How do I protect my patio doors from burglars?

The summer months provide the perfect opportunity to open up your patio doors and welcome the outside in. But if you’re unsure whether they’re 100% secure, the uncertainty can weigh heavy on your mind, especially when you consider that one-third of burglaries gain access through a back door.

So, if you’re wondering how to protect your patio doors from opportunist burglars to enjoy many worry-free summers to come, we’ve written this blog especially for you.

Which type of patio door is most secure?

Sustainability holds the key to a better future, so it’s always worth checking to see if your patio doors can be repaired before going ahead and replacing them. Other than sophisticated French doors, bifold doors and sliding doors are the most popular modern patio door styles in the South East, as well as the most secure. Modern sliding doors (like ours!) offer outstanding burglar protection, featuring enviable PAS24 approved anti-pick, bump, and drill cylinders as standard. Whilst aluminium bifold doors are intensely strong, withstanding incredible amounts of force to prevent unwanted intruders from getting inside.

For your convenience, we’ve created this helpful comparison table for quick reference:

Security features Bi-fold doors Sliding patio doors
Locking mechanisms Multi-point locking Multi-point locking & anti-pick, bump, and drill cylinders
Security accreditations / PAS24 + optional security extras
Durability At least 30 years 20 years (uPVC) / 30 years (aluminium)
Glazing options Double glazed toughened glass which is 5x stronger than normal glass Double glazed toughened glass which is 5x stronger than normal glass
Guaranteed Yes Yes

When should you replace patio doors?

In terms of security, these are all tell-tale signs that your patio doors need replacing:

An open white uPVC sliding patio door

  • Difficulty opening and closing
  • Door locking mechanisms jamming
  • The door keeps ‘dropping’ out of position
  • Visible gaps around the frame
  • Structural damage
  • Old single glazed panels

How can I make my patio door more secure?

Find out whether your patio doors can be repaired or need replacing by arranging a home visit with one of our expert advisors. With up to 35% off windows, doors and conservatories, PLUS only pay a £99 deposit and pay nothing until 2023, there’s never been a better time to transform your patio space and your outlook on life in one go! Visit your nearest SEH BAC showroom or contact us online to learn more about effectively protecting your patio doors from burglars today.

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