that’s much more secure and less likely to have any issues.
If you ignore this advice and choose a door made with weaker materials or installed improperly, you’ll likely find that your patio door becomes one of the weakest links in your home’s security — and that’s something you’ll want to avoid at all costs.
Another important concept to consider before and during patio door installation is the locking mechanisms you’ll be using. Many modern doors come with multiple points of locking, which can include everything from a standard doorknob lock to a deadbolt or even an electronic keypad lock. All of these options can work together to provide a very strong level of security for your patio door, so it’s important that you select the right mix for your needs.
In some cases, a doorknob lock may be all you need — but in others, you might want to consider adding on a deadbolt or other mechanisms as well. If you’re not sure what’s right for your patio door, our team at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors can help you out.
Motion Sensor Lights
One of the most common approaches many homeowners use to maintain security around their patio door is to install motion sensor lights. These are designed to automatically turn on when they detect any sort of movement in the area, which can often be enough to scare off potential burglars or intruders. Furthermore, it’ll also help you see anyone who might be lurking around your patio door at night, making it easier to take action if necessary.
There are many different types and styles of motion sensor lights on the market, so it’s important to do your research and find the right option for your needs. In most cases, you’ll want something that’s fairly bright and can cover a wide area around your patio door — but again, our team at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors can offer more specific guidance if you need it.
For homeowners who want a bit of additional security around their patio door beyond what’s offered by most locking mechanisms, a security bar can be a great option to consider. These are designed to be placed across the bottom of your door and extend outwards towards the floor, making it much more difficult for anyone to kick in or force open your door.
Security bars come in many different sizes and styles, so it’s important to select one that’s a good fit for your patio door. In general, you’ll want something that’s made with strong materials and can be placed securely in place without any issue. Many clients also want to take the time to ensure that any such security bar meets the basic aesthetic needs of their entire door setup, though this isn’t typically too difficult. Our team at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors can help you select the right security bar for your needs.
A similar option to the security bar is an integrated footbolt, which is a device that’s installed into the floor near your patio door. This provides a physical barrier that makes it much more difficult for anyone to force open your door, and it can be a great complement to any other security measure you might have in place.
Like security bars, integrated footbolts come in many different sizes and styles — so again, it’s important to select one that’s a good fit for your patio door. You’ll also want to make sure that it’s installed properly by a professional team to ensure the highest level of security possible.
Finally, if you really want to go the extra mile in terms of security for your patio door, you might want to consider installing one or more security cameras. These can be used to monitor activity around your door at all times, giving you an extra level of awareness that can be invaluable in many situations.
There are many different types of security cameras on the market, and you’ll want to think about things like image quality, storage capacity, and other factors when making your selection.
These are just a few of the many options available to you for ensuring security around your patio door — but as you can see, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. The best approach for you will vary depending on your specific needs and preferences, so be sure to work with our team at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors to find the perfect fit. Give us a call or stop by our showroom today to get started with any Utah door need, exterior or interior.